5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts for Busy Moms!

5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts for Busy Moms!

 

Ok.
I’ll admit it.
I absolutely love apple desserts.

Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, Apple Muffins, Apple Coffee Cake…

You get the idea, right?

And I also have a very limited amount of time to:

  1. Grocery Shop
  2. Bake

You too?

So I thought this list of easy apple desserts would help.


And, with a little planning, this post is going to show you how to serve these delicious treats any time.

Yes, that’s right!

First, though we need to get your pantry in order.  Don’t have a pantry?  No problem!

Check out this post on how to set up a pantry – it’s been really popular, and has a shopping list printable for you to take to the store!

 

Basic Pantry Items

I find that stocking these basic pantry items all the time, keeps the fun in baking desserts.

No need to rush out to the store, and you can strike while the iron, er oven is hot. Right?

Here’s the instant download: Just click on it and you will have this amazing printable to help you stock your pantry.

Pantry Shopping List, includes flours, sugars, spices, fats, baking pans, pie plates and nice to have items.

And if it’s in the budget – an apple peeler.

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I just got one of these little suckers, and I have to tell you it is such a time saver.

You can order one right here.

Okay.  Now you are ready.

Let’s get baking these amazing Apple Desserts!



 

This amazing list of 5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts will help all the busy moms with recipes for apple crisp, apple pandowdy, apple coffee cake, apple upside down cake & apple pie muffins!Click To Tweet

5 Quick & Easy Apple Recipes For Busy Moms

Mom’s Apple Crisp

 Mom’s Apple Crisp:  

Who doesn’t love a big bowl full of apple crisp, still warm from the oven!  I often make it in these little ramekin style dishes, but you can still make this recipe in a 9 x 9 square pan.   Because we want lots of leftovers, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.

Apple Pie Muffins

Apple Pie Muffins:

An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apple Pandowdy

Apple Pandowdy

Do you have a cast iron skillet?  Then this will be your Go To recipe.  A Pandowdy is similar to an Apple Cobbler and is the way they used to make apple pies, way back when, before we started making pie crust.  The light biscuit dough gets dropped on top of the apples by spoonfuls, and of course everything bakes together and gets all happy and cozy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upside Down Apple Cake

 

Upside Down Apple Cake

You’ve heard about Pineapple Upside down Cake?  Well now there is an apple version, and let me tell you, those deliciously baked apples are just bursting with brown sugar, cinnamon and look at that caramel sauce!  Oh yeah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Pie Coffee Cake - think Dutch Apple Pie meets coffee cake! The easiest recipe is right here! http://perfectpiesandpastry.com/apple-pie-coffee-cake/

Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Pie Coffee Cake 

Think Dutch Apple Pie meets coffee cake! The easiest recipe is right here!  I call it Love In

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep time for all of these desserts is less than 30 minutes, including peeling the apples!

Enjoy,

 

21 Perfect Pie Recipes For You To Enjoy!

21 Perfect Pie Recipes For You To Enjoy!

collage of different pies

21 Perfect Pie Recipes?  Yep that’s what we’re all about here at Pie Lady Bakes.  Lemon meringue pie, Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Apple Pie, Apple Galette, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Pie, Strawberry Pie, Atlantic Beach Pie, Key Lime Pie….and then there’s the No-Bake Pies, Ice Cream Pies, Chocolate Pies, even a Crack Pie!  We’ve got it covered in this amazing roundup of recipes – all from your favorite Food Bloggers over at FBC Recipe Sharing.

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My love affair with perfect pie recipes has been a life long pursuit.  My parents loved to camp so we on our travels we made many a pit stop at the local diner.  And you know what you always find at Diners?  That’s right.   The most beautiful pies on earth.  Seriously.  I would absolutely salivate when I looked in the dessert showcase at all of those pies.  As a kid, Blueberry Pie was my number one go to pie.  No ice cream or whipped cream for me though.  Just pie.

Diners are still my absolutely fav place to find the absolute perfect pie recipes!

