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2013 Newsletters

January 2013 Newsletter

New Year's Wishes, Low Hanging Fruit, The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, Food Storage Resource:, CUPPOW $2 discount code, Nut Milk Bag Project In The News, Upcoming EVENTS with Brenda: Whole Foods Napa Jan 26th, Media that Matters: Engine 2 Diet and Rahm Emanuel on the plant-strong lifestyle, More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection on Amazon, Recipe Tips: Green Giant Juice recipe, new Recipe Collection recipes online in members section

Brenda Hinton photo by Becca, October 2012

The New Year is off to a rousing start. Sort of snuck up on us: POW! right into that energy of newness once January hit. I don't do New Year's Resolutions but I do find this midwinter time good for taking stock of what served me last year and what I want to focus on going forward.

February 2013 Newsletter

More than a Nut Milk Bags: Team Bali & Team Cali, Almond Milk Tips, Cold Season Recipes: Ginger Tonic & Ginger Tea, More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection readers' recipes: Banana Zucchini Muffins, Carrot Muffins or Scones, & Garden Blend Crackers or Bread

Boxes and boxes of More Than A Nut Milk Bags make Brenda Hinton very happy!
Got Nut Milk Bags?

Exciting news here at More than a Nut Milk Bag HQ -- we recently unloaded our first-ever container load of More than a Nut Milk Bags straight from Bali. Our team in Bali, both Iluhs, Pak Wayan, Gede and Nyoman, worked several months to produce this large quantity of bags for us. It took six weeks for the container to travel to us across the Pacific. Our Napa Valley team -- my husband Mike, Salvador, Aaron, and Luis -- unloaded and safely stored a supply of bags that we hope will last for six months.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Spring, gardening, sprouting, Natural Products Expo, Expo West, Book Review/Recipes: Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr, More than a Nut Milk Bag Recipe Collection readers' recipes: Carrot Ginger Crackers, Pizza Crusts, Marinara, Almond Cheese and Cashew / Brazil Nut Cheese, Newsletters to come with Seasons

Peach blossoms on the Mendocino Coast -- photo by Sienna M Potts

Ahh, Spring! my favorite time of year. I know, I say that every season, but this time I really mean it. I'm a Spring baby, born in April, and Spring's always the highlight of my year: all the new buds and babies springing up all over the place.

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Local, organic and in season, Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Rawsome Creations Progress: More than a Nut Milk Bag, Template How-to video, Williams-Sonoma, Buyer's Best Friend, About Our Charities: Bumi Sehat, Yayasan Widya Guna Orphanage, North American suggestions? Hodo Sofritas at Chipotle, On the web: Green Bags,, International Raw Food Day, Karen Knowler, Gathering at The Gatehouse, Recipes: Creamy Garden Soup, Reader Recipe additions: Minestrone and Asian-Thai Inspired Soup

Sumer is icumen in,
Loudly sing, cuckoo!
Grows the seed and blows the mead,
And springs the wood anew;
Sing, cuckoo!

August/September 2013 Newsletter

Gluten Free, grapeseed flour, PEEETS, B-WORKS, More than a Nut Milk Bags Around the world, MOVIES THAT MATTER: Genetic Roulette, Label GMOs, NON-GMO shoppers guide, IN THE NEWS: Hodo Soy, Chipotle, RECIPE TIPS: Creamy Zucchini Dressing, READERS: Ice Cream recipes, Food with S.O.U.L.

Gluten Free -- what's it all about?

Have you noticed how "gluten free" has become the biggest idea in food -- from church social to farm-to-table dinner, everybody's falling all over themselves to declare their freedom from the Evil Gluten Monster.

Autumn 2013 Rawsome Newsletter

Autumn, Local Food, CSA shares, soup season, special holiday prices on the More than a Nut Milk Bags and Recipe Collection, On the Road with Brenda: Bali, Rawsome Recipe: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Food Politics, Slow down!

There's an unmistakable crispness in the air and the light has changed: Farewell, Summer. Hello, Autumn, "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness..." A gorgeous time of year.

