Crisp mornings. The return of football. A sudden, insatiable urge for Thanksgiving dinner. Fall’s here, and you’ve got a short window from when the leaves change and when they’re brown, curled, and crunching underfoot.



Although summer has long been the go-to season for vacation, a recent survey conducted by Airbnb says that 30 percent of respondents prefer fall getaways. And for good reason: You can expect lower prices and fewer crowds.

And, of course, colorful foli
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age tops the list. Pining for an autumnal escape?

Below, we’ve listed 10 of the best Airbnbs to book for leaf peeping.

Airbnbs on the Slopes: 10 Places That Will Make You Skip the Lodge
This is a full-length strength and HIIT workout you can do at home, including low-impact and beginner modifications. 

Hey hey from Santa Barbara! I’m here for the CJU conference, meeting with Under Armour about a collaboration (YAY), catching up with blog friends (Tina and Nicole) and meeting new ones. It’s a short trip, but I’d love any recommendations you may have for the area. It’s gorgeous out here!

For today’s post, I have an all-new full-length workout video for you. This is one of
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my very favorite combos: HIIT and strength. We have cardio intervals to increase our power, burn fat, and make our heart stronger. The strength work will focus on building lean muscle tissue. Since your heart rate is elevated the entire time from the intervals, you may notice a higher overall calorie burn.

Katie, Grant, and I had a blast filming this workout and I really hope you love it!

I include lots of beginner and low-impact modifications in the video, but as always, talk with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes and honor your body.

Want more? try this full-length barre workout video from a couple of weeks ago!

Video: Grant Hunker

Workout partner-in-crime: Katie Surridge

Studio: Animas Tucson

*Sending prayers for safety for all of my friends in the Carolinas and Florence’s path. 

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All you need is just a little help to throw the party of the year. And it all comes down to the food.

Quick appetizers for parties are a dime a dozen, but choosing the right ones offers an opportunity to stand out among the rest. Have fun with your menu and everyone else will, too. It’s just a huge plus when the options won’t cause any diet destruction.

Get ahead of the game (pun totally intended) and explore these healthy quick appetizers for parties:

1. Party-Perfect Pico De Gallo

Finding appeti
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zers for parties is a process, but salsa is a must for any good party spread. This Party-Perfect Pico De Gallo is a healthy, fresh dip to pair with all of your favorite whole grain chips and crackers. Can you say, “muy delicioso?” Crank up the heat with some splashes of hot sauce.
2. Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush is a hearty dip that some might say tastes a lot like hummus. Filled with healthy fats from olive oil and nutrients from eggplant, this recipe is an excellent way to switch things up. Flavorsome and balanced with the smokiness of cumin and garlic powder, Baba Ghanoush is a mouthwatering topping for crunchy, salty whole wheat pitas.
3. 5-Star Skinny Chicken Nuggets

Shock all of your friends with chicken nuggets that aren’t breaded or fried, but totally look it! Rolled up in a mix of spices for a flavor kick you have to taste to believe, the 5-Star Skinny Chicken Nuggets are a shareable treat anyone can enjoy. Even the kids will love munching on these bad boys!
4. Nacho-Style Roasted Chickpeas

Who doesn’t like nachos? Thank the heavens for a recipe that brings the classically scrumptious chili flavor of nachos to an exceptionally healthy plant protein. The Nacho-Style Roasted Chickpeas are crisp and crunchy in the best way possible. Fuel your spirit, party and overall health by tossing these quick appetizers into the mix.
5. Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer

Just like your favorite team, this guy here can’t be “beet.” Being average is so last season, when recipes like this Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer can be thrown into the mix. Appreciated even by those with minor lactose intolerance, goat cheese provides a soft cushioning between layers of distinctive beet earthiness. Busy applauding the elegance of this hors d’oeuvres, not a single guest at the party will realize just how healthy their snack of choice is. Beets are not just beautiful, they are also full of iron and potassium.
6. Skinny Spinach Dip

