Simply Irresistible

January 31, 2011

I’ve been wanting to buy flowers for my home for a while, but every time I went to a flower market they were either too drab or too expensive.

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Until I found these beautiful LOCAL tulips for $6.99 today!! They brightened up my cloudy day for sure.

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Do you know what else is simply irresistible? Whole Foods salad bar while grocery shopping right before lunch.

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I’ll just let you drool on the plantains (!!) and sweet potatoes and wheatberry salad and bleu cheese and curried cauliflower I packed into my box

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On the side: an end piece of Karen’s No Knead Bread 

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Still chugging that lemon water. Hopefully I have lettuce breath now!

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I’m going to yoga in a bit – inbetween Great Harvest conference calls and basket and tissue paper research for our giveaway baskets! Also, we’re now on Twitter!!

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1 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I love the color of those flowers . Beautiful!
I’ve never been to the Whole Foods salad bar. I think about it every time in in there, though.

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Those flowers are really pretty. They would brighten up my day too!

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3 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

i spy seaweed salad!i loveee that stuff and eat it at least 3x a week! i love fresh flowers in the house, something so small can really brighten up the room!

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4 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Fresh flowers always make a home look brighter :) I love them!

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5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Tulips are my favorite flowers. I could use some to brighten my day today.

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6 Evan Thomas January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I’ve never spotted plantains at our whole foods salad bar. Definitely keeping a keen eye out for that from now on!

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7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

If I do buy fresh flowers I usually stick with the potted variety so that they last a bit longer.

I LOVE having fresh flowers in the house but I agree that they are so price-y. My husband never buys me flowers for any occasion because he knows I think it’s too expensive for something so fleeting.

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8 Laura January 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

My husband doesn’t buy me flowers for the same reason! haha To congratulate me on a recent accomplishment he picked up a potted fern so it would last longer than a week. So romantic. ;-)

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9 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! January 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My boyfriend and I try to buy fresh flowers at least once a week for our apartment. They really brighten up any room and make us feel so happy every time we see them! Those tulips are so beautiful. And man–that Whole Foods salad looks awesome! I just introduced my best friend to the WF hot bar and she’s been back to visit four times in the last week. Am I an enabler? :) Enjoy your day!

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10 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) January 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Ohh..I want WF now :( I miss it so!

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11 Hope January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Those flowers are beautiful! There are nothing like fresh flowers to brighten up a room!

I love the Whole Foods Salad bar! I am counting down the days until my Whole Foods trip. I cannot wait! :)

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12 Melissa @ HerGreenLife January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

So far, I’ve managed to limit my WF salad bar consumption to when I’m traveling, though I have been tempted while shopping at my local store.

Wow, local tulips this time of year — impressive. We usually only have fresh flowers when we get them from our yard/garden during the warmer months. During the winter, we brighten things up with homemade candles :)

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13 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Beautiful flowers :)

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14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Beautiful flowers! Your lunch looks fantastic. Did you know that sometimes your local Whole Foods facebook page will have $2 off hot and salad bar coupons?! I just discovered this!

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15 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Try chomping on some parsley to get rid of the garlic breath!! The flowers are so springy, i love them!

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16 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love plantains and wish i ate them more often!

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17 Christin@purplebirdblog January 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm

WF hot bar… swoon!

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18 Whitney January 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Trader Joes= cheapest and cutest boquets ever. Usually they have some for 3.99$ or really great ones for just 5.99$. Love fresh flowers!

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19 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Sadly we don’t have a TJs :(

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20 Katie @ cooklaughmove January 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I’v never been to Whole Foods before! BUT I did go to Great Harvest for the first time this weekend!! I got a loaf of monkey bread and dakota bread! Last night I had PB and melted banana on toasted dakota bread…it was amazing!!!

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21 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

wheee!

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22 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com January 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Lovely tulips!

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23 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have beautiful tulips in my house right now too! A dinner party guest brought them on Saturday night, and I was so excited!

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24 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

flowers are great during the winter, and those are beautiful!

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25 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I love tulips! They always remind me of my best friend as they were her wedding flowers!

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26 Annette January 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I’m telling you, Kath, Lemon essential oil is the way to go in any water ;) Especially to take away bad/garlic breath!

