Sweet (Freedom) Giveaway–and Blog News!

March 20, 2009

First, the blog newsI’ve got a new blog home!  (Well, almost–we’re about 95% moved in and unpacked so far. . . we’ve still got to add a virtual top coat of paint, rearrange some html furniture and hang some digital pictures before the rest is up and running over the next week or so, but everything is on site and functional!).   Please drop by to check it out, and don’t forget to change your Google Reader, other subscription info and blogrolls  (it’s also much easier to subscribe to this new site, so hope that helps–and note that the page tabs are now across the top of the page, not on the right as in this site!). I’ll be transferring over there for good by next week.  And now–ta da!–here’s the new home of

Diet, Dessert and Dogs!

The site was set up and arranged by Blain Smith of 13 Infinite.  It’s been a pleasure to work with him on this–Blain’s communication style is easy and relaxed, yet always professional.  He’s also been very accommodating and incredibly quick about responding to all my emails regarding the site (not to mention very patient with my sometimes endless questions and requests!).  If you’re looking to set up a new blog, I’d highly recommend him.

Next, the cookbook news: my cookbook finally has a cover! 


(I’m guessing you might recognize some of those photos?  And I know, the red, white and blue looks very patriotic,no?) 😉

Finally, the Double Giveaway News!!

I am very excited for this giveaway because it’s the perfect melding of my new blog, my new cookbook, and a product I love!

In honor of the cookbook’s cover being finalized, I decided to throw another giveaway to celebrate–add a new blog home, and it’s really a reason to party! (Get those chandeliers and lampshades ready!)

So here’s the scoop:


PRIZE ONE:  ANYONE IN NORTH AMERICA CAN WIN (again, a HUGE apology to my overseas readers–shipping costs prohibit overseas delivery.  BUT I DO PROMISE THAT THE NEXT GIVEAWAY WILL ABSOLUTELY INCLUDE ANYONE ON THE PLANET!)

Win a quart-sized jug of Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Syrup! 


[This is a photo of the glass bottle I received–the quart jug prize is four times this big!]

Yes, the prize is the same amazing maple syrup I wrote about in my previous post. And when the people at Coombs Family Farms heard how much I loved their syrup, and how much my readers wished they could taste some, they said, “Okay!  Let’s give some away!”  Who am I to argue?  I said, “YEEEE-AAH.” 

With a full quart (about a liter) of pure maple syrup, you can bake every maple-based recipe on this blog, and probably all the maple-based recipes in my new book, too!  And I can’t wait for one of you to sample this extraordinary product as well, and tell me what you think!

PRIZE  TWO: THOSE IN THE TORONTO AREA CAN WIN (to ensure freshness, it has to be within the general Toronto area, or you must be willing to meet me within Toronto–I am really sorry it can’t be everywhere!  sniff!)

A custom-baked chocolate layer cake from the Sweet Freedom recipe–made to your specifications!


After I posted about the cake I made for my friend Eternal Optimist’s birthday, I was touched by so many positive comments about the cake.  This is the same recipe I used for several years when I baked birthday cakes for kids with food sensitivities to wheat, eggs, dairy and refined sugar–and was a regular hit with the kids and adults alike (low-gluten, but not gluten free). The 9-inch layer cake serves 10-12 people comfortably.


Now, I’d love for a lucky reader to sample this chocolately, moist and light cake, too!  And you get to design the frosting/filling, plus whether you’d like a message on the cake as well.  (We’ll choose a mutually convenient delivery time so that you can even plan to serve the cake to family, friends, or party guests!)


Here’s what you can choose:

  • Chocolate layers with vanilla pastry cream filling and chocolate buttercream frosting
  • Chocolate layers with all chocolate–filling and frosting
  • Chocolate layers with sweet potato truffle filling and chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate layers with chocolate filling and sweet potato truffle frosting (the cake in the photo above)
  • Message of your choice in any color frosting (or no message–it’s up to you).

I’ll deliver the cake freshly baked and frosted so it’s ready to serve!


