A Needed Hiatus

January 17, 2014Katie

For those local readers, you’ll know I do a local TV segment each week on Wednesdays. For the past four years, I have loved cooking up some of my favorite recipes on the segment.

This is a picture of my very first time four years ago appearing on Rise & Shine to talk about my blog.

I had no idea that this appearance would lead to 4 years of TV appearances and so much merriment and chaos in cooking and dining!

This was my first “cooking set” aka a table with a black tablecloth on it.

set 1

Six months later, I was thrilled when one of the producers showed me the new rolling kitchen set that I got to use from that point on.

Photo Dec 17, 6 48 22 PM

You’ve come a long way baby.

I spent much of this time with anchor Lance West, who made me feel immediately at ease and I looked forward each week to seeing what trouble we could get into together cooking.

katie and lance

We broke several of my kitchen utensils (mostly he did), sprayed batter and chocolate over every known surface and had so many laughs. I am ever grateful to him for taking me under his wing when I had no idea what I was doing.  I am also grateful that he never let me try to slide by anything to the viewers and put things right out there  like “Do you want to share with the viewers the ingredient you FORGOT to bring this morning?”

Thanks Lance, for keying everyone in on the missing powdered sugar for my fudge recipe, the missing egg white that I tried to substitute a bowl of water for to brush the pie with and for keeping me calm when my glass baking dish of chocolate ganache went crashing to the ground when the set was wheeled out a mere 30 seconds before I was supposed to make truffles for Valentines Day!

I’ve also loved seeking out and showcasing some of my favorite local eateries,and  meeting chefs and restaurant owners. These have been some of the nicest folks I have ever met.

katie johnstonbaugh and chefs

There have been plenty of antics with the news anchors, weather persons and camera operators and crew. I have lasted through several anchor changes and worked with so many great people.

freedom 43 cast and crew

Starting in the New Year, I regret to inform you all that I am taking a hiatus from my four-year-stunt on Rise & Shine.

There are a few reasons why.

First off, it’s been four years of prepping from weekend to Wednesday to get ready for my one recipe I prepare on the show.

This has involved a weekend day of brainstorming, food shopping, recipe preparing and photo shooting, a day for photo editing, a day for writing, and each Tuesday night has involved preparing my mise en place (prepping, slicing, chopping, adding to bowls) and setting an alarm early for the next morning to jar Mr. Wonderful from his sleeping slumber to drive the 20 minute drive to lug all my stuff into the studio and help me set up. He has helped and then sat and watched and snapped photos for me along the way.This is why he’s so “wonderful” to me.

Photo Dec 17, 6 48 22 PM

Katie Johnstonbaugh Mr. Wonderful
From there – I have headed over to my full-time job. If I could do this solely as my job, I’d do it with JOY forever.  But….

Thus said, it has been an absolutely wonderful experience, however, I am taking a break.

A break to work on a writing project I’ve kept prisoner in the back of my mind for 4 years.

A break to spend previously mentioned “weekend to Wednesday” with my kids, who will soon be leaving the nest permanently.

A break to let Mr. Wonderful sleep in.

Not really on that last part, but I’m sure he won’t mind.

A break to recreate a passion for cooking in my mind and heart with no pressure or time crunch.

I write this with mixed emotions and I feel like I’m leaving a huge part of my creativity behind while embarking on a new and exciting opportunity.

I have prayed, and I’ve heard answers and I am at peace with my decision…

I will still be here on my blog, with recipes and eateries galore. The station has told me I’m welcome to return at any time. But until then…

I hope you’ll stick around…there IS more to come!

katie johnstonbaugh collage


  • Lauri Rottmayer

    January 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Although I never saw you on the show, I know how hard you worked at it. I'm so excited to see what is in store in your future. Best wishes my friend. I'm sure it's winter on the ranch and a five hour lunch is required. :-) xoxox
    1. Katie

      January 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Lauri Rottmayer - ABSOLUTELY! Winter on the ranch deserves a LONG lunch!
  • Lisa

    January 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Yippeeeee for you! Sad for everyone else... I'm excited to hear that you get to change it up... And since I'm out of the viewing area I guess mostly what I think for you is, "WHEW!!" There are some things I miss from the past, too, but I wouldn't trade them for what I have now, looking forward to the next adventure in the bend of the road... ENJOY!!
    1. Katie

      January 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Lisa! I'n excited too! Just a little sad about leaving the old at the moment :)
  • Sheri | Really Most Sincerely

    January 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I've learned that when we create space in our lives, really cool things manifest to fill that space. When you get wistful remember that there's something beyond your imagination waiting for you. In the meantime, hooray for more presence in your current life. That's an incredible gift.
    1. Katie

      January 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Sheri - THANK YOU! That's exactly what I feel deep within my heart! Thanks for putting it into words so perfectly!
  • Pam Smith

    January 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Katie- I look forward to every Wednesday to see what wonderful recipes you will have that week, as I get ready for school-I teach in Tecumseh. I truly understand and will continue to follow your blog. Good Luck! We are going to miss you!
  • Allison

    January 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    The behind the scenes is so NOT glamorous and can be taxing. Good for you for setting boundaries! And taking the time to see a new passion thru. Hugs from Refunk My Junk!
    1. Katie

      January 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Allison - thank you! I know you understand! :)
  • Cheryl Jones

    January 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    What a great write up. Good for you! Looking forward to see the evolvement of your next chapter. Love ya S-I-L!
  • Marie at the Lazy W

    January 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Katie, wow! What a big step, and I am so excited for you. Your reasons are so heartfelt and beautiful. And I have no doubt that this hiatus will be fruitful for your creativity and goals of course, but also for your gorgeous family. Please do continue your blog. And stay in touch, I'm so happy to know you! xoxo
    1. Katie

      January 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Marie, thanks sweet friend. I am excited and YES, the blog will be better than ever!

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