 

slice of Key lime pie on a white plate with whipped cream and a fork, slices of key limes in the background

Now I started to put this collection together for National Pie Day – which is on January 23 every year.  Kind of like a Christmas Day for Pies!  But life happens, and although I put up an amazing post on Buzzfeed – which you can still enjoy here, my post for Pie Lady Bakes has been a little delayed.  Until now!  I love doing roundups with my food blogger friends, they are so creative and their recipes are awesome!  Check out FBC Recipe Sharing on Facebook, if you haven’t already.

1.Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie

Now this is a diner-style pie, know what I mean, jelly bean?

slice of homemade lemon meringue pie with the full pie in the background

 

2.  No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

Oh you had me at cheesecake!  No bake pies are so easy and isn’t this one absolutely perfect?

 

3.Easy Key Lime Pie

When I see Key Lime Pie I think of sunny Florida days, sugary beaches, and outdoor BBQs!

The easiest key lime pie recipe ever!

 

4. Cranberry Pie and Ginger Cookie Crust

Isn’t this absolutely perfectly spectacular.  Yum. Yum.

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5. Sharlotka Russian Apple Pie 

I’m definitely pinning this recipe to my Apple Pie Crazy Board!  Doesn’t it look awesome?

6. Individual Apple Cream Cheese Galettes

Galettes are so easy to make.  I think these would be perfect for breakfast don’t you?

Apple Cream Cheese Galettes on plates with pink flower

 

7. Homemade Banoffee Pie

The first time I heard about Banoffee Pie was in my favorite movie, “Love Actually”.  I must try it.

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8. Magic Margarita Pie

I get to have my margaritas in a pie?  Now that’s perfect.

 

9. Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie

 

10. Italian Apple Pie 

Heading to Italy this summer, so I’ll be sure to order some apple pie!  Ciao Bella!

 

11. Atlantic Beach Pie

I love to experiment with different pie crusts – but a soda cracker crust? Yes please!!!

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12. Coconut Cream Pie

Oh yeah, this has Diner-style Pie written all over it.  I’ll take one to go please.

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13. Blueberry Buttermilk Pie

Almost too pretty to eat, don’t you agree!  Almost….. and look at that crust!

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14. Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Our family recipe, we’ve been enjoying this for years.  It’s the number one post on Pie Lady Bakes!

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15. Blackberry Apple Pie

I just love apple pie combinations, and this is a new one for me!  You should try it!

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16. Buttermilk Pie

I love creamy pies and this one is so easy to make and easy on the budget too!

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17. Momofuku Crack Pie Recipe

I just have to try this pie!  Would someone make it for me please?

 

18. Harvest Apple Galette

Galettes are just big dessert pizzas with lots and lots of yumminess inside.  Perfect.

apple galette, with slice and spoon on parchment paper

 

19. Banana Cream Pie

Bananas. Cream. Pie.  Looks like some yummy caramel too.  That’s Perfect. Check.

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20. Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pie

An all time favorite in our home, this pie takes chocolate to a whole new level of perfection!  IMHO.

Chocolate Pudding Pie topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries in the middle with chocolate shavings

Stracciatella Cream Pie (Vegan, GF, No-Bake)

What can I say? The healthiest and most awesomely perfect cream pie ever.

I hope you enjoyed my journey through these incredibly beautiful perfect pie recipes.  I’ve had fun putting them together.  And while you’re here, please take the time to check out all of my other pie recipes!

Best,

Judy –  aka Pie Lady

 

 

 

Super Bowl Party Menu | This Roundup is Crammed with Easy to Make Recipes

Super Bowl Party Menu | This Roundup is Crammed with Easy to Make Recipes

Easy Super Bowl Party Menu 

Are you thinking about hosting a Super Bowl Party?  Maybe you’ve been thinking about it, but worried it will be just too much effort.  And it’s always on a Sunday, and you have to go to work the next day right?  And who wants to spend the whole weekend cooking to get ready?  Or cleaning up afterwards?!  My Easy Super Bowl Party Menu will not only provide awesome recipes, but I’ve also included a food preparation schedule for you at the very end!

This easy super bowl party menu is your ticket to a great game day, with delicious, easy to prepare food, that will cover appetizers, salad, a main dish and dessert.  The recipes take very little time to prepare and serve, leaving lots of time for poker, football pools, even tossing the football around in the backyard before kickoff!  Now remember I’m a Canadian gal, so it needs to be a fairly mild winter for that to happen in early February.  And I’ve never experienced the fun and excitement of a tailgate party, but it is on my bucket list!

