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Happy Friday, beautifuls! J

I am super glad that it is the weekend! I do not have anything exciting planned, which I am pretty happy about after my last weekend.

I think since it is Friday, a fun and light post is in store. So I would like to confess to everyone that I have a new website addiction.

Pinterest.

Yes, it is awesome. I know have “pinned” almost 200 things that have greatly intrigued me. About 90% of my pins are completely random and/or useless, but due to this, I now visit Pinterest more often than Facebook… never thought that would happen!

Reason Number 1 I love Pinterest?

Food! Lots and lots of delectable looking recipes? I’m in.

Ice Cream Brownies

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Pinterest also causes me to laugh out loud
at my computer screen pretty often, causing me to get weird looks from family members in the same room.

( Gotta <3 Paula )

I have also found some of my favorite quotes, song lyrics, and inspirational sayings
on this site.

I have also been able to find things that I OBVIOUSLY need. ;)

Yes, those are bed sheets.

… And I have been able to channel my inner nerd.

Pinterest gives me good ideas

Of course I need Homemade Chalkboard paint.

There is also stunningly amazing photography
to be found.

Today’s Question!

Are you on Pinterest? Follow me!

If you’re not on Pinterest, leave a comment, and I will send you an invite! J

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

Mexican Spaghetti Squash and Beans

Hi everyone! :)

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend! I sure did. It has been crazy and hectic (just like I said it would be), but amazing nonetheless.

Yesterday, I ended up leaving my house at 7 am and was home for about half an hour before I left again, only to get home at 2:30 this morning. Yeaaaa long day. Homecoming (both of them), though, was a success. :)

I will post some pictures from my homecoming parade/football game/dance tomorrow probably, but for now, I have a recipe that I teased about last week to share!

Mexican Spaghetti Squash and Beans

serves 2-3

prep time : 10 minutes

total time : 45 – 50 minutes

Ingredients :

- 1 spaghetti squash

- 1 to 1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained

- 1/3 cup tomatoes and green chilies [I'm lazy, you could easily cut your own]

- 1 red bell pepper

- 2 TBSP Nutritional Yeast

- 1 tsp Chili Powder

- 2 tsp Cumin

- 2 tsp Black Pepper

Directions :

1) Preheat  Oven to 375f.

2) Cut Squash in half legnth wise and scoop out seeds.

3) Place on baking sheet face down and bake for 30-35 minutes.

4) While your cooked squash is cooking and/or cooling, remove seeds and slice bell pepper into smaller pieces.

5) Place all ingredients (minus squash and black beans) into a blender, and puree until it has reached a good consistency. If it is lumpy, add a couple of tablespoons of water.

6) Mix black beans into the sauce in a bowl, and microwave for 1 minute, or until warm.

7) Once cooled, scrape the inside of your squash with a fork.

8) Mix the sauce all in with your “pasta” and enjoy!
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imageThis is so yummy! It is super easy, and a great dish to warm up with on a cool autumn night! :)

Today’s Questions!

1) How did  you spend your weekend?

2) How much time do you normally spend cooking and making meals?

3) What is your favorite type of cuisine? (Mexican, Italian, Chinese, etc.)

Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast

Okay, so I admit it. Pumpkin Pie is not my favorite. Pumpkin flavored things aren’t even the highlight of the fall season. I do not even eat pumpkin that often.

I prefer my desserts to be decadent and rich with a lot of chocolate. For this reason, Pumpkin Pie is overshadowed pretty easily in my book.

I have been seeing pumpkin pop up all over the place though, and I have a stash of a few cans in my pantry, so I decided it was time to crack open a can and see what I can throw it in.

I did come up with something pretty amazing. I love breakfasts that taste like dessert. I think that is the only way to eat breakfast. This breakfast included my newfound love – cottage cheese!

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bowl

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In the mix –

  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin [or more, if you'd like]
  • 1 tsp chia seeds soaked in 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp Stevia
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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Let your chia seeds soak in the water for a few minutes. Ideally, let them soak for at least 15 minutes, but I was impatient so they probably soaked for about four. Then, simply, stir in all the ingredients and top with whatever you would like! I topped mine with Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal, but granola, nuts, etc. would all be great!

