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Holiday Gift Guide 2015 + A Giveaway

This time of year it seems like we are always needing “just one more gift!” My Holiday Gift Guide will help take the guess work out of shopping. Whether you are looking for a friend, a co-worker or a family member there is something on this list for just about everyone on your nice list! And, if you are anything like me, you will want to pick up one or two of these treats for yourself too!

Plus, be sure to leave a comment at the end of the post! It automatically enters you into the Holiday Gift Guide Give Away!!  The items up for grabs are from Golden Fig, Bittercube, Anagram Press and Short Stack Editions!

Happy shopping!

For Adding Style + Function To The Kitchen

Oxford Double Oven Mitts, $40.00
These oven mitts can be found in the Food52 Shop and are a must have for someone who is always in the kitchen. If the cook in your life is always reaching for a couple of kitchen towels to grab a dish out of the oven instead of a pot holder, they will love these. They cover the entire forearm, so no burns here! Plus they are so attractive that they will likely take a full time seat on a hook where all can see!

State of Minnesota Shaped Baking Dish, $79.99
These darling Minnesota shaped baking dishes are a perfect gift for the host or hostess in your life! As a native Minnesotan, I’m a fan of the Minnesota dish, although Corbé Ceramics makes does indeed make these bakers for each of the other 50 nifty states, so, if you have your eye on a different location you can get it, but I will warn you, Corbé’s website states that they can no longer guarantee shipping in time for Christmas. If you live in the Twin Cities and want to snatch a Minnesota or Wisconsin Baker up for the holidays you can get them at The Golden Fig on Grand Ave. Trust me when I tell you, you will go in for the baker but you will walk out with so much more! Store owner, Laurie Crowell, has an eye for delicious and special treats, visiting her store is always a true pleasure!

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, $39.95
I cannot praise the Mini-Prep Food Processor enough.  There aren’t many reasonable priced gadgets out there that are SO worth it, but this is one of them!  Even for those folks in your life who hesitate when it comes to too much gadgetery in the kitchen, they will love you for giving them this kitchen helper. I primarily use it for:  Mincing Garlic, Mincing Ginger, Grinding Nuts and Grating Cheese. It is small. It takes up very little space. And you can cruise through mincing and chopping jobs in seconds. Give this to the cook in your world, they will not mind making cupboard space for this guy!

Epicurean Non-Stick Cutting Boards, $24.99 – $39.99
These non-slip cutting boards made by Epicurean are worth EVERY penny! They come in several sizes. They can be put through the dish washer.  They are thin and easy to store. They are made in the USA and are made from environmentally conscious materials. Not only do I use mine for a multitude of chopping jobs, but I use them for serving off of too! Don’t think twice about buying this as a gift, they will thank you!

1: B.T. McElrath Salty Dog Chocolate Bar; 2: Oxford Double Oven Mitts; 3: State of MN Baking Dish;
4: Moser Mixing Bowls; 5: Anagram Press Bird Ornaments; 6: Frog Hollow Fruit Clubs

For Inspiring The Cook

Short Stack Editions Cookbooks, $14.00
These little cookbooks are such a treasure!  It is almost impossible to choose which one to buy! Each book focuses on one ingredient and that ingredient is brought to life through the culinary talents of one chef per book. There are so many ways to add these books to your friends’ and family’s cookbook collections. You can order one to give as a gift, you can give the gift of a subscription so that as the books are published throughout the year the recipient will receive it as soon as it comes out. Or, if you want to really splurge, you can buy all of the editions as a set. Short Stack Editions are each hand bound and put together with a tremendous amount of love and detail, the cook in your life will be delighted to add any of these to their cookbook library.

Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined, $21.00
Smashing Plates has quickly become one of my favorite cookbooks to reach for. Growing up eating Greek Food all of the time I am blown away with how Maria Ella takes these Greek Recipe concepts and flips them into unique dishes that still embrace the flavors of food I grew up with! The book is filled with lovely photos and many lessons about the Greek Pantry which readers will soak up. The book not only makes me want to cook out of it, but it feels like a bit of a vacation at the same time.  This is a wonderful gift for the adventurous cook in your life, or for your Greek friend who might be game to try some twists on the old classics.