 

So back home I’ve attended many Super Bowl parties and I’m sure you have too.  Typically, the menu was chips and salty snack foods; chili that was so spicy and full of garlic that you couldn’t eat it; maybe some garlic bread; some garlic meatballs – well you get the idea.    But somewhere along the way I got the football fever (remember John Elway?)  I really love to watch it on TV and cheer my favorite team!

So my super bowl party menu started to include a variety of dishes and experiments.  One year we barbecued a turkey – that was really good, but took such a long time to cook and there was lots of cleanup afterwards.  Salads and cold cuts go over well too.  But this year I’ve refined the menu, pulling out some tried and true favorites that are real crowd pleasers, have amazing flavours, are budget friendly, and make up in no time.

 

And I’m even including a menu prep schedule.  Remember I promised time for poker and football right?

Are you ready for some football?  Then let’s get this super bowl party menu started!

Super Easy Super Bowl Party Menu

Appetizer:

Guacamole and Corn Chips

Main:

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with homemade BBQ sauce

Creamy Coleslaw

Dessert:

Easy Cherry and Blueberry Hand pies

Triple Threat Chocolate Brownies

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Easy Peasy Guacamole

You can buy great guacamole from your favorite specialty food store – I’ll leave that up to you.   Just in case you want to make your own…..here is our recipe.  You can give it lots of heat or just a little.

Ingredients

2 – 3 large avocados mashed

juice of one fresh lime

3 roma tomatoes sliced finely

1 medium red onion chopped finely

3 – 5 jalapenos – sliced very fine

2-3 cloves of fresh garlic – minced

2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to season

Directions

Prepare your ingredients as listed above and mix everything together – serve immediately with This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!tortilla chips.

 

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Best cuts for pulled pork

There are lots recipes for pulled pork.  Some recommend the pork butt, some the pork shoulder and you can even use pork tenderloin.  I like to use the shoulder – you can get a good sized one – around 4-6 pounds, it fits in the average sized slow cooker (8 quarts) and is reasonably priced at the butcher or grocery store.

Best Ever BBQ Sauce

Once your pork shoulder is cooked, and drained, following my recipe, you need a premium BBQ sauce to bring out the flavour of the pork.

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

In our home that means our own special homemade BBQ sauce.  So here is the recipe, just for you.  It’s so easy to make, you will always want to have lots on hand – for barbecuing any time of the year.  The hickory smoke flavour is perfect for pulled pork. Double the batch so you have lots of sauce for these yummy pulled pork sandwiches!

Ingredients**

1 cup smoke flavoured BBQ sauce (hickory works well)

1/4 cup ketchup (your favorite)

1/4 cup molasses

4 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. vinegar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (like tabasco)

Preparation (about 10 minutes)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on med-low for 10 minutes

Let cool and pour into glass jars.

**You can double the recipe which is what I do and it will make two pints.

Enjoy!

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

Best BBQ Sauce – so easy to make!

 

Directions for Pulled Pork – Serves 6- 8 hungry football fans!

Ingredients:

1 4 to 6 lb pork shoulder (or bigger – depends on the size of your crowd)

2 cups of water

Salt and pepper

3-4 whole cloves

2 chopped cooking onions

2 pints of Best BBQ Sauce (recipe is here!)

1 dozen crusty rolls or ciabatta buns

Preparation:

Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker with the water, onions and garlic.

Set the slow cooker setting to low – 8 hours.

 

Once the timer is finished, drain the pork shoulder, and put it back in the slow cooker pot.  Using forks pull it apart, shredding all of the meat – put the meat in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container until 2.5 hours before game time!

Take the meat out of the refrigerator and put it into your slow-cooker.  Stir in Best BBQ sauce

Turn it on high and let it cook for 1-2 hours

Come and get it!  Place large servings of pulled pork on your favorite crusty roll, ciabatta bun, sourdough rolls, add a big scoop of Creamy Coleslaw either on the sandwich or on the side – that’s a personal choice!

Enjoy…..

