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Monday, June 17, 2013

All quiet.

It's been a while. A really long while. And it's bad blogger etiquette to be this quiet but I have good reason, I swear.

I got a new job. A full-time job. One I really like it. How cool is that, right?

But I find that with this new job (you know, the kind where you have to go to work every day) and my freelance work on the side, there is little time to create, photograph, and share new recipes. I am still  cooking, still tasting, but I find that most of the time I am lucky if I get a healthy meal on the table, as I am sure many of you can understand. I also find that most of my creative energy is going to my work, leaving little left to put towards an exciting new dish.

I have been avoiding writing this post, because I was hoping for some sort of clarity. Am I just too busy now? Will I want to write again in the future? Am I all blogged-out?

I don't have the answer now, but what I do know is that a good blog is consistent. A good blog speaks to current trends, seasons, and happenings. A good blog is dependable.

So it is with a little bit of sadness that I will be closing my blog for now. I will keep Sprout published so you can access any of the old articles, photos and recipes on here. Some of my favorite foods are on this blog and I hope you can still find them useful.

This blog started as something share with my family and friends. Over time, it grew to something more.  I met strangers who thanked me for a recipe. I got emails from all over the country asking me how to prepare certain foods. I became a freelance food writer. My photography was published on national food websites. What began as a hobby gave me purpose and direction when I needed it, and for that I am grateful.

So I want to say thank you to all of you who read it over the past five years. If it helped you just once to try something new, make a healthier choice, or grow in your culinary abilities, then I achieved my goal.

Thanks for being my foodie friend.

Signing off (for now),
Ashley