Friday, July 26, 2013

Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Blog Hop



Welcome to the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop!

If you've been following along, you have just arrived from the ever so talented, Heather Doran's blog! Isn't she awesome?

When I think of summer picnics, I think of lots of sunshine and flowers and sometimes flower table clothes too. I love summer. It's my favorite time of year, so I think of summer picnics as perfect days. :)  I based my card on all those things: flowers, sunshine and the greeting, "Wishing You a Perfect Day".  I used several stamps sets including a new stamp from the Stamp Your Story My Words set for the middle of the sun. It says, "today." Hoping today is perfect for you!




Don't forget that Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments! For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!


If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is my sweet and creative friend, Barb Engler.

Supplies:
My Words
Bold Pop Designs
Happy Birthday
Mid-Tone Inks
Perfect Day 
Hero Arts Layering Paper

And here's my summer picnic recipe. It's called GREAT Fresh Salsa and it's delicious! Perfect for picnics! 

GREAT Fresh Salsa
The quantities in this recipe are meant to be base guidelines – use your own taste to guide you.  If it is too soupy add some extra Roma tomatoes at the end to make it meatier.


10 Roma tomatoes
1 medium to lg onion
4 medium tomatoes
1 green pepper, seeded
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded (optional)
8 cloves garlic
3 T wine vinegar
3 T olive oil
1 T chopped cilantro
salt, pepper

Wash and dry the veggies. I don’t peel any of them except the onion and garlic. I don’’t seed the tomatoes either. Quarter the Roma tomatoes and regular tomatoes.

Using a food processor, put in chunks of green pepper, onion, and garlic. Buzz them together till they are finely chopped. Then add the quartered Roma tomatoes. Add the regular tomatoes last because they are softer and don’t need much processing. Just buzz them till the salsa is the consistency you like. I sometimes add 4 large diced Roma tomatoes at the end for texture (do not put in food processor, just hand dice.)  If you want, you can leave out the jalapeno pepper.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add the chopped cilantro, jalapeno pepper (optional), salt and pepper to taste, and then add the wine vinegar and olive oil.

Taste before adding the whole tablespoon of cilantro – sometimes it’s rather strong so you may need to adjust this measurement. There’s no right or wrong w/salsa. :)

Thanks for hopping with us today! 


142 comments:

  1. Darling card, Kathy! I love all the details you've added! Your clouds, sun and sweet patterned paper all work perfectly together! You know summer is my favorite too, so I am loving this card!

    Fab recipe for salsa too - my hubby is gonna want to try this one! :)

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  2. I'm so sad to see our picnic come to an end, but you wound everything up beautifully, Kathy! Your card could not be more perfect, and I ADORE salsa - we put it on everything! Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Kathy, your card is adorable and so pretty too! Wonderful design and details! I love the way you've incorporated all the elements for a perfect picnic into your card! Oh yummy, your great fresh salsa recipe sounds absolutely delicious, I can't wait to try it! Thanks for your kind words too:) :)

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  4. I love how you layered all of your elements on your card and your sentiment is just perfect! Thank you so much for the recipe, too...I can't wait to try it out!

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  5. Kathy, that's the perfect card for the end of our picnic! It's been such a treat having the hosti together, using our Hero Arts stamps, and sharing favorite recipes. Love salsa at our house, too.

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  6. Aw, Kath, this is such a sweet card! I love that sun and the new HA stamp you used! I can hardly wait to try your salsa, too!

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  7. What a lovely summer card. The homemade salsa recipe looks yummy.

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  8. Such a day-brightening, smile making card! Sun, white puffy clouds, eye-catching patterned paper: love it all! As for your salsa recipe: yum! Salsa, sun, summer - works for me!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!
    c

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  9. Mmm yummy! and a very pretty card to boot!

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  10. Lovely card - so summery and bright! The salsa sounds so yummy, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Love the card-full of summer sunshine!

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  12. So cute! I love the stitched clouds and all your paper choices!

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  13. Love your card! The way you did the flower and the fresh colors are wonderful! Hugs

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  14. Great colors on your beautiful card. Can't wait to try your salsa recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Lovely card -- I like the sun in front of the clouds and the happy flower!

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  16. love fresh salsa and this card!

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  17. Love the sunny day! And I love salsa so thanks for the recipe.

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  18. Your card really brings summer home! Salsa is a must around here and I'll try your recipe tonight!

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  19. What a fun and pretty card. Your recipe sounds yummy.

