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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New England Cornbread #Recipe

Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Recently, we had a potluck to attend and I was trying to figure out a different dish to take instead of the tradition super sweet desserts.  As a family we have been trying to cut out high sugar treats and desserts but that isn't easy, so I was really excited to try a different zero-calorie sweetener called Monk Fruit In The Raw.  

Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener that is made with real fruit and has a simple, sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar.  This is perfect for our family.  We are trying to cut added sugars but we do not want to sacrifice any taste!! And let's be real, I love to bake, especially this time of the year.  

I started looking for some wholesome yummy treats for our Potluck and I decided to try my growing baking skills by making some New England Cornbread using the Monk Fruit In The Raw sweetener instead of sugar.  I have to say, it was a HIT and I guarantee my family will be asking for me to whip this recipe up again very soon.  

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New England Cornbread Recipe 

Free Printable Recipe Here. 


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow stone-ground cornmeal
1/4 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw™
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup 1% milk, at room temperature
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


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Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 425° F. Coat a 9-inch x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt together to combine them. 

3.  In a large measuring cup, whisk the milk, eggs, and butter together. 

4.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones and mix with a wooden spoon just enough to combine them; leaving a few lumps is fine. 

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5.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. Bake the cornbread in the center of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden and the edges lightly browned. 

6.  Cool the cornbread in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.  Serve warm!  Enjoy!!

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I have been very surprised with the Monk Fruit In The Raw products and have found myself using the very convenient individual packets for my morning tea and coffee.  The sweetener tastes like sugar!  There isn't a chemical taste at all, which makes me very comfortable with baking and cooking with this sweetener for my kids.  Monk Fruit In The Raw comes in the packets and also a Bakers Bag that you can use instead of sugar in any of your favorite recipes.  Simply measure cup for cup and you are set!  For some culinary tips and inspiration make sure you head on over to the Monk Fruit In The Raw website and you will be in the kitchen in no time.  

Did you know that September is Childhood obesity month?  While I have dealt with my weight for my entire life I truly want my children to have a different start.  Finding products like Monk Fruit In The Raw helps me keep my children on track but still enjoying those treats.  Finding ways to cut the extra sugar but still enjoy the good stuff and for me the baking itself makes this a great sweetener to have in our kitchen.  

To stay connected check out Monk Fruit In The Raw Facebook page and Twitter account for more tips, tricks and recipes to help reduce sugar in your everyday life!


What family favorites could you replace sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw with?


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Win $100 to Amazon #giveaway

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Monday, September 15, 2014

LifeBankUSA: Saving More Cells. Storing More Hope. #giveaway

Disclosure:  I was compensated by LifeBankUSA for my article.




We would do anything for our kids right?  As parents we would give our own life but at times when our kids need help the most, our own life, tissue, blood, ect isn't enough.  It is so hard to think about our children being sick or dying but the fact is...it happens.  It seems as though the world is full of stories that can make me cry on an instant.  While we were pregnant with both Jude and Teagan I read a lot about places like LifeBankUSA but we never jumped on the opportunity to store any cells/tissue.  Now looking back, I wonder what we could have done differently, for now I am good with our choice and I pray we never need those cells but I want to inform all of you that there is an option for you if you are interested.  Let me back up, what is LifeBankUSA?

ABOUT LIFEBANKUSA
As the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood and tissue banking -- and the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant -- New Jersey-based LifebankUSA is a technological leader that is pioneering key medical innovations in the field. Owned by the Celgene Corporation, a world-class biopharmaceutical company, LifebankUSA also operates a robust donation program and collects cells from anywhere in the US for use primarily in advancing medical research.


There’s only one opportunity to save your baby’s stem cells for the future... 
As an expectant parent, your baby’s health means everything. Right now, he or she is protected in the womb and will soon enter the world. There is a lot to think about and prepare for, but an invaluable step you can take when your child is born is to preserve his/her stem-cell rich cord and placenta blood The ability of stem cells to save lives via cord blood banking has proven successful for replacing abnormal or diseased cells, and treating life-threatening blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. In fact, since 1988 stem cell transplants have been used to treat some 80 diseases.

Have you thought about banking your baby's stem cells?  What are your worries?  Your Thoughts?  Your final decision?  

I always open and honest with my readers so I will be about this as well.  Honestly, what held us back with banking Teagan's (we didn't know much about banking with Jude) was the cost.  At the time of her birth we had a mountain of medical debt and wondered how we would make ends meet.  I am sure some of you feel the same way.  Well friends, LifeBankUSA wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity for this service and right now you can WIN $500 off of Cord Blood Banking in the Peace of Mind Contest from LifeBankUSA!  


Enter the giveaway here - LifeBankUSA Peace of Mind Contest. 

