Philly lovin’, Mass Productivity, and a Giveaway!

Hello my long lost friends! This week has been pretty incredible and I feel like I have a lotta catching up to do. I’m not sure how or why all these life changing events got shuffled into one single month, but it’s been pretty wonderful, despite the deadlines and time constraints. But, happily because all these things are now checked off on my giant “to do” list, I’ll have a lot more time to dedicate to this here blog. Which I feel incredibly psyched about, as I have missed you all dearly.

First: I turned in my final cookbook manuscript for Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats yesterday! All 100++ photos and recipes have flown off into cyberspace only to be seen again by me when my spectacular editor gives it a go. Man, you guys, writing a cookbook is tough stuff! I mean, a LOT of hard work. Next time you bust out one of your favorite cookbooks, know that the person/s who authored that book worked their tails off to bring it to you. I have a much deeper appreciation for cookbook authors now that I have officially authored my own book. Not that I didn’t think they were the most kickass people ever before, because I most certainly did. But holy vegan canoli… there is a lot more to writing a book than meets the reader’s eye. And, I cannot wait to jump in and do it all over again.

Anyways, I’m done! Mostly! Wooohooo!

Second: Philly!

We arrived here earlier this week and are in LOVE. I can already tell that the amazing variety of foods and the fact that we have more than one grocery store to choose from is pretty much the best thing ever! The first day we got here we ate at Blackbird Pizzeria.

My hubs and kids shared a giant pie that made me insanely jealous. This pizza up there is the “South Philly”. I’m still searching for that pizza haven that offers both vegan and gluten free pie. Someday! I believe it will happen. At Blackbird, I opted for a Caesar and chickpea salad which were deeelish. I wanted some fries “with that”, but unfortunately their deep fryer was kaput so that didn’t happen. But, the potions were huge! My belly was happy and full, even without the fries.

The next day we had some crazy good Indian food (delivered! what?! I love the city. and yes, I was sheltered back in Ohio) and we have been grocery shopping like maniacs lately. I have to say, I am definitely in my element here. I love all the culture, all the pitbulls, all the everything. Speaking of dogs, our pup, Dot, has been pooped from all the doggy lovin’ in the hood.

She has never been in such a good mood. I’m pretty sure she’s a city dog at heart. Who knew? Her tail wags like crazy when we go out for our walks. And doesn’t stop until hours after we’ve arrived back at our pad. It makes my heart swell up huge to know she’s happy here. The kids and hubs seem to be adjusting well too. And by that I mean they all haven’t wiped the ginormous grins off their faces since we arrived. We love Philly!

Third: Have you guys seen the September/October issue of VegNews Magazine? I’m in it! Not once but twice… which is pretty rad. You can find my recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts alongside a few other incredible pumpkin recipes–one of which, by one of my fave bloggers Kathy Patalsky, graces the cover of the issue. Go Kathy!

Also, my head is in a little bubble next to some of my favorite women ever as we talk about being new authors, and how our favorite cookbook authors have inspired us to get where we are today. It’s a great little write-up. You should check it out!

Finally: Give away! Normally I’m not too into giveaways, but I feel like I should give you guys a little summin’ summin’ since I’ve been so busy lately with all these happenings going on in my life. So, I’m giving away a kit that is a must have for all the baking that will be going on in the next few months: a Wilton 50 piece tool and caddy decorating kit! You can decorate cakes, cookies, and many other snazzy holiday foods with this thing. And, it’s my favorite color ever! Bonus!

Just leave a comment letting me know you wanna be entered in the giveaway and consider it done. I’ll end the contest and post the results one week from today… so that would be next Friday, September 9th. Let’s say around noon EST, shall we?

*open to all persons in every part of the world*

I’ll also be posting results on my twitter and facebook pages, so check those out too if you haven’t before!

Okay! Can’t wait to get my bloggy blog back on full force. I’ll have a recipe up for you guys next week. Until then, have a happy weekend!

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148 Responses to Philly lovin’, Mass Productivity, and a Giveaway!

  1. Would love to be entered!!

  2. Natalie says:

    So happy you made it safe and sound to Philly! :o) So happy that your book is done too…amazing Allyson!!!

  3. Ellen says:

    A little delayed but there are some vegan, gluten free pizza havens out there – one chain that’s got tons of stores throughout the US (none in Philly yet but they’re growing pretty quick so don’t give up hope!) is ZPizza…their crust is really crunchy and good, they use daiya cheese, and they have amazing topping combinations – love them!

