2018 - Dimples and Tangles

CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIE DOUBLE DOOZIES - BLOGGER COOKIE EXCHANGE


Can you believe we're less than a week away from Christmas?  I honestly can't!  My shopping is *this close* to being finished, I have menus made and *almost* all of my grocery shopping completed, and I'm starting to bake!  


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Today I'm excited to be joining a group of bloggers for a virtual Cookie Exchange hosted by Camila of Effortless Style.  This is the next best thing to us all being able to sit around and much on our favorite cookies together, so I'm anxious to see what everyone else is sharing for the party today, too!  



I decided to share one of our stand-by favorites today... Christmas Sugar Cookies but with a twist since I've made them Double Doozie style!  You know, those delectable treats that you get at the mall?  We make our own at home!   Because all of the frosting is on the inside, these are a little quicker to assemble than regular decorated Christmas sugar cookies since you don't need to spend tons of time making the tops look pretty.  I just add some sprinkles to some of the tops before baking and call it good!



If you don't have a favorite, this is the sugar cookie recipe I've been using for several years since my friend shared her recipe with me.  It makes a soft but sturdy cookie great for decorating, and it tastes divine (I'm convinced the almond extract is the key)!  I usually double the recipe while I'm at it and freeze 1/2 of the dough for later.



Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour (plus a little more for rolling out cookies)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat sugar and butter together in mixer until creamy.  Add egg and beat to combine, then add milk, vanilla, and almond extract and mix together.  Combine dry ingredients and beat in a little at a time until all are well incorporated.  Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4" thick.  Cut out desired shapes and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8 minutes.  Cookies will firm up as they cool, do not over bake or allow to brown.



Want to know the secret of one of my favorite baking shortcuts?



A 12 pound tub of buttercream frosting!!!  I purchase one of these at Sam's once or twice a year, usually around this time of year before the holidays and several upcoming birthdays.  I use it on those birthday cakes, chocolate chip double doozies, brownies... it's amazing how handy it comes in when I need to send a last minute treat somewhere for something (and for $16 I'd spend way more on the ingredients to make it myself)!   ;)   It doesn't need refrigeration and keeps for several months in the pantry.  Sam's offers it in a variety of colors- except white for some reason.  I'm not sure why that is, but I buy the lightest color I can (usually a pale yellow) and just add coloring gel to get the color I want.  (If you like the idea but can't use this much, consider splitting some with a friend!)

If you don't want your own 12 pound tub of frosting, you can definitely make your own or use a small store bought tub for this recipe too. 

I thought I'd continue the theme of our jewel toned Christmas decor (start this year's Christmas tour here), so I mixed some icing in a variety of colors.  I like this gel food coloring and chose a few colors to use from the set.  If you've never used gel coloring before, it just takes a little bit and the colors are more intense than liquid food coloring.  They usually darken a little bit more after they sit for a while too.   


Using a 1/2 ounce scoop or 1 ounce scoop (depending on cookie size), scoop out frosting onto a cookie, then lay another cookie on top and gently squeeze together to spread frosting.  On oddly shaped cookies it might be necessary to spread frosting to the edges a bit before sandwiching cookies together. 


Sometimes I like to squeeze the cookies together enough to make the frosting ooze out the sides just a bit, then cover the edges with sprinkles too.  



Although the cookie isn't overly sweet, the frosting inside will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!  I think these would be perfect made with mini-cookie cutters, too...  bite sized cookies would be just right.





You guys... I think I've been at this blogging thing too long, because just as I was wrapping up this post last minute I realized I already posted this recipe for Valentine's Day!  #oops  When I thought of doing Double Doozie Christmas Cookies for the exchange today I recalled posting something similar in the past but honestly thought I had posted about Chocolate Chip Double Doozies.  Oh well, too late to do something different for today, I guess I need to be better about checking my archives next time!  #lessonlearned  So, please forgive the repeat if you remember this from before, just consider this a reminder to try this yummy recipe!


Thanks so much for joining me for the Cookie Party today!  Be sure to stop by and check out the recipes from these other talented bloggers participating today as well- 



If you're looking for even more great cookie recipes, here are some of my other favorites- all crowd pleasers!