LifebankUSA wants to give parents the chance to win $500 off cord blood banking* in a random drawing from entrants in this Facebook contest. Enter below for your chance to win the item that is on every in-the-know parent's check list. *This prize is not transferable and no other discounts apply. Must be enrolled for banking within one calendar year to claim prize. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering the contest, you understand that you are providing your information to LifebankUSA and not to Facebook.

When you bank with LifebankUSA, we include tissue banking (tissue from the placenta).* Placental tissue contains mesenchymal cells (MSCs) and MSC-like cells. While stem cells found in cord blood and placenta blood have been used to successfully treat patients, there are currently no approved uses for stem cells derived from the umbilical cord or placenta tissue. Possible therapeutic applications are in early research stages and LifebankUSA's parent company is actively involved in their development.  LifebankUSA will store the placenta tissue for you as part of our complete banking package using our cryogenic tanks for long-term preservation. In the event your baby's tissue cells are ever needed for future therapies, the tissue may then be processed and cultured using available technology at that time.† Tissue banking is just one more layer of protection and peace of mind offered by LifebankUSA.


Times are changing, lets use science and help protect our babies!  Will you be one of the 99% club?


*Storage fees apply
†Clients will be responsible for the cost of shipping the tissue and any culturing or expansion of the cells.


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Hard Eight By Janet Evanovich - Book Review

Well I am finally back at it.  How sad that it is September and this is my first Book Review of the year?  Maybe that tells me that it has been a busy year or that I am not taking enough time for myself?  Who knows.  But either way, I am back at it!!  

I know that I will not reach my 2014 Reading Goal of 14 books BUT I am determined to keep up with my new found love again and get some reading in before the end of the year.  The Reading Challenge from GoodReads is telling me that I am 7 books behind...YIKES!!  

How are you doing on your reading challenge for the year? 

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My first book of 2014 is another Janet Evanovich book.  I tried to get into a different book but there is something about Stephanie Plum that just pulls me in.  I love her shenanigans and love reading about her.  

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Seven Up
(Stephanie Plum Series #7)
By Janet Evanovich


My Review:
I have told you over and over again, I love Stephanie but there was something about this book that made it really hard to stay in the book.  I did finally finish it but found myself wondering if I would continue the series.  BUT as I continued reading I found myself HOOKED once again.  Stephanie had another car blown up, a killer giant rabbit stalked her and we meet Albert.  


Another thrilling moment is the debt that is FINALLY paid to Ranger by Stephanie.  Wow, just wow! So here's the deal, if you find yourself wondering if you will be continuing the Stephanie Plum series you have to at least make it through this.  The relationship that builds between Ranger and Stephanie is huge.  He protects her and he obviously loves her.  

With every book I read about Stephanie Plum I find myself wanting to be a fly on her wall and her car.  What a lifestyle?!  Not to mention her style just throws me back to the 90's, its a trip!  


My rating:

I am giving this book a 4 out of 5 cupcakes.  I love Stephanie but she had me bored at first and honestly, all that build up to the debt should have given us more steamy details, don't you think???  Stephanie wins again because my next review is number 9 - I read that book in 2 days, believe me you will find another happy review coming soon!  


What am I reading now:

I fell into the curse, I picked up 50 Shades of Grey - honestly, it has me blushing, A LOT.  Review to come soon.


What are you reading?


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Captain America Puppy Chow Snack #Recipe

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #HeroesEatMMs

Being a #boymom I am certainly becoming more and more educated about Superheroes by Jude. Honestly, I was never a person who really knew much about Superheros and comics but parenthood changes everything.  So here I am a mom finally learning all about the favorite Superheros and kinda liking it but also loving the idea of a date night with my hubby in front of our TV.  What does that mean for us?  It means that on September 9th we have a date night with Captain America!  Once the kids are in bed we plan on getting crazy, and by crazy I mean sitting on the couch and enjoying a yummy Captain America movie snack and watching Captain America 2: The Winter Solider.  

Sometimes as a parent you have to think about dates and those dates cannot be unplanned, they are totally planned.  While this takes away from the impromptu evenings out it does allow for some fun planning on my part.  I decided that while we enjoy the newly released movie we will obviously need a snack that represents Captain America.  

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Captain America Puppy Chow 

Free Printable Recipe here. 

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Ingredients:

RED:
1 cup red (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
3 tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 cup strawberry cake mix
4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
1/2 cup powdered sugar

WHITE:
1 cup white (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
3 tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 cup white cake mix
4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
1/2 cup powdered sugar

BLUE:
1 cup dark blue (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
3 tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 cup  white cake mix
4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
1/2 cup powdered sugar

TOPPINGS:
Red and Blue M&M's®

*If you cannot find Red or Blue wafers you can just use food coloring to make your colors match.  

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Directions:  

1.  In a microwave safe bowl melt the red candy wafers for 30 seconds at a time, stir after every 30 seconds. Repeat until the wafers are fully melted. 