For Brightening Up The Table

Set of Four Mixed Berry Recycled Hemp & Organic Cotton Napkins, $30.00
These printed napkins by Tina Produce instantly cheer up anyone’s kitchen or dining table! A sweet hostess gift, these are 100% unique! Tina, the designer, is originally from Minnesota but now calls California’s Bay Area home. Her fresh prints playfully highlight the ingredients from Northern California Farmers Markets and a breath of fresh air when placed on the table. Taking her produce theme seriously, Tina packages her napkins – as well as flour sack towels and baby onsies – in cute green pint containers, like a package of berries! These are an adorable gift.

Mosser Glass Mixing Bowls, $66.00
These bowls are perfect for the person in your life who loves their kitchen to have a touch of vintage inspiration.  These nesting bowls are so pretty that they can be left out all of the time, which is great cause they are at arms length when a mixing bowl or serving bowl is needed. These can be used for everything from beating batter, to serving side dishes and salads. Made in the United States, Mosser‘s quality and style is coveted by many, and will become a favorite piece for whoever is lucky enough to receive it.

Gurgle Pot, $40.00
These fish shaped water pitchers are delightful! As the water pours out water bubbles collect in the tail and make gurgling sounds. These are both humorous and handy! They are fun to pour out of, look great on display and can also be used to hold flowers. This is a wonderful gift for a friend who likes to collect housewares with a twist. It’s the piece they never knew they wanted and will be so glad when they have it!

1: Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor; 2: Thymes Fraser Fir Reed Diffuser; 3: Bittercube Bitters;
4: Zoku Iced Coffee Maker; 5: Lifefactory Wine Glasses; 6: Epicurean Non-Stick Cutting Boards

For Decking Out The Bar

Lifefactory Wine Glasses, $39.99 – $49.99
For the wine lover in your world who is always bringing wine into the backyard, on a picnic, or at a campground, these sturdy stemless wine glasses from Lifefactory are terrific. With the BPA/BPS Free rubber wrapped around the glass it’s difficult to drop these guys! So, your friends will be able to sit back in their pontoon boat next summer, or on a blanket out in a park and have no fear of their bevie slipping out of their hands!

Bittercube Bitters, $54.00
For the home mixologist in your life, Bittercube Bitters are a super cool gift! A drop or two of these finely crafted bitters will give cocktails made at a home that certain somethin’ somethin’ like those that you enjoy out at the bar! You can buy the variety pack or buy them individually. They are great stocking stuffers or an excellent addition to a gift package along with a bottle of your friends favorite alcohol and a fancy mixer!

For Stocking The Pantry

BT McElrath Salty Dog Chocolate Bar, $6.00
I never tire of this delicious chocolate treat from BT McElrath. This chocolate bar is 70% Dark Chocolate with Toffee Pieces and Sea Salt. It’s a little sweet, a little salty and a little crunchy and totally addictive. If you just want to bring a little something to a party as a treat, your host will love you if you show up with these. If the holidays stress you out and you need a little pick-me-up every now and then they also come individually wrapped portions as well. I suggest stashing a few in purse for unexpected holiday “emergencies!”

Marie Belle Hot Chocolate, $12.00 – $26.00
Marie Belle‘s Hot Chocolates are dreamy! They come in several different flavors, all of which are winners in my book. You can buy them by the tin – which is beautiful – or in individual packets. This is a gorgeous addition to a stocking, as a hostess gift, or even for your child’s teacher. And be sure to order a little extra for yourself!!

Frog Hollow Fruit Clubs, $160/month and up
Give the gift of a fruit club!  Oh my goodness, will your loved ones be in for a treat. I cannot say enough good things about the delicious fruit that comes from Northern California’s Frog Hollow Farm. They promise the product to be in your home 48 hours after picking, it just can’t get much fresher than this. I am time and time again blown away by their amazing stone fruits, both the peaches and apricots are to die for. This is not just any other “fruit-of-the-month” club, whoever receives this as a gift will be in fruit heaven. And if a fruit club is a little too spendy, they offer many other treats on their website, including tasty dried fruits, jams and olive oils.