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

Best Creamy Coleslaw

My Mom used to say the secret to the best coleslaw was adding enough onion!  Coleslaw can take many forms but the tangy sweetness in this recipe is always great with outdoor BBQ, smoked meat and our slow cooker pulled pork.  It comes together in minutes and you can serve it again the next day.

Ingredients:

One medium sized head of green cabbage

2-3 small cooking onions

2-3 medium carrots

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing

2 tbsp. sugar

Salt and pepper

Pinch of paprika

Preparation:

Cut the cabbage into chunks and shred in your food processor – but pulse only, so that you get a coarse grind.

Chop the onion and the carrots in the food processor as well, chopping both finely.

Place into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mayonnaise and blend well.

Sprinkle with paprika and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

 

Blueberry and Cherry Hand Pies

These are so easy your kids can make them for you the day before the big game and will be a yummy addition to your super bowl party menu!  I just discovered frozen puff pastry a short time ago.  Yes, I know welcome to the 21st century! But being a scratch baker, I couldn’t imagine that something frozen and packaged could taste as good as something that I could prepare from scratch.  Boy was I wrong.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 packages of frozen puff pastry

1 can of blueberry pie filling

1 can of cherry pie filling

1 egg yolk – beaten

Granulated sugar

Icing sugar & water – to make the glaze.

Directions:

Defrost the puff pastry in your refrigerator overnight.  Separate the dough into two squares (the brand I use does this for you)

Spread a piece of parchment paper and a little flour to make rolling easy.

Roll out the square of puff pastry, fairly thin into a rectangle.

Cut the pastry into small squares – like the picture shown here.

Place the small square of puff pastry on the baking sheet you will use.This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

Spoon the blueberry filling in on the one side of the square – leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the dough

Fold the dough over and pinch the edges closed.  I like to press the edges with a fork

Brush the pastry with an egg yolk wash and then sprinkle with sugar.

Repeat until finished and do the same for the second square of puff pastry, using the cherry pie filling.

Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes – until the pastry is flaky and golden.

Let cool before serving as the filling will be very hot!  Using a squeeze bottle, squeeze the icing sugar glaze over the top.

Yummm!

 

 

Triple Threat Chocolate Brownies

These are the easiest and most delicious brownies I have made yet!

Yep, we are going to use a mix.  That’s the base, and then we’ll add some extra chocolatey goodies.  Ok?

Ingredients:

Your favorite brownie mix

½ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate buttons

Chocolate Sauce

Directions:

Place the mix and the ingredients required in a bowl and mix according to instructions.

Stir in the chocolate chips and chocolate buttons.

Smooth into a greased 9 X 9 square pan and bake according to the instructions.

Remove from the oven to cool.

Cut into squares and drizzle the chocolate sauce over all.  How much you use is up to you!

Enjoy!

The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

TOUCHDOWN!!!

Super Bowl Party Menu Planner

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Long Weekend BBQ Party Planner

The Perfect Long Weekend BBQ Party Planner

Your  Long Weekend BBQ Party Planner is here!

 

Are you thinking about hosting a BBQ Party for the long weekend?  Maybe you’ve been thinking about it, but worried it will be just too much effort.  This is the first long weekend of summer and you really want to be able to enjoy all of it and who wants to spend the whole weekend cooking to get ready?  Or cleaning up afterwards?!  This menu will not only provide awesome recipes, but your very own toolkit to make it all happen!

So whether you are in Australia or Canada, celebrating the Queen’s Birthday*, Canada Day, or in the United States celebrating Memorial Day or the 4th of July– these early summer long weekends celebrate the coming of summer and getting outdoors. , a chance to gather family and friends together and of course, have some really great BBQ!

toasting marshmallows over a fireThis long weekend BBQ Party Planner is your ticket to a great weekend part, with delicious, easy to prepare food, that will cover appetizers, salad, a main dish and dessert.  This menu takes very little time to prepare and serve, leaving lots of time for relaxing, catching up with friends, enjoying cold drinks and time to roast marshmallows around the campfire!

 Now remember I’m a Canadian gal, so we celebrate Canada Day Weekend in style, with lots of BBQ, fireworks, and making s’mores around the campfire.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our heritage!

fireworks on a night sky

And I’m even including a BBQ party planner prep schedule.  Remember I promised time for relaxing and campfires right?

