Thursday, February 9, 2017

4 Sweet Treats Perfect for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! How are you planning to celebrate with your loved ones? While you could just buy a box of chocolates for that special someone, creating something yourself is a great way to show much you care. In today's blog, Summerset Inn Resort brings you several sweet treats perfect for Valentine's Day. Whether you're making something for your children or your spouse, these recipes are such to bring a smile to their face!

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Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix

Recipe From: Midwest Living

  • 1 cup Granola
  • 1 cup Salted Pretzel Sticks, coarsley crushed
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Cocoa-Covered Almonds
  • 1 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Freeze-dried Raspberries

  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
  2. Place the pretzels in a small bowl and the granola in a separate small bowl.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, place 2/3 of the cup of the chocolate pieces. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate and continue to cook on high for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring regularly, until the chocolate in melted and smooth.
  4. Pour half of the melted chocolate over the granola and the other half over the pretzels. Stir each bowl until evenly coated.
  5. Turn the contents of each bowl over onto the baking sheets. Let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or until set.
  6. Break or chop the chocolate-coated granola and pretzels into bite size pieces.
  7. Transfer the pieces to a large bowl and add the dried cranberries, almonds and dried cherries. Stir in the raspberries just before serving.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Sweetheart Cookies

Recipe From: 77 Easy Recipes
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  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips Valentine Sprinkles (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, eggs, baking powder, vegetable oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Mix using an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Mix in the milk chocolate chips.
  4. Drop one inch balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before sprinkling the valentine sprinkles on top.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate Truffles 

Recipe From: Betty Crocker
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  • 6 oz Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • 1/4 cup Whipping (heavy) Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Shortening
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet or Milk chocolate Baking Chips
  • Finely chopped nuts or candy decorations (optional)

  1. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt baking chocolate in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in butter until melted. Then stir in the whipping cream.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes, just until thick enough to hold a shape.
  4. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Shape into balls and then freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  6. Dip the balls, one at a time, into the chocolate.
  7. Place back on the cookie sheet.
  8. Immediately sprinkle with finely chopped nuts or decorating candies.
  9. Refrigerate the truffles about 10 minutes or until coating is set.
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Red Velvet Popcorn 

Recipe From: Sarah Hearts

  • 2 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tbs Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 bag Popcorn, popped
  • 4 Red Velvet Cupcakes, unfrosted

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, corn syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to combine into a creamy glaze.
  2. Fold the bag of popcorn into the cream cheese glaze.
  3. Crumble the red velvet cupcakes into the mixing bowl and use a spatula to gently fold the cake crumbs into the popcorn mixture.
  4. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Allow the mixture to harden, about 10 minutes.

Happy Valentine's Day from your favorite waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks! With Valentine's Day here, spring is just around the corner. Summerset Inn Resort will be open for the season before you know it!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

3 Reasons to Visit Lake of the Ozarks in 2017

A new year full of new adventures is upon us! In the midst of the cold weather, many of you are probably dreaming of summer vacation already. Just imagine yourself cruising around the Lake in the warm summer air, stopping for a refreshing beverage or some delicious food at one of the many waterfront restaurants and bars the Lake of the Ozarks offers. Today's blog focuses on 3 great reasons why you should consider a Lake of the Ozarks vacation this year!

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1. Our Lake is the Best Recreational Lake in the Country!

In 2016, the Lake of the Ozarks was voted the #1 Recreational Lake in the Country by USA Today readers. The large reservoir from the Osage River offers visitors more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. The Lake is part of Missouri's biggest state park and is a popular vacation destination for people of all ages. From fishing and boating to swimming and watersports, there's something for everyone to enjoy! There's plenty to do on land as well, including golf, shopping and dining.