It seems unlawful to have a party and not pull out the spinach dip. So, here is a Skinny Spinach Dip to make your weight loss dreams come true and keep your guests satisfied. Even though spinach dip is usually loaded with fat, on its own, spinach has so much nutrition to offer. Greek yogurt is a protein-powered foundation for this garlicky, veggie topper. Pine nuts provide healthy fat to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re eating something a bit naughty. We’d be surprised if there’s anything in this bowl by the time dinner rolls around.
7. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Packing a huge punch, these Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are essentially a vegetarian bowl of wings. Need more appetizers for parties? While it may be hard to hold back from such a tantalizing, spicy appetizer, feel free to get a bit carried away with these. Just Vegetable and Extra servings, here. Nutritionally and calorically, this recipe is vastly different from your favorite takeout wing order. Even the unhealthiest of eaters will have to admit a newfound interest in wholesome foods.
8. Not So Devilish Deviled Eggs

Hold the mayo, please! Not So Devilish Deviled Eggs use Greek yogurt for a protein-packed starter that’ll please a crowd. Deviled Eggs are irrelevant now because the Dijon and paprika swirled into this recipe come together for a taste that is absolutely divine. Keep the party going all night because hunger will be the last thing on everyone’s mind.
9. 5-Star Cucumber Dill Dip

5-Star Cucumber Dill Dip is the ultimate way to freshen up the evening menu, without ruining anyone’s appetite for the heavier meal ahead. Cucumber, dill, lemon juice and Greek yogurt fuse together as light and refreshing PowerFuel. A bit similar to a Greek tzatziki dip, this quick appetizer recipe counterbalances a lot of the meatier shareables that might grace your table.
10. Loaded Potato Skins

One potato, two potato, three, potato, four! These healthy, Loaded Potato Skins will fly off of the tray and that’s the way it should be. Full of fiber and nutrients, the potato skins are the primary reason spuds receive so much praise from health experts. Cheddar, sour cream and chives are irresistible on their crunchy, potato base with this one. Bacon bits: Totally unnecessary.
11. 7-Layer Southwest Dip

Don’t get us wrong, all dips are wonderful, but the 7-Layer Southwest Dip might be the king of them all. Beans, salsa, avocado, cheese… the list keeps going. Seven layers and none of them boring, this appetizer is fit for a crowd. It provides wide-ranging nourishment, counting as half a SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Extra and one Vegetable, so no stomachs will be rumbling at your next party!
12. Shrimp Cucumber Bites

Savory, delectable hummus tops water-dense cucumber and nestles low-calorie shrimp for that perfect nosh your party needs. No matter what the nature of your gathering, these Shrimp Cucumber Bites will always keep things incredibly classy. An unusual, yet tasteful pairing, these little guys will be the recipient of high praise across the board.
13. Crunchy Kale Chips

Superfood central, right? Well, it’s true. Kale is a health fanatic favorite for a reason. Folate, vitamin C, fiber and more are disguised in Crunchy Kale Chips that would make anyone rethink the taste of this leafy green. It all comes down to seasoning, and garlic powder does it well. Garlic, onion, salt and pepper bring life to a vegetable that some say lacks this zing on its own. It is surprising how fast chips disappear, even when they’re undisputedly healthy ones.
14. Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Typically reserved for creative, foodie-type restaurants or frozen boxes that require thawing first, spring rolls bring something special to the party. Try your hand at Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce for a fresh, exciting snack that won’t interfere with any bikini season plans. Juicy, succulent chicken dripping with creamy peanut sauce is all wrapped up, but not even the rice paper can contain the piquant goodness of this appetizer. Leave some space for this one, people.
15. Slow Cooker Kale and Beef Meatballs

Slow Cooker anything is sure to make an appearance at this game time celebration. And why not? Preparing these sinfully delicious, tomato sauce soaked Slow Cooker and Kale Beef Meatballs clears up space in your oven and on your stove for plenty of other dishes. Practically falling apart as you move your fork into their hot center, beef has never melted in your mouth in such a satisfying, nourishing way. Garlic, oregano, chili flakes… oh my! Try not to cry when you find out Parm makes an appearance, here, too. Three meatballs. Two PowerFuels. And one very, very happy eater.
16. Easy, Cheesy Spinach Cups

