Hey there, Delilah, what’s it like in New York City?

I just got my itinerary for my trip to visit the Duncan Hines test kitchen near New York! I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers, so I decided first thing this morning that I would tell you all about what I’m going to experience on my trip.

I will be getting up incredibly early, because I have to leave my house no later than 6:30 in the morning. (Yeah, usually Zach and I wake up around 9). I will be heading to the airport and departing around 8:30. I’ll make the trip to Chicago first, around 10 in the morning (oh, dear! The last time I flew into that airport, I was stuck there for 13 hours between mechanical failures and planes just getting lost… how exactly do you lose a plane?) and taking off from Chicago just before noon. At around 3, I will arrive at Newark, and I will have a driver (yes, I love that they used that wording… a driver. I feel so… fancy!) waiting for me at my baggage claim, not that I will have any baggage… I’m trying to stick with carry-on only so I don’t have to worry about getting my baggage where it’s going.

So, about my driver. He’s going to be from Flyte Tyme Limo. Seriously, take a second to look at their fleet. I’m pretty sure those are some sexy cars. Now, I’ve ridden in some really cool cars and everything before. Don’t get me wrong, I swear I’m not a total shut-in. I am just incredibly excited about the VIP (or, rather, VIB– Very Important Baker) status that Duncan Hines is treating me and my fellow winners with.

That evening, after we all arrive, we will be transported over to Delicious Heights in Bedminster, NJ. This restaurant looks awesome, and it looks like it’s going to be a fun evening out with my fellow winners (I still don’t know who they are, but I am so thrilled to meet them!)

The next day, the exciting stuff starts happening, y’know, in case the first half wasn’t exciting enough for you…

Here’s a peek at the things I will get to participate in when I’m in New Jersey (yeah, I’m not actually going to make it quite to New York City… I’ll just be very close!)

  • Tour of the Duncan Hines state-of-the-art test kitchen
  • Learn about new products coming soon from Duncan Hines
  • Sample my way through their flavor selection process with the production team
  • Decorate at a Technique and Decorating class with the Duncan Hines chefs

During that time, we will have a lot going on (it will be a very busy day) so we will end up eating lunch there… and the dessert? They’re making our prize-winning recipes! I am so excited to see how the chefs envision my award-winning recipe, and how it translates to their skill and effort.

And then, it will be time to return home… I’ll be flying out just before 6:30, getting back to Chicago before 8:30, leaving there just after 10 at night, and arriving at my home airport after 11:30. I’ll get back to my own home just before 1 in the morning, cuddling up with my sweet baby boy, and going to bed.

I did want to give you a few disclaimers now… first, I want to share with you that I will be so busy on the actual weekend, that I don’t know if I will be able to tell you all about it while I’m there. My hope is to come home, rest, and then hopefully blog about it the next day. Oh, and legally, I can’t give you a sneak peek at the products coming soon from Duncan Hines, until Duncan Hines announces the products themselves… but I am sure there will be plenty of great information and my feelings about the trip that I can share with you all! Stay tuned to find out more about my trip, and to find out how it all went right after my trip! I am so excited I could almost pass out from all of the excitement!



  1. You enjoy every minute of your trip. You have earned it and really deserve it. I do think they should have included your Mom. After all she is the one that let you messed up her kitchen all these years.

    1. It is so true! I cannot count the number of times I have destroyed her kitchen in the process of trying a new recipe. During the Duncan Hines competition alone, I’d say it would have been around 30-40 times, just trying out new things, seeing if they worked, and if not, trying something else, or re-trying that recipe with some adjustments.

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