2. Centrally Located, The Lake of the Ozarks Makes the Perfect Meeting Place!

If you're looking for the perfect place to gather with friends and family, the Lake of the Ozarks is it! Located middle of Missouri and the middle of the country, it's easily accessible from all over. You can drive here in just one day from anywhere in Missouri and many areas in the surrounding states. If you're coming from the coasts, we have several airports in Missouri to choose from. St. Louis and Kansas City are both just a 3 hour drive to Lake of the Ozarks, or fly into Springfield or Columbia for an even shorter drive.

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3. Lake of the Ozarks Offers Great Annual Events! 

One of the best things about the Lake of the Ozarks is the great annual events that you can participate in while you're here. From boat races to concerts and more, there's something happening practically every weekend throughout the summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Join us in June for Lake Race or the Canine Cannonball, in July for Aquapalooza, in August for the Midwest Wine and Brew Festival or the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout or September for Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest! Holiday weekends are also always a great time at the Lake of the Ozarks, with fireworks, food and fun!

Your accommodations are also an important aspect of any vacation, and Summerset Inn Resort has you covered! No matter the size of your party, our small waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks offers the perfect place to stay. From one bedroom units up to 5 bedroom condo-like living, we've got a variety of options for you to choose from. To book your reservations today, give us a call at 573-348-5073!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

15 Christmas Trivia Questions to Enjoy This Holiday Weekend

Christmas is just two days away! Summerset Inn Resort wants to add to the fun of your festivities with some Christmas trivia to share. Test the knowledge of your family and friends this holiday weekend with these questions! 

Christmas Trivia

1. What did Frosty the Snowman have for a nose?

A. Carrot
B. Button
C. Coal

2. How many gifts would you have if you received all the gifts in the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas?"

A. 364 Gifts
B. 78 Gifts
C. 144 Gifts

3. What color are the berries of the mistletoe plant?

A. Red
B. Pink
C. White

4. From which country does the Poinsettia plant originate? 

A. Germany
B. Mexico
C. Netherlands

5. Which soda company was the first to use Santa Clause in an advertisement?

A. Pepsi
B. Coca-Cola
C. 7-Up

6. Which president was the first to decorate an indoor Christmas tree at the White House?

A. Franklin Pierce
B. George Washington
C. Abraham Lincoln

7. Which country did the gingerbread house come from?

A. Austria
B. Switzerland
C. Germany

8. What is the name of the Grinch's dog in the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas?"

A. Max
B. Sam
C. Pete

9. Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other?

A. A Christmas Story
B. Home Alone
C. It's a Wonderful Life

10. Where was "A Christmas Carol" written?

A. Australia
B. United Kingdom
C. Germany 

11. What Christmas food is made from "marsh-whorts?" 

A. Stuffing
B. Sweet Potatoes
C. Cranberry Sauce

12. In what year was the first commercial Christmas card made? 

A. 1843
B. 1764
C. 1856

13. What is the best selling Christmas song ever? 

A. Jingle Bells
B. White Christmas
C. Silent Night

14. What do traditional Ukrainians put on their Christmas tree for good luck? 

A. A Bird's Nest
B. Goose Feathers
C. A Spider's Web 

15. Who officially declared the date for Christmas to be December 25th? 

A. Pope John Paul
B. Pope Julius I
C. Emperor Constantine

**Christmas Trivia ANSWERS**

1. B - Button 
2. A - 364 Gifts 
3. C - White 
4. B - Mexico 
5. B - Coca-Cola 
6. A - Franklin Pierce 
7. C - Germany 
8. A - Max 
9. C - It's a Wonderful Life 
10. B - United Kingdom 
11. C - Cranberry Sauce 
12. A - 1843
13. B - White Christmas 
14. C - A Spider's Web 
15. B - Pope Julius I

Merry Christmas from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort! The 2017 season will be here before you know it, and now is the time to start thinking about summer vacation. Book your stay at Summerset Inn by calling 573348-5073. From one bedrooms up to five, we've got the best accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

3 Ways to Use Your Leftover Turkey

Let's face it, how many of us actually eat all of that giant turkey we cook for Thanksgiving dinner? Most of us eat leftover turkey for days! In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a couple recipes to make with your leftover turkey. Enjoy!

