…an explanation*

I haven’t been posting at my normal pace for over a month now. A new post will pop up randomly and the rest of the time it’s dead around here. Lonely. Sad.

And while it may seem like I haven’t been in the kitchen, I have been! I have actually been in the kitchen every.single.day. I have also been taking bajillions of photos and editing like a mad woman.

…but none of them have showed up here on the blog.

Instead I have been sending them all into a wonderful guy named Ross! No, Ross isn’t a donut junkie (well maybe he is a little bit), he’s my editor over at Adams Media!

And in case I haven’t given you enough clues by now…

I am writing a cookbook!

 

It’s going to be 100 mini donut recipes, 90% baked and 10% fried…and 100% sugar. I have a week and a half left until my deadline…and then it will be in stores (and online) this Fall!

When Ross reached out to me, I immediately said YES! 100 Recipes (and photos) in under 2 months didn’t sound too bad…and y’all know how much I love me some mini donuts! That I think they are made with crack, and how I think they have healing powers…plus the fact that I have even had a giveaway for a mini donut maker. Obviously this was a perfect match!

…but it is a LOT more work than I realized! I had plans to keep the blog running normally with no interruptions. I figured I wouldn’t tell y’all about the book until it was on sale! Boy, did I underestimate the undertaking of a cookbook!

Instead of the donut walk cake walk that I thought it was going to be, it has been many late nights at the computer and early mornings in the kitchen. The cats have started to get in love whenever they can…even if that means literally putting themselves between me and the keyboard.

I am woken up in the middle of the night by dreams that I am literally buried under 500 pounds of donuts. And somehow┬áI gained back those 15 pounds that I had lost…and Brody is now convinced that donuts are his new kibble.

But in spite of the whirlwind this has been, it must not be too bad. Because as of yesterday I received a second contract…from a different publishing house…to write a second cookbook that I pitched to them! That’s right, I’m insane and agreed to start the process all over again as soon as I finish this cookbook next week!

But don’t worry, the next book has a much more laid back deadline…so I will see you all with recipes again very soon! :-)

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105 Responses to “…an explanation”

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    Kathryn — April 18, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Big big congrats Jessica, you so deserve all of this and I can’t wait to get my hands on both your cookbooks!!

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    Bethany Grow — April 18, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I’m so excited for you! That’s absolutely awesome! I cannot wait to see it. Oh donuts. Another cookbook to make me fat… Oh well!

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    leslie — April 18, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    You GO GIRL! I am proud of you!

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    Leila — April 18, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    AWESOME!!! Mini donuts! That’s even better than any cookbook I could have expected!! Can’t wait to buy it!

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    jaclyn — April 18, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    i am so giddy and over-the-moon happy for you, lovely! i know you’re working your little tail off right now, and we all can’t wait to see the fruits–er, carbs? of your labor this fall!

    i love you! you deserve all the happiness! all of it!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 18, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    congrats, that’s awesome news, girl!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 18, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    HUGE congrats!! I knew you’d make it happen! xo

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — April 18, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    That is WAY neat…congratulations girl!! I’m so happy for you! :-) Can’t wait to see your book(s)!!

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    tina @ mylifeasamrs — April 18, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    See I told ya’ll this girl was a ROCK.STAR.! Seriously, I am so stinking proud of & happy for you, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gonna push your book like CRAZY :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 18, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    There are not enough exclamation points to go with this – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Oh holy heck you are officially a Rock Effin’ STAR!!! Not that I doubted it before, it’s just in print now! haha Way to go Jess!!

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    Dannii — April 18, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    That’s awesome! Congratulations :)

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    Michelle (michabella) — April 18, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    AWESOME!!!!!!!! Congrats!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — April 18, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Congratulations, Jessica! I can’t wait to get your cookbook! Your blog is one of my favorites, so I’m not surprised you’re on the road to TWO cookbooks! Just promise me you’ll remember me when you have your own show on the Food Network. I make a great sous chef. ;)

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 18, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    That’s so exciting! :D Congratulations! Eeee!

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    Cailin — April 18, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait to buy it :)

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    Amy G. H. — April 18, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Wow, congrats! Can’t wait til it hits the bookstores! Are you going to do a book tour?

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Congrats!!! That is such great news. Can’t wait to see it!

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    Orange Girl — April 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Congratulations! I’ll buy the donut book even though I don’t eat them & looking forward to the next installment :) Well done!

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    Lindsay {life and kitchen} — April 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Congrats! A mini-donut book sounds delicious!

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    Mai Nguyen — April 18, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    that’s wonderful news!! congrats. it’ll definitely be put on my to buy list in the fall! (:

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 18, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Congratulations! That’s so awesome! Very proud of you.

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    Molly at Duchess of Fork — April 18, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    CONGRATS, Jessica! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book(s)!!!

  23. 23

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 18, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Congrats!! This is seriously exciting news.

