I have been so busy this past year that one day recently I hit the wall. It was one of the first times in almost five years I didn’t post a new recipe or video on time. While that may not seem like a big deal, I was miserable knowing that loyal readers expecting a new daily post were greeted instead by the previous day’s entry (I know I must seem Type A but I promise I’m not!). I had good reasons for falling behind, but I still haven’t shared any of them with you. Well, here’s what’s had me treading water as of late, fortunately it’s all good stuff!
• A major facelift- weelicious is getting a badly needed makeover!
It feels like I’ve been wearing chinos and a ripped tee for the past few years and someone just handed me a new Chanel dress. We’ve spent almost an entire year building a brand new weelicious website. The new site is finished and I expect to unveil it next week. Along with a brand new look, you can expect your entire weelicious experience to change for the better (thanks to many of YOUR invaluable suggestions on our Facebook page) with new and improved searchability (finally!), recipe galleries sorted by subject, Ziplist recipe box, nutritional information, all new weekly menu plans, feeding tips and much, much more. Stay tuned for details as I will be announcing an awesome giveaway to celebrate the big launch.
• I’m giving birth again!- …oh no, my husband just fainted.
Well, not really, but that’s how it feels. After over three years of researching, testing, writing and photographing, I’m excited to announce that the first weelicious cookbook is coming out September 18th! This project really has been almost as time consuming as having a new baby and, like a child, it’s also given me immense love and joy. The book is dedicated to the concept of “one family, one meal” and is available now for pre-order at all of these outlets online — order now and lock in a good price (you don’t have to pay until it ships!):
I’ve always envisioned this book as kind of A Joy of Cooking for moms — the only cookbook she will ever need in the kitchen. Published by William Morrow, it includes over 150 fast, fresh and easy recipes with over 150 gorgeous color photos (food porn at it’s finest, people)!. Over 90 of the recipes are completely new and exclusive to the book with the remainder being retested reader favorites. In addition, the book is filled with all kinds of tips and tools, pantry staples, feeding plans and dozens of ideas on how to inspire your kids to be great eaters! A big shout out to all of the weelicious moms who volunteered to be recipe testers. Your help was invaluable in helping me get to the finish line.
• I’ve been moonlighting at the Cooking Channel, appearing on their show Unique Eats. Several of my episodes have already aired, but you can catch re-runs and new episodes at 10pm EST, July 1st and 8th. I must thank a bunch of my kind friends (and my hubby) who I dragged around Los Angeles for 2 weeks straight, force feeding them whatever the show told me to eat_ Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Blistered Chinese Long Beans, Mac & Cheese Pie, and Whole Fried Lobster just to name a few (I must admit that these are the jobs where I do muster the strength to smile through the pain). 😉
• I’ve also been writing regular columns for The Huffington Post, Baby Center, Parents Magazine, People.com and more, so be on the look out for future pieces. Since I can only focus on one recipe a day for weelicious, these pieces allow me to discuss other mom-focused, food related issues that are important to me but which I unfortunately don’t have space for here.
As always, thank you so much for being supportive of weelicious and allowing me to share my passion with you. You are what drives me!
How much is this cookbook? Is it available at a Barnes & Noble book store
can’t wait to try the recipes. Can you also suggest dairy free and gluten free options please?
i want to start to eat halty am to over weat
Great website! My kids enjoy watching it as much as I do!
Just got back from a week long biz trip to find my pre-ordered Weelicious book waiting for me. What a treat! We made three receipes last night. Soba Noodles, Apple Sticks and the Bannana Muffins stuffed with Peanut Butter. I made the muffins with wowbutter as my daughter’s daycare is peanut free and it worked perfectly! It was nice for my husband and I to spend time making snacks instead of sitting in front of the TV. The time spent was not only good for our daughter, but good for us! Thanks Catherine!
Just pre ordered. I am so excited. ! Love the new website
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Although I saw the post over a month ago, I am finally getting around to pre-ordering the book. SO EXCITED!! Thanks for everything you do Catherine. Your site is amazing and I can’t wait to have all the yummy recipes in my hand when my cookbook arrives!