Nothing is better than cheese and spinach, supported by a little cup of potato you can take right to the couch with you. Not a bit of action will be missed because taste meets convenience with healthy Easy, Cheesy Spinach Cups. You might even say, all of the action is really in this appetizer because the taste is a total touchdown. The crowd you’re hosting will definitely agree. These crispy, crunchy vessels of melty mouth madness aren’t just party starters, they’re party essentials. They just also happen to be a secretly light recipe.
17. Shrimp Taco Bites

California natives aren’t the only ones nomming on shrimp tacos anymore. Way lighter than standard, meaty Mexican cuisine, Shrimp Taco Bites make any appetizer spread way more exciting. Spiced up, chili flavored seafood is paired with a crazy simple, crunchy whole wheat tortilla cup you make yourself. If you’re already planning on whipping up some of our healthy Pico De Gallo, put some aside for this recipe to give your assortment of hors d’oeuvres even more of a nutritious, homemade quality. SmartCarb choice simplified.
18. Caprese Kebabs

Caprese Kebabs make a statement on the table with their lovely display of mozzarella, tomato and basil. Don’t believe us? Check out the quick appetizers’ recipe video. Essentially a portable, Caprese salad, this appetizer doesn’t disappoint. If you have the time to stick the various ingredients on skewers, definitely give Caprese Kebabs a shot for a nutritious, flavor-packed food that couldn’t be simpler. Involving the kids with this one is a really creative way to bring the family together and save a bunch of time.
19. Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce

As Asian food continues to explode in popularity, having a few spring roll recipes down is a huge advantage. Claim that long awaited title, “Hostess with the Mostest” by cooking up these quick appetizers. This recipe for Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce is certainly one of the appetizers for parties people love. Every mouthful of this starter will bring a smile to your guests, excited to try something out for the ordinary. Addicting is almost an understatement for the combination of chili and soy drenching the fresh shrimp. Everyone will take note of how attractive and fancy these appetizers are, but not a single party-goer will be cognizant of the fact they are eating their vegetables. Mission accomplished.
20. Brussels Sprout Skewers with Mustard Marinade

You will never hear the phrase, “I hate Brussels sprouts” ever again. Well, as long as everyone always eats these Brussels Sprout Skewers with Mustard Marinade… It’s jaw-dropping how such a small addition of whole grain mustard can change the flavor game for an amazingly nutritious food. Guests will love that they can grab a skewer and go right back to socializing (or watching the game, sorry…). The mustard that soaks these vegetables may be incredibly delicious, but it is also a sneaky source of turmeric and really low cal. So, really, you can’t go wrong putting this recipe into the mix.
21. Roast Beef Bites

Introducing baby, open-faced sandwiches, graced with tender roast beef. If there is anything to celebrate at all, you’ll want a deli delight to appear. Roast Beef Bites are a skinnified version of a long-time favorite. Just a tiny taste of the horseradish and mayo blend makes this pumpernickel cocktail bread with beef a newly desirable starter. All that guilt of scarfing down an entire roast beef sandwich is left at the door as these perfectly portioned hors d’oeuvres allow room for a variety of other appetizer goodies. Main courses are overrated, anyway.
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It’s time to get strong to the core with these awesome exercises that are ideal to sculpt sexy abs and keep you fit throughout your daily life.
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So I have some bad news… a lot of you have followed for a long time and been through ups and downs with me. And I appreciate it so so much. I know there are Brazilians of people you could catch up with online and I’m very lucky, happy and grateful that you stop by here or @RunEatRepeat on IG to say ‘hi’. Thank you.

And I know a lot of you loved my cat Vegas so I’m extra sad to tell the Vegas fans that he went to kitty Heaven this week.

He was close to 14 years old and lived a good life. And I&rsqu
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o;m sad. But I’m grateful I had so much time with him and that so many of you loved my RER co-star.

I had to put Vegas down a few days ago. And even though it was hard it was peaceful and for the best.

And I want to share some happy pictures and stories to remember him.

