Vegan MoFo Week Two Recap: Three Giveaways, Multiple Cranberries, and My Home is a TV Studio

I. Vegan MoFo:

Well, right off the bat, I want to say this to all the other Vegan MoFo participants:

I salute you.

Kudos to you all.

Hats off.

You have my admiration.

I am in awe of you.

You rock!

And also, I am very tired.

Sure, I’ve been accused of being a little bit off my rocker in the past (and have, coincidentally, been turned off of Rocker Guy–He of the Black Leather Pants–for quite some time, now, too), but let me tell you, this “writing every day” business?  I must have been utterly, truly mad when I signed up.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my blog.  I love writing my blog posts.  I love Vegan MoFo. I love writing, period.  And I really love my blog readers and reading their comments. But writing every day??  For a month–????

Insanity, I tell you.

Well, today marks the (almost) halfway point of the quotidian posting that is Vegan MoFo IV, and I’ve made it this far–yay!.  (I make no promises about the future, however.)

This past week was hoppin’ here at the DDD household!  I thought I’d share a few highlights, plus a few of my favorite MoFo posts from the past week.

[Win my giveaway and get a gift pack so you can make this at home!]

II. Giveaways Galore–and you can still enter all three of them!

III. Cranberries Galore–and you can make them yourself!

If you’re like me (hmm, sorry to hear that), then you don’t eat sugar at the moment, in any of its myriad forms.  That means no unrefined evaporated cane juice, no maple syrup, no brown rice syrup, no Sucanat, no dextrose, maltose, sucrose, glucose or any other -ose. . . basically, the only permitted sweeteners are stevia, yacon syrup and the (very) occasional grain of palm sugar or drop of agave nectar.  Well, around holiday time, I like to bake things with dried fruits, but the ACD doesn’t allow dried fruits.  I am, however, permitted fresh berries.  So. . . I decided to dry my own.

This recipe for oven-dried cranberries seemed to stike a chord with many of you, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve used them in biscuits and muffins so far. . . and must admit, I just ate the rest as-is, by the handful.

[Moi, with the lovely Natali who interviewed me today. See the special foil-covered light above her head? How cool is that?]

IV. Cameras Galore–and you can peek into a TV shoot at my house!

This afternoon, the lovely folks from York Region Living dropped in to interview me and tape me making up some Coconut Macaroons.  I’ve shared the recipe before on my one and only YouTube video, but here it is again (below) for those of you who don’t want to skip over there.

The two hours they were in the house flew by, and before I knew it, the interview was over and the crew was busy filming the props (ie baked goods).  Here’s Jeff, the cameraman, taking a shot of the table after the interview was done:

Yes, I am a total nerd:  the entire experience was incredibly fun and exciting. I really enjoyed setting up the kitchen space and chatting about healthy baking, food intolerances and the ACD.  Thanks so much to everyone on the show for a great afternoon! (NB: the show doesn’t air until January; of course I’ll let you know when it’s available to view!).

And here’s the recipe Natali and I baked up during the segment:

V. MoFo Posts Galore:

It’s been tough to keep up with all the posts happening over the past two weeks–so many amazing bloggers blogging daily!  I’ve been reading and commenting as much as I can, but am woefully behind even now.  Here are but a few of the stellar posts I’ve encountered recently:

  • Becks’ amazing Storm in a Tea Cup
  • Shellyfish and Mihl post simultaneous virtual hugs
  • River is outed
  • Lisa visits some of my wish-list restaurants, virtually
  •  Andrea eats food I wish I could find in my neighborhood
  • Gena lends some sanity to an incendiary issue (and kicks butt)
  • Amey travels the world
  • jessy cooks up some superw00t! Mac ‘N Trees

. . . . and too many more to mention!

VI. And, finally–DDD In Your Kitchen:

As always,  I love it when readers try my recipes and let me know that they did.  I thought I’d share links to other people who made recipes from the blog and posted about it during the past few weeks.

Here’s a list of recent culinary creations based on DDD recipes.  If I missed yours, let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list!

Thanks so much, everyone!

Phew!  How’s that for an end-of-week MoFo post?  (Surely it’s long enough to count for two from next week, right?) ;)

Hope you all have a great weekend! :D

Last Year at this Time: Lucky Comestible 6(3): Apple and Red Wine Soup (with Anti-Candida Variation)

Two Years Ago: Chocolate Pecan Pie (ACD maintenance only)

Three Years Ago: Sweet Potato and Carrot Casserole

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  1. Oh Ricki, I feel your pain. I’m tired, too, and I haven’t exerted myself nearly as much as you have — especially today! Your post is a spectacular exclamation point to the halfway mark. And you can go the distance, I know you can. Me? Not so sure. But we’ll keep trying, won’t we? Thanks for the link. :D

    • Ha ha! Yes, today was a long day–but so much fun. I love thinking of this as an “exclamation point”–long, for sure! And I’ll go the distance if you will ;)