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    Laura — April 18, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Congratulations, Jessica! That’s so exciting.

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    Jill — April 18, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Ohhh, fun! How exciting! Congrats! :)

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    Julie — April 18, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    that’s great!!! i can’t wait to see the final product!

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    Jennifer — April 18, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    That’s fantastic! Congrats!

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    Maria — April 18, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Congrats!

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    jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — April 18, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    Very Exciting!! Congrats!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    AWESOMESAUCE!!! THat’s great news, Jessica xoxo

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    Natalie from Oven Love — April 18, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Amazing- go girl! Wishing you luck with the next cookbook- hopefully the dreams are a little less donut-filled. :)

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    Ann — April 18, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Wow – that is HUGE! Congratulations and I’m just thrilled for you!

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    Shannon — April 18, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Congrats!! Love your mini donuts, can’t wait to see some new creations!

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    Julia — April 18, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    SNAP!!!!! Congratulations, that’s SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!! Can’t wait to get it and look through the 100% sugary deliciousness.

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    Cassie — April 18, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Congrats, Jessica. This is great news, I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see all of the donut craziness!

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    Krissy@DaintyChef — April 18, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Congrats! Best of luck to you as you finish up!

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    Rachel M. — April 18, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Best explanation ever! So excited for a cookbook featuring baked donuts…I love me some donuts too.

    Can’t wait!

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    Chrissy — April 18, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    Congrats! I am so excited to see it!!!

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    Delia — April 18, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Wow – congrats! That’s awesome & I can’t wait to see it.

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    Madeline (@ Thursday Night Baking) — April 18, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!

    :) Can’t wait for the book! I have a mini donut maker that I have only used once soooooo let’s just say i’m stoked for your book!

    Congrats :)

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    Emily ~So Domesticated~ — April 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait!

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    Angie — April 18, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see the book, congrats!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — April 18, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    A HUGE congratulations! So, so happy for you!!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 18, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    Major congrats!!!!! I had a feeling. I thought, she’s either pregnant and is too sick to eat and cook and too tired…or, she’s writing a book :) CONGRATS!!!!!!

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    Melissa — April 18, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    That’s not the news I was expecting to hear, but HUGE congrats! I can’t wait to get a peek at the cookbook!

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    Monica — April 18, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Jessica… CONGRATULATIONS… look at you go! Go! go!. Cannot wait to add it to my cookbook collection and find you in the next FBF so you can autograph it… !

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 18, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    EEEEE! CONGRATS! So happy for you!

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    Katie from Katie's Cucina — April 18, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Congrats! I like others thought either baby or cookbook. I personally like the cookbook option better! lol. I’m so proud of you, and I absolutely can’t wait to read book 1 & NOW BOOK #2!!!!

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    DessertForTwo — April 18, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    You, my friend, are a freaking ROCKSTAR! I’m so dang proud! I can’t WAIT to see the book! Keep us updated!
    I’m so into that photo of the coffee splashing everywhere!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — April 18, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Sooooo exciting! Can not wait until your book baby is birthed!!! I’m totally going to read it and cook out of it!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 18, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get this book!!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — April 18, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Congratulations! I’m going to have to finally buy a mini-donut pan when your book comes out!

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    Joanne — April 18, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    AHHH!!! I’m so excited for YOU and for the book!

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    Laura — April 18, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to check out all your delicious donut treats!

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    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 18, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! This is such EXCITING news, Jessica!!! I can’t wait to see your book… I know it’s going to be fantastic!! :)

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    JulieD — April 18, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    Huge congrats again, Jess!! xoxo

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    Katarina — April 18, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Great, congratulations!

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    Paula — April 18, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Congratulations! How totally exciting and exhausting for you!

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    Kim Bee — April 18, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Congrats on this awesome news! You should be so proud of yourself. I can’t wait till it’s on shelves!

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    Lisa Thiele | WithStyleGrace — April 19, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    WOOHOO!!! This is so awesome and exciting, huge congrats to you lady!!

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    Brandy — April 19, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    Congrats!! I will buy your cookbooks with pleasure!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2012 @ 3:50 am

    You rock, Jessica! I can’t wait for both books, and I really hope you do book signings. I would love to see you in person!

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    Gail H. — April 19, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    Can’t wait! My donut pans are waiting! When can we pre-order from amazon?

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 19, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    Congrats, Jessica! I can’t wait to see BOTH of your cookbooks! Looks like it is time for me to finally get a donut pan:-)

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    Katrina — April 19, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Oh my goodness, this is such wonderful news!! So happy for you, and I’m first in line to buy one :)

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    Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber — April 19, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 19, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    can i puuuuuuuhlease come live with you and be the (un)official taste tester? sweeeeet.
    congrats love!

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    Ammie — April 19, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Congrats Jessica! I had a feeling something was up since you weren’t posting much lately! Good luck to you!