And although not technically cookies, these Bon Bons are a family favorite at the holidays.  My daughter and I are ready to make up a batch today!  (If you're an Almond Joy fan you'll love these!)




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20 GIFT IDEAS UNDER $20


You guys, Christmas is only 2 weeks away from TODAY!!!  Are you finished shopping with everything wrapped under the tree?  Or are you like me and have barely even started???  Today I'm sharing 20 last minute gift ideas each under $20, all that still have time to arrive before Christmas!  You're sure to find some ideas for that teacher, neighbor, hostess, friend or family gift you're still searching for.




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1- Blue and White Succulent Planters- Love the contrast of the wood base on these, the perfect size to tuck a plant here or there.

2- Layered Bar Necklace- any kind of layered necklace is so popular right now, this one comes in two colors and is great quality for less than $10!

3- Fiskars RazorEdge Shears- I have a dedicated pair of shears just for cutting stems.  They need to be super sharp and kept clean and free of bacteria so that cut flowers will last longer.  I love this pair!



4- Stainless Steel Water Bottle- my daughter carries one of these every day to school.  Her water stays cold all day and the larger size minimizes the need for refills while at school, yet it still fits in the side pocket of her backpack.

5- Cable Knit Beanie with Fur Pom Pom- comes in tons of colors, super warm and comfortable and I always get compliments on it!




6- Cozy Plaid Scarf for Him- soft and warm, truly helpful in keeping warm in frigid temps!

7- Tassel Keychain- a standard accessory around here, but the size of this one is an unbelievable deal for $10!  I own 2 and keep one clipped to a lamp or basket handle, and the other is clipped to my bag right now for a pop of fun! This is the perfect stocking stuffer for gals any age on your list!



8- Whiskey in a Teacup- I've been reading this and really enjoying it.  Reese shares a lot of family memories and talks decorating, recipes, and life in the South.

9- Layered Y-Necklace- another quality staple piece for an amazing price, teens to any age will love it!

10- Floral Coaster Set- pretty and playful!

11- White and Gold Polka Dot Vase- I bought this but in a different style and love using it with my Christmas decorations, but it will be the perfect patterned piece for year round use.  Available in 3 or 4 different shapes.

12- Novelty Socks for Him- I think every male teen (and adult) on my list has patterned socks on their wish list! 

13- Pom Pom Slippers- Available in 6 colors and oh so cute!  I own two pairs and wear one daily, so comfy!



14- Super Bright Small LED Flashlight- we own this as well and the boys love it.  Great size to keep tucked in your car console too. 

15- Code Names Game- I've proclaimed our loved for Catch Phrase, but several of you also recommended this game for group gatherings.  With thousands of 5 star reviews, I'm ordering it for a "family gift" and excited to try it out at our next group gathering.

16- Gold Bead & Shell Earrings- light weight and versatile!



17- Work Gloves for Him- these are a favorite in our house and a new pair is always appreciated.

18- Terry Cloth Lined Shower Cap- fits well and terry cloth lining helps protect your curl and hairstyle for a few extra days.

19- Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays- a favorite of many, always nice to have new recipes to try! 

20- Flair Colored Pen Set- perfect for color coding those new planners that will be pulled out in a few weeks.










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2018 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR- FRONT PORCH, ENTRY, BREAKFAST NOOK, AND PATIO


Happy Friday!  Whew, has this week been Christmas Tour overload or what?  I hope that you've enjoyed the festivities and have gleaned a few great ideas for your holiday home!  Today I'm sharing the final portion of my Christmas Home Tour, let me show you around the Front Porch, Entry, Breakfast Nook, and our Patio!  I'm happy to be a part of the Christmas Home Tours organized by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.  She always does such a good job of gathering a stellar group of bloggers to share with you and I'm honored to be a part!

If you're coming from Decorating Delirium, welcome!  Jennifer is a kindred spirit with her love of color, blue and white, chinoiserie pieces, a thrifted find and a good DIY project.  I'm excited to see her tour today, be sure to check it out with me.  But first, stay for a minute and come on in!