Congrats, Catherine! Your site and you are completely amazing!
So apparently I haven’t checked in for too long! Your site looks amazing! I’m loving the new options for finding specific recipes. So much easier!
Love the book from only its cover already! I hope I can buy it at amazon.com and have it shipped to the Netherlands because as your biggest Dutch fan 😉 I can’t wait to meet this new baby of yours.
I’m in love with the new site layout – thank you for updating. It’s super user-friendly; so easy now to search and I am crazy about this font!
I have been following you for almost 4 years and a half and you inspire me to give better food choices to my boys:) I feel blessed to have your site to guide me, Tankyou:)
You have lots of exciting things going on in your life. As a nanny and hopefully some day a Mother myself I turn to your website and terrific ideas to make food fun while being healthy. Thank you so much for working so hard…I will definately be asking for your new “baby” for Christmas!
Amazing work!! congratulations! The site looks great. Can’t wait to get the cookbook.
Congrats on the new site and your new book!!! I can’t wait to buy it! Please visit Walnut Creek, CA for a signing!!!
That’s really thnkniig of the highest order
Wow! awesome, been waiting years for the book!
The nutrition info is coming soon after the new site launches!
Where is the nutrition info for your recipes? I would love to have that. Does the cookbook have nutrtional info in it?
what a busy bee? congrats on all the well-deserved, exciting news. i cannot wait to see the new site!
That is all such exciting news! 🙂 I’m excited to check out your cookbook. 🙂
Wow, Catherine! I got tired just reading that. Congratulations on all the success. You deserve it. I can’t wait to get the cookbook!!! I’m sure the new site will be amazing and thanks so much for adding all of the new features.
Congratulations Catherine. I really love reading all of your recipes and so inspiring to find healthy recipes that satisfy the whole family. I we have a mixed household of vegetarians and non-vegetarians and without fail you have satisfied all of our taste buds! Can’t wait to order the book.
Congrats! I am going to pre-order ASAP! I have been following since my mom read about Weelicious in a magazine a while back. My family loves your recipes! Thank you for all you do!
You’ve had an exhilarating year! Congrats on all your successes. I will definitely buy a cookbook! Your website is on my Favorites tab. You’re one talented cook!
What wondetful news, wishing you all the very best & I am checking amazon.co.uk to see if I can pre-order your book.
Soooo exciting!!! Congratulations Catherine, you have been such an inspiration to me. There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t recommend your website to a fellow mommy. I’m definitely looking forward to your boon. Thank you so much for what you do, and sharing it with all of us. <3
Thank you for your sweet words!!
This is the best news I’ve heard all day, literally made my day. I wish you great success! Cant wait to recieve the book and so excited to see you in action on the TV.
Catherine, congrats! I’ve been following Weelicious since my boy was starting to eat solids and had serious food texture issues (you have a photo of him in your baby page!). Your site was a huge inspiration for me to cook for him and continue to push new, healthy alternatives. Thank you and I’ll definitely be ordering your book and watching you on the Cooking channel (had no clue you were on there). You really deserve all of this great success!
I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing community of moms who make weelicious what it is!
I am a loyal fan of Weelicious and I knew something was going on but didn’t know what it was but now I know. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! So many awsome things are going on in your career. You have worked so hard to achieve these things. I look forward to more new recipe posts, to the site updates, for your new cookbook, and the TV appearances(I love Unique Eats). Congrats again!
I’m so excited for the cookbook!! It will be my new shower gift to give!
Congratulations on the new baby too!
A batch?! You rock!
Congratulations on all your exciting new ventures! I also share your site with friends, with and without kids. Your recipes and positive, happy attitude have turned the most stressful part of my day into one that has become easy, manageable, and even fun, and I am so very grateful to you for that. You really have made a big difference to the quality of our mealtimes. I’m off to pre-order a batch of your cookbooks now!
Congratulations! I’m a big fan!
Congrats! For all your South African followers it is available on pre-order at Loot.
Congrats!!! I’m so excited! Now I must go as I will pre-order your book!
