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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. That is the most precious picture ever. What a sleepy baby! And no wonder. Between the hacker and the fever, you must all be worn out. Thanks for toughing it out and keeping us updated. I’m learning so much from you!

    .-= TasteStopping´s last blog ..Brulee: French for burnt =-.

  2. Welcome back. I hope your family is also feeling better. I’m glad you finally got things sorted out, from reading on Twitter it sounded pretty bad!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Tuesday Treats: ChocOat Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

  3. Happy to hear that you’ve got things back under control!!!! Missed your posts!
    .-= patsyk´s last blog ..Family Recipe: Red Devil’s Food Cake =-.

  4. That is terrible! Glad you are back!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Fresh Mint Ice Cream =-.

  5. That’s awful! I don’t twitter, so I didn’t know about this. I’m glad that you got it all back. I’d also love to hear any tips you might have…

    Glad you’re back!
    .-= Kate at Serendipity´s last blog ..NIGEL’S LEMON CAKE =-.

  6. Glad to see everything is under control now. I took your advice, and now everything I have is backed up twice.
    .-= Angelia McGowan´s last blog ..Almond Chicken =-.

  7. What a nightmare! I’m glad everything is under control now!
    .-= Bunny´s last blog ..Rosemary Skewered Chicken – Spicy Broccoli Mango Salad – Sara Lee Copy Cat Coffee Cake Recipe with a Twist! =-.

  8. Hey Kristen, I just saw this post. Yeah, that guy was a real DB (and I don’t mean Daring Baker…). But I am glad everything turned out pretty well, even though you literally got sick. By the way, how’s the family doing? Still sick? If so, I hope you all feel better. And try to keep away from the baby. I remember you saying that the baby wasn’t sick…
    .-= Kamran Siddiqi´s last blog ..Mango Frozen Yogurt Made Without an Ice Cream Maker =-.

  9. oh, it sounds really scary! good that everything turned out to be ok now!
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..To Ethan (Natural Dog Trainer) =-.

  10. So glad everything’s restored! I’m bummed that you had to deal with that, with all the good energy you put out into the blogosphere! I’m happy you’re able to see the positive in an otherwise crappy situation :)
    .-= Amy I.´s last blog ..Cinnamon Rolls =-.

  11. Hackers suck, don’t they?

    Glad you are back up & running!
    .-= meghan´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday ~ Such a Physique =-.

  12. Oh my gosh– I had no idea, but I DID see the adds and wondered WHAT was up! Some serious aggressive advertising.

    Sounds like you handled everything well, and am looking forward to hearing what you learned.

    PS That photo is TOO cute! My Noah once fell asleep in the Jolly Jumper!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Full of Hot Air =-.

  13. So glad your ordeal is over. Looking forward to hearing about everything you’ve learned.
    .-= CatskillsCook´s last blog ..Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies =-.

  14. thebrunettebaker says:

    Doesn’t it make u wonder…why mine? Why pick a one particular blog out of a gazillion especially a food one. It’s just so bizarre to me. It’s the reason why some feeds only give you a “taste” (pardon the pun) and you have to go to their site to finish the post. We’re all here & support all you bloggers who work hard & put a smile on our face and a recipe in our binder. Thanks!

  15. I followed the adventure on Twitter. Glad to hear things are back to normal. Looking forward to finding out how to make sure this doesn’t happen to the rest of us!
    .-= Mrs. L´s last blog ..Small Plates – September 3, 2009 =-.

  16. Sooo happy this is behind you now and I am happy to see you back up and running. You are so gracious too… you’re an inspiration and an example of patience and tolerance in the face of hacker dude-dom :)
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Basil: Not Just for Pesto =-.

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