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27 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

i love tulips – they’re such a bright, happy flower! (i typed flour first, oops!). also, wf hot bar jealousy going on right now. i only let myself get it for treats, and since i have a full fridge, i don’t think i can justify it today, but oh man am i craving it now!

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28 Kori January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Those tulips are absolutely beautiful, and it’s awesome that they are local! I was definitely “mmmmming” while reading about your lunch. So many textures, colors, and flavors! =) Enjoy the rest of your day, and good luck getting rid of the garlic on your breath!!

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29 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Those tulips are super pretty! :D

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30 Lindsey January 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

looooove fresh tulips! what a pretty color!

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31 dana @ my little celebration January 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Lovely flowers! I rarely buy them at the store too because of price reasons. But in December I bought some twigs and red berries for my kitchen table. Now that they’ve dried out, they still look great and I don’t have to water them. Win win : )

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32 JenATX January 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

twigs & red berries- great idea!
Kath, you’re hot salad bar portion packs a lot of punch. i’m always afraid I won’t like the mix of flavors if I put in too many things. You are correct though, nothing better than grocery shopping & getting to visit the bar mmmmmm

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33 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses January 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I can THIS close to buying fresh flowers yesterday and talked myself out of it. I wish I would have just bought them…they would have been wonderful to wake up to!

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34 Eliz@The Sweet Life January 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Those flowers are beautiful!!!What a nice taste of spring.

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35 Heather (heathers dish) January 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Those flowers are stunning…nothing like that yet here but I’ll just pretend I got some too :)

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36 Katie (Sweet Tater) January 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm

oh lawd. gimme that whole foods.

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37 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I LOVE the Whole Foods Salad bar. It was funny…as I was scanning your pics I just noticed the box and thought that had to be whole foods. They have so much good stuff to put on your salads there. I wish I could have that at home :)

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38 Katy @ RecipeCan January 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I love having flowers around the house. My favorite place to get them is @ Trader Joes when I get groceries :)

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39 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Dang that food looks good! I love tulips! They are just so pretty! Have a great afternoon Kath!

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40 LauraJayne January 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Tulips are my favorite flowers – I love then they are in season! It’s starting to feel like spring!

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41 Marisa @ Loser for Life January 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Tulips are my favorite flowers!

I am getting a Whole Foods soon in my area and I. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!

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42 Kiran January 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Tulips are my favorite flowers but it is so expensive here in US. I used to buy it while visiting my sister in the Netherlands – 3 bouquets for 3 euros!

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43 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

That’s the second mention I’ve heard made of plantains today- it’s a sign I need to get some!

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44 Ashley January 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

What an awesome combination of foods! I’ve never in my life been to a Whole Foods, but that box you made is making want to go so bad! Plantains are up there on my top 5 favorite foods.

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45 Jessica January 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I had a Whole Foods hot food bar lunch this past Saturday. The only problem was that there was no bread!

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46 Paige @Running Around Normal January 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Those tulips are gorgeous! Def one of my favorites:)

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47 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Those tulips are just beautiful!!! As is that wheatberry salad :D It reminds me a lot of farro. If you haven’t tried that yet, you really should. It is delicious!

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48 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) January 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I love how fresh flowers just brighten up the house. Every time I look at them, it makes me smile. I bought some at the market 2 Sunday’s ago and they’re still lookin’ good!

B and I are hitting the WF hot bar tomorrow night ?! So exciting ;) Crossing my fingers for some good Indian food options!!

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49 Erin January 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Is the food at your Whole Foods bar cold or hot? I was so excited to go fill up a box and to my dismay, it was all cold. I was left eating cold roasted root vegetables in the car on the way to a meeting!!

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50 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

We have hot and cold (and I usually combine)

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51 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Whole Foods hot bar has tostones now?!! Giiiiirl, I have been to Nicaragua twice and I THRIVE on plantains, I have three on my countertop right now that are waiting to be sizzled!

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52 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Ohh pretty flowers! :)
Whole Foods salad bar is SO irresistible! My mom and I love going their to have lunch together!

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53 Simply Life January 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm

oh that WF mix looks fantastic!