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE CHRISTMAS TOUR WRAP-UP


Today is the last day of the "It's A Colorful Life" Christmas Tour, and I'm blown away by the spaces that were shared this week!


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2018 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR- DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN


*This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby.

Hello friends, welcome to part 2 of my 2018 Christmas Tour!  Today I'm delighted to be sharing my Dining Room and a few Christmas touches in the Kitchen.  Since I'm sure I single-handedly help keep them in business, especially at Christmas, I'm so happy to partner with Hobby Lobby for this post.


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE 2018 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR- LIVING ROOM


Hello, and welcome to Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour for 2018!  I'm thrilled to be kicking off a brand new blog hop party today that I'm co-hosting with Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio...  "It's a Colorful Life!" You might remember that we hosted a local Colorful Christmas workshop recently where we shared our best ideas for decorating with color at Christmas time, and that morphed into hosting this fun tour celebrating colorful Christmas decorations!



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MY FIFTEEN FAVORITES- GIFT GUIDE FOR HER, HIM, AND HOME



Welcome to My Five Favorites today! Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our holiday gift guides with you today. We had so many good things we couldn't stop at just 5!  I've worked hard to narrow the options to my very favorite suggestions to share with you today: 5 for her, 5 for him, and 5 for your home.



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BLUE AND WHITE, GINGHAM, AND PLAID CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE


Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving celebrating with those you love, and that you can still fit into your pants!  ;)  #bringontheleggings  Today we get to officially move into sharing Christmas decor without feeling guilty about rushing through Thanksgiving.  Yippee!  Today I'm sharing my (first) Christmas Tablescape with you, and true to my style there's no shortage of mixed and matched patterns and colors.


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"IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE" WORKSHOP- COLORFUL CHRISTMAS IDEAS!


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last weekend I was busy spreading plenty of holiday cheer!  Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio invited me to partner with her to lead a workshop that she was doing as part of her church's Christmas Women's Event.  Our workshop was called "It's a Colorful Life" and was packed full of- you guessed it- colorful Christmas decorating ideas.


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HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE PIE


Last week on Instagram I mentioned discussing our Thanksgiving menu with my Mother in Law.  She's hosting this year, but I'll be bringing homemade Chocolate Pie, Pecan Pie, and Mac & Cheese.  I had several people ask about my chocolate pie, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you here if you want to add it to your menu this week.  This is my Grandmother's recipe that my Mom made often as we grew up, it's definitely one of my favorite desserts that I often request for my birthday.  It's straightforward and made with simple ingredients, nothing fancy... just delicious!

Ralph Lauren Middlebrook Plaid Tablecloth, leopard ice bucket, green china cabinet, friendly village plates, chocolate pie, west elm marble cake stand

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Boy, Fridays roll around quickly!  It's so fun to share some of my favorite picks from the week.  We have a busy weekend of events and fun ahead, I'll be sharing in my Instagram stories if you'd like to follow along!  And thank you for all of the kind words on my post yesterday, I was overwhelmed by your response to the posts on the blog and on Instagram.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and I love sharing in the excitement of it with you! (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

#1:  Alright, on to the good stuff for today...  Oh, the tables I could mix and match with these plate sets (currently 20% off)!  Both are so fun for the holidays but great for year round as well.



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DECKING THE HALLS- OR PORCH!- WITH AT HOME STORES


The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching!  I don't rush past Thanksgiving and usually wait until after to decorate, but I know I need a decorating game plan well before Thanksgiving, because all of the best stuff goes fast!  Today I've partnered with At Home stores to create some Christmas looks from their floral department to give you some inspiration as you prepare to deck the halls and decorate your porch for the holidays too.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

Last year I jumped on board the flocked Christmas tree craze, and while browsing the greenery aisles of At Home I noticed they had several items of flocked greenery available.  I purchased 2 pieces of the 9 foot flocked garland and hooked the ends together to make one long piece to drape around my front door.

flocked garland, Christmas porch decorations, jewel tone Christmas decorations

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday, friends! I'm happy to be wrapping up the week and that we have a fairly calm weekend on the horizon.  Here are a few of my recent favorite finds that I think you'll enjoy too.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I was given this candle as a gift last year and burned about half of it then, but recently pulled it back out for the season.  I had forgotten how scrumptious it smells!  This one is "Pumpkin Souffle" but I'd love to try out several of the other scents like Sweet Vanilla and Cinnamon or Whipped Cream and Pear as well.  It's small but mighty...fills the entire area with scent!



