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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Raychel says:

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

  4. Charlotte says:

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

  5. Noora says:

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

  6. M says:

    i’d love to win this!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Leah says:

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

  10. 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!

  11. Terri says:

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

  12. Melinda says:

    I’d love to be entered into your giveaway!

  13. 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!

  14. Jessica Caneal says:

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

  15. 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!!!


  16. Adina says:

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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 :)

  19. Shawnna says:

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

  20. sophia says:

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

  21. Gigi S. says:

    I would definitely love one of these kits.

  22. Beth says:

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

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

  23. heather says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. Jennifer Shukri says:

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

  26. 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!!!

  27. 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!

  28. carrie says:

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!

  31. Valerie says:

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

  32. Colleen says:

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

  33. 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. :)

  34. Laurel says:

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

  35. Katrina says:

    Looking forward to the cookbook!

  36. 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.

  37. 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! :)

  38. Susan says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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!

  42. I would love to win that decorating kit!

  43. 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

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

    I’d love to win that kit! :)

  45. 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!

  46. Diana says:

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

  47. Lori says:

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

  48. Myriam says:

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

  49. shannon says:

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