2.  Once the candy is smooth and completely melted, add the oil to the mixture.  

3.  Next stir in the cake mix.  Pour the wafer mixture over 4-5 cups of rice Chex cereal and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly covered.

4. Repeat the following steps for the white candy and the blue candy.

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5.  Once each color is mixed and covered in candy and cake mix pour the 3 colors into a LARGE bowl. Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and mix with hands until it is evenly covered.

6.  Now add the Red and Blue M&M's® for a great addition to the Puppy Chow.  ENJOY!!

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How do you plan on enjoying the new Captain America 2: The Winter Solider DVD? I suggest heading on over to your local Walmart and buying some M&M's® and creating something amazing with them.  They are the best movie snacks to enjoy all by themselves or you could get creative in the kitchen and try some M&M® recipes!  Pull those red and blue ones out of the bag and bring the fun of Captain America to your TV experience!


I never thought of Superheros eating M&M's® but it totally makes sense.  Who doesn't love M&M's® and maybe these bite size chocolate candies are what gives them their extra super human powers?  Hey, you never know!!  If you are a Superhero fan you must head on over to this new social Hub called Heroes Eat M&M's®!  I promise you will be entertained.  Tell me what you think after you visit!  

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You can find all of the ingredients for your Captain America Puppy Chow at Walmart.  So what are you waiting for?  Don't just stand there. GRAB a BAG of M&M's® and get the party started!  

Before you start your shopping trip check out this super coupon to help you get your movie night started!  Save $5.00 On any two (2) M&M's® Brand Chocolate Candies (15.4oz. or larger) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD at Walmart


Who is your favorite Superhero?

Enter to win ONE of 10 $100.00 Walmart Gift Cards!!  Enter today!!


To get started, all you need to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form, below.  You will be taking a quiz and then leaving a comment on this post to tell me which Super Hero the quiz says you are.  Then register your comment it in the Rafflecopter form below by entering the name of the blog where you commented (Building Our Story) and clicking ENTER. Good Luck!!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Recipes To Spice Up Your Kitchen: Caramel Apple Cake and Fall Apple and Spice Stove Top Potpourri

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias  #FlavorofFall


It's no surprise, I have been talking about it for weeks now - Fall is here!!  The flavors, the colors, the food, the scents and the decor.  The most wonderful season of the year.  In my opinion at least.  Fall to me means Fall Recipes.  Not to mention one of the best flavors of the year, Apple.  Hey, I know, I often talk about my love for pumpkin and spice but there is something perfect about apple harvesting and getting into the kitchen.  


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Recently, the weather here in Colorado showed its fall colors.  This meant I wanted to jump into the kitchen and bring the fall yumminess to my family and make my home smell amazing.  To do this I headed to Walmart and picked up some Mott's Applesauce and Apple Juice knowing that I was going to make a great Caramel Apple Cake made with applesauce but when I saw the exclusive Candy Apple M&M flavor I just instantly knew my traditionally Caramel Apple Cake was getting a special upgrade!  

Now, usually you can count on me to give you super easy recipes for busy families but I am going to be honest here, this cake recipe takes some time but let me tell you, you will be the talk of the party if you show up with this amazingly moist and flavors of fall infused cake.  It will become your signature dish for any fall parties.  

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Caramel Apple Cake

Free Printable Recipe Here


Ingredients

Batter:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups sweetened apple sauce


Caramel Sauce:
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup light corn syrup
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1½ cups whipping (heavy) cream, room temperature


Caramel Buttercream Frosting:
1½ cups granulated sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
⅓ cup Whipping (heavy) cream
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup caramel sauce

Topping - 1 cup Candy Apple M&M's - crushed

Instructions
1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare 2 - 8 inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. 

2.  Start preparing your cake Batter:
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves; sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.


3.  In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the butter, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 4 to 8 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated and the mixture is a light, or pale yellow color, with a fluffy texture. While adding the sugar, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the mixture off the paddle and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.

4.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed.  Start with the mixer on low speed so the liquid from the egg doesn’t splatter, once the egg is partially mixed increase the speed to medium. Each egg should be fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg, taking about one minute to blend in each egg.

5.  With the mixer on low speed, add about one third of the flour mixture, mix just until the flour is almost completely blended. Scrape the bowl down, and add about one half of the applesauce, blending just until mixed. Scrape the bowl down again and continue alternating with the flour mixture and apple sauce, ending with the last portion of the flour, and stirring just until blended.

6.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. 

7.  Prepare the Caramel Sauce:
In a medium size heavy-bottomed pan combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir gently to avoid splashing the mixture onto the sides of the pan.