Holidays 2013 Rawsome Newsletter

Holidays, Bali trip, Galungan and Kunigan, Rawsome Bali and More than a Nut Milk Bags, Food Politics, GMOs, labels, Eating Healthy through the Winter, special holiday pricing and free shipping on More than a Nut Milk Bags and Recipe Collections, Persimmon Season, Freezing Persimmons, Persimmon Smoothies

I'm back from a fabulous trip to Bali and a decompression week on Maui with my sweet husband, just in time for the holiday season. Happy Holidays to you!

Early Spring 2014 Rawsome Newsletter

Bali Pilgrimage October 2014, Bumi Sehat Birthing Center, Widya Guna Orphanage, Bali rice

Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple for the Balinese. We all dressed in kabaya, sarong and sash to enter the temple(s). Photo by Nami Taketani, Bali, February 2014
Pura Besakih
Photo by Nami Taketani

Traveling is one of my greatest passions. Sharing travel with those I love is one of my greatest joys. So you'll understand that I am very excited to announce my October 2014 Pilgrimage to Bali, and invite six of you to accompany me!

Spring 2014 Rawsome Newsletter

Gardening in a drought, Cooked by Michael Pollan, fermented foods, Rawsome Recipe: Simple Cabbage Sauerkraut, Natural Products Expo, Eat your Veggies

Drought Comparison April 2013 & April 2014 from
Drought Comparison from

California gardeners are puzzling about how to begin their growing season under the threat of looming drought. 99% plus of the state in "extreme drought" according to the National Drought Mitigation Center . . . and I didn't even know there was such a thing! A good bit of the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley are experiencing "exceptional drought," meaning that as far as anyone knows from tree ring studies and historical records, it's never been this dry before.

December 2014 Rawsome Newsletter

GMO labeling measures, DARK Act, My Bali Lies Over the Ocean, favorite eateries in Ubud, Bali, New Products -- Special Online Offer!, Rawsome Knife Case, Rawsome Chef's Hat, More Than a Nut Milk Bag: Creative Uses Offer, Media Watch: EWG's Food Score app, Wolfgang Puck Organics, Thank you!

Don't miss our Web Special and New Products!

Sunset celebration dinner with the Bali team on Jimbaran Beach, Bali, 2014
Sunset celebration dinner with the
Bali team on Jimbaran Beach
(see album on facebook)
Meanwhile, Life Goes On...

This year I have been overwhelmed, and my correspondence with you, treasured newsletter readers, could have been thought of as "on the back burner" ... if I used burners! Life's ups and downs are just as intense for Living Food Enthusiasts like me. Enuf said.

I'm back! Back from a delicious trip to Bali, and a restorative sojourn on Maui ...

Spring 2015 Rawsome Newsletter

Spring planting, Raw Recipe: Zucchini Hummus, GMO labeling bills, Yoga By Candace interviews Brenda, Cambridge Naturals, Rainbow Blossom Natural Market, Amy's Kitchen, Book Review: The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz, Movies that Matter: PlantPure Nation, Plantrician Project, Farmers Market season

Squash plantlings at the farmers market in Mendocino (photo by Sienna M Potts)

It's late spring and that means time for planting our small but productive garden. Not being up for starting my plantings from seeds, Mike and I wait patiently for our local organic farmer to offer a wonderful variety of starts during the month of April. We have gradually learned to keep things simple, although it's still hard to rein in our strong urges to get too many plants to start our garden. One each of heirloom tomato, cherry tomato, zucchini, and cucumber are sufficient.

Summer 2015 Rawsome Newsletter

Summer Harvest, More Than a Nut Milk Bag Production Story, Coarse-weave Bag Sale, Social Media, Share Your Photos, Rawsome Creations Fabric, Natural Products Expo East, Bitchin' Sauce, Kitchen Tip: Leftover Avocado, Stop H.R.1599 -- GMO labeling, Rawsome Recipes: Watermelon Juice, Green Tea Lemonade, Electro-Lemon-Aide

Gatehouse Garden strawberries (photo by Brenda Hinton)

It's August and my happy garden is producing like wild. Homegrown zucchinis, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, and raspberries join with the veggies from our weekly CSA box and treasures from the farmers market are turning our table into a bounteous celebration. Leo, our Golden Retriever, has begun his own yearly harvesting. He loves tomatoes, peaches and nectarines right off the branches. Mike and I couldn't be happier.

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