Wellness Weekend, December 29, 2011-January 2, 2012!

Can it really be the last weekend of the YEAR?!   After last’s week’s Holiday Edition, I’m pleased to present you with our final Wellness Weekend event–the one that spans right into 2012!

And so, as we make our way out of 2011 (in our case, blanketed in snow, which arrived yesterday–sniff, boo hoo!), I wish you all a stellar end to the year.  I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your support each week, not only for this event (and I’m thrilled with the great response to it so far!), but for DDD in general, its recipes, ACD-related information, and, of course, The Girls’ musings. 

I love hearing from you, whether in comments, by email, on Facebooktwitter or Pinterest–so please keep those comments, questions and reactions coming!  I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for all of us. 

Here’s to another year together on DDD! :D


Ricki xo

And now, for last week’s highlighted recipes. . . .based on the theme, “made for sharing”: 

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Homemade Sauerkraut with Nori Flakes from Natural Health and Prevention.  I’ve made my own sauerkraut before and loved it–next time, I’m adding nori!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Healthy Chocolate Truffles from Healthy Kitschy Vegan. With over 120 clicks on the linky, Danni’s easy raw truffles were clearly your top choice in this category last week! 

Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included! :)


  1. The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. Please do not link more than once to the same web page!
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL PER POST, PLEASE.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT. Any real food ingredients that are sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that nutritional yeast, miso, etc! I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.);
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey).

“Hey! Why was my entry removed?”

  • The most common reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they don’t contain a link back to this post, they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation. If you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go! For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.
  • Another reason posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per post, please. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky. :)
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!

NOTE: A few of you have mentioned problems linking up in the past couple of weeks because of the backlink requirement. If the linky won’t work for you, please let me know so I can tell the Linky Tools owner and the problem can be fixed!




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  1. Hello There Ricki~

    Happy New Year to you and the girls!!

    This week I am sharing my “Go Ahead Honey” submission. A SCD friendly lentil hummus dip.

    Love your new banner! :-)

    Oh, and have you seen this site? It reminded me of you. She’s an animal lover. She draws her pugs (and other animals and other cute things), and her animal illustrations and commentary are hysterical. :-) http://gemma-correll.blogspot.com/. This one is so cute: http://gemma-correll.blogspot.com/2011/10/2-months-to-go.html.

    It made me smile, just thought I would share.

    Be Well,

    • Thanks, Amber (very cute). :) I actually went to check my blog’s home page just in case there was a new banner. . . nope! Not sure what you’re thinking of, but it’s the same as always. . . . maybe something new will pop up in 2012! :D

  2. Hi Ricki,

    Thanks for your note. I just noticed tonight that the pictures were different, but I see that they rotate. Just saw some new food images and one of your cute girls giving the other a smooch…new to me (but I see they rotate). I should mention I’m tired too, we just came home from visiting family (and had our 5th and final Christmas celebration)…so a little delirious…off to bed). :-)


    • Ha ha–yes, they do rotate, but if you kept falling on the same one, you’d definitely think it was different! I know what you mean, though–the holidays are great, but they sure can throw you off balance! Thanks so much for the good wishes. I hope you have a wonderful new year as well! :)

  3. Great round-up, Ricki. I hope to make sauerkraut this week, too! :)

  4. I don’t have a recipe to submit this week :( but I will be looking forward to seeing the links here this weekend. Hope you have a very healthy and happy 2012! Thank you for hosting this lovely event!

    • Thanks so much, Vicky! We’ll miss you this week but look forward to seeing you in 2012! Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and great start to the new year :D

  5. Thanks so much for hosting!!! I’m publishing my kale and lentil soup. It’s a simple soup with some fantastic superfoods, great for pregnancy and breastfeeding; however, my entire family scarfed it down!!! And it’s gluten free and GAPS friendly as well!

  6. Thanks so much for featuring my Grain Free Pumpkin Choc. Chip Cookies this week!

    I shared my Mashed Potatoes and Carrots recipe this week as well as a Vegan Protein Power Smoothie recipe. They are recipes I created a few months ago, but I still make them often.

    Have a wonderful New Year!

  7. Mmmmm, more great entries to check out!

  8. glad you liked the soup – it was a good christmas eve recipe – festive and easy – just shows how well the wellness weekends is received that it is still going strong over the holidays – interested to see you have a pinterest account – it is a great site


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