    • allyson says:

      I am really really really hoping a Z-Pizza pops up in Philly sometime soon! I’ve heard such great things :) Thanks Ellen!

  4. I am so excited you are back- congrast on the book! Our friends live right outside of Philly and my fiance got to vist earlier this summer, I was so jealous! Have you been to Sweet Freedom Bakery yet? All vegan and gluten free goodies!!

    I’d love to be entered in the givewaway too!! :)

  5. Lauren says:

    Congratulations on finishing the cookbook! I look forward to buying it! I would love to be entered in the cake decorating kit contest. Thanks!

  6. Yay! I’m so happy you finished your manuscript, I can’t wait to find out what the release date will be of your book.
    I’ve never thought of Philly as a place I’d like to visit but you’re starting to make we want to go, it’s fantastic that you all are adjusting so well. Congrats!

  7. laura says:

    oooh i want that kit!

  8. Kat says:

    congrats on the book!
    what an awesome kit for decorating. I could spend hours in the kitchen with one of those!

  9. Jena says:

    Glad you’re loving Philly! Blackbird is the best!!! (I reviewed it here: http://vegantastebuds.com/2011/04/30/get-your-pizza-fix-at-blackbird-pizzeria-in-philly/). I do hope your vegan & gf pizza wish comes true soon!!!

    PS – Your dog is adorable!
    PPS – I saw your recipes in VegNews! Super cool!

  10. shannon says:

    I wanna be entered in the giveaway, this is great! thank you!

  11. Jen says:

    Well done on the cookbook!! I’d like to be entered in the giveaway please – that kit looks so very professional!

    I love that photo at the top of the painted wall, it’s amazing!

  12. Jazmine says:

    that seems like my heaven! I definitely want to be entered please:)

  13. Candace says:

    I would love to enter the contest. Anything to make the transition to gluten-free easier!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I knew you’d love Philly! I’d love the set! I could decorate lots of stuff!

  15. Kathryn says:

    I love Blackbird! I just did a blog post about it not too long ago. http://thevegankat.com/2011/08/29/blackbird-pizzeria/ It’s one of my favorite places in Philly and even though I live by NYC now, I still go back there when I can. The chickpea salad is awesome, so you made a good choice on that! Their fries are really good, so you should go back when their frier is working sometime. The vegan pepperoni pizza is another favorite of mine. Getting hungry just thinking about it!

    And I’d like to enter the giveaway too!

  16. Lauren says:

    Yay!!! I was JUST in the market for one of those!!! Pick me! Pick me!!

  17. Tofu Ted says:

    Congrats on getting the manuscript in, the move, and survival! I’d love to win the giveaway!

  18. Nicole says:

    Oh, count me in, please!

  19. Marly says:

    Congrats on finally arriving at your new home. When you come to KC on your book tour, I’ll take you to one of our favorite pizza joints that has vegan and gluten free pizza!! Yumm! Anyway, I digress. I can’t wait to see more about your new home and the book… and more delicious recipes to come. Congrats for your Veg News listings as well! It’s great to see all this good news!

    Your cake decorating kit looks so fun! I’ll throw my name in the hat but will be happy for anyone who wins that!

    • Therese says:

      I live in KC too– can I invite myself to this get-together? I’m new here and haven’t ventured out for GF pizza yet!

  20. Nancy Tzeng says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway….thank you!

  21. M. says:

    Despite making cupcakes all the time, I still haven’t acquired the proper frosting tips. Being both gluten free and vegan, I’m very much looking forward to your book! :3

  22. Kayleigh says:

    Woo congrats! Can’t wait for your book! I definitely want to be entered in the contest! One of my room mates is vegan as well and we love baking for ourselves and our other room mates!! We’re poor so this would be bangin’! And we’d blow the socks off our roomies :)

  23. Natasha says:

    Oh wow, what a great post! I love the mural in the first pic- is that in Philly? And your pup- SO cute!

    OK, the reason I’m posting is PIZZA! There is a chain called Pizza Fusion- maybe you are familiar with it? I love Pizza Fusion! They have an eco-friendly business philosophy, and they offer GF and Vegan pizzas! I just looked at their website http://www.pizzafusion.com/locations/ and they do not yet have a location in Philly :( But there are two in New Jersey- not sure how far that might be from where you are?