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Oh, and if you’re like me, a little additional cinnamon may be necessary. ;)

This one will definitely be a repeat! J So good, and so easy! I think it would make a good anytime snack… not just a breakfast bowl!

My lunch was also great! Since I was at school, I did not have the chance to take a picture, but it was a salad that consisted of romaine lettuce, bell peppers, and black beans topped with a dressing that included red wine vinegar, dash of stevia, a bit of water, and a lot of black pepper!

My weekend…

I would like to apologize in advance for my absence from the blog o sphere this weekend. I have mentioned
a couple times that my homecoming is coming up. (Is that redundant?) Homecoming is this weekend, and I have a ton to do! Let’s look at a bit of my agenda this weekend.

Friday

  • School and class
  • Getting all prettied up
  • Homecoming parade
  • Homecoming game
  • Studying

Saturday

  • SAT testing bright and early. L
  • Hair Appointment
  • Getting Ready / Pictures
  • Dinner
  • Arriving Early at school
  • Homecoming Dance
  • Homecoming Dance ROUND TWO
  • Possible after party

Yea, it is going to be a little hectic. I’m really hoping that the SAT’s sandwiched in there will go alright. :/ I’m a little worried about the timing of this test. If you’re wondering what Homecoming Dance round two is, that is the fact that I will be attending TWO homecoming dances Saturday night.

My boyfriend attends a different school than I do, and his homecoming happens to be on the same night as my homecoming. L We have never had this issue in the past, but luckily mine is earlier than his, so we will be able to hit up both dances for at least most of the time! J It will be a bit crazy, but it will be lots of fun! I’m starting to get excited.

So needless to say, this girl is not going to be around blogging much at all! I am hoping to prewrite and schedule a recipe post for some time this weekend, but we shall see!

If this is the last you hear from me, have a wonderful weekend! J

Today’s Questions

  1. What are your plans this weekend? Anyone super busy like me?
  2. What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? I now have an opened can that needs using! Link me up. J
  3. Do you use store bought dressings, or make your own salad toppings?

WIAW Round 5ish?

Is it Friday yet?

Apparently not. But at least it is time for another What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn! J

Sorry for the brevity of this post, but I have a couple not so hot dates with some SAT prep and a Calc book. :P

Breakfast

My current favorite.

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Super Chocolatey Protein Oats

In the mix

  • ¼ – 1/3 cup raw oats
  • 1-2 tsp Chia seeds
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Stevia to taste
  • > ½ water

Microwaved last night for 2-3 minutes, then put in the fridge, and reheated this morning.

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I also had a Yoplait Light Cinnamon Roll Yogurt.

Lunch

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Dinner [last night]

Mexican Spaghetti Squash and Black beans

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Recipe to come!

Many snacks were also consumed. Including apples microwaved in water, cinnamon, nutmeg, steviva, and a bit of ground flax with vanilla yogurt on top. :) Tastes like an easy apple pie. Sorry for awful picture quality!

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Today’s Questions:

  1. What is the best thing YOU ate today?
  2. Do certain meals become your favorite and you can’t get enough of them?
  3. Do you eat spaghetti squash? If so, how?

Trying New Things + Attune Cereal Testing

Monday? Check.
Hope everyone’s Monday has not been too grueling!
My morning started off with a Chocolate Protein Breakfast Cake topped with a bit of cocoa powder and strawberry cream cheese and a side of yogurt.
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Yesterday while at the grocery store, I decided to pick up a couple new to me items.

First, I grabbed a container of cottage cheese. I have seen cottage cheese used in such versatile ways, and I wanted to try it out. I have always been turned off from trying cottage cheese because of its appearance and texture, but I figured I could eat it if I mixed it in with some thing, like jello in this recipe from Julie at Peanut Butter fingers.

When I opened the container up, I decided to just take the plunge and eat a spoonful straight up. The verdict?

I loved it. Even plain I really liked it a TON more than I anticipated to. Cottage Cheese, where have you been my whole life?