A_Pinch_of_Lemon_Holiday_Gift_Guide_2015_Antigoni_Sander_McCloudCLOCKWISE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1: Alaina Marie Bait Bag Wristlet; 2: Marie Belle Hot Chocolate; 3: Vermont Country Store Peanuts Nightlight;
4: Gurgle Pot; 5: Short Stack Editions; 6: Tina Produce Cloth Napkins

For The Trendsetter

Bait Bag Wristlets, Wallets and Clutches By Alaina Marie. $55 – $95
I love these bags that are inspired by Maine’s fishing industry and made out of the same material as fisherman’s bait bags! Not only are these cute and sturdy, but they are a talking piece wherever they go. The wallet size or the wristlet are perfect gifts for a girlfriend. I am especially smitten with  the black and gold pattern, it is perfect for a night out on the town, and a great addition to a holiday cocktailing outfit.

Zoku Iced Coffee Maker, $29.99
I love iced coffee, but rarely do I think far enough in advance to chill it down over night. But, with some cool technology Zoku has created a travel mug that chills your hot coffee in under five minutes! What a fun gift for the coffee lover in your life! At under $30 it’s a totally cool gift!

For The Holiday Fanatic

Peanuts Christmas Nightlight, $19.95
{Item Is Sold Out Til 2016} Christmas isn’t Christmas without Charlie Brown – in my opinion.  Memories of watching the Peanuts gang sing “Hark The Harold Angels Sing,” around that little tree always makes me smile, and makes me feel nostalgic about the holidays. This nightlight from The Vermont Country Store is so sweet, whoever is lucky enough to receive it will immediately be sent on a walk down memory lane, reminiscing about childhood Christmases. Plus, once you start shopping on The Vermont Country Store’s website you will be enticed by many more throwback items which the shop has to offer!

Anagram Press Bird Ornaments, $50.00
Artist Chandler O’Leary creates some of my favorite artwork around!  Whether I am admiring one of her larger sized prints, or mailing out one of her letterpress cards, I am always brimming with joy regardless. This holiday season Ms. O’Leary has taken her popular winter bird images and turned them into ornaments to decorate the tree with. These bird ornaments are perfect for the person who loves to sit at the window and look out at the snow and the birds bouncing and chirping about. Ms. O’Leary captures the peaceful nature of birds in the winter impeccably, and , I dare say one could leave these out all year long and never tire of them!

Thymes Frasier Fir Reed Diffuser, $50.00
Thymes creates one of the best Frasier Fir aromas out there. It smells so real that you will look around the room to see where the Christmas Tree forest is hidden! This Frasier Fir Reed Diffuser is indeed a perfect hostess gift, and I have a feeling you will end up wanting one for yourself too. The diffuser is sold out on the Thymes website, but there are many other Frasier Fir scented items that they offer that are awesome too!!

Apple Crisp WoodWick Candle, $18.99 – $24.99
These candles from The Woods are so cool! If you are a city dweller who loves the sound of a crackling fire but have no fire place these are for you! All you have to do is a light your candle, make a cup of hot cocoa and sit back with your favorite holiday special and you will be transported to sitting in front of a fireplace. The unique wick creates the sound of a real fire. The candles come in many different shapes, sizes and scents, but my favorite is the Apple Crisp. It smells like the holidays.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Give Away!

In the spirit of giving I want to thank you for reading A Pinch of Lemon and I want to give you presents!! I have been fortunate to partner with several of the companies listed in the gift guide and have presents to give away. In order to be eligible to win a gift from the gift guide I need you to follow a couple of steps:

Leave a comment in the comments section below. THIS is how you will be entered into the drawing for the give away.

You have from Friday, December 4, 2015 until Friday, December 11, 2015 to put your name into the drawing, submissions close at Midnight on Saturday, December 12.

Enter your email address when requested for it, this is how I will contact you if you win!

Winners will be contacted via email and shared on Social Media the week of December 14, 2015.

Last request, please tell a friend about A Pinch of Lemon! This is of course not necessary to win, but it would be super awesome to have your help in introducing more readers to the blog! You can spread the word by sharing my Facebook Page, Tweeting, Instagramming, Pinning, and of course, a good old fashioned email works too!