    I’m sure you’ve blogged about GF pizza crust before… I read your blog but I haven’t read EVERY entry, ever :) Anyway, just last week I blogged about Pizza Fusion and also a recipe for GF, vegan, YEAST-free pizza crust: http://thehealingkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/09/gluten-free-yeast-free-pizza-crust.html. It’s a very thin and crispy crust, not sure if that is the type you like. Anyway, that’s why I have pizza on the brain… and had to tell you about Pizza Fusion!

    I am really looking forward to your cookbook. Congratulations and ALL of us readers truly appreciate your hard work (book AND blog!)

  24. Therese says:

    So I’m stalking the VegNews website, but can’t find your recipes. Are they on the website, or just in the magazine?

  25. gretchen says:

    Maaaaan, I could use that decorating kit. My decorating abilities are severely limited by my having but one tool, a butter knife. Please enter me!

  26. I would love to be entered to win this set! Sweet giveaway.
    Thanks!

  27. Stephanie says:

    ooo! cake decorating!? I want in! Thanks!

  28. Jen Drake says:

    I am not a vegan nor am I allergic to gluten, but nevertheless, your pictures and recipes look and sound so delicious that I am a frequent reader of your blog anyways! Congratulations on finishing the book and keep the great recipes coming! Thank you.

  29. ec says:

    This is my entry! Although the kit would go straight into the girlfriend’s hands, I would be sure to benefit.

  30. Lorene says:

    Would love to win the baking set– consider me entered! :)

  31. Alyssa says:

    That decorating kit looks amazing! I’d love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks!

  32. Ben Roberts says:

    I’d love to have some real cake decorating tools! The few I’ve made for friends and family always taste great but they lack that professionalism of real decorating tools…

  33. Brigitte says:

    I’d love to be entered in the awesome giveaway! I love your blog!!

  34. Susan says:

    Congratulations on the move to Philly and on the cookbook! Your blog is a favorite of mine! I would love to be entered in to win the wilton cake decorating kit! You are rad.

  35. Cristina says:

    We have a place in town (OKC) that not only has a GF crust as the standard, but also has a cashew ricotta option! You should make a special trip :) I’d love to enter the giveaway, it’d make a great Christmas gift!!

  36. Your pooch is soo cute :) Bet she is so happy having a new neighbourhood to scope out!
    I’d love to win the competition- I do cupcakes on the side for a bit of extra cash at the moment but I’m taking the plunge in December this year to do it full time! Scary times but this would definitely help out :)

  37. Erin says:

    I’m a recent xgfx transplant to Philly as well! I’m in love with this city already, not least for it’s abundance of vegan and gluten-free friendly restaurants. I love your blog, and I’m looking forward to seeing restaurant reviews for Philly restaurants! What’s your suggestion for good Indian food? That’s the one type of restaurant I haven’t tried here yet.

    Also, I would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks!

  38. Amey says:

    Manifest vegan! Your dog is so beautiful… I love her coloring and her patterns patches. So glad that she is happy in the city… Nothing warms the heart like a wagging tail. I just got back from the vida vegan con, and of course portland DOES have vegan and gluten free pizza. Sigh! They have everything there! Your giveaway is magical! What an amazing prize! I would love to enter. Also I love your giveaway ethics: open to all countries, and no need to tweet the world in order to enter. Thank you for that!

    • allyson says:

      Amey! I loved your post on all the wonders of vidavegan (not to mention PORTLAND!)… so so so so so SO sad I missed it. :( I know I missed a blast of a time. And the vegan & gluten free pizza. gosh dammit. :)
      I will definitely be making it to 2013. :) No doubt about that! Dot is giving you many tail wags and puppy kisses from the East Coast. <3

      Hugs!
      <3 allyson

  39. Annette says:

    Love it!

  40. Sara says:

    Enter me, please! I’d love to win that caddy. Super fun, tasty and kid-friendly! :D Score.

  41. Noelle says:

    Wow, congrats on getting the book done! You are amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  42. Amanda says:

    I’d like to be entered! :)

  43. Alex says:

    I would love to be entered into the give away. I love cake decorating but being a broke uni student, its hard to get the supplies! Btw, your dog is adorable and its good to hear your enjoying Philly :)

  44. Elaine says:

    Ooooo, I would LOVE to win that!!!!!!:]
    But is it just for those in the U.S?

  45. Isobelle says:

    That pizza looks so good! and congratulations on getting into Vegnews! I’ll definitelty have to check that issue out.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway too, if I may. I absolutely love cake decorating!

