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Adventures in Hackville (Cookbook Giveaway Extended)

We are all worn out!

We are all worn out!

It has been quite the exciting weekend here at the Dine & Dish household. If you are one of my friends on Twitter or Facebook you know all about our adventure this weekend. If not, I’ll give you a brief update. Dine & Dish was taken over by a lovely hacker dude on Friday evening. I found out because he had taken over my blog (not directly, but through a “hole” in the server) and put Google ads up all over the place. He had control of Dine & Dish most of the weekend and we were finally able to get things restored this afternoon. It has been exhausting, to say the least, and quite the emotional roller coaster. I had to go to church on Sunday just to repent for the language I have used towards this man over the weekend! Anyway, hacker dude… if you are reading, thanks for the wake up call and the education.  I have learned a lot over the past few days.

I have several people to thank but am going to save that for a post where I have more time to devote to it properly and when I can really share with you what I’ve learned from this. In the meantime, if things are a little screwy around here (like RSS feed posts from the past showing up) hopefully this will give you an explanation. I hope you stick with us as we get things completely back up to speed.

At last check before hacker dude entered my life, the cookbook giveaway had 150+ entries. Well, since our last backup was the day prior to hacker dude entering my life, we lost some of the entries. Because of this, I am going to extend the cookbook giveaway until this Thursday, September 3rd, 11pm CST. This gives those of you who entered before, the chance to enter again. Those of you who may have had a comment slip away because of all the fun happening around here, it gives you the chance to enter as well. To enter the cookbook giveaway, click here and just leave a comment on that post.

Thanks all for being so patient…for your emails, tweets, phone calls, mood uplifters and for simply being there. Much love to you all… even you, hacker dude, because obviously you need a little TLC.

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  1. I am glad you have control of your blog again! I am so sorry that happened to you. I hope you can relax now. Do something special for yourself, you deserve it! We are all here for you!

  2. I’m glad to hear that things are returning to normal. That is such a cute picture of Leah! =)

  3. Glad all is back to normal. You’re too nice to have something like this happen to you!

  4. I am so happy you have your blog back!

  5. Kristen I’m so relieved for you. Glad you are back!

  6. So happy to see that the blog is back under your control! It must have been so frustrating and heart wrenching to see someone screwing with something you put so much of yourself into!

  7. I bet it feels great to have your blog back! I think you handled the whole thing well. Hugs to you and your family – hope you all get to feeling better soon!

  8. Welcome back! So glad to see you up and running again! I’m sorry you had to go through all of that mess. I’m looking forward to hearing more of the details as well. Your experience has been a real wake up call for all of us.

  9. am so glad that you’re back! sorry to hear about the hacker dude. i’m glad you got your blog back!

  10. Read your adventures over the weekend. That is awful! Glad you are back in business~

  11. How awful Kristen. Glad to hear all is well though. I just hate the idea that one is so vulnerable like this. But you beat him good – good for you girl!

  12. This weekend was bananas! I’m so glad it’s over and order has been restored. :)

  13. This weekend was bananas. I”m so glad you got your blog back and order has been restored.

  14. Wow! What a crazy weekend you had! I’m sorry that it happened, but I’m glad you overcame everything and were able to get things back to normal. Great blog- I can’t wait to see what else you have to share!


  15. I was keeping track over the weekend and really praying you would be able to get things back to normal quickly. Have any words of wisdom that might prevent this from happening to others? In my old age, I prefer to learn from other people’s mistakes/experiences, instead of my own. ;)

  16. So glad to see you’re back up and running – what a terrible thing to have happen!

  17. Wow, what a nightmare. You’ll have to share with us any tips so we can arm ourselves against mean hacker guys like this! I’ve had my Twitter and Facebook accounts hacked into before, sending out messages to all of my friends, much to my embarrasment and dismay. I feel your pain!

  18. So glad you got control back!! I know you went through an awful few days.

  19. YAY everything back now! :D

  20. Glad to see that Hacker dude has been eliminated from your life:D


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