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An Apology

I apologise for the lack of recipe posts lately - life has a way of getting busy sometimes and projects and events have been keeping me very occupied lately.  During this break from posting recipes, I have been trying to go back and cook the recipes already posted again so I can take pictures of them.  You might notice the posts are slowly one-by-one having pictures added to them.
In the meantime, feel free to email me with your favourite recipe to studyinghisword@gmail.com .  I would love to try some new recipes myself and add yours to the blog.  If you do send a recipe, please let me know if you would like me to post your name with your recipe - I can post them anonymously if you would prefer.
I'm hoping to get back to posting a recipe each day soon!
Don't forget to let me know what you think of the recipes when you try them!

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