“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew.” – Ephesians 2:10
Oh, hey. I’m Katie.
Welcome to Oh Shine On.
daughter / sister / student / blogger / photographer / Beatles-lover / social justice-seeker / cross-fitter / amateur-yogi / professional hugger / Lord of the Rings quoter / avid trouble-maker
And this is my blog. But, this blog isn’t exactly me… It’s a funnier, sassier, more entertaining version of myself. That’s only here, though. Never meet me in real life. Launched in the spring of 2011, the Oh Shine On blog is a place where I share all my mishaps and successes in the kitchen with a focus on food, health, and when the mood strikes, the occasional picture of Orlando Bloom or my dog. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
I originally started this blog as a way to show young girls and women how they can establish a loving, trusting, and healthy relationship with food. Like many others, I’ve struggled in finding what best suites me when it comes to food. After trial and error, new fads and weird diets, I’ve learned to follow the best kind of diet there is out there — the happy diet. I only eat foods that make me really, really happy.
I kind of have an obsession with trying to make cooking cool. I love creating a lightened version of something without surrendering the flavor and overall satisfaction. I believe the true challenge lies in the blending of different flavors, the layering of various ingredients, and the pairing of new combinations. Healthier versions of the classic comforts… That’s my thing.
Simply put, I’d much rather choose quality over quantity and have something in it’s purest form than something created by machines and modification. Let’s call it food without the makeup.
So this is what you’ll see here:
A lot of really good food.
Made from scratch.
And mostly vegetarian.
Created with wholesome, local ingredients.
Without fussy and/or pretentious kitchen items.
But sometimes vegetarian meat.
With AND without some butter, cream, and dang good chocolate.
We need to eat. Why not eat the best tasting, most delicious food we can and actually enjoy preparing it for ourselves and for the ones we love? Food is a huge part of our lives, laden with so many feelings and impossible to avoid. Too often we can feel guilty about eating… But maybe that is actually the problem. Maybe food is suppose to give us pleasure. I think it’s time we stop thinking about how and what we should and shouldn’t eat and instead listen to our bodies.
Food is a blessing. It is not supposed to haunt or stress you. It is suppose to calm you, rejuvenate you, sustain you, heal you. It is not the enemy. It does not seek to hurt or harm you. After all, food is just food, right?
And as to fitting into your “skinny jeans” or being controlled by that diet of yours, there’s no need for that. Not here. Plus, diets are stupid and you look fabulous anyway.
By shifting my philosophy on food, I have become a stronger, more vibrant, and kinder person, both to myself and to others. I have learned how to love it – and myself – once again. If you ever catch a twinkle in my eyes, notice a glow to my skin, or experience my supersonic sassy energy, it’s all because I am so much more energized, am so much fuller, and so much happier – they’re all just the extra perks.
I have finally gotten my shine back.
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