My second kind of new find was a frozen bag of edamame. I have tried edamame before in dishes, but I have never bought it on its own. I’m excited to implement soybeans into some recipes. :)

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After school today, I prepared myself a smoothie. In the mix went:

- 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

- 2 tbsp cocoa powder

- stevia

- 1 tbsp cottage cheese for creaminess and added protein

- almond milk

- ice

- few chia seeds

Yea, I know. Chocolate Protein powder and TWO tablespoons of protein powder. What can I say? I was craving chocolate. ;)

One of my favorite things to throw on top of a smoothie is cereal. This cereal made by Attune Foods makes a really great topping on smoothies, and just about anything else! :)

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Eating random handfuls of this cereal every time I walk through my kitchen is also the bomb. :)

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The people over at Attune were gracious and generous enough to lend me the opportunity to try out some of their Gluten Free cereals to review on my blog! Even though they sent me this cereal for free, I would still be raving about it if I had paid twice the full price for it! I cannot get over how awesome their “Rice Twice” and “Crispy Brown Rice” cereals are. These boxes were even sent to me along with a handwritten note!

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I don’t know about you, but handwritten notes really get me excited! Not only does Attune make great food, they have great customer service. :)

But guess what.

It gets better.

Check out the Crispy Brown Rice Variation

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THREE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS?! Yes please! The texture and flavor of this cereal is so good! I’d love to try making rice crispy treats with them ! :)

The Rice Twice Variation is just as good!

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FOUR ingredients, people. This is such a relief! The touch of organic honey in this cereal really gives it a great sweet flavor.

All of Attune’s products are made with “Simple Ingredients, Simply Made” and Attune is also part of the non GMO project. By using wholesome ingredients, taste sure is NOT sacrificed. These are really two of the best cereals I have ever had.

The only complaint I have is that I will be extremely sad when I reach the bottom of these boxes. The two major grocery stores in my area are Kroger’s and Walmart, and the Erewhon brand of Attune is not sold anywhere in my area. :(

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Once again, thanks so much, Attune! I loved trying out your products.

P.S. My Twitter profile now has nearly 100 followers! :) This really excites me! If you aren’t a follower already, go ahead and follow me!

Questions for the day:

1) What new foods have you tried recently?

2) Do you have any good ideas for incorporating edamame into dishes? What about cottage cheese?

3) Have you ever tried these cereals or other Attune products?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

Happy Sunday! :)

Hope you all have enjoyed your weekend like I definitely have and aren’t feeling the Sunday evening blues too, too much!

My Friday evening was consumed by a much needed visit with my boyfriend, and then my momma and I completed some also, much needed marathon shopping yesterday!

We were at the mall by the time it opened, and did not get home until around 7 pm. It was a great and productive, yet exhausting day! My homecoming is this weekend, so I was down to the wire on finding outfits! Since I am on my school’s homecoming court, I had to find a dressy outfit for Friday night’s parade and football game in addition to a dress. I am soooo excited about the outfits I found, and we found some really amazing deals on everything I bought! I was considering blabbing and showing all the pictures I took yesterday so everyone could see my outfits, but I’ve decided to wait and let them be published online in a week as a little homecoming recap! I will give you a little sneak peek of my court outfit, though! :)

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Yea, I know, not too much, but stick around as a Sweet and Savvy reader, and you’ll see the whole thing eventually! :)

I realize as you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking, okay, okay. When is this girl going to talk about the reason I clicked on this post? Peanut Butter Chocolate Marshmallow Pie Recipe.

I’m getting there, promise. In the meantime, feel free to look at some gross pictures of my breakfast!

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imageTVP + Cocoa Powder + Peanut Flour

Last night, I knew I wanted to try baking something this weekend. I have been wanting to experiment with pumpkin and other fall flavors, but something just keeps drawing me back to the Chocolate and Peanut Butter combination. And throwing marshmallows into the mix makes it that much better. :) So here yaa go!

