News from the Rawmazing Front!

by Susan on March 10, 2010

I woke to the sound of rain of the roof. Real rain. For some of you, that might not be a big deal. But when you have been in the deep freeze for months, it is a beautiful sound.

I have always loved the seasons in Minnesota. The difference, the diversity. The most impressive is the transformation from winter into spring. We venture into winter early here. By October, sweaters are out and snow can be on the ground. It is long, dark and cold. Day after day of frozen beauty that goes on and on and on. Challenging for people on a raw food diet. We are normally out of the woods by April, but can still have snow and cold even then.

Just when you think it will never end, the sun comes out, the temperature warms and the snow starts to melt. I always refer to this as the earth waking up. There is a moment, every year that takes my breath away. It is when the peepers (frogs) wake up. We go from complete silence to deafening noise in a moment. But it is only March and the peepers are still fast asleep. It’s early, we could still get a lot of snow. But today it is raining, and that reminds me that spring will eventually be here.

I am excited for spring and I am also excited to tell you about the fun developments happening around the Rawmazing Raw Food site. The first cookbook, a dessert cookbook is due out in April. I have been working all hours to bring you a cookbook filled with easy, gourmet recipes full of instructional pictures and information. Each recipe will be like taking a mini class! We are taking raw food dessert to a new level. Super healthy treats that look like they came out of a french pastry case!

Second, I am going to be having my first give away contest! I am hoping to have everything ready in a few days. The people over at TSM Dehydrators are providing us with their D5 dehydrator. If you have read the posts about dehydrators, you know that I love the TSM Dehydrators for preparing my raw food recipes. They are quiet, made from stainless steel and do a great job dehydrating. The dehydrator retails for just under 300.00! Make sure you tune in and don’t miss the contest.

Which brings me to the last piece of news. The site is moving to new servers. It should take place in the next few days so bear with us. Hopefully there won’t be any glitches with the move. It is an exciting move as we have outgrown our current servers! As soon as the move is done, the contest will start.

I continue to add pictures daily to the 365 photo challenge. It is a challenge at times but I love doing it. If you haven’t checked out Challenge 21, head on over and take a peek. I did a 21 day full raw challenge in the middle of the winter when the days were long and the temps were below zero. Every day is filled with a tip. I continued for 31 days, took a few days off and now I am running about 90%. I like 100% better.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful comments and emails. You make my day. A lot of love and hours go into this site and it is heart warming to know that you are enjoying and  benefiting from it. Keep the comments coming!!

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hihorosie March 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Busy busy! Must be spring!

So many cool things to look forward to – like your cook book! Should be fantastic! And the dehydrator will definitely make someone’s day. What a giveaway! I’ll sit that one out when the time comes since I have a dehydrator but I’ll be cheering those who enter.

Lisa Adams March 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Oh… maybe if I win that will be the boost I need to start making your recipes! Fingers crossed…

Heidi March 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Good luck with the server change! I have really REALLY been enjoying your website and I don’t think I’ve posted a comment until now… Thank you for all the great recipes! And the chance to win a dehydrator! I have a really cheap one without different heat settings and now that I’m learning so much about the benefits of truly raw food I can’t use it! I will buy one eventually, but this chance will be great. Thanks again, and keep it up :D

Pam Cook March 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Wow, these are exciting developments! I can’t wait for the cookbook! I know the photos alone will be worth it.

That dehydrator would sure make my day. Hmmm, I’m turning 40 this month, maybe I can win it for a birthday treat?

Thanks for all you do Susan!

krista March 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I just want to say that your site has really opened my eyes to raw food. I am going to be trying some of your recipes soon for veggie nights in our house. Your recipes look easy to follow and the pictures are wonderful, looking forward to being a regular visitor to your site.

JeanB March 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Just wanted to chime in that I discovered your site a few weeks ago and have already made several recipes…the Falafel are in the dehydrator right now and the Cinnamon Toast came out yesterday. We’re working with an old American Harvest, so I’ll be eager to join the contest! I’m not at 100% yet, but 2 out of three meals are raw and I’m working on incorporating more raw at dinner.