Are you ready to celebrate summer?  Then let’s get this party started!

*Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday on June 13 (except for the states of Western Australia and Queensland; Canada celebrates the Queen’s Birthday on the 4th Monday in May and in the U.S. Memorial Day – is celebrated in style on May 30th this year! Canada Day is July 1st, and the US celebrates Independence Day on July 4th. Australia celebrates Australia Day on January 26th.

 

Appetizer:

Veggie tray and dip

(purchased from your grocery store)

Main:

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with homemade BBQ sauce

Creamy Coleslaw

Dessert:

Easy Apple Hand pies

Campfire s’mores

 

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

slow-cooker pulled pork, easy bbq sauce

Best cuts for pulled pork

There are lots recipes for pulled pork.  Some recommend the pork butt, some the pork shoulder and you can even use pork tenderloin.  I like to use the shoulder – you can get a good sized one – around 4-5 pounds, it fits in the average sized slow cooker (3-5 quarts) and is reasonably priced at the butcher or grocery store. 

Best Ever BBQ Sauce

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Once your pork shoulder is cooked, and drained, following my recipe, you need a premium BBQ sauce to bring out the flavour of the pork.  In our home that means our own special homemade BBQ sauce.  So here is the recipe, just for you.  It’s so easy to make, you will always want to have lots on hand – for barbecuing any time of the year.  The hickory smoke flavour is perfect for pulled pork. 

Serves 6- 8 hungry campers!

Ingredients:

1 4 to 6 lb pork shoulder (or bigger – depends on the size of your crowd)

2 cups of water

Salt and pepper

3-4 whole cloves

2 chopped cooking onions

2 pints of Best BBQ Sauce (recipe is here!)

Preparation:

Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker with the water, onions and garlic. 

Set the slow cooker setting to low – 8 hours – so that it will be ready 2.5 hours before game time. 

Go outside and play!

Drain the pork shoulder

Put it back in the slow cooker pot, and using forks pull it apart, shredding all of the meat

Stir in Best BBQ sauce

Turn it on high and let it cook for 1-2 hours

Come and get it!  Place large servings of pulled pork on your favorite crusty roll, ciabatta bun, sourdough rolls, add a big scoop of Creamy Coleslaw either on the sandwich or on the side – that’s a personal choice!

Enjoy…..

Best Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw

My Mom used to say the secret to the best coleslaw was adding enough onion!  Coleslaw can take many forms but the tangy sweetness in this recipe is always great with outdoor BBQ, smoked meat and our slow cooker pulled pork.  It comes together in minutes and you can serve it again the next day.

Ingredients:

One medium sized head of green cabbage

2-3 small cooking onions

2-3 medium carrots

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing

2 tbsp. sugar

Salt and pepper

Pinch of paprika

Preparation:

Cut the cabbage into chunks and shred in your food processor – but pulse only, so that you get a coarse grind.

Chop the onion and the carrots in the food processor as well, chopping both finely.

Place into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mayonnaise and blend well.

Sprinkle with paprika and place in refrigerator until ready to serve. 

Enjoy!

Apple Hand Pies

 

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These are so easy your kids can make them for you the day before the big game!  I just discovered frozen puff pastry a short time ago.  Yes, I know welcome to the 21st century! But being a scratch baker, I couldn’t imagine that something frozen and packaged could taste as good as something that I could prepare from scratch.  Boy was I wrong.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 packages of frozen puff pastry

1 can of apple pie filling

1 egg yolk – beaten

Granulated sugar

2/3 cup of Icing sugar

water – to make the glaze.

Directions:

Unroll the puff pastry, and place both the parchment paper and pastry on your cookie sheet.

Cut the pastry into small circles – about 3″ in diameter.

Spoon the apple pie filling in on the one side of the circle – leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the dough

Fold the dough over and press the edges with a fork – they will look like mini tacos!

Brush the pastry with an egg yolk wash and then sprinkle with sugar.

Repeat until all of the pie filling is finished.  Makes about 3 dozen hand pies.

Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes – until the pastry puffs up and is flaky and golden.

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Let cool before serving as the filling will be very hot!  Using a squeeze bottle, squeeze the icing sugar glaze over the top. 

Yummm!

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long weekend menu planner

 

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