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resolve to be you

2 Jan

5151718988_6c0a114729It’s easy to get wrapped up in the resolution fever that buzzes around this time of the year.

While writing down your year’s goals and aspirations is a productive exercise, we sometimes lose track of the fact that we are wonderful just the way we are. Of course there are things that we can do better, and striving to change unproductive habits in the new year is useful, just try not to forget that your foundation and your life just the way it is right now is great in itself.

To honor self love, and acceptance we would like to share a simple and sweet new year’s recipe. All it takes is some squash, olive oil, salt and pure maple syrup. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect the way it is, like you!

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Rinse your squash. Cut in half (work those arms!)
  • Coat the inside and outside of squash with olive oil, then follow with a coating of maple syrup
  • Finish with 1 pinch of salt
  • Add halves to baking sheet, place squash upside down
  • Let cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash
  • Poke your squash with a knife to test doneness. Squash skin should be soft, and knife should poke through effortlessly
  • Top with a maple syrup drizzle

Here’s to a simple, delicious and nutritious year to come!

Photo courtesy of Bongo Vongo

Happy New Year!

1 Jan

All over the world, people are making resolutions, taking time to reflect on how they want the next 12 months to go. What great opportunity.

There is tremendous power in our connectedness.

I was looking for a project to share to inspire the beginnings of great things in 2011, and settled on this image. Remember the plastic island – the floating heap of garbage and chemical sludge that is floating in the Pacific comprised of all the plastic debris that we dispose of on a regular basis? Animals die repeatedly from eating the plastic junk and feeding it to their young, it is in international waters and as such, a problem for all of us.

This image is of what could be. The plastic island could be turned into a real island – with trees and with a plastic plant that collects all of the plastic trash around the world and turns the plastic into basic, useful products. Here is the premise:

Plastic island

Our starting point is that this predicament must be solved at the source. The plastic is no longer garbage, but a sustainable raw material that lays the foundations of an island. The island, or raft, has three functions:

  1. collecting plastic,
  2. transforming plastic into basic products,
  3. providing accommodations for inhabitants and employees.

Plastic Island is connected to large membranes pulled forward by kites, the membranes bring the underwater debris towards the island. Once on the island, the plastic is recycled to basic plastic products. Nothing but technology defines the design of the island. Since this project is in some sense isolated from having to comply with an existing environment, everything is possible. This interesting situation can potentially bring together new and unexpected partnerships. This will undoubtedly lead to surprising outcomes.

Let us make time for creative thinking this year. For making, shaping, experimenting with new ideas, recipes, and projects that stretch our experiences to create surprisingly positive outcomes.

All of us at Butter Beans wish you all the best in your lives and endeavors, and thank you for being a part of our community.