Turkey Casserole 

If you have lots of leftovers, more than just turkey, try this turkey casserole. Tired of eating turkey already? This recipe can be frozen and eaten at a later date!

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  • 3 Cups Leftover Stuffing 
  • 4 Cups Leftover Turkey 
  • 2 Cups Leftover Corn (and/or other veggies) 
  • 3 Cups Leftover Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 3/4 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
 *Measurements are approximate; you can use whatever you have left. 

  1. Mix the turkey, corn and mayo together in a bowl. 
  2. Mix the potatoes and the cheese together. 
  3. In a large foil pan, layer the ingredients starting with the stuffing in the bottom. 
  4. Then add the layer of your turkey mixture. 
  5. Top that with the layer of mashed potatoes and cheese. 
  6.  Either cover with foil and freeze OR place it in the oven at 375° for 30 to 40 minutes or until heated.

Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup

A great way to get the most out of your Thanksgiving turkey is to use the leftover carcass to create a delicious turkey noodle soup! 

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Ingredients for Stock: 
  • 1 Turkey Carcass 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 1 Celery Stalk 
  • 1 Carrot 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Bay Leaf 
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning 
  • 2 tsp Instant Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • 12 Cups Water 

Ingredients for Soup: 
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Garlic Clove 
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 2 Cups Turkey, shredded
  • Noodles, uncooked 
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley Leaves, chopped 

  1. To make the stock, place the turkey carcass is your slow cooker. Add all ingredients listed above for the stock. Cook on low overnight. 
  2. The next morning, strain the broth and pour it back in the slow cooker. 
  3. Remove turkey meat from the bones and set aside. 
  4. For the soup, combine onions, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper with the broth in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours. 
  6. Add turkey, noodles and parsley. 
  7. Cook another 1/2 hour. 
  8. Enjoy your turkey soup! 

Turkey Salad 

For a quick lunch option, consider using leftover turkey to create a turkey salad sandwich!


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  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Turkey, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Apple, unpeeled and diced 
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
  • 1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Stalk Celery, chopped 
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped 

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate.
  2. Spread the mixture between 2 slices of your favorite bread, and voila, you have a delicious turkey salad sandwich! 

Summerset Inn Resort hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your turkey leftovers! As we come to the end of the year, its time to start thinking about your 2017 vacation plans. Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to stay, no matter the size of your group. We have one bedrooms units up to 5 bedroom condo-like units. Book your summer 2017 dates by giving us a call at 573-348-5073!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

7 Reasons Everyone Needs to Take a Vacation

One thing many American's take for granted is their vacation time. Many people feel they are too busy to take a vacation or don't have the money to take a vacation. The truth is you really should take a vacation at least once a year. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a few reasons everyone needs to take a vacation, even it's just a short little weekend road trip.

1. To Relieve Stress. 

One of the most important reasons everyone should take a vacation is to reduce the amount of stress in their life. Whether you're experiencing a burnout or you have too much pressure at work, taking a vacation can dramatically reduce that stress. Don't force yourself to keep working with no breaks: your body and mind both need time away from everyday stressors and taking a vacation is a great way to accomplish that.

2. To Prevent Illness. 

Research shows that going on vacation can actually improve your health. Excessive stress on your mind and body can alter your immune system and lead to illness. By reducing that stress, you'll not only feel better emotionally, but also physically. Taking a vacation is a great way to help prevent illness, from the common cold and flu to more serious conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

3. To Increase Happiness. 

Studies have shown that stress can actually alter brain structure, contributing to depression and anxiety. Research shows that women who do not take regular vacations are 3 times more likely to become depressed and anxious. People who take regular vacation on the other hand, report feeling extremely happy with an overall feeling of well-being. Many of those reports stated that effects lasted well after the actual vacation as well.  

