musings + things

The collection of recipes, inspirations, thoughts and more from Katie O herself!

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple...

The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in...

Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my...

Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Late spring early summer delights… Strawberry rhubarb pie, an acquired taste but so desired by many.  When it’s done well, it’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet.  The rhubarb...

New Years Lists

“This year is going to be different”. That’s what we tell ourselves with our New Year’s resolutions.  We start with all the things we aren’t going to do; eat too...

Holiday Magic

December holidays, no matter what belief system you hold dear, mark the nearing of another years end. This is the best time to pause and reflect on the past years...

Holiday gathering is the greatest gift.

This season I crave spiritual connection with others. There is nothing that fills my soul more than a day with women I love and trust completely.  Time to reflect and...

Holiday Season

As we approach and enter the official “holiday season”, there is an excitement that builds.  The lights are so twinkling and festive, it’s like our insides do cartwheels.  As the...

The uncomfortably long hug

At birth, nurses, doctors and specialists advise parents to hold the newborn close to them,against their warm naked skin for bonding.  Moms and dads are encouraged to do this especially...

Comfort food, safe food

Comfort food.  A term we all know and some of us use, we can usually identity these foods.  What does that term really mean?  What are we seeking comfort from? ...

Food as fuel

Of course, we all learn at a young age that food is fuel for our bodies.  But as we grow and develop, how does this affect our eating choices?  There...

You know what you should do

“You know what you should do”?  Recently, I have been struggling with people who see my blog or hear about my show or eat my food telling me, “you know...

The foodies

Those that spend time and energy learning about food, thinking about food, playing with food, these people call themselves foodies.  A somewhat, self declared, non professional expert in what the...

Katie’s trick for a treat

Normally I don’t tell a lot of personal stories but this one can’t be skipped.  I don’t expect that many of you share this extreme plotted young girl Friday night...

Approach to life and eating

Many of you may have heard the saying, ͞life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.͟Very profound and a perspective we all would love...

Strength in women

Women share a roller-coaster relationship with other women.  Sisterhood when it’s good, frenemies when it’s not.  It usually revolves around eating together or not.  In grade school and junior high...

Our pets and best friends

People love their dogs!  Much like, you are what you eat and an owner looks like the dog that belongs to them, we want our best friend to enjoy the...

Give yourself a gift, pay attention

I don’t have to tell many of you that we are an easily distracted society.  Call it multitasking, call it socializing via media, call it whatever you want, but the...

Mom Guilt

͞Guilt͟, I know I’ve already expressed this, but I don’t care for that emotion much.  Then, add a ͞mom͟ in front of it ͞mom guilt͟! Whoa.It starts almost immediately upon...

Get that tart

When traveling through foreign lands we often have to remind ourselves, I will not walk this way again.  I need to be present and aware and absorb it all.  This,...

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