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 Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

Inspired by : All Recipes

Total Time : about 1/2 hour

Servings : 12 – 16

Ingredients :

  • 4 Cups Corn Chex Cereal [any Chex would probably work]
  • 1/3 cup Sugar or Sugar Substitute
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine [softened]
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/8 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. reheat Oven to 350f.
  2. Place the Chex Cereal in plastic bag, then crush them with a rolling-pin (or whatever you have) until they are a crumb like consistency. Be careful not to rip the bag!
  3. Beat the two egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar until a smooth consistency.
  4. Add peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and brown sugar until smooth.
  5. Stir in your Chex crumbs.
  6. Spread onto a baking or pie dish evenly.
  7. Bake for 9-12 minutes.
  8. Remove dish, and spread marshmallows and chocolate and peanut butter chips on the “crust”, but not too close to the edge.
  9. Bake for another 5-6 minutes, enough for the marshmallows to be gooey, but not toasted!
  10. Let cool, and enjoy!

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These are heavenly! They are pretty crumbly and messy, but it’s the taste that matters, right? :)

Warning : Family members will be tempted to pick off marshmallows and chocolate chips every time they walk through the kitchen. Keep in a safe place. ;)

Today’s Questions:

1) Are you a bargain shopper, or do you just buy what you need?

2) What did you do this weekend?

3) Did you make or enjoy any great desserts over the weekend?

 

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

I think I have let everyone know that I am addicted to cinnamon.

It is, hands down, my favorite spice/seasoning/flavor on the face of the Earth.

I like to eat my apples looking like this.

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I refuse to stop eating this yogurt.

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I also plow through restaurant size cinnamon containers like it’s my job.

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For the record, that container now looks like this.

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And last night I made a really amazing discovery, also involving cinnamon.

Extra Dessert Delight Gum in APPLE PIE! I am a huge fan of this gum in Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Flavor, so I was super excited when I found this.

It REALLY tastes like Apple Pie. It is the perfect combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple flavorings in a stick of gum! Three of my favorite things on the planet include: 1)cinnamon 2)apples 3) chewing gum. So basically, they designed this gum for me.

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Also recently, I have attained a new obsession.

Sweet Potatoes.

with cinnamon, of course.

I thought I would share with you how I prepare my sweet potatoes every time. I never used to eat sweet potatoes, but since going mostly gluten free, I wanted to expand my carbohydrate horizon.

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

prep time: maybe five minutes

cook time: 20 – 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • powdery sweetener, to taste [like Sugar, Stevia, Splenda, Sucanant]
  • dash of salt
  • cooking spray [ I like Pam Olive Oil ]

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400f.
  2. Cut your sweet potato into thick chip like slices.
  3. Once oven is preheated, place sweet potato slices or chunks onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil.
  4. Bake for ten to eleven minutes, then flip and bake for another ten to twelve minutes.
  5. Depending on size of sweet potato, and individual hunger or temptation, eat all of your chips straight off of the cookie sheet. Or you could serve alongside a dish, attempt to save some for lunch tomorrow but end up eating two hours later. Whatever fancies you. ;)

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Today’s questions:

1) What is your favorite flavoring or spice?

2) What new food related finds are you loving?

3) How do you prepare sweet potatoes?

Officially Fall

I wake up curled tightly in my blankets.

I also do not wake up craving a smoothie.

I pull on jeans to go to school, and grab a jacket.

My heater and seat warmer have become my best friends during my early morning drive.

There are leaves on the ground.

In class, no work is accomplished over the chitter chatter of girls’ whispers concerning homecoming dates and plans.

There are more colors in the trees in addition to green in the trees.

I see apples and pumpkins being sold alongside the road.

This can only mean one thing.

Summer is officially over, and fall has arrived.

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These are definitely pictures of autumn scenery. I love fall, but I also absolutely love summer. I would actually enjoy fall a million times more if it did not mean that winter was following close behind.

In conjuction with the newly cool air, I had a dinner last night was on the hot and spicy side.

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I made my recipe for a Mexican Salad Monster, but instead of throwing the mixture atop a bed of lettuce for a Mexican inspired salad, I threw a cup of cooked quinoa into the skillet after everything else was nearly done.
imageThe quinoa was a great addition! It really beefed this recipe up to a “hearty dinner” standard.