Entering couldn’t be easier–simply click on over to my new blog home, take a look around, then let me know either:

1) what more you’d like to see on the blog (any other features you’d like me to add?  Something you’re missing from the old blog? –etc.) OR

2) what you like best about the new blog if you can’t think of anything you’d like to be different. 

FOR A CHANCE AT TWO EXTRA ENTRIES, simply mention the contest on your own blog, if you have one, and link to this very page on the new blog (ie, this page).

Don’t have a blog?  You can still earn two extra entries!  Simply browse through the Recipe Index on the new DDD and choose a favorite recipe that uses maple syrup (some of the links haven’t been shifted to the new blog yet, so you might still be in the old blog when you click on a recipe title–I’m in the process of changing them all over).  Then comment again, letting me know which one you like best, and why–and you’ll be entered two more times.

Please be sure to include a valid email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

That’s it! 

Please post your comments on the new site to be eligible to win (that way I can keep track of all the entries in one place).  🙂


Once the contest closes, I’ll choose two winners from a bag of names.  The first Toronto-area name I withdraw will win the cake.  Then all the other names go back into the bag for the maple syrup draw, and the second name I choose wins that. 


  1. Deadline for entries is midnight, March 31, 2009, Toronto time. 
  2. Winners will be announced first thing on April 2, 2009 (I wouldn’t dare post contest winners on April Fool’s Day!). 

I loved baking up a storm for the previous giveaway, and was thrilled with Lisa’s kind words about the Sweet Freedom goodies. 

I can’t wait to get baking on this cake for you this time round as well.  And even if you can’t win the cake, you’re still eligible to win the syrup–so you can then bake your own delectable treats!



12 Responses to “Sweet (Freedom) Giveaway–and Blog News!”

  1. VeggieGirl Says:

    SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!!! I love the stories and recipes that you feature on the blog the best.

  2. Pearl Says:

    I tried to click on your new page but it said that that specific entry was not to be found.

    I love all the stories that you post 🙂

  3. jessy Says:

    oooh, there’s just so much awesomeness go’n on, Ricki! squeeeeeeeee! totally going to hop over to the new blog & check it out – and i’ve already updated my google reader & my blogroll! superw00t!

    oh yes – and i LOVE your cookbook cover! i think the red, white, & blue is really fun!

  4. Sara Says:

    I love the new blog! I love the drop-down menus at the top and I love the colorscheme!

    Not to be all weird and anal, it could’ve just been an oversight or totally intentional – On your recipe index page, all your categories are in their own categorical boxes, except ‘Entrees’ – if that was intentional, ignore me and my weird proofing skills..but if it was something that you didn’t catch, hope it helps..

  5. Anne K. Says:

    I love the layout, especially the link bar at the top of the page. It’s cool how you have sub-categories, like for the recipes. The new site looks awesome!

  6. Anne K. Says:

    Oh, whoops! I meant to post that on the new site

  7. Courtney Says:

    I am headed over to the new blog to enter the contest, but I wanted to comment here as well to say congrats! Congratulations on the cookbook cover, and congratulations on the new blog! Very exciting…both the cover and the new site look great :o)


  8. Vegetation Says:

    Yay! I love the cover! And the new blog looks great!

  9. Lindsey Says:

    The new site is awesome. I dig the menu bar across the top and really love the increased width of the journaling section.

    Maple syrup HAS to be best in you carob raisin biscuits. I love subtle maple.

  10. ziabaki Says:

    Happy spring Ricki!
    Thought I would pop over and check out the latest adventures of the warrior cook. How’s that book going? I would love to see it sometime. I’ve been experimenting with agave, due to your encouragement and am having a lot of rewarding experiences! Looking forward to the masterpiece.
    Dana Zia

  11. Laura Says:

    Hey Ricki,
    Honestly do not worry I completely understand, shipping costs are expensive enough within a country! It was your wonderful cakes I had my eye on but I’m not sure a plane trip would do them much good hehe! They look delicious! Thanks for the comment though, I hope I didn’t come accross as if I was complaining! 🙂

  12. oh cool. I’m so looking forward to the new book, and the new site looks groovy!

    i love maple and would be delighted to win…just like everyone else, I’m sure.

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