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2012 Newsletters

January 2012 Newsletter

Ibu Robin declared 2011 CNN Hero, Food Fight follow up, Rawsome Pilgrimages, Akea Essentials, Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Soup

My New Years always begins with a sense of unlimited possibilities and concrete opportunities to elevate my game. This January I hit the ground running so fast it's already the fourth week of the month before I send you my news! New goals, new projects and new things to share will be found below. But first I want to celebrate once again our biggest highlight of 2011.


February 2012 Newsletter

Label GMOs, The World According to Monsanto, Kaia Foods, Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup, Transition Nutrition: Getting to Raw

"If you control the oil you control the country;
if you control food, you control the population."
-- Henry Kissinger, 1970

For as long as I can remember, we've been waging war on everything from the Koreans and Al Qaeda to Drugs and Litter. I suppose it appeals to our American martial nature to declare "war on ____" -- you fill in the blank. I'm hesitant to call this Food Fight for disclosure of Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients a war, but if that's what it takes to get Americans to reclaim responsibility for what they put in their bodies, I guess I'm willing. I'm all about folks listening and acting on this critical issue. Most countries have GM policies -- at least labeling, and in many cases exclusion of GM-containing products -- and citizens and farmers are taking to the streets to fight this battle in places like Haiti. It may sound dramatic, but honestly, the future -- for ourselves, our children and the planet -- is at stake.


March 2012 Newsletter

Japan, Full Disclosure, The Journey to Raw, Hungry for Change, The World According to Monsanto, Hodo Soy Beanery, Recipe: Wraps and Rolls

March 11, 2011 -- not a day that means much to us here in the United States, but for friends in Japan, this quiet spring day changed the world. They experienced a human-aggravated natural disaster beyond our imaginings that has put their national and cultural resolve to a test that exceeds anything that has ever happened in the United States.

As the stories unfold, from heartache to new beginnings, from complete loss to finding the simple pleasures again, I have been amazed and inspired.


April 2012 Newsletter

Spring, Raw on the Rawk, Bumi Sehat & the earthquake, Ibu Robin, Rawsome Pilgrimages, Hungry for Change, Average Joe on the Raw, Food Revolution Summit, Label GMO signature gathering, Green Smoothies on the Road, Bob's Red Mill, Gluten Sensitivity, Drink a Rainbow: Green Smoothies, Recipe: Almond Cinnamon Oatmeal

Happy Spring everyone. We had a cold winter and late rains, and now Nature seems a bit out of control. I can almost see the weeds grow! The fruit trees and pollinators are behind schedule -- it may not be a great year for fruit. All the more reason to take special care in the garden, and cultivate relationships with neighbor gardeners! Seasonal farmers markets are starting to open up all over. I miss my friends -- the farmers -- and look forward to seeing them again.


May 2012 Newsletter

Food Revolution Day, Spring, Gardening Tips, Donald A. Weaver, Rock Dust, Soil and Health Library, Farmers Market Season, CSA: Community Supported Agriculture, Label GMOs, Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy, Raw on the Rawk, Dirt! The Movie, Healthy at 100 by John Robbins, Café Gratitude Update, More Than A Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection, Chef Meagan Ricks, RECIPE: Basic Kale Salad

Food Revolution Day

The healthy eating food story is gaining momentum around the world. People everywhere are taking a more serious look at their resources and food choices like never before.


June 2012 Newsletter

What the June Election Taught Us, Listen To Your Body, Food Politics, More Than A Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection, Remineralization Update, Last Heart Attack, VegSource.com, International Raw Food Day, Raw on the Rawk, Raw Restaurant News: Lydia's Kitchen

More Than A Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection

Brenda is hard at work in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on her More Than A Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection -- more about that below -- and so she has handed the June Newsletter over to me, her faithful editor. It's a gorgeous sunny windy day here in Caspar, and I have onion seedlings to plant and a farmer's market to attend, so I'm going to keep this short.


July 2012 Newsletter

More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection, Special Deal for Readers, GM Struggle Continues, Sodium, Trader Joe's Secrets, Rawsome Creations Template, Bloomed Quinoa

More Than A Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection -- click for more information and a special offer for readers
Is it July Yet?