How I got Vegas…

One random weekend morning I was dropping my brother off at his high-school job and then hit up my bank that was in that same shopping center. After using the ATM I heard a lil meow and looked around… the meowing continued and I found a kitten walking near one of the stores across the parking lot. Most of the other places in the center were closed because it was early so there weren’t any people around and we weren’t close to houses so he was obviously very lost.

I scooped up the kitten and walked over to the store my brother was working at to go tell him I found a cat and ask his thoughts on trying to take it home… Do you think mom would be cool with this? … But I didn’t get to ask him because as soon as he saw me he said, ‘What are you doing in here with a cat?’ and he didn’t really seem interested in helping me come up with a plan to convince my mom to let me keep this stray kitten.

So – I took the fur ball home and told my mom sometimes God just does things in our lives that we don’t understand or plan on (my cousin had passed away unexpectedly a bit before this so we were all a bit more lost and leaning on God that might be the norm previous to that)… Anyway. She likes cats and/or was too tired to argue with me so – I got a cat! And Vegas moved in and proceeded to sleep, eat, barf, meow, get dirty, sleep more, repeat… until a few days ago.




He had been slowing down since December a lot. He got in a bad fight in December and just never came back from it 100%. He suddenly seemed to have arthritis and couldn’t jump on the couch anymore so he’d kind of climb up it. And he was VERY UPSET he couldn’t go outside anymore. He’d been an inside/outside cat his entire life. At my mom’s house we had a big yard and dogs so he was free to roam around. When Vegas moved into the condo with me and Ben we let him go outside whenever he wanted. Mostly he’d sit on the fence and people watch – or maybe cat watch? But every now and then he’d jump off the fence and get in a fight with another cat.

Transitioning an Outside Cat to Inside Cat –> I wrote this post after that

Oddly he mostly only fought with other orange cats. I guess he wanted to be the only ginger cat around!! When he was young the fights were not cool but not that damaging. And we’d run out and break them up if we ever heard anything starting. We tried to only let him out if we were outside too – to try and stop any potential cat fights (other  fight-y cats wouldn’t come around if we were around). But he was not happy staying inside. He wanted to be an outside cat that came inside to sleep or have a snack. He didn’t like to sit at the window and watch the world. He didn’t like cat toys. He didn’t like me. Well, sometimes he didn’t.

Where was I going with this?

Oh, after his fight in Dec I didn’t let him outside when he’d ask but he never ‘got over it’ or forgot like people said he would. He’d run out when I’d come back from the store or take out the trash. He didn’t really want to stay out that long – I think he just wanted to know he could.

And I’m kind of conflicted on keeping him inside 100% of the time being the best thing on some philosophical level… it felt like clipping his wings.

Yeah, it prevented him from getting in a fight.

But it also made him miserable to be stuck inside when his entire life previous up till this he got to go out. He didn’t want to play with a cat-nip mouse, he wanted to go the F outside.

And before you argue with me – this isn’t about Vegas… I’m projecting my feelings on this. Some of this is how I relate this to me and the situations I’ve been in… I think when I apply it to my life – I’d rather go outside and have a shorter life than stay inside and live longer but unhappy. Ya know?

Anyway. The point is – I did my best. Vegas was awesome and he had a good life. And I miss him.

Now he’s in kitty heaven running around outside and eating tuna all the time!

I don’t want to focus on the end of his life… I think I just needed to process that lil inside / outside debate to help me get some of the random thoughts and memories off my chest.

I want to focus on cute cat pics and happy times. So here are a few of my favorite Vegas the cat posts…

Some of my top cat posts:

Ben is better – this post is from 2011!!

I almost threw my cat away

Vegas might love me a little bit

Vegas is trying to kill me (this might negate the previous post)

Vegas tries to kill Ben

I’m turning into Vegas my cat (trigger warning: Ben pics in this one)

No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post – This might be one in my top 86 favorite blog posts of all time, it’s random but fun.