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    Shell — April 19, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    This is so exciting! I just bought a mini donut pan to try your lemon-poppy seed recipe, so the thought of a whole book is amazing! Congrats!

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    Erin R. — April 19, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Hooray! How incredibly EXCITING! I got a mini donut machine for Christmas so I’ll definitely be checking out your book when it comes available.

    Also, absolutely gorgeous photos in this post. I got all awwwwww over the one of Jorge and Brody.

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    Elizabeth Branch — April 19, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see both of your cookbooks! I will definitely be purchasing them. :)

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    Annalise — April 19, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Congrats, what exciting news!

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — April 19, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    YUM! Those recipes look scrumptious! Congrats on the book!

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    Chelle Chapman — April 19, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    OMG!! Congratulations to you!!!! What a HUGE compliment to you & your cooking along with a HUGE payoff for you & your readers!!!!! Again Congrats!!

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    Mollie — April 19, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I had a suspicion it was a cookbook you were hinting at– but TWO!!! Yay congrats to you! Soo excited to see them both and all your awesome pics!

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    Eva kitcheninspirations.com — April 19, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Congratulations on your cookbook contract, I can hardly wait to see it. And a second, that is incredible. Sadly, I am not a fan of doughnuts, never have been. I know, how weird is THAT? But it’s true.

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    Rena — April 19, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Great news congrats!!

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    Leah — April 19, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    That’s AMAZING Jessica! I’m sooooo happy for you!! Congratulations!!

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    Danica @ It's Progression — April 19, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    Congratulations on the book!! so exciting!

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    Icklebabe — April 19, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    That’s amazing news! I will keep my eyes out for it in the Autumn , do u know if it will be available here in the UK? :) x

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    Bev Weidner — April 19, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    OMG! You’re so famous! CONGRATULATIONS! <3 <3

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    TastefullyJulie — April 19, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Congratulations! That is such exciting news and I’m very happy for you :)

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — April 20, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    You. Go. Girl! That’s awesome! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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    thelittleloaf — April 20, 2012 @ 5:09 am

    OMG congratulations! This book is going to be utterly epic…cannot wait to get a proper look at it :-)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 20, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, how incredibly exciting!! Congratulations, Jessica. Rooting for your cookbook success all the way. Seems like you’ve been putting a lot of hard work into it!

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    Chey — April 20, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Congrats! That’s great news!!! Looking forward to this book and the next plus the blog posts. Boy, you’re going to be busyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Passion is everything.

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    pookie — April 20, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    Congrats! I love your blog and I’m glad to hear about the cookbooks! Well done. :)

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    Kelsey — April 20, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Congratulations, girlie! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got going with that Maker’s and donuts. YUM!

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    Debra Kapellakis — April 21, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! The photo’s here are perfect!

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    Nikki — April 21, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I’m sitting in Starbucks right now, and just got up and danced a happy dance with the announcement of your SECOND cookbook! ;) Ok, so maybe I didn’t really, but I definitely did a dance in my head! I love you, girly, and so excited for you!!!! Like Tina, I’m definitely promoting your donut book like CRRRRAZZZYYY when it comes out!

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    Krissy's Creations — April 21, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    OMG Jessica I can’t wait for this book!!! Congrats!

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    naomi — April 22, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Exciting and I can’t wait to see it! Yay and congratulations to you!

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    Julius Droolius — April 22, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    That’s great news! Congrats, I look forward to seeing the book! I LOVE DONUTS :)

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    natalie@thesweetslife — April 22, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    MAJOR congrats are in order! you deserve it–way to go girl :)

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    Randilea @ Life As I Bake It — April 24, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Congrats on the cookbook that is wonderful for you!

    Since I’ve always loved your recipes and think you have a great blog, I am passing along the Versatile Blogger Award to you! Please come by my blog and check out your award! http://www.lifeasibakeit.com/2012/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

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    cookingrookie — April 25, 2012 @ 5:13 am

    Wow, congratulations, Jessica! This is so exciting – it will be a wonderful book :-)

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 25, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I’m so excited for you Jessica! And I know it will be a huge relief to have it all finished and turned in. In the meantime, if there’s anything I can do feel free to give a holler!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 25, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Yay! So exciting. Can’t wait to see it and promote it for ya. Congrats!!

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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — April 25, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    I’m so excited for you…can’t wait to get the first cookbook…and then the second! Let us know when you can spill the beans about the second one!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — April 26, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    I KNEW IT!!! Congrats and I can’t wait to blow the dust off my donut pan and get baking!!

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    Kerstin — April 29, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    Congrats Jessica – how exciting!!! :)

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    Abby — April 30, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Sign me up for a the first copy of both books! I know I’m going to buy them! Congrats, I know they will be great.

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    Jessica — July 9, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I know it’s a little late, but Congratulations!!

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