Farewell my baby!

Today is an exciting day for me -- today I'm sending my "manuscript" (a.k.a. my completed cookbook) to my editor. I'm still tieing up a few loose ends (a few photos need to be reshoot, nutritional information on a few recipes still needs to be calculated...) but for the most part, I'm done.

I still can't believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was signing the dotted line and this whole thing was becoming real. It's as though I blinked and it all happened, and it's over. A lot of my testers were tweeting yesterday that they were making their very last test recipe and they were so sad for it to be over. I'm a little sad, too.

I thought by the end of this cookbook I'd be sick of it. That it would be like writing a paper in law school, "I just want to hand the damn thing in already..." but not at all. I can't imagine my life without my cookbook being my forethought and at the top of my agenda every day. I just can't believe it's done!

In any event, it's been stressful, but mostly fun and something I hope to do again (and again, and again). I've never felt so inspired to create recipes as I have these past 2 months, which proves true to my personality: I work the best under stress and looming deadlines... I thrive in chaos and it brings out the best of me (at least from a creative standpoint, stress also makes me crabby, which isn't terribly loveable).

I've been busy shooting and reshooting the last of the photos over this past week and weekend and like last time, I snapped a few shots with my crappy little pocket camera as I was setting up the dishes for their photo op. If you follow me on twitter, you've probably seen most of these photos already, but I hope you enjoy them a second time.

I only picked my favorites to share today, but you can check the rest out on flickr, along with photos taken by my testers.

Oh, my testers. Let me just say this quickly (the rest I saved for the "acknowledgements" which makes me weepy just thinking about it). Testers: I love you all. Each and every one of you played a vital role in shaping and making this cookbook. To say that I could not have done this without you, is an understatement. I feel as though I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you in my life and by my side. Thank you for letting me rule your kitchens for the last three months -- thank you, a thousand times, thank you.

Now for the picture show! (more on flickr!)

loaded fat-free vegan nachos (the cheese whips up instantly!)

fat-free whole wheat cinnamon-raisin scones (so easy to make too!)

low fat nutty spread (unbelievable!) this was a HUGE hit with my testers.

Fajitas -- so quick they're perfect for a weeknight meal!

my famous ww ff vegan carrot cake cupcakes! yum yum

ww almost ff chocolate chip cookies (the only fat is in the chips!) I reworked my original recipe (in e-cookbook Sneak Peak) to make these easier & even tastier!