Vegas helps me decorate

That time I peed on my cat

And kinda related… if you have a friend allergic to cats – Tips on How to Clean When a Friend / Visitor is Allergic to Cats


My favorite things about my cat:

1. He was my only friend / roommate and didn’t care if I did weird stuff like dance around randomly while making dinner singing Britney Spears songs.

2. He hugged / attacked my running shoes.

3. He let me dress him up (for 2 seconds).

4. He greeted me when I got home with a hello ‘meow’ – he didn’t always get up and come to me but he’d always meow a few times and I’d respond and once he confirmed it was me he’d go back to sleep or ask to go outside.

5. He talked to me… when I’d ask him something he’d respond. He knew the cadence of a conversation.

6. He was pretty chill.

7. He head-butted me and it was like a confirmation of our affection.

8. He let me do the cat dance with him (I would just hold him and dance around)


There’s so many pictures I want to post! But I should cut it here and just say thank you for following me and Vegas. xoxo.

The post One Last Love Letter to My Cat Vegas… appeared first on Run Eat Repeat.
Whether you’re barbecuing, hitting the trails or spending the weekend in, Labor Day is a great time to get cracking on your fall wardrobe. With sales from Huckberry, Backcountry and Todd Snyder going on, you can now score a few stylish pieces without having to make a huge dent in your wallet. Everything from jackets, hiking gear, comfy knits and more are marked down to whip your closet into shape. Scroll down to browse the items we immediately added to our carts.

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Sometimes you just want a delicious, hearty sandwich. The good news is that you can still enjoy this meal-time must-have when you’re trying to lose weight. You just have to make smart sandwich choices. In the article How to Build a Better Sandwich, we break down the basics of putting together a palate-pleasing sammie that still fits with your diet. Check it out if you want to build your next sandwich from scratch.

Or, take the easy (and delicious!) route, and try one of these skinny sandwich recipes you’re
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sure to love:

Hint: Just click on the recipe name, image or link in the caption to get the full recipe.

1. Skinny Cheese Steak Sandwich >

Get all the flavor and texture of a classic Philly Cheesesteak without any of the guilt-filled aftermath, thanks to this lighter version of a sandwich staple. Featuring thinly sliced pieces of steak covered in melted cheese with mushrooms, peppers and onions in between a soft roll, this is definitely one of our favorite sandwich recipes of all time. Count one serving as two PowerFuels, one SmartCarb and one Vegetable in your NuMi App. Click here to get the full recipe >

2. Buffalo Chicken Sliders >

Of all of the sandwich recipes on The Leaf, this is definitely one of our customers’ favorites. Featuring shredded chicken smothered in spicy, seasoned buffalo sauce with crunchy lettuce in between two soft buns, it’s really no wonder this staple sandwich is so popular. This recipe makes two servings, and each counts as one SmartCarb, one Powerfuel and one Extra, making this a great foundation for a flex meal. Click here to get the full recipe > Can’t get enough buffalo sauce? You’re going to want to check out this article: Love Buffalo Sauce? 5 Recipes You Won’t Want to Miss >

3. Pulled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich >

This sandwich recipe is bursting with delicious, savory flavor. Tender pulled pork and a mouthwatering combination of seasonings and sauces are slow cooked to perfection, then topped with a vinegar cabbage slaw that adds a crunchy kick of flavor on a soft bun. Click here to get the full recipe > Love pork? Trim the fat with these Four Fabulous Pork Recipes >

4. Chicken Sausage & Peppers >

We keep a classic sandwich lean by replacing regular sausage with chicken sausage in this savory sandwich recipe that’s also packed with sautéed peppers and onions in between a warm, toasted bun. Clocking in at a little more than 300 calories, and counting as two PowerFuels, one SmartCarb and one Vegetable, this popular pick makes a great flex meal option. Click here for the full recipe >

5. Turkey, Apple & Swiss Waffle Sandwich >

If we weren’t so floored by the flavor of this delicious sandwich, we’d be stuck on just how creative it is. Using your Nutrisystem Buttermilk Waffles as a stand in for bread, this top-rated sammie combines turkey, apple, red onion and Swiss cheese with an unbelievable avocado sauce for a delicious dish your taste buds and your waistline will thank you for. Click here to get the full recipe >