4. To Improve Sleep Quality. 

Studies have shown that taking vacations and traveling regularly can actually lead to an almost 20% improvement in sleep quality. Often times, you average an hour more of quality sleep while on vacation and that sleep can also carry on once you're back home.

5. To Increase Productivity. 

Not taking vacation can cause exhaustion, impatience, poor decision making and even illness. Studies show that more vacation time actually increases productivity, and also reduces the number of sick days taken. Reports show that many people feel more creative after taking time off, and they also report feeling more satisfied with their jobs when they're able to take regular vacations.

6. To Recharge and Increase Energy. 

Continuous work with no breaks can make people feel tired, distracted and even blocked. These problems concentrating can easily be rectified with some time off. Surveys show almost 3/4 of people who vacation regularly feel energized and more ready to tackle the tasks at hand.

7. To Learn Something New. 

When you're stuck in the office, doing the same things day after after day, it can be hard to learn something new. Using your vacation time allows you free time to read a book or follow some other interest or hobby. When you take the time to travel to new places, you experience knew things, many of which may give you knowledge to bring back with you.

Make it your goal to vacation more in 2017! Whether it's just a weekend road trip or flying across the country, be sure to take some time for yourself. Summerset Inn Resort is here to help you plan the perfect vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. From a fun family vacation to a romantic couples getaway, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to escape!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Get a Jump Start on Your 2017 Vacation Planning

With 2016 coming to a close in just a couple short months, now's the time to think about how your 2017 is going to look. Do you have plans for how to make next year even better than this one? Do those plans include traveling? If not, they should! A vacation is something that everyone can benefit from, giving you time to relax, de-stress and re-charge. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a few tips to jump start your 2017 vacation planning!

1. Pick a Place to Go. 

The first step in planning a vacation is choosing where you want to go. Might we suggest a road trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks! We weren't voted #1 recreational Lake in the country for nothing - the area offers plenty of fun for people of all ages. Whether you live in Missouri or one of the surrounding states, the Lake area is easily accessible due to its central location. Road trips can be a great way to bond with family and friends, and often times can be much cheaper than flying.

2. Choose the Length of Your Trip & Possible Dates. 

Once you've decided where you want to go, its time to think about how long you want to stay. Depending on how far you're traveling, you may want to stay for a long weekend or for an entire week or more. Nailing down the length of your trip and possible dates will help you determine where you can stay, what you can do and a budget. The Lake of the Ozarks area is an extremely popular vacation destination from mid-June through mid-August, and booking early is your best bet for ensuring you get the best accommodations!

3. Create a Budget to Stick To. 

Vacations can be expensive, but creating a budget can help you keep your spending from getting out of control. Research how much your accommodations are going to cost, the costs of particular activities you want to do, how much you're going to need for food, etc. One way to slim down your budget is to stay in a place with a kitchen or kitchenette so you don't have to eat out every meal. In addition, look for fun activities that are free or low-cost. The Lake of the Ozarks area offers a lot of budget friendly activities for people of all ages.

4. Start Saving Money Now. 

Depending on the budget you've come up with and how much the trip is going to cost you, you're probably going to want to start saving money now. Take a look at your personal budget and see where you might be able to cut costs and set some money aside for your 2017 vacation! Another thing to think about is booking your accommodations early and paying it off in chunks up to the time that the vacation is scheduled for. You can also purchase tickets to certain amusements ahead of time. By spreading out the costs across several months, you'll have less of a huge expense when vacation time rolls around.

If you choose to visit our beautiful Lake next year, be sure to check out the best waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks! Our accommodations include one, two, three and five bedroom options. We offer a lakefront swimming pool, kid's pool, a large deck for lounging and BBQ areas that are great for gathering with friends and family. Book your 2017 vacation reservations with us by calling 573-348-5073!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thanks for a Great Season at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Our rental season has come to a close and winter is just around the corner! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Summerset Inn guests for a great year in 2016. We hope to see many of you back again next year! In today's blog, we reflect on some of the great times had at the Lake of the Ozarks this past year and how to plan for the 2017 season! 

