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Goodbye, and I Love You

I think we’ve all known this is coming for a while (you know…it’s been a month since I last posted).

I’ve had this blog going for three years, ever since I decided to take pictures of the apple pie I was making and share it with the world (though “the world”, at the time, was my mother).


What an absolutely gorgeous picture.

I loved blogging.  It was a great way to hone a creative side of myself that I hadn’t seen ever since I was accepted into Studio Art in eighth grade, to occupy empty hours in Long Island while my husband was locked away in the dental lab, and to stay connected to my family and friends that seemed a million years away.


I learned that I loved photography.

And I also learned that I could slave away at an oven for hours, arranging the perfect food photo, when all you really wanted to see was my cats.


But I get it, man, I really do.

My cats are awesome.


I learned that taking pictures of and for my friends and family is really important to me, especially when they live far away.



Like when I moved to Rochester and left all these guys behind.


And you got to see my photography skills improve.


Guys…it’s hard to make a raw egg not look disgusting. “Process” pictures are not easy.


Right? That’s better…right?

You saw me go to South Africa (and almost get run over by an elephant.  Really).


You met Emerson before he ever flew from California to live with us.



Welcome to my planet. You will be happy here.

You got to hear me whine about things that annoy me, humblebrag about what I was eating and doing, and basically just share my most inane thoughts.


Now that I know what humblebragging is…I’m sorry.

Actually, I’m not really sure why you guys even read this thing.  But somehow I went from one reader (hi, mom) to over four thousand views a day (though there’s no telling how many of those are, indeed, my mom).  That’s not a lot for some of those big blogs out there, but I never intended for this blog to become one of those (insert humblebrag).  I never really intended for it to be anything except a place where, hey–cats!


I learned about green monsters, decorating cupcakes, how to slice steaks against the grain, and cook pork to 145 degrees (yeah, it should be pink inside).


This is not steak or perfectly cooked pork.

And how people in real life love me more when I bring them cookies.


I discovered this whole world of other people’s blogs and lost whatever free time I had left.


And mostly, I learned that if you love something, you’ll let it go.

(Just kidding.  I felt like this post was getting a little more dramatic than it needed to be).


Don’t you think this picture is perfect for so many moments?

All in all, I love blogging, I love you, but I just don’t feel like doing it any more.  And instead of continuing to force this blog to limp sadly along (see: the last year), I’m going to close up shop and not feel guilty about not posting.

I’m gonna leave the blog up for now (hey, some very nice people are still paying me–a few pennies–for page views), mostly because this blog has served as a giant recipe book for all the things I want to make again.  Plus, this is like the world’s most time-intensive diary.

The good news: you can follow me on Instagram (laurenzietsman) if you still want to see pictures of the cats.  I’m a woman obsessed and I’m not ashamed to admit it.


Goodbye, and I love you!


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  1. Hannah

    Even though you are closer, and I see you MUCH more often, I will really miss your writing. You have a voice that warms my heart, cracks me up, and speaks so often of keeping balance in your life. I DO get that in person and on the phone, but I go back to the blog for your recipes, and to remember – so don’t make it disappear. Is there anywhere that makes blogs into books???? Love you and enjoy Rochester and your new lease on TIME!!


    ps – of those 4,000 daily views I’m only about .2 Sorry.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      mom…I love you! and this would make a very long book, haha! you might have to pick your favorite posts :)

  2. Caroline

    Lauren, I am SO sad to see you stop, but I get it! You are so talented in writing, photography, cooking…and not necessarily in that order! You really summed your three years up beautifully. Wishing you nothing but the very best always. <3

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thank you so much Caroline! :)

  3. Sherry

    Oh, Lauren. You will be missed on this site. I was a secret admirer!

    Love the cats …and the food!

    Your fellow classmate – Sherry T.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks Sherry!

  4. Megan

    Thank you for the three years of great recipes, witty posts and cat pictures! I found your blog when I was working for a company that I was miserable at. Making your recipes and the recipes of other great food bloggers were my escape. Things are going great now but out of all of the food blogs that I still follow , your recipes have always been my favorite, especially the green monsters! Best wishes to you and your family!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      so glad to have been a bright spot for you :) thanks for all your reading!

  5. Quee

    I kind of teared up when I read this which I feel a little silly about because um hey I get the real live Lauren whenever I feel like it. I’m just really proud of you for the journey that this blog represents. You’ve developed an even healthier approach to eating, exercise…life in general. I’m reminded of everything that we’ve gone through in the past few years and I think that nothing would have been the same without you as my role model support system.