  46. Kelly says:

    I saw you in VegNews! How exciting. :) Awesome giveaway, too!

  47. Oh wow, I’ve had my eye on a Wilton cake decorating set for some time now! Count me in :)

  48. Dee says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I’d love to use this Wilton kit with my nephews!

  49. Crystal says:

    I would love to be entered <3

  50. Brooke says:

    Holy moly, I would love to enter the giveaway! Such an awesome prize!! :-)

  51. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on the Cookbook & the move – change is good. And I’m definiteley going to check out VegNews :) I’ll take a gamble and enter the giveaway too – thanks Allyson.

  52. KT H says:

    Oh, cool! I would love to have one of those.

  53. Hannah H. says:

    Oh my goodness! I want one of those. My mom has one, and they’re AMAZING! Decorating cakes is one of my passions!

  54. KL says:

    please enter me! awesome brownies, btw.

  55. Hannah says:

    I would like to be entered, yay! But even more than that, I want to be travelling in America…

  56. K says:

    I’m guessing I’m not eligble because I’m in Australia, but it’s worth a try, right?

    I’m so looking forward to your cookbook coming out, finally a cookbook where I can eat every recipe without having to make it gf or vegan!

  57. Cecil says:

    Congrats on a successful mood and a blissful puppy! And, of course, I TOTALLY want to be entered in the giveaway. Now, off to try out those doughnuts. . .

  58. Ricki says:

    Congrats on the book, and VegNews! Very exciting! And thanks for all the info about Philly-who knew? Now I have yet another American city to add to my “must visit some day” list. . . :)

  59. Katrina says:

    This is an awesome giveaway! I really hope I win. I love to bake, and always bake cakes or cupcakes for birthdays. I live in an apartment and with this grand recession, I can’t afford cake-bake decorating tools. I hope I win!

  60. Kailey says:

    I would love to win these because I am the ONLY vegan in a family of Midwestern meat and potato’s hunters. Every holiday I alaways try to bring a variety of really delicious and pretty vegan desserts to share with them, because dessert is easier to share with non vegans then any other kind of food! I would love to be able to make fabulous cupcakes and cookies and make them more accepting of me!

  61. Virginia says:

    I’m hoping to go to Philly some day… It’s on my list of places I want to visit. And that is one cute dog! Nearly as cute as mine (;

    • allyson says:

      oh thank you, she’s a sweetie. I am sure your pup is too! I’m such a sucker for doggies… aren’t they just the best? :)

  62. I would love to be entered! I love making cakes and cupcakes and I also love Philly– my hubby’s from there! It’s great that you guys are enjoying things so much there. Have a great day!

  63. Meredith says:

    Can we find your recipe for the vegan gf pumpkin doughnuts online too? Please?

  64. LeahR says:

    How sweet! I would love that for making vegan cakes. Thanks for the rad giveaway!

  65. carlah says:

    i love your site and would also love to be in the giveaway! thanks!

  66. Abigail says:

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thank you so much!

  67. Ashley says:

    I would love a shot at this gift! It’s such a unique giveaway…thank you! :)

  68. Just can’t wait for your book!!!!!! And YES! Congrats on the VegNews issue-was OVERLY excited to see GF donuts!

  69. Cadry says:

    I’ve never been to Philly, but by the looks of things, I’m missing out! I’m glad your family is happy there.

  70. Yvonne says:

    I really would like to decorate my cakes and be proud of my work! I hope I’m lucky for once in my life!

  71. So I’m a vegan who just found out she’s gluten-intolerant, so this blog is such a blessing! I would love to be entered in the giveaway and am looking forward to trying the GF Cherry Brownies from the last blog post. :D

  72. Maddy C says:

    Your dog is just precious :) I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

  73. Sandy O says:

    I would LOVE to have one of these kits so much. PLEASE enter me in your give away and thank you so much:)

  74. Melissa H. says:

    I would LOVE this kit! Looks like so much fun!

  75. Keegan Allen says:

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway. If I’m being honest I didn’t know cake decorating kits, got that serious and hardcore.

  76. Tess says:

    That decorating set would be like a dream to win! It’s so cute and opens up so many possibilities!

  77. Karmalily says:

    I’d love to be entered in this giveaway! I’m just getting into desserts/baking and I’d love to have something other than a knife and spatula to decorate the baked goods with. :)

  78. Junia says:

    ahhh vegan gluten free pizza is hard to find! at least you left with a full happy tummy! and yay for giveaways! i hope i win :D have a great day!

