This Gal Cooks

Checking In and Goodbye to a Best Friend

Hi Friends!

How have you been doing? It’s been three months since I posted on this blog so I thought I should check in with you. This is a long post so if you aren’t into long posts, I understand and I’m okay if you stop reading now.

If you’re continuing to read, I greatly appreciate it. :)

You probably noticed I haven’t posted much since 2015. Can you believe 2015 was 2 years ago?! Don’t worry, I’m still trying to come to terms with that reality too. So why the decline in posts? It’s simple – I was burnt out with blogging and even COOKING. Crazy, right? Even thought I’ve always love cooking, I started to hate it. I realize blogging made me start to hate cooking. The pressure of coming up with new recipes, trying to be a “perfect” food blogger and social media wore me out. I wasn’t being true to myself and because of that, I did the easiest thing I could think of to alleviate my feelings – I gave up on blogging.

That said, I miss blogging because I miss sharing stories with you and interacting with the other great bloggers I got to know over the years. After some soul searching, I realized I needed to start blogging again but blog about whatever the eff I want to blog about, whether it be food, craft beer or life. And I needed to do it without striving to be the “perfect blogger”. I need to be myself.

So going forward, This Gal Cooks is going to be about whatever this gal wants it to be about. I’m going to share the recipes I make with you – I’ll tell you if I love ’em or hate ’em. Who cares if my photos aren’t great? I sold my DSLR and only use my iphone 7+ camera now. And I’m okay with that. I’ll share my craft beer adventures with you because I love craft beer. If you aren’t into that, I understand if you want to quit following this blog. It’s okay. I’ll share life stories with you. Maybe some of the stories are boring but good grief, this is my blog and I’ll share what I want to share!

So here’s an update I want to share with you because it’s been weighing down on me.

Our beloved pup Kahlua passed away on 4/8/17. To me, she was the best dog ever. I miss her immensely but she was suffering and we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to her. It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever dealt with and I cried every day for the prior 2 weeks before it was done and the two weeks after it was done. I haven’t had an intense cry session since Wednesday but I still feel like I’m going to, especially in the evening. That was the time I hung out with my dog the most. It’s weird not having her around. She was with me for 17 years. Ken and I reminisce about not having to pick food scraps and crumbs off the floor – now we do because she was always there to be our little vacuum cleaner but now she isn’t. :(

RIP Kahlua baby.

kahlua collage

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9 comments on “Checking In and Goodbye to a Best Friend”

  1. Welcome back! Sorry about the pooch….It sucks.

  2. Hey Julia,
    I’m sorry to hear about lil Kahlua. She was a super cute lil sous chef :/

    I also hear you on blogging burn out- I ended up rage deleting my whole blog in 2015 and have struggled to start from scratch again. I’m also ok with it…weirdly. Took ages to re-adjust and not be angry or disappointed in myself. Strange feelings, no?

    anywho, I hope the next few weeks get easier, and welcome back :)

  3. Hey Julia,
    I too had a bit of a blogging hiatus and am only getting back into the swing of things now. It’s so refreshing to be able to switch off. We put so much pressure on ourselves as bloggers that I totally understand the need for taking a break from it. I’ve vowed this time to only do what I can and to be okay with that. Easier said than done, but then so is everything. Ha. So sorry to hear about your gorgeous pup. Good luck coming back to blogging when you’re ready to. Hugs from Manchester!

  4. I am a new blogger and ran across your blog while reading an article about Link RoundUps. I am so very sorry to read about Kahlua. It is always heartbreaking to lose a family member…but kudos to you for having the strength to make the decision that was best for Kahlua. I look forward to following your blog and gaining lots of great insight from an established blogger!

    • Hi Michele,

      Thank you for stopping by and welcome to the world of blogging! I appreciate your kind words regarding Kahlua. Today marks 3 months since we said goodbye to her. It’s still hard and I miss having her around but every day gets a little easier.

      Take care! :)

  5. Awn, I’m sorry about your pup… I’ve always had at least one with me and it can be really hard when they pass away. Stay strong!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it. Today marks 3 months. It’s still really hard! We have started to look for another dog. I think I’ll feel better about it once we do get another little dog friend.

      Take care!


  6. welcome back. iwas wondering what happened to the newsletter I would get. so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved dog. NEVER an easy thing to do, but when they are suffering it’s our last chance to be their very best friend and do the right thing no matter how hard it is for us. glad you’re looking for another pup. I never think I can love another like I loced the one I lost…but then the magic happens. once again, welcome back. the craft beer thing sounds great!