Oooops, watch your step, there is a horse next to you.”…..

The area where we are staying has a lot of animals and it wouldnt be fair to not have a post about them also 🙂

Palomo- This is the largest animal on the farm. At about 12 hands, he is a small horse with a BIG personality! Each morning he follows us around the farm waiting to be given carrots or bananas. He is so sweet but has no boundaries. He will stick his head right into the from of the cafe and wait there until he is fed. The other day he came up to Tasha and was licking her arm, for about 10 minutes while she sat reading.


Sofia- The only cat on the farm. She is such a sweetheart and loves to be loved on. She sits outside of the casita (“little house” we are staying in) and meows until we come out in the morning. She likes tuna fish juice and papaya pieces in the morning


Yolanda and Rosana- the dirtiest animals on the farm. I am not sure who is who but they are both very noisy in the morning but extremely friendly. They let me pet them and will poke me from time to time with their noses.


Kendell- Kendell has the prettiest eyes of any dog that I have ever seen. She has such a sweet face and has so much energy. She loves attention and is the first one in line to eat. She rolls on her back and waits for her belly to be rubbed and will lick your face if you stop before she is ready for you to. However, Palomo is her arch enemy and she (tries) to chase him around the field.

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Mascot- I should note here that before I learned the names of the animals, Tasha and I just named them ourselves. Our host family was in another town getting more fruits and veggies when we first met Mascot and we didn’t know what his name was. But he followed us around all day and is so sweet. He has “sad puppy dog eyes” and has great manners! He waits his turn for everything and just lays near us all the time, as is he was our mascot. Hense, how he got the name we named him.

*He marched to the beat of his own drum and it was hard to get pics of him* lol

Lyca (Lee-Kah)- Lyca is a ball of energy! She is the first one up in the morning and usually beats us to the cafe when we go to feed the dogs! She is small but has a big personality! she loves to give u her paws and would be a lap dog if she could.


Mama- This is another dog that we gave a name to. She (along with all the animals) was rescued when she was pregnant and had the puppies a couple of months ago. All but 3 of the puppies have found new homes. And since she is the mother of them, we called her Mama. She is very mild tempered and doesn’t bark much. She loves playing with her babies and laying in the sun lazily.


Popeye- This is the guy that walked all the way to the city (about 2 hours) and back  with Tasha and I over the weekend. He is missing an eye but that does not stop him from anything! He has such a sweet personality and rarely barks either. He waits for his food and has a lot of manners.


Buddy- Buddy is a really chill dog. He sleeps a lot of the day and is nosey when Tasha and I are doing stuff around the yard. I think he maybe a chow mix, but he thinks he is a chiauawa!


Chelsey- Chelsey is such a sweetheart. Her tail never stops wagging! She always seems to happy to see people and tried to climb into your lap. Chelsey was hit by a car a few weeks ago and is still recovering from her injuries. But it doesn’t stop her from having such a sweet personality and an even bigger heart.

The babies- The puppies do not really have names. I was not sure if they would find new homes in the time that I was here and I didn’t want to get attached. We have given them temporary names though

Fatty- is a fatty. She is the biggest puppy and eats everything. She loves being cuddled and held and stuffing her face into your armpit to sleep


Little Black Puppy- is the only black puppy. She is pretty independent and is the “I-dont-want-to-hold-your-hand-to-cross-the-street” kind of puppy.

The other two babies with Kendell

Little Puppy- Is the smallest and the only male. He would rather be around people than other dogs. He is always trying to climb up my legs when im sitting down to get into my lap and sleep in my armpit like his sister. I don’t know why the puppies like armpits so much!? He is the runt of the litter and we give him extra attention to make sure that he grows strong.

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Vegan Living (A first for me!)

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The first host family that we stayed with were vegans, which means that they did not consume any animal products. No meat as well as no cheese, milk or even honey. This was a new challenge for me as I am in love with cheese. However, I was challenged to learn to make what I wanted, without the animal byproducts. I looked up recipes and was able to make so many new foods.

The first one I tried to make was almond milk. The recipe is really simple and I have another post on just making almond milk.



This actually turned out amazing! It is sweet and I put a couple of drops of vanilla in it and sprinkled a little cinnamon on top and I felt like I was at Starbucks!

The second thing I tried was vegan bread. The ingredients were only flour, yeast, olive oil, and water.

This turned out even better than I imagined! I wont lie, I was expecting something awful and doughy. But they tasted just like biscuits!

Some other natural remedies I learned:

*Using salt to cleanse ‘skeeter bite wounds. Tasha was getting chewed up one day and after scratching all afternoon, I learned that salt (along with lemon, garlic or onions) rubbed on bug bites, calms the itch so that they can heal.

