March 24, 2009
DIET, DESSERT AND DOGS HAS MOVED!
If you’re reading this post, you’ve landed on the last post on the old site.
Please follow us over to the shiny NEW Diet, Dessert and Dogs by clicking here.
And if you arrive before March 31, 2009, you can enter to WIN SOME FREE MAPLE SYRUP OR A CUSTOM BAKED CAKE!
Hope to see you there! Drop by at http://dietdessertndogs.com! 🙂
“Mum, the new home is so nice–very roomy and comfortable. But we still haven’t managed to find the stash of treats. . . you didn’t forget to bring them along, did you?”
March 20, 2009
First, the blog news: I’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
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:
WHAT YOU CAN WIN
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!
HOW TO ENTER:
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.
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). 🙂
HOW IT WILL WORK:
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.
DEADLINE AND ANNOUNCEMENT:
Deadline for entries is midnight, March 31, 2009, Toronto time.
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!
HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE!
January 31, 2009
Here’s how I selected them: First, I went to Random.org and asked for 6 random numbers between 1 and 120. Then I went through the numbers in the order they appeared in the random list. The first entry from Toronto won the baked goods; after that, everyone else (whether from Toronto or not) won a Peppermint Ritter Sport.
I’ve copied and pasted the list here. I’m afraid I don’t know how to capture the screen exactly as it looks on the Random. org page (can anyone help me with that?), but I promise that this is the actual list that appeared when I hit the “Get Numbers” button. And if anyone can tell me how to copy the content from the original page onto my blog (for the next contest), I’d be much obliged!
(“Yes, we can vouch four our Mum because we were in the room while she was on the computer. . . well, okay, maybe we were actually wrestling on the floor at the time, but we trust our Mum. She always gives us treats when she says she will.”)
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
26 19 35 108 29 28
Timestamp: 2009-01-31 14:04:51 UTC
In other words, the winners are:
19: Shelby–Ritter Sport #1
26: VEGAN LISA–YOU WIN THE TREATS!!
28: Michelle–Ritter Sport #2
29: Animal-Friendly–Ritter Sport #3
35: Ellie–Ritter Sport #4
108: Joanne (Apple Crumbles)–Ritter Sport #5
Congratulations to all the winners! I’ll be contacting you via email. And if you happen to read this before you hear from me, please email me at dietdessertdogs AT gmail DOT com to get in touch!
This was really a fun contest for me. I loved reading all the entries, and your enthusiasm was contagious! Thanks, everyone, for entering.
And as I mentioned before, there will be one contest each month until the cookbook is published, so you can always enter again later for another chance to win!
Have a great weekend (and to my American friends, enjoy the Superbowl–but honestly, does anyone really enjoy the Superbowl??).
January 20, 2009
I’d planned my own giveaway announcement today in honor of Obama’s impending inauguration, but that will have to wait for later, because I just found this out:
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: DDD IS A FOOD BLOG AWARD FINALIST!
A huge THANK YOU to Tea of Tea and Cookies for letting me know that my l’il blog has been chosen as one of five finalists in the Well Fed Network’s Food Blog Awards for 2008–in the “Best Food Blog: Writing” category!
WHOO HOO!!!! YIPPEEE!!!! YAY!!! WHEEEEEE! ACHOOO!!!! YOWZA!!!
(Sorry about the sneeze in there–just SO DARNED EXCITED!).
THANK YOU, to each and every one of you who visits this site regularly, who reads this blog and has provided such amazing encouragement and feedback over the past year, to those who suggested DDD for the award, and to the judges for choosing it. I have no doubt that this nomination is a direct result of all your support and comments! I can’t tell you all how thrilled I am to be nominated! (But I’m gonna try. . . ).
But the voting starts TODAY–so please vote! Voting extends to 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 24th, so you can celebrate Obama’s inauguration and still have time to vote!
If you like DDD and think this blog deserves to win. . .
GO OUT AND VOTE!! And even though DDD may be the underdog on the list (the Diet, Dessert and UnderDog?), it’s incredibly exciting even to be on the same list as those other blogs! Okay, before I get too “Academy Awards-speech” on you, here are the details:
Votes must be registered through the official Well Fed Network page, so be sure to click through from there. And please spread the word in case others aren’t aware of the awards!
I’ll post my other (giveaway) announcement in the next day or two, after the excitement has worn off a little (mine, not Obama’s). In the meantime, here’s that link again:
and the general page to vote for all other categories:
And one more time, THANK YOU. Have I ever mentioned that I think food bloggers and readers are THE BEST?
If you’re new to DDD or arrived via the Well Fed Network, welcome! Thanks for stopping by. You can probably gain a good sense of the writing from the following selection of posts:
- The Biscuit and the Scramble (to Woo Your Rake)
- Cuckoo for Coconut (Mini Coconut Loaves or Muffins)
- Encomium to the Soap Star Bloggers
- The Parable of the Steak
- A North American’s Anzac Biscuits (or, My Ode to the Antipodes)
- Dog Day: If Vodka is an Elsie, then Beer is a Chaser
- Tofu Omelet with Sauteed Apples and Sweet Curry Sauce
- French Toast Souffle with Summer Berries
Now, I’m off to watch history in the making (see, your votes DO count!!)
“Sorry, Mum, we just can’t get excited about a blog award. . .oh, but wait–if you do win, does that mean you’ll be able to provide us with extra treats? Yay! Congratulations, Mum!”
June 21, 2008
First, thank you all so much for your entries; it was wonderful to learn about so many new cookbooks! I’m definitely going to have to get The Passionate Vegetarian–I mean, with an author named Crescent Dragonwagon, how could I resist? Thanks, Jackie and Astra! I think I’ll also look into The New Farm Vegetarian (thanks, Shelly); Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian (thanks, Holler and Brett); ReFresh (thanks, Brandy and Debyi); The Crank’s Bible (thanks, Sue); Going Wild in the Kitchen (thanks, Cheryl); and the classic Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking (thanks, Courtney). Oh, and Vijita–how lucky for you to have stayed at Laura’s B&B!
Really, all your descriptions sounded so good, I think I want to go out and buy them all. And I loved the memories brought back by Megan’s mention of the Betty Crocker book (my mom used to make cookies from it all the time), Michelle’s mention of the Silver Palate (I still love that one!), and Hallie’s mention of Joy of Cooking (it really is a great reference, isn’t it?).
Another thing I loved about this contest: it got so many of you commenting! Fifty-seven entries in all–wow! I really love hearing from you all, and hope you’ll keep on commenting now that you’ve made yourselves known, contest or no contest! Thanks, all. 🙂
Okay: so on to the WINNER! I had thought to try the random number generator, but in the end decided to go with an old-fashioned draw from a big bowl of paper slips. I used strips of old newspaper (so as not to generate extra garbage) and wrote the numbers on them:
And then, I had my assistant help me choose one:
So, the lucky winner is number 54–Katy! Katy, please contact me via email (at dietdessertdogs AT gmail DOT com, or just leave a comment on this post) so you can tell me which book you’d like from the list, as well as your address so I can mail you your book. Congratulations!
Thanks again, everyone. This was really fun! And most importantly, thanks for all your support over these past 230 days (now 235!), visiting the blog, continuing to read, and providing your great feedback. What did I ever do before I discovered blogging?
Have a great weekend, everyone.