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Thank you to everyone who shared with us how they made their Valentine’s Day a little sweeter with chocolate. It was a tough decision, but our judges have chosen the Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce De Leche Frosting as the winning recipe!

Here’s what our winner, Amy, had to say about the recipe:

This is, by far, my favorite cake. The espresso, dark chocolate, and salted caramel flavors balance together so well that it’s impossible to get the full effect without taking a huge bite.

Our judge, Johanna, definitely agrees with Amy, “I envy anyone who can make a cake this beautiful! The flavors of this cake sounds so interesting and oh-so-rich. I’d like a slice right now!”

Honorable Mentions go to:

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Milk Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding

Johanna Says, “Bread pudding is my all time favorite dessert and add milk chocolate to it and I am sold!”

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Homemade Whole Wheat Heart-Shaped Pop Tarts

Nothing says, “I love you” like cute heart-shaped pop tarts. Irresistable!

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Chocolate Covered Coconut Cream Mascarpone Mousse Tartlets

We loved the inspiration behind Brenda’s recipe: “I am so fortunate to be married 33 years to my wonderful husband. He was feeling a little down this year cause he was missing his dad, who would of been celebrating he and his dear wife’s,(my mother-in-laws) 65th wedding anniversary this Valentines day. To lift my husbands spirits I have made in memory of his dad and his favorites coconut and chocolate. I am looking so forward to see the huge smile on my husbands face and in our hearts.”

Be sure to check out Cookmore.com for more recipes and find inspiration for your next meal!

 

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There’s just a few days left until Valentine’s Day! Don’t fret if you don’t have any plans or special reservations made, we’ve gone back through the archives to find our favorite Valentine’s Day ideas that are sure to impress that special someone.

DIY yarn wrapped letters craft for valentines day

Get a little crafty.
We’ve upgraded from the days of store-bought, folded cards of middle school lore, into a more creative way to show our appreciation. These crafts are super simple and super cute. So whether this Valentine’s Day will be a family affair or you just want to find a way to celebrate love all year round, we’ve got a cupid-approved craft for you.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cupcake Trees
DIY Yarn Wrapped LOVE Letters 

spending valentines day indoors ideas

Enjoy the Great Indoors.
Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day reservation you can make is for your own home. You can dress up or dress down, create your own special menu and make everything to your own liking. This is especially great for those who want to celebrate the holiday without emptying their wallet. Who says you have to go out for dinner and a movie? Check out these great tips from blogger Amy Clark on how to enjoy a romantic day in the comforts of your own home.

Easy and Affordable Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Celebrating Valentine’s Day In

valentines day recipes and ideas

Whip Up Something Sweet.
We all know that the absolute best part about Valentine’s Day is the food. From insanely delicious dinners to decadent desserts, there’s so much to love about this holiday. That’s why we’ve pulled our favorite sweet treats out of the archives, as well as went to our Kenmore In-House Chef Kari Karch for her go to list for romantic, yet budget-friendly Valentine’s Day recipes. Ready, set, gourmet!

Five Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Recipes
Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Cookies
Valentine’s Day Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

We hope these ideas have helped spark a few of your own and given you everything you need to create a cozy and romantic day. Let us know what you think of the tips in the comments section below!

 

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If you’re planning on cooking for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, here is the perfect menu to show how much you care for them. These recipes are budget-friendly, simple to follow, and so darn delicious they will become a staple in your family! Happy Eating!

Kari’s Valentine’s Day Menu

crab cakes benedict recipe

Rise and shine! It’s Valentine’s Day and what a great way to start showing your appreciation and love by making breakfast in bed! This delightful recipe will start the day off right and pairs perfectly with a mango mimosa!

belgian ale mussels recipe with fries

This recipe takes no time at all but the flavors are so deep and layered, they’ve I’ll think you’ve been cooking all day in the kitchen (or you could just dirty a couple of extra pots for sympathy..wink wink!)

strawberry salad recipe with honey champagne vinaigrette dressing

This romantic holiday is for showing someone how much you care so why not do that by serving up this heart-healthy salad packed with antioxidants and fiber? The beautiful colors are eye-catching and the flavors are mouth watering! To really put this salad over the top, serve it with a glass of Prosecco or cava for balanced flavor!