  79. Franny says:

    Allyson! Congratulations on finishing your cookbook, you will be rewarded soon(: I’m so glad you are back with us, I’m excited for more recipes!! Lastly Philly!!! Congratulations!!! How exciting! You weren’t joking about being busy! I just got back to Philly a week ago too, it is nice to be home(: I’m so excited for you and all your new adventures, I can’t wait to read them! The plus about this post is a giveaway, my very first since I’ve been following! I have been telling my roommates all week about how I wanted cookies, this just makes me want to bake even more! I would love if you could enter me in, why not?! It would be fun!! So thank you, and I look forward to hearing more about your first few weeks here(: -Franny

  80. Kandy says:

    Yay for a finished cookbook manuscript, and yay for loving Philly! And I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thank you.

  81. Raychel says:

    I would LOVE to be entered in the giveaway! Thanks!

  82. Charlotte says:

    Great giveaway – I am game, and I hope this gave away accepts your international readers :-)

  83. Noora says:

    I’d like to enter, the kit looks amazing!

  84. M says:

    i’d love to win this!

  85. Nicole says:

    Congrats on all of your achievements and life changes! Wishing you continued happiness. Thanks for hosting the giveaway as well. I’d love to be entered.

  86. Shannon O. says:

    I’m looking forward to your cookbook and I would love to win this. I am my family’s official birthday/holiday/event vegan cake maker and my family deserves a little extra pizzazz.

  87. Leah says:

    What an amazing kit! I’d love to be entered in your giveaway!!

  88. I’d like to enter please! I just started cooking GF for my 4 year old daughter which means fancy cup cakes & cookies are a must!

  89. Terri says:

    Would love to be entered — great way to decorate some vegan and GF cookies!

  90. Melinda says:

    I’d love to be entered into your giveaway!

  91. Meghann says:

    Ohh Ohhh OOOHH!!! My birthday is September 10 and I would LOVE to be entered in your giveaway, that would be a PERFECT birthday present for me, I love decorating cupcakes but I only have 3 tips right now :(
    So great to hear about your book, can’t wait to see it when it’s out, and I am so glad to hear your move is going well :)
    Have a great weekend!
    Meg

  92. Jessica Caneal says:

    Omg! This is such a rad giveaway! I would totally go nuts with this kit. Please enter me!

  93. Bella says:

    1. Congratulations on your new cookbook. That moved fast! It seems like just yesterday you were telling us all about it. And here it is. Coming true!

    2. That pizza looks amazing. OHHH! How I wish I was there to have some of that!

    3. I would love to win!!!!!!!!!! I have never had a full baking set and seriously would love to surprise my husband for his birthday using this set. I will promise to post pictures and everything!!!

    -Bella

  94. Adina says:

    Looking forward to your cookbook and would love to be entered into the contest!

  95. Christine says:

    So happy to hear the move went well! September is such a lovely time to transition into city living here; the fall weather is my favorite. I also loveee Blackbird Pizza — the Cuban sandwich there is to die for.

    And congrats on all of your accomplishments; you truly deserve it.

  96. Rebecca says:

    OH my goodness, this is so cool, i’ve never seen this kit before! i want to improve on my baking and bake more often so this would help LOTS :)

  97. Shawnna says:

    Oh, I would seriously LOVE and use that cake decorating kit :) Congrats on the cookbook!!

  98. sophia says:

    i’d love to be entered in the giveaway, thank you! and congratulations!

  99. Gigi S. says:

    I would definitely love one of these kits.
    Thanks

  100. Beth says:

    WHOA, enter me! I had no idea Wilton made those kits…. so cool!

    And I heart Philly, too. Such a fantastic city. :-)

  101. heather says:

    Congrats on the book! Also, would love to win! I am big into baking and need to get my decorating skills on!

  102. Shaina Johnson says:

    Yay!!! I can’t wait to get a copy of your cookbook when it’s done. I was trying to frost me son’s birthday cake last week and this would of come in handy. Please enter me into your drawing! Thanks!

  103. Jennifer Shukri says:

    Please enter me to win the Wilton set so I can make you some goodies (: Thanks!

  104. Katara says:

    Haha, I’ve still got recipe reviews to submit!!! But congratulations on being at this stage, I wonder what the next stages are?! And if international entries are allowed, I’ll be in the running for that magnificent piece of kit…even if I have to pay postage. Rob will be upset if I win though… more kitchen stuff!