6. BBQ Chicken Sandwich >

Have your BBQ and lose weight, too, with this popular pick that’s one of our favorite sandwich recipes. Featuring tender, shredded chicken breast smothered in a smokey BBQ sauce and topped with a flavorful classic coleslaw mix in between a soft bun, this is one healthy recipe the whole family will love. Counting as two SmartCarbs, two PowerFuels, three Extras and half a Vegetable, this sandwich can be enjoyed as a flex meal. Just be sure to check your flex meal guidelines to determine how best to tweak the recipe to fulfill your flex meal requirements. Click here to get the full recipe >

7. Artisanal Grilled Cheese >

This Artisanal Grilled Cheese puts a flavorful spin on a staple sammie. Pair it with a warm cup of soup or a veggie-packed garden salad for a balanced meal that will become a regular on your menu. Click here for the full recipe >

8. Trail Mix Mash-Up Breakfast Sandwich >

Get your mornings off on the right foot with this tasty bagel breakfast sandwich featuring your Nutrisystem Honey Wheat Bagel topped with creamy (or crunchy, if you prefer!) peanut butter, sliced banana and raisins, then sprinkled with cinnamon. The healthy fats from the peanut butter and the fiber from the bagel and raisins will help keep you full, while the complex carbs from the bananas will help boost your energy. So you’ll stay satisfied and strong till lunchtime rolls around. Click here to get the full recipe > Or, if you’re looking for some other tasty ways to enjoy the Nutrisystem bagel, click here for five more delicious recipes using your Nutrisystem Honey Wheat Bagel >

9. Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich >

This delicious Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich is a dieter’s dream: It’s delicious and it takes mere seconds to prepare. Not an avocado fan? Feel free to leave it off. Although we think it definitely adds a little something extra to this popular sandwich recipe. Click here for the full recipe >

10. Turkey and Goat Cheese Wrap >

This delicious Turkey and Goat Cheese Wrap is loaded with vibrant veggies for an extra touch of flavor… and crunch. Click here for the full recipe >

11. Tasty Tuna Salad Wrap >

Tuna is the chicken of the sea, and for good reason. Its white, lean and oh-so-versatile! This healthy take on the Nutrisystem Tuna Salad is ready in under five minutes. Perfect on-the-go or for a lunch spent in, you will check one serving of heart healthy fish off your list for the week. Like most fish, tuna is rich in heart-healthy and waist-friendly omega-3 fats. Each bite is a source of protein. This recipe adds some extra nutrition and counts as a Nutrisystem Lunch, one PowerFuel, one Vegetable and one Extra. Click here for the full recipe >

12. Skinny Egg Salad Sandwich >

This skinny take on a staple sandwich is just as healthy as it is hearty. Just consider this fair warning: You may want to consider doubling the recipe. A sandwich this tasty is likely to draw a hungry crowd. Click here for the full recipe >

13. Mediterranean Tuna Pita >

Add some olives, onions and sun-dried tomatoes to your standard tuna pita for a delicious and healthy Mediterranean twist. Click here for the full recipe >

14. Chicken Pita Pocket >

Need a quick and tasty lunch for a busy workday? Searching for the simplest dinner that still delivers on taste and nutrition? Introducing the Chicken Pita Pocket! It’s easy to prepare, full of nutrition and totally tasty! With characteristics like that, is it really any wonder this is one of our customers’ favorite sandwich recipes? Click here for the full recipe >

15. Light Fruit & Cottage Cheese Sandwich >

We know we say it about all of our sandwich recipes… But this delicious dish really does bring something a little something special to the table. This Light Fruit & Cheese Sandwich is an absolutely delightful combination of sweet, fresh mixed fruit, honey, light cottage cheese and cheddar stuffed into an airy yet filling whole wheat pita pocket. Chopped green onion adds an extra flair that leaves our taste buds wanting more of this fantastic recipe. This ideal flex meal starter is all completely dietitian-approved, and satisfies sandwich cravings in a totally unique and amazing way. Click here for the full recipe >

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