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54 Allison January 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Last Friday night my friends and I ended up going to the WF Salad Bar for dinner! It was so delicious and you can’t beat it’s fresh, healthy tastes :)

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55 Amanda (Eating Up) January 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Tulips are my favorite! I have learned they don’t last very long though…

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56 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Beautiful flowers!! Such a nice little taste of Spring. :)

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57 lynn @ the actor's diet January 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm

yay tulips! those were my wedding flowers. we bought them on a bodega on the streets of nyc right before the reception! too bad they wilt so easily!

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58 lauren @ spiced plate January 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Yum! The best things can be found at the WF salad bar…I usually will meander through there and find things I like, and then go buy the ingredients to make them! (usually I’m not hungry when I go there so I wouldn’t want to eat it just then)

Those flowers are beautiful. Yeay for local!

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59 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Tulips are my absolute favorite… too bad we won’t be seeing the ground here in Boston anytime soon!

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60 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Gorgeous flowers! One of the best ways to brighten up a room and put a smile on your face!

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61 cyndi January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Pretty tulips!

If you poke a small hole with a pin in the stem very close to the flower end (not all the way through), they will last A LOT longer … it probably draws more water into the stem.

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62 Hannah January 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Now I miss Whole Foods even more. Sigh!

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63 Allie January 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Your tulips and lunch look breathtaking :)

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64 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Tulips are my very favorite flowers! That was a great price!
Love your accents vlog by the way. Your accent is really sweet. You still sound southern, for sure. ;)

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65 Katie @ peacebeme January 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I love tulips! They mean Spring time! :)

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66 jen January 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm

The flowers are beautiful! They just brightened my day :)

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67 Camille January 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Oh man! So much Whole Foods yuminess! Total score :)

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68 Jenny January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Kath,

I’m not sure if you saw this new nutrition study that says, basically, NOT to eat a large breakfast to maintain your weight – if you have a chance to read it and offer your take I would be very interested in what you have to say:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/health/research/01diet.html?ref=health

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69 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hmmph. Well I don’t know all the details of the study from that article, but I’d like to know what those subjects were eating. I think the point of the article wasn’t that eating a big breakfast is going to hurt anything, but that it’s not going to knock off your hunger for the rest of the day either. I know personally I would be starting 2 hours after breakfast and I’d start snacking (rightly so) to ward off the hunger and I’d probably end up eating more calories then if I’d just had a bigger, more satisfying breakfast. My body likes meals about the same size 3 times per day. Snacking makes me overeat. However, if someone came to me and said they ate a small breakfast and it satisfied them, I agree with the prof. that I wouldn’t make them eat a big one just because.

So basically I think you have to figure out what works for your body!

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70 Anna Lee January 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Tulips continue to grow even after they’re cut. A penny in the water will make them last longer. They love the copper.

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71 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Love the flowers, and the lunch too!! I agree, WF is definitely a dangerous place when you’re hungry!

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72 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The flowers are so beautiful. I love how much a simple boquet of tulips can brighten up an entire day. :D

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73 Shannon (A Better Me) January 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Ah…tulips are my fave! These are gorgeous! :D

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74 Allison @ Happy Tales January 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

YAY FOR GHB BEING ON TWITTER! Congrats!

I also love pampering myself with flowers. It doesn’t happen too often, but it sure makes me feel special when it does!

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75 Jess (Sweet Potato) January 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

You always make the most delicious salads from whole foods! Mine never look that pretty, but they always taste amazing!

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76 Lizzy January 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I love your tulips! My boyfriend just brought me home tulips on Friday night and they are oh so pretty. I will try putting a penny in the water like the reader suggested above so they last longer.

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77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Tulips make me think of spring. :D I wish it would hurry up and get here!

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78 Sheri January 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Your lunch looks mouth watering!! I so wish we had Whole Foods through out Canada! Oh to dream….

Your tulips are so darn pretty…very Spring! :)

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79 Erin January 31, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Tulips are my favorite flowers. Wish I had a big bunch for my house. And I love a good salad bar…too bad there isn’t one anywhere around us!

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80 Alaina February 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love the wheatberry and quinoa salads at the salad bar of Whole Foods. Mixed with berries and nuts; it’s the best!

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81 Meagan February 1, 2011 at 12:54 am

Your WFs must be super close!? I am jealous :) I do have the most AMAZING one I have ever been to about 30 minutes from me, so I guess I can’t complain…

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82 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

Beautiful tulips!!!

LOVE the WF salad!! Looks sooo good YUM :)

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