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  20. Wonderful & cheerful card card, Kathy. A perfect day for a picnic or picnic blog hop! Your combinations are spot on. The salsa sounds perfect too!

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  21. What a cute and fun card Kathy, its been such fun hopping with the Hostesses again, Hero Arts are the best!!!

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  22. Your sunny card is just the perfect card for the hop, Kathy! Love the creative use of sentiment and pattern paper and diecut! Hope your summer is going swimmingly well. HUGS!

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  23. I just love your card...it fits my style. And I love that sentiment, Wishing you a perfect day...I need to get that one.

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  24. So cute!! Love the sun and clouds!!

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  25. Such a pretty card, Kathy! Can't wait to try the salsa!

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  26. the clouds, the sun, the colors all shout, "summer"!

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  27. Looks like a HAPPY summer to me. Darling card, and the recipe looks fabulous. Thanks!

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  28. So summery ,pretty colours , gorgeous !

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  29. Really pretty summery card Kathy, thanks for sharing your yummy recipe too!!

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  30. What a wonderful mix of patterns on your sunny card Kathy!

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  31. Another terrific pair of recipes Kathy--summer card and salsa bring sunshine to our cloudy New England day today!

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  32. Your card is a perfect summer card and so pretty! The salsa recipe looks amazing....thanks for sharing!

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  33. This card would brighten anyone's day! The salsa is perfect for summer, must try that recipe.

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  34. A perfect summer card - and can't wait to try your salsa recipe. Thanks

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  35. Love the die that can be used as either a flower or a sun!

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  36. Kathy, what a fun, sunny card! LOve that die and the use of your patterned papers...so fun!

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  37. Loved your card--especially the use of all the different patterns.

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  38. I love the mix of patterns on your card, and the sweet way you created the clouds. The detailing is the perfect touch to make them stand out. Salsa sounds so good right now.

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  39. Super adorable card!! So bright and summery!! I love the way you layered all of your elements on the card and I love the sentiment!! That Salsa sounds delicious!! Thank u so much for sharing!!

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  40. Wonderful card, Kathy - love the sweet clouds and that pretty sun!

    Your salsa sounds perfect!!

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  41. Beautiful card Kathy!

    Regards,
    Vithya

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  42. Cheerful card - I love it! Fresh Salsa! I'll be trying this for sure. My recipe is for canning, so the idea of fresh is awesome. Thanks for sharing your card, recipe and the chance to win a great prize. :-)

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  43. What a happy and Summery card and I love salsa of any type and will have to try this recipe thanks.

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  44. Your card is so very sweet! Salsa and a glass of lemonade. Yumm!

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  45. Perfect card for a perfect summer day! Delightfully simple, so sweet.

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  46. Love the beautiful mix of colors and patterns on your lovely, summery card! I just love all the details you've added, too. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas and salsa recipe for our picnic.

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  47. Such a lovely summer card, cheery and bright. Thanks for sharing

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  48. Love the paper you used for that sun, super fun!

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  49. Wonderful projects for inspiring great ideas!

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  50. Your card is really summer, thanks for sharing!

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  51. Forgot to say,love the recipie too!!

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  52. Great summer card! And thanks for the salsa recipe. ;-)

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  53. Love your summery, sunshiney card! And how I love salsa--I know I'll be trying your recipe real soon!

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  54. Lovely card - it has a very summer-y feel.

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  55. Your card is perfectly SWEET..love the words Bg and happy clouds.

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  56. Cute card, and I'm definitely trying the salsa recipe.

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  57. This salsa is sooo yummi! I will try it with fresh tomatoes from the farm share :)

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  58. I love your sunny card! Thanks for the salsa too!!

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  59. Very nice card.
    The sun and the
    clouds look lovely
    on the card.
    Carla from Utah

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  60. I love your card and the salsa sounds yummy.

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  61. Card is adorable. Living in the Southwest, we always could use a good salsa recipe. Thanks!

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  62. Lovely card--I like all the colors and patterns. Thanks for the recipe too!

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  63. What a perfect end to a perfect day of this Picnic Blog Hop, Kathy! Great colors & details to your summertime card. TFS your salsa recipe ~ yummy!

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  64. What a wonderful card! Love all the different patterned papers. :-)

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  65. Love this card. And the salsa sounds great, too!

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  66. Lovely summer card! the salsa looks yummy too!

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  67. Love that fun, textured sun! Very cute card!

