Saw-Whet Owls and The Dirty Dozen

by Susan on February 16, 2011

Spring is coming! Seriously, it’s only around the corner. Although, in Minnesota, the corner can project into April some years! We are enjoying a bit of a heat wave in Minneapolis. It has been in the 40’s for a few days. We might even hit 50 tomorrow! After months of brutal cold and feet of snow, the warm up feels good.

One of the indicators that spring is coming at my house is the appearance of Saw-Whet owls. This little beauty is roosted in the cedar tree, right outside my front door. I have cedars that surround my house and the Saw-Whet owls love them. They also love mice. I often am alerted to their presence by droppings and the mouse pellets that appear on the ground. When I see these indicators, I look up and sure enough, there is a little Saw-Whet looking back down at me!

The Dirty Dozen

I have also noticed that as the air warms, so does my appetite for pure, raw food. I am starting to crave salads, not soups. Just clean fresh food. It is amazing how much the weather affects what I want to eat! It is a really good time to re-educate ourselves as to what fruits and vegetables we really should be buying organic and which ones are more “clean”. The Environmental Working Group has published a great guide to the 12 worst (most pesticide contaminated) and the 15 best (least contaminated). You can find there pdf download here: Dirty Dozen

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Book news! I received the proof for Rawmazing Easy Raw Food yesterday. It is so exciting to see 100’s of hours of work take form. It really is beautiful and will make a great addition to your raw food cookbook library. It will be available 3 ways. The deluxe version is full color, the black and white version has a color cover and black and white interior, and online as a downloadable pdf. Just like the dessert book, it will be available world-wide.

There are over 230 pages of recipes, hints, ingredient lists, kitchen equipment and more. I have uploaded this viewer to give you a quick peek of selected pages. Just click on the arrows to page through!

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leelu February 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I wait – mouth watering- for this most gorgeous book. Thank you for sharing your gift! Wish I was nearby to take a class from you-alas I am in Colorado. I look at your site almost everyday -it gives me such inspiration. Will the book be ready by next week?


Ronda February 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Cannot wait to get my hand’s on a copy of this! YAY!

Much love to you my friend!


Susan February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Look for the launch early next week! xo


Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) February 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

What a beautiful creature, the Saw-Whet owl is. Amazing!

I agree with you, I’ve noticed my craving for salads over soups recently too. The sun has come out a few days here and there and when it does I really notice the difference in what my body craves :)

Your book is beautiful, thank you for sharing parts of it with us!


Laura February 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Fantastic waiting with great anticipation.


Mary Turtle February 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

It is gorgeous! I am so proud of you!


Cliff Champion February 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

how great! the layout looks very user friendly and sleek… a lot like the blog really. your photography is really what makes it stand out! what beautiful photos!!!


Catherine B-R February 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

The owl is gorgeous! Congrats on the upcoming book. I have just made a mental note to keep an eye open for this one. It must be added to my collection of raw food books.


Nikki February 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Really looking forward to this! Thanks for all of your hard work :)


Stacy February 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Can’t wait!
Are there color photos with each recipe as on your blog? Or are most recipes without photos?
Thanks :)


Susan February 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Not all of the recipes have full color photos. That would have made the book completely unaffordable to print and sell. There are over 180 recipes with over half represented with photos. Even though not every recipe has a photo, more than half do. The book itself has over 230 pages.


Shernell Cooke February 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hello Susan, all of your projects are so well worth the money. They really are full of quality. Say blessed


ani February 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

I agree with all those that have commented, “can’t wait!”


Shelly February 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Susan, you inspire me! The book is gorgeous on every level. I can’t wait!


Sarah February 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Can’t wait to add it to my collection!


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