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Hi–and Hiatus

For those of you who drop by DDD regularly, you may have noticed that the frequency of my posts has slowed down considerably of late.  Well, once again, it’s that time of the semester when I’m deep into a marking blitz and consequently feel as if I’m neglecting this blog.  That, paired with an impromptu visit from the CFO this past weekend, and I’m more behind than I’d like to be (to say nothing of having more “behind” than I’d like to have). 

And while I find it frustrating to be sitting on a plethora of photos patiently waiting for blog entries to accompany them, rather than post in haste, I will instead reluctantly bid you adieu for a short while (to return post-haste) as I scramble to complete the work and write up several entries I’m dying to share with you all.  I’ll still be reading all your blogs, however (wouldn’t want to eliminate all my blog-related pleasures during this period!).

I can’t sign off without first sending out a huge “THANK YOU,” though, to both Katy and Destiny for nominating me for the “Brilliante Weblog” award! I am very honored and grateful to be chosen by these two personable and creative bloggers. Thanks so much, you two! 

I know I’m supposed to pass this along to 7 others, and will properly give it some thought during my time away. In the meantime, here are some visual nibbles until I return in a week or two.

For now, have a great end of July, all!

[“You’re such a spoil-sport, Mum.  Does this mean we don’t get to taste-test any more??”]

( From the recent visit with my sister)–Sweet potato, quinoa and black bean bites:

Almond-rice balls:

Gluten-free berries ‘n cream flan:

Birthday cake for a customer’s winsome daughter (sugar free cake and frosting): 

Of course, The Girls will miss you all, too, while we’re all away!

[“Mum, we’re just so bored when we can’t be in the spotlight for a while. . . “]


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  • good luck with the marking – am pleased to see you are still eating lots of yummy food – that flan looks so impressive (because I can never be bothered to make such things) and the rest look great too


  • Darls, take deep breaths and relax. Enjoy the time offline!

    Will miss ya, too. Congrats on another well-deserved award.


  • Katy and Destiny couldn’thave picked a better recipient for the award.

    Hello, girls! Have a fun hiatus; I will miss you.


  • I will miss you, but will wait patiently for your return. 🙂

    Megan (munching quinoa tabbouleh) (for real)


  • You will surely be missed, but I can understand completely. I was MIA from my site for a while as well, but I hope to be posting regularly now. All those pictures looked absolutely wonderful. The sweet potato, quinoa, and black bean bites really caught my attention!! Hope things settle down for you soon and you are back cooking/baking and posting soon….for the dogs’ sake of course!! 🙂

    Take care!


  • Celine

    we miss youuuuuuuuu!


  • Hi Ricki
    That birthday cake looks wonderful! What did you use as a sweetener?
    Best wishes


  • I hope you have a very productive hiatus, but I’m excited for you to come back. We’ll miss you and the girls!


  • Ahh, Ricki, I’ll miss you for sure!! Please take care, good luck, and come back into the blogging world soon!! :0)

    Congratulations on the blogging award!!

    Everything you’ve been cooking and baking looks amazing, as always; but that GLUTEN-FREE berries ‘n cream flan sounds ESPECIALLY enticing :0D


  • have a great break! everyone needs time off.


  • Have a great break Ricki!

    And I can’t wait to read about all of those foods. YUM!


  • Good luck with all the marking! I’ll miss your posts until then. The almond rice balls and sweet potato quinoa black bean bites sound so good! I hope there are recipes to accompany those when you start posting again. 🙂


  • Andrea

    Congratulations on the award. You certainly deserve it. I know you’re not off vacationing-work does have a tendency to interfere with fun, sometimes. But I hope the grading goes smoothly, and all the papers are brilliant. (or at least readable!)


  • Courtney

    That flan looks amazing! I am drooling on my computer…

    Good luck with the marking/grading! I am sure you are a fabulous professor and that your students appreciate you!

    And congrats on the blogger award. It is MUCH deserved! I am always so impressed with your posts and photos and happy when I see you have posted. That being said, you will be missed while you are gone, but I hope that you are able to accomplish a lot and feel a little less stressed!



  • giz

    Congratulations on the award…very cool award indeed. Did you at least tell the furry kids that they own part of this award – after all – they ARE the taste testers n’est ce pas?


  • Aw, I’ll miss your posts and comments! Take care, we’ll all be waiting for you when you get back. 🙂


  • It seems like I’ve only just found your blog, but I’ll miss your posts! Make sure to have lots of fun during your break — and I must ask, how did you make those sweet potato, quinoa and black bean bites? They look so delicious, I would even eat them for breakfast!


  • I’ll miss you while you’re away! Those treats all look heavenly.


  • Do come back soon!! Your posts will be missed…


  • Looking forward to your return to blogging – have an awesome rest of summer 🙂


  • I will look forward to the sweet potato, quinoa and black bean recipe. The dogs look relaxed and quite comfortable.


  • Can’t wait till you’re back to regular blogging Ricki, but I understand the hiatus, I’ve been on a bit of one myself lately!!
    So glad to see your receive the brilliant blog award, very fitting 🙂


  • Commented before all the photos loaded up, just wanted to say the cake is beautiful!


  • Boy, oh boy, you don’t have to worry about that! We don’t mind and will be awaiting your return in anticipation!

    May i have a slice of the flan? Pretty please!


  • Like everyone else I am desperate for the sweet potato, quinoa, and black bean bites recipe, I need some new staples and the boy is wild about the buckwheat burgers.

    Looking forward to seeing you back.


  • Wow, the sugar free cake is amazing, you’d certainly never know and I’m really into the idea of the almond rice balls–yum!


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