Weight Lifted

You may have noticed that my blog posts have been pretty few and far between lately. I just haven’t been feeling inspired to write, and I haven’t found the time to keep up with reading my friends’ blogs. My blog has felt more like a burden, when it was something I started for fun. The only thing that has kept me going this long is my participation in Cook the Book Fridays. I have decided to put my blog on hiatus. I may come back to it, I may not.

I do still enjoy participating in Cook the Book Fridays. Even though I won’t be blogging for the foreseeable future, I plan to continue cooking along. I will be sharing my results on Instagram. Follow me there if you would like to see what cooking (or other) adventures I am up to: karenfromscratch on Instagram.

Thanks for reading along all these years. Before I say goodbye, here’s a final catch up of everything I have made for CTBF since December. See you on Instagram!

Everyday Dorie

Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs:


Potato Butternut Squash Chowder Lots of Ways:


My Paris Kitchen

Christmas Cake (Bûche de Noël):


Tangerine-Champagne Sorbet:


Roasted Root Vegetables:


Celery Root Purée:






Filed under Cooking

17 responses to “Weight Lifted

  1. Tricia S

    Wow – you have been busy with delicious looking results. That Bûche de Noël is off the charts impressive !! I totally understand the whole blog hiatus concept. It has been a constant balance for me and I often tease about how the blogging always takes way longer than cooking an actual recipe. For the recent recipes I was battling massive photo issues with my MAC, followed up with issues having folks be able to leave a comment on my blog. Honestly it makes me want to join #TeamInsta exclusively lol. Good luck with the transition and I’ll look forward to following you on Insta !!

  2. Karen, I totally hear you on the burnout. I have been blogging for 10 years this year and these periods of feeling over it all happen frequently. It’s so much work to keep up with everything. I think it’s a great idea to step away if you’re not feeling inspired and if you started something for fun and it becomes not fun, then that’s just not good. I look forward to seeing more of you on Instagram. Hugs to you XOXOX

  3. First let me say that everything you posted is gorgeous, especially the Christmas log, you really captured it beautifully. I always enjoyed reading your posts and sorry to see you go, but if it isn’t working for you, then it isn’t fun anymore. I will be checking out instagram for your photos. Good luck to you.

  4. Karen Reinsch

    Sometimes you need a break! 🙂 Your photos of each of your dishes are lovely!

  5. All your dishes look delicious! Enjoy your break!

  6. You cook and bake some beautiful food, always. Your passion for cooking is palpable and it comes through in your food. I understand writing and maintaining a blog is a whole different exercise. Keep on cooking and have fun with it. Love to see you back blogging sometimes.

  7. Cher

    Karen – no need to apologize. I took about a year and half off while I was finishing up school and giving myself permission to do that was freeing indeed. When something fun turns into something pressure, it’s a good time to take a step back for sure! Even now, I am still way more lax about it than I was.
    Your meals look great and I look forward to reconnecting if/ when you decide to show back up in this space. XO

  8. We’ll miss your blog, but I’m so glad you’ll still be following along on Instagram!! I don’t blame you one darned bit for needing a break. All of those photos look amazing and whoo-eee that bûche de Noél looks fab! I’ll see you on Instagram!!

  9. I’ll miss reading your posts, but I follow you on Instagram, so I’ll still see the “fruits” of your labor. I can relate to what you’re feeling. I enjoy the cooking of the CtBF recipes and many others, but writing about them is less inspiring. Maybe you’ll inspire me to take a break. In the meantime, I’m glad to stay connected on Instagram. Enjoy what you love in life!

  10. I get it. Time off is good. Hopefully you’ll be back with us every so often as the spirit drives you. Any time. XOX

  11. I totally understand the blog burnout. I’ve been there more than once. I’ve thought sometimes that it would be nice to have a Facebook page where we just leave a post about the recipe and a blog link or not. That way we can participate without the blogging!

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