Monday Stuff: New Website Design

It is here! My new website design! I have been working on this for about three weeks now, and I am in love! I wanted something more minimalist, and very well organized. I want the food and content to be the star on this website. Starting a blog can be messy work at first, no matter how prepared you are. If you aren't a professional website designer, or don't have previous experience blogging, there is quite the learning curve. 

Even more so in 2018.

There are so many intricate moving pieces when you are blogging, especially when you want to turn it into something more than a hobby. But, I finally feel like I have a little bit more of a tighter grip on all of this! Thank you all for sticking this out with me, I can honestly say that working on my blog is one of my favorite things to do, and I love bringing all of this content to you. 

In regard to the content, if you peek around the website, along with the minimalist look, all of the "healthy" types of content have been either re-branded or removed. There is a reason for this. While I consider myself a "healthy" person, as in the way I eat and attempt to live every day, I feel like labeling myself as a "healthy" blogger was a mistake. My definition of healthy is much different than the person next to me, and putting myself in that box started to feel suffocating.

I started to feel less creatively driven, both for content (article) and recipe purposes. I revisited the roots as to why I wanted to do this blog all those years ago when I seriously began to consider it. Great food, incredible ingredients, and the very best home cooking. Obviously, my recipes can be put into a label of healthy, but really, the way I cook is just celebrating the ingredients of my choosing. Once I let that pressure off of myself, the world opened up again. 

I have SO many ideas, recipes, and content that I cannot wait to share. I would work around the clock if I could. I am focusing on what makes me truly happy: seasonal ingredients, food history, food culture, and helping everyone create something spectacular. I want to educate what truly makes the culinary world not only delicious, but incredibly important. Food is the epicenter of every culture, and is the heartbeat of most communities. Exploring cuisines, methods, issues, and everything under the sun is my new focus. While bringing you all of my original recipes still of course.

Shut up, eat this is going to be a place to celebrate all things food. Everything has begun to fall into place and I cannot even begin to explain how ecstatic I am for the coming years. 

Thank you all for sticking around, the encouragement, and please let me know what you think of the new website, and if there is anything you would love to see more of!