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Memorial Day Weekend

Although your favorite waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks opens mid-March, Memorial Day Weekend is really the kick-off to our rental season. The weather is getting warm enough to get out on the Lake and the kids have just finished up school. That last weekend in May is the perfect time to hit the Lake of the Ozarks. Last year, there were plenty of family-friendly activities happening all over the Lake including the annual fireworks displays! When making your plans for 2017, consider joining us for Memorial Day Weekend!

The Best Golf in the Midwest

Many of our Lake of the Ozarks resort guests love to play golf! Late spring and early summer is the perfect time to play a round here at the Lake. The weather is getting warmer and the area isn't crowded with the summer guests yet. The Lake of the Ozarks area is home to more than a dozen spectacular golf courses. In addition, you'll find a variety of charity golf tournaments happening all throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. Book your 2017 golf trip today and stay with us!

Lake Race Powerboat Races

One of the biggest annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Race 2016, took place June 3-5. The event featured a meet & greet on the strip, a 5K Run/Walk and a poker run in addition to the big powerboat races. Each year the event gets bigger and better and we can't wait to see what the 2017 events has to offer! Mark your calendars for June 1-4, 2017 and book your reservations at Summerset Inn Resort!

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Canine Cannonball at Dog Days 

An annual favorite at the Lake of the Ozarks is the Canine Cannonball! How far can your dog jump? The contest takes place at Dog Days Bar & Grill, which is in walking distance from our Lake of the Ozarks resort! Every year, in mid-June, canine athletes compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve at this FREE, family-friendly event!

4th of July Weekend

Arguably one of the most popular weekends to visit the Lake of the Ozarks is July 4th Weekend! There are so many events and activities happening all over the Lake, you're sure to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Aside from hitting the water for a day of boating, 4th of July weekend is filled with BBQs, live music, fireworks and more! There's no better place to spend the holiday weekend than at Summerset Inn at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

Aquapalooza Concert on the Water 

If you love live music and being on the water, then this event is for you! Each year in mid-July, thousands of visitors and locals alike gather in the water in front of Dog Days Bar & Grill to enjoy a day of live music on the water's edge! This huge concert is a favorite for people of all ages, and with Summerset Inn Resort just down the road from Dog Days, we've got the perfect accommodations for you during this event!

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Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Boat Races

The largest unsanctioned boat races in the U.S. take place right here on our Lake each August! This is definitely one of the most anticipated events of the year, and features over a week of fabulous family-fun events leading up to the actual races. Walk around the vendor villages and watch the races on the jumbotron, or hit the water in your boat and tie up in a line to watch the races live and in-person! This is another highly popular weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks, so be sure to make your reservations early.

Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

Another popular activity for our guests is fishing! The Lake of the Ozarks area has great conditions for fishing practically all year round. There are a variety of fishing tournaments happening all season long, with some favorites occurring late summer and early fall. If you like to fish, then Summerset Inn Resort is a great option for your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations

Labor Day Weekend 

Bringing the summer season to a close, Labor Day Weekend is one of the last chances to get away at the Lake of the Ozarks while the weather is still warm. (Although this year, we're experiencing some surprisingly warm temperatures this fall.) This end-of-summer holiday weekend always features great live music and of course some brilliant fireworks displays! Just like Memorial Day Weekend, this first weekend in September is always a great choice for a Lake of the Ozarks vacation!

While these may be some popular weekends for many to vacation at the Lake, the area is great all year-round. There's always something for people of all ages to enjoy - and even during inclement weather you can find things to do, like explore one of America's most scenic caves at Bridal Cave! Now's the time to start thinking about your 2017 vacation plans and book your reservations at the best resort at the Lake of the Ozarks, Summerset Inn!

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