Janet March 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

The snow is finally melting here too! Congrats on the cookbook and outgrowing your old server! And, awesome giveaway!! :)

Susan March 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Gosh…you guys make a girl blush!!!

Audey March 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I love your descriptions of the seasons. I have really come to appreciate them more too.

Congrats on all the exciting changes that are happening. Looking forward to hearing more about the book. It sounds awesome!

Melissa March 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I’m glad you are getting into spring! And you are a busy lady. I’m so excited to see your cookbook and new site:) I’ll definitely be tuning in for your giveaway..wahoo!

Stacy March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love your site, it inspires me daily and I just love the great tips, photos and delicious creativity that comes out of your brain :)! Looking forward to your new site, fun contests, a dessert book that I’m sure will blow our socks off, and future blogging :) Hope all goes well on switching over to the new server!
Stacy

Susan March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Hopefully you guys will never even know the site switched….except that it will run faster and better!!

Elena Lipson March 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Susan…this is an amazing giveaway. This is JUST what I want for my b-day & exactly what I need to round out my 100% raw kitchen. I’ve been 100% raw for several days now & feel AMAZING, but would be thrilled to add some dehydrated crackers & foods to the mix.

XOXO
Can’t wait ;)

bitt March 11, 2010 at 12:26 am

love your photos! i too have gotten more into picture taking through blogging. i love your idea of taking a photo a day.

that new kind of dehydrator intrigues me but i already have one and no more room at my house so i hope it goes to the right person. it usually does. :-)

helene March 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

Love your website, and can’t wait for the contest!

Linda March 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thanks so much for your website……I LOVE it!! While not a total raw foodie, I am trying a few of your recipes here and there and the kids love them.

Susan March 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

I think we lost a few comments in the switch..

Veggie Girl is Living Rawesome March 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

Thank you!! Keep it up. You continue to inspire me! Blessings to you!

Faith Lubitz March 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Hi Susan- This is such a great website, there is so much happy life force bubbling up, including all the commenters! Thanks for this……..I am about 5 days raw due to feeling ‘up against the wall’ recently with my health. Hey, whatever it takes, it’s all good. I’ve been around 70% raw for many years, now 56, and have a dual foodie personality that likes to try all the new restaurants and eat lots of different things………..along with a raw food enthusiast part. And I have a lot of sensitivities to foods so the indulgent eating takes its toll…….I just can’t believe how great I feel, just made a huge juice and am loving it, with kale, celery, nappa, carrot, watercress, beet, apple………yummy! I seriously was feeling like I was going to have a stroke or something recently but can feel I have lifted myself up out of the ditch!! And will stay here, thank you all……..(don’t tell me to go have an mri either, LOL)

Heather March 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

That is such a beautiful picture! I love the rain as well. Cool news about the giveway, that dehydrator looks very nice!

Neven March 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

So happy to hear things are going well! I love your website and look forward to your cookbook.

Vidya March 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

Hi Susan, I stumbled upon your site recently and have been amazed by everything I see. The pictures, the recipes, everything! We love to eat healthy and natural and I used to think we eat a lot of raw food. You opened up an entire new world of so many more possibilities for us. Have been checking your posts the moment they appear on my reader :) I’ve been considering purchasing a dehydrator ever since then so I checked out a dehydrator cookbook from the library and have been reading it.

I didn’t mean to make my comment soo long :) Keep up the awesome work. You have another follower.

Susan March 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

Welcome!!! Love to have you here and commenting!!

Dot D. March 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

Hi,
I’ve been away for awhile, but glad to see and hear about the good news. I just love this site and am positive the new one will be even better. In fact, I think this is the BEST site I’ve ever come across in my search for recipes and other raw fooders’ comments. Please keep it up. I check in at least 3 times a week.
Best wishes moving forward!

Susan March 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Just to be clear…there isn’t going to be a new site…I actually really love this one. :-) We switched to new servers. So, we can handle the higher volume of traffic. So glad you are here!!

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