I am SO excited to have this opportunity to give three of you a cool gift! Thank you for being part of my first holiday giveaway and for supporting me during my first year as a blogger!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Additional Terms and Conditions For Holiday Gift Guide Give Away

One comment per person – multiple entries will be discarded
Four winners will be chosen at random and notified via email the week of December 14, 2015
Winners will have two business days to claim their prizes, via email
Void where prohibited

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  • Reply Meredith Handerhan December 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I absolutely love all the above recommendations! Any of them would be a welcome addition to anyone’s home who loves entertaining and has a sense of humor about the kitchen!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you so much!! I love being able to add a little bit of cheer to people’s homes, and the kitchen especially! Good luck in the Give Away!!

  • Reply Mary Tambornino December 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I love your blog, I love the recipes that you share. I am so happy you started doing this .
    It was great to meet you this past summer at the restaurant.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much Mary! That is so nice of you! I hope that you will have a chance to give some of the recipes and tips a try! Thank you for entering the give away too 🙂

  • Reply Victoria Ichizli-Bartels December 5, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I discovered you through our common friend Leah, and since I subscribed, your Newsletter doesn’t fail to draw my attention when I find it in my inbox. For the several which were in my Inbox there was none, which I didn’t open in a browser. Your starting lines are definitely gripping and raising my curiosity. And the rest of course too. I like the colourfulness of your blog and content that you provide. And of course the recipes and the gifts you suggest here. What I like about the gifts is that they are really able to cheer up with colours and forms and sweetness (not only chocolate). I am probably not quite qualified to enter the giveaway drawing, since I am so far away, but just wanted to tell you, that your blogs and newsletters are brightening and pleasantly interrupting the flow of other information in my day. 🙂 Keep up the good work. Many virtual hugs from another blogger and writer in Denmark. 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thank you for the nice note, Victoria! You have no idea how nice it is to learn that A Pinch of Lemon is doing is exactly what I hope it would do, cheer up people’s days! Thank you for following!!! 🙂

  • Reply Deena Graf December 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Pretty much love the MN casserole dish. Probably a must for my mom who now lives in AZ… that way she can make me some of home when I visit. 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 6, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Isn’t it amazing! I just gave one as a gift myself last night! Even I like to shop from the gift guide 🙂

  • Reply Megan December 6, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Interesting gift guide! Thanks for arranging it!

  • Reply Katie Brasel December 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Fun list of gift ideas…gave me some good ideas for friends, and also a few I might have have to add to my own wish list! 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Katie! Glad you found some treat for yourself on there too 😉 That is the key to a good list, something for yourself and something for others 🙂

  • Reply JoAnn December 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Love A Pinch of Lemon….your ideas are fresh, interesting and delicious….thank you.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Maryanne December 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas. i stuggle for gifts for my sisters and I found a couple things on your list!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      That’s terrific! Glad you found some helpful tips!!

  • Reply Sm December 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Glad to stumble on your site for fresh gift ideas. Those mixing bowls made the want list. Multi purpose since they are so nice… Yes!


    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

      They are so pretty, aren’t they! I have the green, but covet the white and pink too!! 🙂

  • Reply manda December 7, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Love the gift guide. Thanks.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thanks for checking it out!!

  • Reply Sommer Austin December 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Love these ideas, and especially love the rec for the fruit of the month club. Frog Hollow sounds amazing!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

      The fruit is amazing, Sommer! Thanks for checking out the list!!

  • Reply Robyn December 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

    What a great holiday gift list!! Santa should take some notes from you, I’ll give him your number;) Keep spreading the holiday cheer and cooking love.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks, lady! I love a good shopping guide, if I can help santa, it would be a true honor!!

  • Reply Ashley December 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is a great list! Thanks for the giveaway

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      You’re welcome! Good luck 🙂

  • Reply Deborah December 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Love the shopping guide!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much!!

  • Reply Debbie December 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Great list! You’ve included some of my favorites and I love the new suggestions! I’m going to buy myself the MN baking dish to match my MN cutting board and cheese plate!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      What a delightful MN themed spread you will have, Debbie! Thank you for checking out the list!!

  • Reply Lindsay S December 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Great suggestions for gifts for my family and friends “who have everything!”

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      So happy to hear you got some good ideas! Happy shopping!! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren Schwein December 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for putting together this lovely gift guide! As someone still new to cooking it’s great to get tips like these!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Glad you are enjoying!!

  • Reply Wehaf December 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    This is a great list; I think you’ve helped me find a few gifts!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

      So glad!!