I also doubled the recipe, because my mom actually requested it! I take this as a pretty huge compliment, because she actually requested that we make this meal for dinner! She said that she had been craving it, which really excited me! :)

I will pretty much eat anything that is put in front of me, so it is good to know that people who actually have taste standards enjoy my recipes. ;)

Despite my awesome dinner, I was extremely snacky last night! I could not keep my hands out of the kitchen. I grabbed handfuls of just about whatever I laid my eyes on.

This morning for breakfast, I made myself some TVP Hot Cereal.

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All I did was microwave the following ingredients for about a minute and a half.

~ 1/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Textured Vegetable Protein

~ 1/2 cup or so water

~ 1 TBSP of Fat Free Strawberry Cream Cheese (I <3 this stuff)

~ 1 TBSP cocoa powder

~ 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

Even though TVP is traditionally an ingredient to add to things, not as the central ingredient, and is normally incorporated into savory dishes, I really like eating this for breakfast! It is pretty similar to eating oatmeal. I sometimes even mix half oats, half TVP, and it is a great way to get some added protein into your morning! I think protein in the morning is so vital to staying fueled throughout the day.

I’m heading off soon to take a trip to Marshall’s and Kroger’s! I still need to find a homecoming court outfit, and we are also out of a lot of produce around the house.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday! :) Today’s questions -

1) What is your favorite season?

2) Do you eat any foods in “untraditional” ways?

P.S.

If you haven’t checked out my first guest post over at Kat’s Health Corner from yesterday titled “What is Beauty?” you should! :) I <3 Kathleen!

Stove Top Oats

I have a confession.

I am lazy. I cook everything in the microwave, whether it should be cooked in the microwave or not. I always make my mornings oats the night before and then sit them in the refrigerator, and if needed, nuke them. Before this morning, I had never for real cooked oats on the stove.

I know, I know. I cannot believe it either, but honestly, this time last year, I only thought oatmeal came in little brown packets. So this morning, I tackled a new adventure and tried cooking my oatmeal on the stove.

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Aaaaand it was great! :) They tasted so good cooked on the stove! I made my usual Super Chocolatey Protein Oats. They’re super thick on the stove, and I prefer mine a little thinner, so after I was done, I added a bit more water to thin them out, cool them down, and help the protein powder dissolve. I also added a little extra cocoa powder, because, well, why not? :)

My morning has been spent at my brother’s cross country meet, and I definitely realized the weather change! It was so much cooler this morning than it has been at his past meets.

It is a super busy day for me, so I am currently enjoying Chick Fil A’s Chargrilled Chicken and Fruit Salad while downing a copious amount of lemonade. I refuse to believe it is getting colder. I like my summer foods. ;)

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I have a wedding to go to this afternoon, so I need to start getting ready for that!

Have a great Saturday! :) Today’s Questions -

1) What summer foods and drinks are you unwilling to give up, no matter what the temperature is?

2) What are you doing this Saturday?

Warming up by baking

Where did summer go?

I swear, it turned from summer to fall overnight. The other day I was wearing sundresses, and now I am freezing my bootay off in a hoodie in jeans.

So naturally, I tried to rebel against the cold by making a very summer like breakfast of a smoothie.
imageThis was a really, really dumb idea. It tasted great, but I was freezing. Fail.
imageI was super hungry by the time lunch rolled around, so it was prepared, a la, the microwave in about five minutes.

The picture above is of my Green Giant Green Beans and Almond steamables. And the next picture is a creepy one of me enjoying my extremely cheesy, microwaved eggs way too much.
imageDon’t worry, there is more lunch to come! It came in the form of the best meal ever.
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&& some cookies of course ! :)

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I followed Averie’s recipe for her Gluten Free, Carmel, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip cookies! I think it is safe to say that I have fallen in love with Averie for sharing this amazing recipe! I cut the batch in half, since I am almost out of peanut flour. :( But, thankfully, a new shipment should be arriving shortly! :) Besides halving the recipe, I also decided to cut back on the chocolate chips and throw in some of these for good measure.
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It was a great idea! But, how can Reese’s ever be a bad idea?

Enjoy your weekend! <3

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