Home for the Holidays: Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs with Chocolate Mint Truffles & More Giveaways

photo courtesy of Diet, Dessert and Dogs

So we’ve passed the halfway point in our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event, but don’t worry, we’re not on the downhill slide, we’re not letting up, we’re not coasting … no way, no how! Today’s host, Ricki (Diet, Dessert and Dogs), brings you Chocolate Mint Truffles. Truffles say holidays and festive celebrations to me. In fact one of my favorites in my collection of Christmas children’s books is Truffle’s Christmas. In that book, Truffle refers to an adorable little mouse, but let’s get back to the confectionary kind of truffles, shall we? Chocolate and mint are one of my favorite holiday combinations for sure! I’m not alone as peppermint bark is a huge seller and very popular recipe at Christmas time. I do love peppermint bark, but truffles take a similar combination of ingredients to a fabulous new level. Bite-sized, melt-in-your-mouth super special treats. I think you’ll agree that Ricki’s Chocolate Mint Truffles look incredible. What a lovely bonus that Ricki has made them free of so many ingredients that many of us can’t or choose not to eat! Oh, and you’ll also get an entertaining tale with your visit to Ricki’s, but that’s always the case, too.

I’ve written about Ricki, her blog, and her cookbooks at length before and just talked about her book, Sweet Freedom, in our giveaway from the other day. I reviewed Sweet Freedom and adapted Ricki’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins here. I loved these muffins and all the other recipes of Ricki’s I’ve made—for example, Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chia Pudding, Almond-Cinnamon Fudge, and Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Almond Sauce. Ricki is a culinary genius! She creates recipes that work with the anti-candida diet (e.g., gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, yeast-free) and are also vegan.  In addition to Sweet Freedom, Ricki is also the author of Good Morning! Breakfasts, Anti-Candida Feast, and Desserts Without Compromise. Heads up, these late three will be given away later in our holiday event, thanks to Ricki! (You can read more about them all here.)

Now let’s see what Ricki is giving away

Sugar Nation ~ Jeff O’Connell shares his own story and reveals the truth about the wisdom of traditional guidance on consuming sugar and carbs, preventing diabetes, and treating diabetes in his new book. You can read my review and interview with Jeff here. This book is rated 4 ½ stars on Amazon. Interestingly enough, one of the most positive reviews comes from Dr. William Davis, a practicing cardiologist and “former” diabetic, whose book Wheat Belly is also being given away in our holiday event. (Both are very compelling, eye-opening reads.)

 1 copy (1 winner)

Living Without magazine ~ Living Without calls itself the magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities. I’ve been subscribing to Living Without for years and I can personally attest that it is jam-packed with recipes that will work for multiple intolerances, the latest on studies related to celiac disease and other food-related or food-mediated conditions, advice on handling social situations, tips on living gluten free and more frugally, book reviews, and much more. I’d like to thank the folks at Living Without’s Belvoir Media Group for not only donating two subscriptions to our holiday event, but also for sending me 65 copies of their gorgeous holiday issue for handing out at my support group’s 7th Annual Open House event last month and our holiday meeting last week! In addition to Living Without’s website, you’ll want to check out their blog (including this post on kicking off your holiday baking) and their Facebook page!

2 subscriptions (2 winners)

Visit Ricki to get her irresistible Chocolate Mint Truffle recipe and enter the giveaway for Sugar Nation and Living Without magazine! (Note: Ricki’s giveaway ends midnight Tuesday, December 13th!)

Remember that every entry also gives you another entry into the final giveaway of Caveman Cookies ($89 value), Free From Gluten ($150 shopping spree), and Vitamix 5200 Super Health Lifestyle Package including grains container ($550 value). Plus, I’ll be giving away additional prizes from time to time—choosing from all the entries for the entire event–like a 5-lb bag of Honeyville Almond Flour late tonight, December 11th. Don’t miss a recipe or an opportunity … you can see the complete, always updated line-up here! But I’ll go ahead and tell you who’s on deck for tomorrow … the lovely Iris of The Daily Dietribe.

Not just gf, but gfe!

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6 Responses to “Home for the Holidays: Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs with Chocolate Mint Truffles & More Giveaways”

  1. Ricki on December 11th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Shirley! I had so much fun with the event. And Living Without is such a great mag, isn’t it?

    Looking forward to Iris’s post tomorrow, too! :)

    • Shirley on December 12th, 2011 11:26 am

      Hi Ricki–My pleasure and thank you for those stunning truffles and such a delightful tale to go with them! I think we could all visualize the pictures you painted. :-) Both of your giveaway prizes are great ones, but Living Without magazine will be a joy for two folks to received throughout the year!

      Now Iris’ post is up, of course, and I think all of us are thrilled with her “Cream Cheese” Cookies! ;-)


  2. Rebecca Avery on December 12th, 2011 10:12 am

    This sounds great, thanks for all the great ideas and recipes.

    • Shirley on December 12th, 2011 11:28 am

      Hi Rebecca–I know … amazing truffles! You are welcome … from me and all our participants! Thank you so much for joining our holiday event! :-)


  3. Heather on December 12th, 2011 5:20 pm

    The truffles look great and the Living Without Mag looks like it would be very nice to have.

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2011 1:09 pm

      Hi Heather–I’m still playing catch up on comments. I agree that Ricki’s truffles look wonderful! :-) FYI–I’ll be annoucing the winners of the subscription soon. ;-) But Living Without is a great magazine to subscribe to, even if you don’t win it.


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