    Mmmmm… Chocolate Hazelnut Ice-cream Cake!!!

  105. Erin Plante says:

    Congratulations! I can only imagine how much work it must have been to put a cookbook together. I would love to be entered into the giveaway. I’ve just started getting into baking and would definitely have a blast using the tools in this kit!

  106. carrie says:

    always baking cupcakes and would put it to good use! enter me please!

  107. shanna says:

    Come to Kansas City sometime and go to Waldo Pizza. They have both vegan and gluten free options, so you could totally get a GF vegan pizza, plus GF vegan cheezesticks or breadsticks and they have GF and vegan desserts. Good stuff :) Congrats on your book, I will definitely check it out when it comes out.

  108. Sara says:

    I would LOVE to be entered into the give-away, please!

    PS: as a brand spankin’ new vegan (two weeks and counting!) may I just say what an awesome blog you have?!
    So glad I found it!!

  109. Valerie says:

    I can’t wait to get your cookbook. Congrats on finishing it. Yes, please enter me to win the Wilton set. :)

  110. Colleen says:

    Congrats on all your success! I look forward to the cookbook and all the wonderful recipes it has to offer!

  111. Heather Kramer says:

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I have recently taken an interest in baking and this would be perfect! Also, I am really looking forward to your cookbook. :)

  112. Laurel says:

    Duh. I wanna be entered in the giveaway. Sometimes you are sooo silly!

  113. Katrina says:

    Looking forward to the cookbook!

  114. Nanci Jaramillo says:

    I will be one of the first in line for your cookbook. My son has chosen a vegan lifestyle & I desperately need to try new recipes for him. We live in a very small rural town and have to go to Denver to even find vegan offerings. I would also like to be considered for your giveaway.

  115. kimberley Landsman says:

    Hi! Enter me in your contest please?

    And… love your blog. I want to go to Philly now! Dogs DO love the city- it’s like senses over load and so fun for them! :)

  116. Susan says:

    Congratulations on your book! Pick me – pick me for the give away!

  117. Chelsea D says:

    Congrats on your book! I look forward to purchasing it.

    Please enter me in the giveaway! Just bough a cute apron and would love to try baking some vegan gluten-free goodies.

  118. Simone Zilio says:

    Wow, please, pleaseeee enter me to the give-
    away! I would love to decorate my cakes with this set! with love <3 , simone

  119. Veronica says:

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! So so happy for you! And I can’t wait for your book to be published!!!!! :) Please enter me for this giveaway! What a cute (and useful!) prize!

  120. I would love to win that decorating kit!

  121. Josiane says:

    That building in the first pic is absolutely gorgeous! I’m guessing you snapped that pic in Philly, and if so, it’s no wonder you love that city!
    I’m really glad to read that the life-changing events that kept you busy are all of the wonderful variety. Yay for you!
    And another yay for your book! My experience tells me that there’s still a lot of work to be done after it comes back from the editor, but sending it in is still a huge – and pretty thrilling – step. Congrats! I can’t wait to be able to cook from your book.
    I’ve never been a huge cake decorator (I tend to keep things simple and easy!), but it looks like it’d be a lot of fun to give it a try with that kit. Thanks for offering us a chance at winning it!

    • allyson says:

      Thank you so much for all your kindness, Josiane! <3 All the colorful paintings and murals are definitely a big reason I love love love this city! I was smitten the second I first saw Philly, and just keep falling deeper and deeper in love each time I step out.
      And, oh yeah, the editing process will be tons of work! It’s funny to think I only still know the half of all that goes into writing a cookbook… I am really looking forward to living and learning it. But it does feel SO good to get one milestone down. :D
      Best of luck on the giveaway! I love my cake decorating kit… glad to see that so many others could get good use out of it too. :)

      hugs! <3 allyson

  122. Glad to hear you’re already settled in Philly!

    I’d love to win that kit! :)

  123. Carley says:

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway! My boyfriend and I love to watch cake decorating shows, and I know we’d put this kit to use!

  124. Diana says:

    Can’t wait to check it out. I’d love that lovely decorating set. Thanks!

  125. Lori says:

    Congratulations on your book and your move and keeping sane during both! Thanks for entering me in the contest!

  126. Myriam says:

    Congratulations for all the accomplishments Allyson! Can’t wait to go buy your cookbook!
    The decorating kit looks lovely ;)

  127. shannon says:

    i can’t wait to see your cookbook! also, i would love to be entered in the give-away.