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Hello my friends!  I've been away for way too long!  I keep talking about getting back into my blog routine, but hey - life keeps getting in the way!  My boys are now 3 and 10 and are totally awesome!!  They've been suggesting that we should start taking pictures of our meals again which I think is a big hint that they too miss the fun of blogging about our food.  The thing is, blogging used to keep us on track... keep us honest!  It challenged us!!  But it just got to become so time-consuming.  Slowly, quick fix and boxed meals have been creeping into our kitchen and menu planning has pretty much disappeared.  So here we go at another attempt to get back at it!  Wish us luck!!!


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