8.  Clip a candy thermometer to the inside of the pan, increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, without stirring, until the syrup reaches a temperature of 300 degrees F, a hard crack stage. While the syrup is cooking, wash away any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan by wiping upwards with a damp pastry brush so the sugar crystals don’t fall back into the syrup.

9.  Immediately remove pan from the heat and remove the candy thermometer. Let stand about 1 minute to let the bubbling subside. 
10.  Add the butter and whipping cream and stir until combined.  Let cool completely. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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11.  Prepare the Caramel Buttercream Frosting:
In a medium size heavy-bottomed pan add sugar and flour; whisk together to mix. Add the milk and whipping cream and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil; boil and whisk for another minute. Remove from pan from the heat.


12.  Transfer the hot sugar mixture to a large bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat the mixture at high speed, about 5 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture is cool. 

13.  Reduce the mixer to medium speed and add the butter, about 2 tablespoons at a time and mixing 20 to 30 seconds after each addition.

14. Add the vanilla and continue beating until the Buttercream is thick and smooth, about another 3 to 5 minutes.

15. Slowly drizzle in the caramel sauce and continue beating another minute.


16.  Once the cakes are completely cooled you can begin to build your cake.  First, you will want to crush the Candy Apple M&M's in a zip lock bag using a rolling pin.  These will be added to the cake!

17.  Place one of the layers on a cake plate. Spread about 1 cup of the frosting on top. Sprinkle the crushed M&M's on the frosting.

18.  Place the second cake on top of the M&M's and frosting.  Frost the top of the cake and then finish with the sides.  

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19.  Drizzle some of your homemade Caramel Sauce on the cake and add some whole Candy Apple M&M's if desired.

20.  Refrigerate the cake 30 minutes before serving to firm the frosting and caramel before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

ENJOY!!


Now that my home smelled perfect for a small family gathering and dessert was complete, I wanted to make sure that my guests felt nice and warm after coming in from the chilly Colorado Fall.  To do this I decided to make my own Stove Top Potpourri using Apple Juice. I never realized how easy it was to spice up our home with a simple simmer!  


Fall Apple and Spice Stove Top Potpourri 

Free Printable Recipe Here. 

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Ingredients:

4 cups apple juice
2 apples, sliced
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons apple or pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons cinnamon


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Directions:

Stir all ingredients together into a pot and set to simmer. 


Make sure to watch your liquid level as it will evaporate. You can add more apple juice if necessary. 




Bonus - When you're done, you can store your potpourri in the refrigerator for a week and reheat it when you want to bring fall back into your home!  


Talk about a perfect way to celebrate the flavor of fall.  Bring me the Apples!!  I am totally ready to get into the kitchen again soon and try my hand at some more fall inspired recipes thanks to the great specialty packages of M&M's.  Candy Corn flavor is my next experiment.  I am thinking a poke cake of some sort!  Delicious!  I simply love this time of the year and I cannot wait to head out to my Aunt and Uncle's ranch and do some apple picking soon!  

Make sure you head on into your favorite Walmart and pick up some Mott's Apple Sauce and Apple Juice to add some fall flavors to your cooking and snacks.  Also just to entice you a little bit more to pick up some of the M&M flavors of fall and some Mott's products you can use these great coupons!  

Coupon for - $1 off any two (2) Mott's sauce or Mott's juice drink

Coupon for - $1.50 off any two (2) M&M's brand chocolate candies


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What are your favorite recipes when Fall approaches? 
 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Halloween Costume Ideas for Siblings

Halloween is right around the corner which means costumes have been the talk of both of our kids lately.  Last year we had matching costumes for Jude and Teagan.  We did Jessie and Buzz.  It was so cute.  This year both of my very opinionated kids have decided that they will pick their costume and guess what, they aren't matching.  HA!  Oh well.  Here is what they have decided on. 

Jude has never seen Star Wars but he is set on being a Storm Trooper, while we tried to convince him of other ideas he is set!!  Teagan found her costume when we went to the Disney Store the other day.  She wants to be "Annabelle" - that is her way of saying Tinkerbell.  Mostly, I think she wants the shoes that matches the Tinkerbell costume.  But I love this idea, she will look adorable!!


While we were trying to come up with some ideas for Jude and Teagan I started thinking about how fun it would be to have sibling costumes every year.  Now this would require me to pick my kid's costumes so I know these are not always going to work but here are some great ideas for the future for sure!!  

I really wanted to think outside the box too.  Tell me what you think of these fun ideas!

Halloween Costume Ideas for Siblings

We did a similar one last year.  Jude wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and told us that Teagan should be Jessie.  It turned out perfect!  I am digging the Peas and Carrots too!!  So cute!

Halloween Costume Ideas for Siblings

Some of these are pretty easy to create too.  Not to mention adorable!  Milk and Cookies??  Yes please!  


So what are your little ones planning to be this year?  Have you every done a sibling costume theme for Halloween?


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