    I love you and I think it’s good to know when to move on. I’ll miss it but I’ll keep hope in my heart for a “Full Measure of Happiness: baby blog edition” some day in the future.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      it might have something to do with the fact that we tear up over everything. I love you!

  6. Gina @ HoldingtheDistaff

    Good for you! I know you don’t know me…but I feel like I know you (isn’t blogging kinda creepy like that?). I think this is a real classy way to end a blog, so we all know you’re living happily ever after. Thanks for all the recipes – I’ll be checking back on those! Good luck with everything!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks so much–and I know the feeling well…I feel like I know a lot of bloggers who have NO idea who I am! :)

  7. Nuts about food

    Funny… we never met and never really communicated but I followed your blog religiously and never missed a post. The good news is that I already follow you on Instagram, but will miss you out here in the blogsphere. Take care

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I’m going to miss your comments :(

      1. Nuts about food

        We can keep in touch on Instagram (@nutsaboutfood)!

        1. Lauren Zietsman

          follow you already :)

  8. Jamie Tschirhart

    I have LOVED reading your blog! Keep up the photography! God Bless

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thank you!

  9. Liz

    My Dearest Spare Daughter,
    First, let me say that, as usual, your last blog is as lovely and eloquent as those that preceded it. You have a gift for writing (and speaking) from the heart that has always impressed me.
    I have really enjoyed keeping up with you and Fritz and the kitties as time has gone by. I miss you guys lots and lots, even though we didn’t get to spend alot of time together while you were here on LI. Just knowing you were nearby, and the fact that you considered me your LI Mom made me feel good.
    I guess I’ll just have to be more diligent in following instagram.
    And, who knows, maybe some of my crew will be living up your way and I’ll have an excuse to make the long trek to Rochester.
    Love to you both, always

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      You have no idea how hard I’m going to work to get your family to move to Rochester. I’m quitting PT and making it my new full-time job. Love you!

  10. Manda

    So sad! I really loved your blog as well and checked it often for new posts! You do have a real, honest, and approachable voice that comes across in your writing, and I feel like I got to know you a little bit more on here :) But, kudos for making a tough choice and changing up your priorities. More free time! Less screen time! Also, let’s hang out sometime soon!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks Amanda–and please lets hang out! it’s fall! we love it!

  11. maria Nielsen

    Hi Lauren,

    I just found your blog about 5 months ago and LOVE all your recipes (and your CATS). I am SAD to know you will be stoping, but totally understand. If you ever PUBLISH a cooking book. Please know I will be your first customer and will make sure all my friends get one!!! Best of LUCK!!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks so much! I’d be willing to sell you one (or both) of the cats, since they just broke into their brand new feeder and ate $10 worth of Iams cat food. Just kidding…kind of.

  12. Heidi

    Waaaaaah. I’ve really enjoyed this blog. You’ve taught me a lot about writing and photography and food. Even though I still take pics with my cell phone, they’re much better because of your inspiration. I’ll miss your photos, your wit and your creativity. I would also purchase a cookbook if you found yourself publishing one; with pics of Emerson and Henry of course. :) Best, Heidi :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks so much–if Henry and Emerson ever write a cookbook, I’ll send one to you.

  13. Sara

    I have truly enjoyed your blog and I can’t let you leave without telling you, had it not been for you, I would have never fallen in love with the green monster :)

  14. Whitney

    You will be missed. It was a pleasure reading your blog! :)

  15. Florence

    Thank you so much for everything. You and the cats will be missed. I will really miss your writing, your cats, yours recipes and your beautiful photos. Be happy. Florence.

  16. Priscilla Martin

    Good luck and thank you for keeping me entertained.
    I will surely miss you.
    Everything of the best from a not so sunny day in Cape Town, South Africa

  17. Katie

    Hi Lauren!

    If you can, please keep this blog available! I just discovered your blog today through Pinterest when I saw your Lentil Barley Vegetable Soup. I recently moved to Boston and it has been very difficult for me. I moved from NC where I would go trail running, SUP with my dog, and whitewater rafting everyday (I lived right next to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, NC) to being cramped in an apartment in the not-as-nice part of the city of Boston.

    I’ve been trying to craft and cook more to find another part of me that is not just about the outdoors and this blog is definitely inspiring. Maybe I’ll start my own blog about my journey and I can have an excuse to put up pictures of my dog and cat 😀

    This blog is great and I’m sorry to hear you are leaving. Good luck with everything!

  18. Wine Dine

    Sorry to hear that! That pie looks delicious and the cat is just too adorable! Cheers!

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