*A healthier and more natural way of cleaning is with the use of vinegar and the juice from lemons

*Lemons rubbed under the arms in the shower along with a little baking soda reduce underarm body oder dramatically. Thus virtually eliminating the need for deoderant.

*Parasites like fleas hate the smell and taste of garlic. For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, crush garlic and add some water and a bit of olive oil. Mix it together and you have a homemade flea repellant. The oil drowns the flea and they suffocate. (This of course works best if the dogs are outside dogs or on a farm). This reduces the burning and harmful chemicals from store bought flea killers

Does anyone else have any awesome Vegan or organic recipes/suggestions?


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How to make Homemade Almond Milk! (Vegan and GF)


I never knew what I was missing until I tried almond milk. And its even better when it is homemade and you know where the ingredients come from and what is in it.

It is super easy to make!


-pure, filtered water for soaking

-1 cup raw, organic almonds

-4 cups pure, filtered water

-1 cheesecloth



Step 1.

Take your dry, raw almonds and allow them to soak for at least 24 hours. I usually soak them overnight but if you dont have that much time, overnight will do.


Step 2: After they are done soaking, strain the almonds and place them into a blender. Add the four cups of water and blend at a high speed. Usually about a minute or two. The consistency should be frothy and look like a watered down milkshake


Step 3: Pour the frothy contents into a cheesecloth lined strainer. This part gets a little tricky: Fold the corners of the cheesecloth over itsself until you are holding the dry ends together. Squeeze the contents of the milk into the cup/strainer that you are using to catch the milk.

*As an option, you can add a few drops of fresh vanilla or some cinnamon to change the flavor*


After you strain the milk, you will end up with dried almond “pulp”. I will either throw it to the birds and squirrels outside or bake it and put it in a dessert. You can also dehydrate it and use it as a coating on meats or fish. Because there are no artificial preservatives, the milk will last in the fridge about 3-4 days


Hope you have as much fun making this as I did! Give it a good stir or shake before you drink and ENJOY!

Happy Milking!

Donde es el parada de bus por Tuccurrique?

The question of the day! The other day Tasha and I walked into the closest town, Tuccurique to use the internet at the internet cafe. The walk was probably only about 5 miles but it was all uphill and downhill and then uphill again. One of the dogs (Popeye) followed us the entire way. He was such a trooper!

He only has one eye, and is pretty ratted up looking, but he kept pushing with us. A couple of times, Tasha and I wanted to give upend just pass out in the middle of the road but we kept going. Popeye would bark at us and that gave us some encouragement.

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When we got to the internet cafe, Popeye fell asleep for the couple of hours that we were there. We walked up and down the main street that the cafe is on and grabbed some snacks and refilled our water bottles. I got a cup from a restaurant and filled it with water for the dog. Then we headed back to the house.


Today, we decided to take the bus back into Turrialba, the city that Annette took us to on Saturday. The bus stop to get to Turrialba is only a few hundred feet from the corner of the street that we stay on. The bus ride was about 45 minutes and when we got to Turrialba I was surrounded by the warm emotions that this city brings. Have you ever felt that you just love being somewhere? That is what this city does to me.

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She and I grabbed another cup of coffee and some food and explored a bit before walking back to attempt to find the bus stop (parada de bus) to get back to the house. After multiple attempts and our broken spanish, we were able to get on the correct bus back to the house.

The evening ended with spending time with one of the welcoming neighbors making empanadas at her house! And we made them from scratch!!

The day was beautiful and the people are even more beautiful. Each day we become a bit more comfortable with being in a new country and speaking the language.

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To be humbled… is to feed pigs

So I know it isnt Friday but this was too amazing not to share. We filmed this a couple weeks ago and I am not uploading it. And holy cow, these pigs are huge! I am about 5’1 and their backs come up to my waist! This was an amazing experience though, we had a lot of fun and I had the chance to do something I had never done before!

Dont mind my sillyness 🙂


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Rules to live by

How beautiful the world and its people are, but too often we forget. We get caught up in our day to day lives and become engrossed in fear, love, money, work, that we forget about those things that are most meaningful  to us.- The Infinite Journey


I recently read the Yoga Manifesto’s “Rules to live by” and loved the idea that she started. With the new year, I knew it was time to create not only new goals for myself for the year, but new ideals and mottos that I wanted to be sure to have to remind me to live each day by. I had to sit back and really think about it. When I started writing my list, I was surprised at how hard it was for me to come up with ones that I really liked, and, more importantely, ones that I felt I would live up to.

I had Tasha send me some of her photos and I created a list of my own Rules to Live By.

This is my list, but I would love to see yours! If you would like to share, post yours below and be sure to share your list on your own blog/website/social media site. Print it out, make it your screen saver, email it to yourself…do whatever you have to do to always remember your rules to live by


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