  • Reply Deb Ellis December 9, 2015 at 1:04 am

    The perfect gift list! Is it wrong that I want everything for myself? Ha!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Deb, I must admit, I am the same way!! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole December 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    What a lovely guide! So many thoughtful items. I think my favorites are the bird ornaments, the iced coffee maker, and the clutz-proof wine glasses. 😉

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

      I hope you win the ornaments!!! And the coffee maker is on my Christmas Wish List too!!!!

  • Reply Christi December 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Tig, love your gift suggestions! I love the pic of persimmons! My daughter and I just devoured one yesterday. But I could use some oven mitts or chocolate too 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Christi, thank you so much! We have mix things up right fruit+cooking+chocolate! It’s a good combo 🙂

  • Reply Christine Enderle December 10, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Love this list! Great ideas!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much! I am so sad the Vermont Country Store gift is already sold out!!! I always think of our VT days when I go to that sight!

  • Reply Christopher Storlie December 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Great ideas for gifts, and since I’m helpless when it comes to picking out gifts your guidance appreciated ???

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I hope you got some good ideas! Good luck with your gifting!!!

  • Reply Cynthia Genesoni December 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Amazing gifts!! I love all of these ideas!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Britt December 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Tig, no surprise, you are showcasing your impeccable taste with this awesome & perfectly curated gift guide!! I will be sharing this blog post with a certain husband so he gets some good ideas… 😉 Way to go! And the give-away goodies are fabulous!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for the MN baking dish, of course 🙂 xoxo

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Britt Marie!! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little bit of MN pride in your NJ kitchen!! Fingers crossed!!

  • Reply Judith December 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I’d love this! Happy Holidays!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Happy Holidays!!

  • Reply Michelle Havens December 11, 2015 at 1:56 am

    You always share the most interesting, bright and sunshiny articles and info. I love following you and your blog. So much joy!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 8:12 am

      You are so sweet, Michelle! Thank you for following!!

  • Reply Traci Woollums December 11, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Happy Holidays. I love your recipes, you blog and it is so heartfelt your passion for cooking!

  • Reply Cheri Wittenberg December 11, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What an awesome list of gifts! Since I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet (yikes!), your gift guide gave me some great ideas. Thanks & happy holidays!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Thank you! Happy shopping!!

  • Reply Robert Felton December 11, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Habitation sent me to this wonderful website!!! I hope I win some goodies and can tell friends about it!

    With a smile,

  • Reply Bethany December 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I just discovered your site on Tumblr, and I’m hooked! Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Rachel Lewis December 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Great Gift Guide! Loving your blog! I want to win something! AHAHAH! Happy Holidays!!!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Let’s hope girl!! Fingers crossed!! Happy Holidays!!

  • Reply Alex December 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

    What a great gift guide! I am asking for some of those bitters this year. 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

      You’ll love’em!!

  • Reply Sarah Babb December 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

    What excellent ideas! My family might be receiving some of these this year… 🙂

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

      They’d be some lucky family members 🙂 Hope to see you guys over the Holidays!! xo

  • Reply Ann Kelly December 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

    A Pinch of Lemon is warming up Minneapolis and with these tips and ideas Antigoni will warm up your home as well!
    With no tree just a huge wreathe in our NYC apt the Thymes Frasier Fir Reed defuser looks to be just the thing we need!!
    Merry Merry!!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much, Ann! I love NYC at the holidays! Even IF you can’t squeeze it into your apartment 🙂
      Happy Holidays!!!

  • Reply Katie Pennig December 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I love seeing your recipes and trying them out. They don’t always look as good as yours but they taste great.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Aw! It doesn’t matter how they look, they will still be delicious!! Merry Christmas, Katie!

  • Reply Constance Severson December 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    This is a great site. Thanks Tig. I think you are the best.

  • Reply Susie Hall December 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    So many great ideas on the holiday list! The gurgle jar, the snoopy night light…. Gifts for kids and adults…. For fun or for parties. Well done!

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Kelly Jo December 13, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Just came out to your blog for the first time- I follow you on instagram. What a lovely blog and a great list of gift ideas.

    • Reply sanderantigoni December 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thank you so much, Kelly Jo! Thank you so much for visiting the blog!!!

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