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  68. Absolutely adorable....love the colors!!
    Congrats on being one of the fabulous Hero Hostesses! :)

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  69. What a happy card! I love your patterned sunshine! Thanks for being a part of the blog hop!

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  70. Nice summery card, and the salsa looks delicious!

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  71. Perfect card. The salsa sounds yummy, I think I might add a whole jalapeno. We like it spicy.

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  72. This is awesome--love all the elements -- the sun is too cute.

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  73. Adorable card! Great detail on your clouds. Thanks for the salsa recipe. I love it.

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  74. Bring on the cilantro!!! I LOVE it and usually add double or triple what the recipe calls for. :) Nothing better than fresh salsa!!!! Yummy.
    Love the colors on your card....sweet and sunny and happy without reminding me of how scorchingly hot it really is outside!!
    <3 J

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  75. Such a cute sunny scene! Love it!

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  76. Great card. Love the clouds and your sweet sun. I love coriander but DH doesn't - always mumbles something about "may as well eat weeds from the garden"

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  77. Love the pretty flower and design! Sweet summery card. Yummylicious salsa recipe! Wonderful card!

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  78. Just love the sweet sunny card with the today word circle in the sun, Kathy - so cute! Great recipe too - I love salsa!! Such fun hopping with you this week!

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  79. Love your pretty, summery card, Kathy!

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  80. Love your card, and yes, I always think of flowers when I think of a summer picnic.

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  81. Cute card, Kathy! Will have to try your salad. Thanks! :)

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  82. Your card is soooo cute! Love it!

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  83. Yum! The card just makes me smile!

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  84. I love your big yellow sun. Cute card.

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  85. Kathy, Lovely summertime card with the perfect sentiment! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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  86. Such a Fun design!! Thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! ;)

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  87. Let the sun shine in! Love your cheerful card.

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  88. Lovethe card, cant wait for summer.

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  89. What a beautiful card Kathy. And your salsa sounds very delicious

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  90. Love your Card! I'm also going to have to try out that salsa. Yum! :)

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  91. This is a fabulous, happy card Kathy! And your salsa sounds so good, my hubby would love it!

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  92. Your sunshiny card is adorable. Thanks loads,
    Candy Meyers

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  93. What a SWEET card! I love how you have the one cloud peeking out from behind your paper! Gotta LOVE Hero Arts products, too!

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  94. Love this card! So cute with the prints, the clouds and the sun!
    And thanks for the salsa recipe...always looking for a good fresh one to make and this looks like a winner!

    Susan

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  95. What a perfect sentiment and I love that sunshine and clouds. This card will brighten anyone's day.

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  96. What a bright and cheerful card!

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  97. Great card!! I have loved seeing everyone's take on the picnic theme.

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  98. This is really a wonderful card. Love the paper and all the elements. I really enjoy salsa and will try your recipe. Who doesn't love a summer picnic. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  99. Your card is adorable--clean and simple! Also I can't wait to try your salsa!

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  100. Love your sunny card -and recipe!

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  101. Great die cuts making a very cute card.

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  102. Wonderful card! It's so happy!

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  103. Sunshine IS summer! That salsa recipe sounds FAB!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  104. This card makes me think of perfect summer days and you know there aren't really too many of those (to hot comes to mind). This card would make a sunny day perfect every day.

    looks like some yummy salsa.

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  105. I love your background and your choice of papers - yep, that sun made me smile :)

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  106. great combo of patterned papers, and those clouds are adorable!

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  107. Great card. That sun makes the card so alive.

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  108. I love your sunny card!
    I love chunky salsa and your recipe sounds like it would go great with a BBQ'd steak.

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  109. Your sunny card if full of wonderful detail. Our garden is overflowing with tomatoes right now and I will have to try the salsa recipe.

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  110. Wonderful card! It just has the feel of a picnic :)

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  111. The design, colors and pp make a perfect combination for your card. Thanks.

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  112. Your card is so cute - I love it!!

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  113. What a joy it would be to get that card. Very nice! The salsa sounds good!

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  114. Love your card - simple and cheerful!

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  115. Loving your sweet and sunny card!

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  116. Love all the texture your card has, great ideas on it. Thanks for inspiring me. And who doesn't like fresh salsa, I know I sure do. It's always fun to add a bit of citrus , mango or pineapple to salsa to give it that spicy and sweet combo. Being an Arizona girl, I am a huge fan of any Mexican dishes.

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  117. Beautiful sunshiny card Kathy! I love those pattern papers, they make me happy!

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  118. What a perfect little summer scene. Great little clouds too.

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