I would love to hear what you think when we launch the new site next week!
very happy for your success, catherine! i just adore you and your passion for feeding your family (& helping me feed mine) nutrition and fun food :o) you’re very deserving of all the good going on right now!
Yeah- Congratulations to you!
Congrats on all your upcoming reveals and book! 🙂
I have a house full of people to feed. Plenty of inspiration!
ive wodered before how your mind comes up with a recipe a day. thats awesome
That’s so cool, I’m honored!
So exciting – I’m pre-ordering your book now!! I made you my homepage since learning about your site from my sister-in-law!! I love it!!! Keep you the amazing work!!!
I hope it offers you new ideas for your baby. Congratulations!
Thanks and congrats Catherine! Just pre-ordered the book on Amazon 🙂 I’t s release is two days before the due date of my 3rd child. Fun times!!
I love how you admit to hating cooking, but keep trying!
I can’t wait for your book to come out! I hate cooking, but your recipes are the only ones I don’t mind making. I also can’t wait to see the new website! I’m sure your family is very proud of you, their wonderful mommy who helps others in need (of healthy recipes). 😉
Thank you for all your wonderful comments and for being such loyal readers! I owe you all a huge thank you for helping get weelicious to what it is today!
So happy for you and for myself 🙂 So looking forward to have the book on my shelf in a kitchen and of course to see and use the new site. You helped me so much with my picky eater. Thanks for all your work !
Me too, it’s been a long fun road to get here 🙂
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I love your site and recipes. I will buy your cookbook for sure. can’t wait until september!
As a marketer, I am inspired to see how you are so successfully building your brand! Keep up the great work – love your daily posts & recipes.
Funny, before I read you aren’t having another baby, I thought you were since you are sharing BIG news with us. 🙂 Congrats to you Catherine on your new site & cookbook! You are a busy lady!
4 boys?! You’re MY hero! Boys love their mommy!
I want to thank you for all of your work…5 years ago I discovered your website, and I have been making my meal plans from it ever since. My almost 6 year old grew up on your baby food recipes, and now I am pregnant with my fourth boy! My husband and boys love your recipes, and you are the on who inspired me to cook well for my family. I am your #1 fan and can’t wait to have your cookbook and buy it for others. Thank you!
Congratulations!! You are one busy mom and we can’t wait to catch all of your updates!! Keep it coming!
Congratulations! Going to preorder the book right now!
This is so awesome! I wonder if there’s a way you can offer signed copies for those who live outside of your book-signing radius.
Wait until you see the new site. Total food porn!
The cookbook looks gorgeous, and I love your reference to “food porn” (LOL)! My husband and I are always joking around that my online culinary escapades are just that….
I have been a fan of weelicious for a couple of years now and love to share your site with friends. You’re doing a great thing and I look forward to the new look. A heartfelt congratulations to you!!
Congratulations! I’ve printed out your recipes here and there and have several in my “recipe box”, but I think I will just have to buy the book!
Yay!!!! I’m so happy for you. Plus, a bonus for me…a new cookbook!! Love all your recipes.
Congratulations! I just ordered your book, can’t wait to get it. Thank you for everything you do. You have made me love to cook thanks to your easy to follow recipes and your dedication to making healthy meals.
Congratulations! I can’t wait for the book. You are an inspiration.
I’m honored, thank you!
Congratulations! You’re the only parent/blogger/chef than I follow religiously. Your recipes are the only one’s that come to mind when I’m looking for something healthy AND yummy. Thanks for all you do for us.
Congratulations on so many great accomplishments!!!. I cannot tell you how recited I am to get my hands on the book, will be preordering as soon as I get home !!!. Thank you for sharing with us!
Wow! Congrats! I’m exhausted just reading everything you’ve been up too!! I think we can forgive a late post. :o)
I’m so happy and excited for you.
Congratulations!! Excited for the book!
Congrats!! Looking forward to the book! Don’t let the wall stop you. Just take some time for you and catch your breath. We’re inspired by your hard work and success.
I am preordering this book today. I am sooo excited!
Congrats! I always enjoy your daily posts and can’t wait for your cookbook!!