The newsletter is late this month because I have been working my fingers to the bone, getting my More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection ready for the printer. The proof arrived yesterday! What a rush, to hold an actual book that I myself assembled in my hands.


August/September 2012 Newsletter

Rawsome Creations Fall Tour, British Columbia, More Than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection, Online Reader Community, Raw on the Rawk, Rawsome on the road again, Restaurant Reviews: Chaco Canyon, Thrive & Rawsome Living Cafe, VegOut on the road app, Right to Know, Yes on 37, Recipe Tips: Wraps

August has been a whirlwind of activity as the first leg of my Rawsome Creations Fall Tour got underway: Beautiful British Columbia and our road tour up to the Raw on the Rawk Festival...

August has been a whirlwind of activity as the first leg of my Rawsome Creations Fall Tour got underway: Beautiful British Columbia and our road tour up to the Raw on the Rawk Festival (see article later) took us to big cities, bucolic countryside, waterways of the Gulf Islands, raw food cafés along the way, and visits with our More Than a Nut Milk Bag customers. And a warm welcome to all our new newsletter readers we met along the way this month.


October 2012 Newsletter

Rawsome Creations Fall Tour: Tokyo, Bali, Japan Living Beauty Association, Rawsome Pilgrimages 2013, The Best Government Money Can Buy, Yes on Prop 37: the Right to Know Initiative, Vote! Breast Cancer Awareness month, Pink Glove video, World Vegetarian Day, Jamie Oliver's Food Day, Non-GMO Month, Recipe tips: home-made Salsa, Mexican Wraps, Guacamole, Mexican Rice,Bumi Sehat, Widya Guna, More Than a Nut Milk Bag

Brenda with Eri at the Mexican Dinner, Tokyo, Japan, September 2012
Brenda with Eri at the Mexican Dinner
(click for facebook photo album)

As you read this, I am just finishing up the third engagement of the Rawsome Creations Fall Tour here in Bali. As always, my impressions of Bali are so intense, it takes me awhile to process, and so look for my report in next month's news.


November 2012 FIRST Newsletter

VOTE! Yes on 37 CA Right to Know, Opinion: Local Mom wants to know, Prop 37 and the Future of Food, Food is Love, pre-Holidaze offer: More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection & Nut Milk Bag

Just a quick not-quite-a-newsletter from me, to remind you, dear friends and readers:

VOTE!


November 2012 Newsletter

Rawsome Creations Fall Tour, Holidaze Book + Bag Deal: More than a Nut Milk Bag & Recipe Collection, Rawsome Pilgrimage: Bali October 2013, Bali Raw Food Restaurant Scene, Label GMOs: Looking on the Bright Side, Shopping for Health, Label Reading 101, Raw on the Go, Restaurant Review: Ubud, Bali, UPCOMING EVENTS and CLASSES with BRENDA, RECIPE TIPS: Preparing Squash, Spicy Red Pepper Squash Soup, Curry Squash Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, Coming Home

Once again, my Rawsome Creations Fall Tour opened my eyes! Travel has always been alluring for me, no matter how wonderful the home place is, because out there in the big world, I love to see what's new and different. This year, Raw on the Rawk, Tokyo's Japan Living Beauty Association and my soul-stretching annual return "home" to Bali provided me with enough new material to last . . . well, maybe until February?


December 2012 Newsletter

Winter, More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection, More than a Nut Milk Bag, Deals: Book + Bag, Book + 3 Bags, Healthy Eating, Book of the Month: Joel Salatin's Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal, Recipe Collection Reader's Extras and Book Tour, Healthy Holiday Wishes

Brenda Hinton photo by Becca, October 2012

I love this time of year. (I say that each and every season, but it's true.) As the weather takes us inward into a sort of annual hibernation, contemplation beckons. We have time to process all that's happened during the past cycle of seasons and summon fond memories of time with friends the world over sharing healthy happy lifestyles.

This year has been especially exciting for me with the publication of the More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection. Thank you so much for your support and wonderful words of encouragement.



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