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IF YOU MISSED IT: JULY-OCTOBER


I realized it's been several months since I've done a content review, and figured before all of my holiday posts get started I should catch you up today in case you've missed anything recently.   Once I looked back, I guess things have been pretty busy around here!

I shared several tutorials for DIY projects in my home-


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MY FIVE FAVORITES- LIGHTING


Welcome to My Five Favorites today! Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our five favorites in lighting with you today.  Even though it's basic purpose is functional, lighting is such a great opportunity to add style and personality to your home.  I'm looking around right now counting 6 light sources in my living room, not counting the built in lights.  Nothing else adds layers and atmosphere to a space like good lighting!

We're so happy to have Sue from The Zhush guest hosting with us this month.  Sue has a discerning eye to curate beautiful rooms, and she doesn't shy away from using beautiful colors and mixing and matching patterns in her designs.


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VINTAGE INSPIRED THANKSGIVING TABLE


Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Ours flew by watching our talented niece play Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, attending my husband's 25th college reunion and visiting there with life-long friends, and church.  Oh, and I put together and photographed this year's Thanksgiving table somewhere in there too.  Whew!

I'm so happy to be a part of this week's Thanksgiving Table Tour hosted by Tammy from Pink Peppermint Design.  For a few months now I've known I wanted to do a somewhat muted, vintage inspired table this year.  But, it wouldn't be my style if there weren't some pops of color in there!   (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

If you're coming from Monica's tour at Monica Wants It, welcome!  Monica is a sweet friend and I find her work so inspiring.  I saw a sneak peek of her table yesterday, and couldn't wait until today to see more!  We're Tobacco Leaf and blue and white loving buddies.  Be sure to hop back and see her tour if you missed it.

fall tablescape, thanksgiving tabletop, coxcomb centerpiece, living floral table runner

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday, friends!  Whew, it was a busy week on the blog... I hope you enjoyed all of the Fall posts!  Here are a few of my recent favorite finds that I think you'll enjoy too, two of my five picks today are sweaters... what can I say?  It's the time of year to get cozy!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

Recently I commented on a friend's cute cardigan, and she shocked me when she told me where it was from!  When I went to see for myself, I came across this darling cardigan too.  It's a winner!  It's a fine cotton weave (so it won't pill), a nice weight, and the lining is a contrasting color that shows if you cuff the sleeve too.  I knew my daughter would love the olive green color so I got it for her (actually we can share it, bonus!).


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FALL HOME TOUR 2018- DINING ROOM, LIVING ROOM, AND BREAKFAST NOOK


Hello, welcome to part 2 of my Fall Home Tour!  Today I'll be showing you around the Dining Room, Living Room, and Breakfast Nook.  If you missed part 1 of the tour, stop by here to check out my Fall Porch and Entry.  This year's Fall decorations can be summed up in a few words... simple, colorful, and playful!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

We'll start in the Dining Room today.  One staple of this year's decorations is simple painted pumpkins in unexpected Fall colors, I scattered and grouped them everywhere!


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FALL HOME TOUR 2018- FRONT PORCH AND ENTRY


Welcome to this year's Fall Home Tour!  I'm probably the very last blogger to post a Fall tour (we've been busy and it took me a while to get inspired!), but I hope you enjoy it and get some ideas for future reference anyway.  Today I'm sharing the Front Porch and Entry- no traditional yellows and browns here! (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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A FEW THINGS: PILLOWS, FALL BREAK, FAMILY & PUMPKINS


Occasionally I have a some things to tell you that don't warrant their own blog post, so "A Few Things" is my opportunity to share all of those random bits and pieces with you and catch you up on what's happening around our house. (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


LET'S TALK PILLOWS!