Yeah! Congratulations. Ordering my cookbook now!
Congratulations! It’s really wondrful to have your website and recipes as a resource as a busy, working mom. You inspire me. And I’m sure the new website will be fabulous, although I really thought the old one was pretty good, too! Don’t be so hard on yourself!!
Congratulations on it all!
Congratulations! I love your recipes & can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook 🙂
Wow amazing congrats Catherine McCord u r an amazing cook dear lovely
Ahh, thanks Katie. Love your chicken paillard recipe today!
Congrats, Catherine! Love the book cover!
You are AWESOME!!
Yay! How exciting! Have all my friends hooked on weelicious too & love following you on pinterest. Will have watch you on unique eats love that show. Super excited for the cookbook…it releases on my bday! Will be preordering for 30th bday gift to self 🙂
I get cookbook for myself for my birthday too!
Yay! How exciting! Will have watch you on unique eats love that show. Super excited for the cookbook…it releases on my bday! Will be preordering for 30th bday gift to self 🙂
I was JUST talking to my editor about it and YEAH, YES, there will be TWO Canadian sources for buying the book. Did I say yeah? Yeah!!
Congrats!! And your book better be available in Canada.
Congratulations on all your success! I swear I got chills just thinking of your cookbook….I am so excited!
Right?! Peanut butter cups can go a long way in saving a marriage.
Congrats!!! Your recipes and videos have changed the way I cook for my three girls. Every one is delicious and amazing and we feel so good eating them! Your peanut butter cups literally changed my marriage for the better!! Can’t wait to get the book, so exciting!
Tons and tons of vegetarian and vegan recipes. I would say that 80% of what we eat at home is vegetarian, so the book will reflect that fact!
Congrats! I love your recipes! I (and my family) are vegetarians – just wondering if your book is very animal focussed or if there will be lots of other stuff? P.S. our favorite recipe is for the spinach muffins – they taste like cake! I don’t know how, but they do!
Isn’t that the irony. You’re married to a chef who doesn’t have time to cook at the one place that it’s most needed. I’m impressed that you’ve been getting involved. I for see an Iron Chef matchup!
Much congrats on the well deserved success! Weelicious has been my go to recipe source for the last three years and I share it with all my friends and family. My husband is a chef who is too busy working to cook at home so I’ve really had to step up my cooking skills. Thanks to you, I actually enjoy cooking for my children! My 5 year old daughter and I love to watch your videos and cook together and we can’t wait to see the new and exciting things to come.
Congrats!! Thank-you for all you do, all my meals at home are from your website!! Thank-you so much for all your hard work to make our kitchen lives easier and healthier 🙂
Yeah! Congratulations Catherine! So exciting. My birthday is in September, so I will definitely be asking for your cookbook 🙂
This is all great news! I love your site and I can’t wait for the cookbook! Congrats on all your success!
Such great news! I am so happy for you!
Ahh, thank Winnie. I’ve been following everything you’re up to as well. Love your instagram!
Girl you are so busy!!! Your book looks great…huge congrats!
Wow! That’s a lot of BIG things! Wishing you all the best!
Congratulations! I love your site and recipes. I recommend your site to friends who don’t even have children, because they are amazing and so easy! Your success and new journey is well deserved. God bless!!
You are seriously so inspiring!!! Thank u for creating something so amazing!
I was just watching cooking videos of Kenya on YouTube as a baby. I can’t believe how fast they grow 🙁
Congrats! I’ve been following Weelicious since Kenya was a baby. I know what hard work it is – but you make it look so easy!
Fantastic news all around! Catherine, I’m sure many of us in your Wee-army are amazed by all you manage to accomplish, and are thankful that you do all the “hard work” for us in helping put yummy, nutritious meals on the table!
Congrats! So many wonderful things! I can’t wait to see the new website and get your book! Thanks for all your dedication to helping me working my way through mommyhood in the kitchen. 🙂
I am so excited for you! Everything is falling into place. I told my husband months ago that I will be getting your cookbook no matter what!
Wow- so many exciting things going on! Congratulations! I will definitely have to check out Unique Eats!