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I had thought it would be fun, a nice change of scenery. Owning Box Bistro means that most days and evenings, we get to feast on delicious food that is already prepped for us. It’s been years since I have been stuck in the kitchen, behind the stove, listening with envy to the sound of the kids relaxing and playing in the next room. But weeks into quarantine, with a little more time at home, I had the idea to make a meal that was a bit more labor intensive, but I thought, "Why not, I have the time?" At...

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Last Friday night, we finally celebrated our youngest son's second birthday, and yes, only a month late.  He was born close to Christmas, and that paired with the fact that four of us share birthdays within a month of each other, well let's just say, finding an open date to celebrate took some time.  The party, while just a small family party, had to be scheduled with basketball practices in mind and with travel required from my parents and sister who live in New Hampshire and Massachusetts respectively.  On the day of the party, work ran longer than expected, and...

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When James and I first met, we quickly found that we shared a common love for cooking.  I had grown up eating home cooked meals each night, usually made by my mom.  Through the years of watching her cook, and helping out myself in the kitchen, I rarely saw her glance at a recipe or open a cookbook.  Looking through the fridge, adding a little of this, and a little of that, was the way we cooked on a nightly basis in the Graham household.  I took on that same cooking style, and enjoyed the creatively and lack of restriction...

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“I can’t believe I used to do this without thought and with so much ease” I said to myself one night at around 2am. As I struggled to push myself to my side and then out of bed, I was really regretting the extra cup of tea I had consumed hours earlier.  With more effort than I thought anyone should have to expend at this time I night, I got myself up and waddled down the hallway.  At nine months pregnant everything felt like a struggle.  Sure, I stayed in shape, kept moving, even kept crossfitting.  But the physical feat...

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My kids know exactly how to use my weakness to their advantage.  “Mom, do you want to have a cup of tea and watch an episode of Fixer Upper together?”  I glance over at Jaden, who is looking at me with a well rehearsed, caring, yet concerned face.  In fact I am almost convinced that he is offering this option as a means for me to relax and not an excuse for him to get screen time on a school night.  My love for all things Fixer Upper is well known in my house. James can attest to that as...

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