It's no secret that I love experimenting with new colors and pattern combos, and the changing of seasons is the perfect excuse to add in some new pillow covers.  I've been sewing for Fall, and thought you might enjoy this video tutorial that I shared on my Instagram Stories.  Click here and then click on the circle photo below my picture that says "pillow tutorial" underneath to view.  I made them with custom piping and zippers, which just takes a bit of practice and isn't too hard at all.


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THE PLAID PINEAPPLE- PRODUCTS WITH A PURPOSE


As we near the holidays and you begin to gather gifts and accessories for the season,  I'm encouraging you to shop with a purpose!  Today I'm sharing a few favorites from The Plaid Pineapple, a shop and online store that I partner with periodically to share some of their current products and what they're up to.  I've shared more details about the purpose of the shop and how they do business in a previous post, but basically it's a ministry where all of the profits go to further the Good News of Jesus around the world by meeting people's every  day needs in practical way.  That might be purchasing a water buffalo (their livelihood) for a family who lost everything in the earthquake in Nepal, it might be buying mosquito netting for families to help prevent diseases, or it might be training women in poverty stricken villages in a specific skill so that they can work and help provide for their family.  So, I'm happy to do my part to support this ministry by sharing it with all of you!  I mean, shopping for the cutest things while making a difference around the world is a win-win, right?

The first thing I have to share with you is the sweetest blue and white pillow, I fell in love immediately when I spotted it.  Of course, the colors fit right in at my house, but the winter scene and the church and the darling little deer and family going to church just made me smile.  This is the perfect pillow to mix in for Christmas and through the winter, seasonal yet elegant!  You'll see it on my sofa in my Christmas home tour (maybe, I really like it right here too!).


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CLASSIC PLAID FALL OR THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE


Today I'm helping to wrap up the last day of the Set + Styled Thanksgiving Blog Hop hosted by Designthusiasm that's been going on all week. If you've arrived from Styled With Lace, thank you so much for coming! There have been so many impressive Fall entertaining and tablescape ideas already shared, this tour's a one stop shop for all of the holiday hosting inspiration you need!  Last year I used untraditional colors for Fall, but this year a classic plaid combo for my Fall/Thanksgiving tablescape was speaking to me.


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DIY REVERSIBLE TABLE RUNNER TUTORIAL


Since most are neutral colors and or not my style, I have a hard time finding ready-made table runners.  So, I recently used some of my fabric scraps to make my own!  And, I used a different fabric on each side so I can have two totally different looks with only one piece.  Here's my tutorial if you want to try making your own DIY reversible table runner.



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A FEW THINGS... EVENT DECOR, FAMILY, TIPS, AND A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH BHG!


Occasionally I have a some things to tell you that don't warrant their own blog post, so "A Few Things" is my opportunity to share all of those random bits and pieces with you.  Today I have a little bit of everything to talk about, including some exciting news! (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I know that many of you who follow along here like to get simple new ideas for banquet or party decor, possibly even for church gatherings.  Last weekend I attended our retreat for ministry wives across our state, and snapped a few photos of the tables to share with you.  Each table either had a wood charger or a piece of burlap fabric as the foundation for the centerpiece.  Then, there was a lantern filled with battery operated twinkle lights or candles, a few hydrangea stems in a mason jar (we cleaned out Trader Joes!), and a piece of artwork scattered around on some of the tables.  Simple but pretty!


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday everyone!  We have a weekend full of rain, football, and band contests ahead... do you have any fun plans? Here's a look at my recent favorite finds...


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MY FIVE FAVORITE FALL ESSENTIALS


Welcome to My Five Favorites today! A chill is in the air, pumpkins are out in full force, and Pam from Simple Details, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our favorite Fall essentials with you today (our friend Lisa from Shine Your Light is unable to join us this month)!



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BATHROOM UNDER SINK CABINET, DRAWER, AND LINEN CLOSET ORGANIZATION


Maybe even more than New Year's, I think the start of a new school year is a great opportunity to get things back in shape and organized around the house.  I've been working space by space to do just that!  For friends local to Oklahoma, did you know that our very first The Container Store in our great state just opened last week?  Woo hoo!  They were kind enough to partner with me on a project to celebrate the opening of our new store, and we decided that the kids' bathroom cabinets were long overdue some organization help (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.).


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