Monthly Archives: December 2016

VALUES OF NEEM

                      The neem tree started in India and is spread around the world now.  It is highly regarded in India as a medicinal plant.  All parts of the neem plant can be used, although the seeds, bark and leaves are most commonly used.  The seeds […]

ZUMBA, HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?

  There are many benefits from practicing Zumba!  In the 1990s, a Colombian dancer and choreographer , Alberto Perez,  developed a dance fitness program called Zumba, which combines elements of dance and aerobics, including hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.   It has become a popular new style of exercise, and is regularly practiced by […]

AMISH CREAMED CORN CASSEROLE

Amish Creamed Corn Casserole Cook time: 1 Hr  Prep time: 5 Min  Serves: Several Ingredients 2 can(s) creamed corn 3 can(s) whole kernal corn, drained 2 eggs 1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed 1 Tbsp sugar salt & pepper to taste 2 – 3 Tbsp butter, cut into slices handful real bacon bits or bacon crumbled […]

ALOE VERA

        I have lots of Aloe Vera growing in my yard and besides being a beautiful plant that requires little maintenance, the plant has many uses. Aloe grows in hot dry climates and produces a gel and latex which are used in making medicines. The gel is the clear jelly like substance […]

LIMES – BENEFITS AND RECIPES

We have a wonderful lime tree in our yard that produces enough limes to keep us in limes every day! There are a lot of health benefits from the lime including weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care and treatment of peptic ulcers, respiratory disorders, gout, gum problems and urinary disorders, […]

CRANBERRY SALSA – JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Cranberry Salsa Looking for something new and exciting for your Thanksgiving or Christmas get togethers? This Cranberry Salsa is the perfect appetizer to serve to your guests over the holidays!  It’s a delightful mixture ofsweet, tangy and spice, and it pairs perfectly with the smooth  creaminess of the cream cheese.Serve this spread with assorted crackers, spoon it over  turkey, chicken or pork tenderloin,  Ingredients: 12 Ounce package frozen cranberries 1 cup granulated sugar 6 green onions (chopped) 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (chopped) 1 jalepeno pepper (seeded and finely chopped) 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice 8 Ounce package cream cheese (regular or dairy­free) assorted crackers Directions: Place cranberries and sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. In a bowl, stir cranberry mixture, green onions, jalapeno, cilantro & lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, place softened cream cheese on a serving plate.  Using a slotted spoon, drain salsa and pour over the top of the cream cheese.Serve with assorted crackers

Ctenosaura similis

  These two pictures are of the iguana that lives with us!           Ctenosaura similis (black iguana) sounds like a small dinosaur!    We have one living in our back yard in a small wood pile. Constant entertainment for Oskar and Chica, our two little dogs. Black Iguanas are natives to […]

STREAKED BACKED ORIOLES

  The streak-backed Oriole, also known as Flame-headed Oriole or Scarlet-headed Oriole is pretty common along the Pacific Coast, we see them often in Punta Perula. They are a large oriole with mostly bright orange body and black streaks on its back. They eat mainly insects but individuals feed on fruit, seeds and nectar as […]