  2. That recipe looks delicious! How fun to have a TV shoot at home!

    I think some of us may be stretching our blogging muscles more than others during Vegan MoFo. I’m posting daily but I can’t claim depth; however, I can claim yummy food (recipes or links) or photos for vegan meal inspiration! :) Working full-time as a higher ed administrator, working 1/4 time as an instructor and also taking a grad course this term leaves very little for much else. BUT, you can tell the same story, and more, and you blow me away with your posts. I bow down to you! :)

    • I do feel as if my posts aren’t as in-depth as usual. . . normally I like to let them “simmer” and grow over a day or two, but no time for that now! Sounds as if you are plenty busy yourself–we can bow to each other. ;)

  3. Ricki!!! You look so good – have you lost more weight? I think it’s so exciting to be interviewed and bake with Natali!
    It’s not easy to comment on my favourite MoFo blogs, and keeping up is a bit marathon-esque, but hey, it’s almost over, right? Ok, no, but that’s ok!

    • Thanks so much, Shellyfish! And no, no more weight loss.

      I agree about the marathon-esque commenting. . .hey, wait, that’s more exercise! Maybe then I really *would* lose more weight! ;)

  4. Wow, you have been busy Ricki. Have you had any sleep at all? So you dry the cranberries and they are ok? Is it the method that is used in bought dried fruits or the preservatives that is not good for you?

    • Apparently dried fruits have concentrated sugars and can harbor molds. So sundried tomatoes are also a no-no, for instance. For the homemade ones, I use them immediately or else (haven’t tried this yet) would freeze them for later use, which stalls the mold.

  5. Hey, it’s only a matter of time before you have a food network show, I’m sure. :)

  6. Ricki you are incredible. You’re so busy but you still take the time to highlight and support other people. Thanks so much for linking to my adoption post :) Hope life settles down a little for you. How did the girls like the TV crew?

    • That’s part of the fun! I love learning about other bloggers from blogs I read so want to return the favor. :) Thanks for the good wishes. . . it *will* settle down after Christmas, as that’s when I’m on holiday! And the Girls were. . . okay. They’re great with the women on crew (who even commented on how well behaved they were), but poor little Chaser is far too intimidated by tall men and kept barking at one guy. I don’t think we convinced him to get a dog any time soon. ;)

  7. So cool, Ricki!! I can’t wait to see the clip. You’re becoming a regular star. And, you looked fabulous! Congrats!!

  8. You are a blogging rock star in my world. For today’s post and so much more! Just this morning, I made Gluten Free Cranberry Ginger scones and remembered that I’d just seen a recipe somewhere in the blogsphere for homemade dried cranberries, but I couldn’t remember where until I read today’s post. Ok, now I have to make the scones all over again, this time with homemade dried cranberries!!!

    • Ha ha! Thanks, Ellen. But can I be a groupie instead? Like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous?? I’ve always wanted to have her long, lean look (and her posture!). ;) And now I think I must make your scones yet again, but with dried cranberries!

  9. That is so awesome! Congratulations Ricki! Will they have the interview on the internet later?

  10. Ricki

    I know it must be SO much work to blog every day…I cannot even imagine. But I am soooooooooo glad you are participating in MoFo. I love each and every one of your posts and I always look forward to them. So thank you! It is very much appreciated :-)

    Courtney

  11. hiya, Ricki! i hear you, my friend – i’m pooped! it’s crazy tough posting every day, trying to keep up with everyone’s posts, and comment on them, too. whew!

    i am a nerd as well, and would have been totally geeking out during the entire film process – the whole production is so neat! love all the behind the scene things. i can’t wait to see the clip, and i love the picture of you and Natali. made me smile!

    thanks again for another wonderful shout-out. i really enjoyed Shellyfish & Mihl’s posts about the vegan blogging community. i’ve met so many new friends through it all – it’s amazing and inspiring, and awesome to be a part of everything that goes on and spreading the vegan love. :)

    i think i’m gonna cook up some dinner and relax for a bit. my google reader is overflowing like crazy, but sometimes you’ve just gotta sit back and relax – i hope you get some down time, too.

    enjoy your weekend and all the yumminesses & fun it brings!

    • Jessy, yes, it was so much fun! :D I will let y’all know the second they air the show. . . in January! And I couldn’t agree more about the blogging community: totally awesome. Hope your weekend is great, too! :)

  12. Ricki, that was the most awesome video I’ve seen in a while! You had me laughing out loud several times…. and your girls are adorable!

    How cool you are going to be on TV!

  13. I don’t think I could post daily at the moment – but there have been times I felt I could (and even then I might have struggled) so kudos to you for finding your mofo mojo. The tv studio in your kitchen sounds v exciting and I loved the macaroons from sweet freedom so am sure your modified ones are great.

    • These macaroons ARE the ones from Sweet Freedom! I just added the nibs to these ones. ;) And I don’t actually think I’ll be able to post daily, either. . . running out of steam pretty darned quickly! ;)

  14. That is so cool! I can’t wait for the show to air… maybe you will be on the Ellen Show before Januray too!

    MoFo is not for the weak! It’s really kicking my wimpy butt big time. Hopefully we will get a second wind so we can keep posting like maniacs! :)

    Thank you so much for the shout-outs! I hope more people send Ellen crafty crafts that she won’t be able to resist!

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