carrot & parsnip risotto recipe

I don’t think you should always have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a delicious meal, in fact, this recipe is one of my pantry staples that’s sure to be friendly on your wallet (waistline optional). If you are craving protein for this dish but don’t want to spend extra $$, then frozen shrimp is the way to kick this dish up! Just make sure to defrost the shrimp and fold in to the risotto at the last minute to heat the pre-cooked shrimp through. Guaranteed to be a hit!

gluten-free valentine's day sugar cookies recipe

Nothing beats the taste of homemade and why not put a little heart into your cooking skills by making these for your love? Such an easy recipe and great for those who just can’t tolerate gluten…it’s a win-win for everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my special friends at Kenmore and Cookmore! 

Chef Kari

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Add a Little LOVE: Yarn Wrapped Letters Tutorial

DIY yarn wrapped letters LOVE

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the desire to store less and less seasonal décor in my home. You may have seen the changes in me just from this blog as we created an autumn wreath that could be used for the entire fall season, or the yarn pom-pom wreath I created to address the decorating needs of winter in my home, rather than just Christmas.

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you can find ways to show your love for without having decor that needs to be stored until next year. Although the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Liner Trees made their way out of storage for another year of display, I wanted to show you a cute way to honor the season all year long. After all, why does LOVE have to be a seasonal expression? My answer:

Yarn-wrapped letters.

As you can see from my giant display, I tend to go all out when I tackle projects like this, but you could definitely use smaller letters and thinner yarn to make this display of LOVE on a smaller scale. This is one of those projects that you can make all your own and I hope you share your interpretation with us!

Let’s get started with our supplies list!

DIY yarn wrapped letters LOVE home decor

Supplies Needed

  • 23.5” paper mache letters that spell LOVE (like these)
  • 6 skeins of bulky yarn (the back of the packaging should tell you the weight of the yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue/Tape, or even a Thumbtack for securing yarn in place
  • Large Package of clear 3M hooks for damage-free mounting

DIY yarn wrapped letters Valentines Day

Directions

01. To begin, grab a skein of yarn and wrap your letters in one direction (I started going up and down first). Do your best to cover the letter in that direction and feel free to cut and secure yarn on the back as you go to cover the entire letter. You can begin and end the securing of your yarn with a thumbtack, a piece of clear tape, or a little dab of hot glue.

DIY wrapped yarn letters Valentines Day craft

02. Once you’ve covered the letter to the best of your ability, wrap the yarn in the other direction. Navigating around detailed corners will be tricky. Don’t be afraid to stop and start the yarn to wrap the letters. I found that the corners were a bit bulkier to try to cover, but no one will notice that.

03. For the last letter, utilize all the ends of each of your skeins to create a scrappy letter from the three colors used in your L,O, and V. I tried to layer the colors in places, securing again with a little hot glue, tape or thumb tacks for starting and finishing these wrapped places. I also added a few knitted accessories to my last letter. The same idea could be achieved with fabric, interesting buttons, or purchased accessories. The possibilities are limitless and can fit your own style.

04. To mount them, I used clear 3M hooks, and used a razor blade to cut an “X” in the back of the cardboard letter to create a spot to hide the hook internally. Some of the letters could be mounted with just one hook (like the O) while others require d two or three hooks to secure. The best part is that you can move your letters around or remount the hooks if you struggle with getting everything level. These won’t damage your walls and when you get tired of this display, you can remove them and try something else.

DIY yarn wrapped letter Valentines Day craft home decor

I’m not the only one who loves the LOVE in my room- it’s been a beautiful focal point that people remark on when they peek in our space. Not only are we honoring the season of LOVE for Valentine’s Day, but thanks to the neutral tones that I selected, we can leave this display up all year-long. This is my favorite spot in the house right now and the perfect cozy spot to read our winter book together, “Little House in the Big Woods,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I hope this project inspires you for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

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Thank you to everyone who shared their most delicious healthy recipes and ideas to start the year off with a new healthy lifestyle.  The winning recipe is the Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa! It was a tough decision for our judges to make and a close tie with the other amazing dishes.

See what inspired Bobbi’s Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa recipe:

Before I started my journey down the road of healthier eating, I wouldn’t have known a whole grain if I tripped over it! But that was years ago. Now I actually prefer whole wheat pasta in many dishes because it adds a kind of nutty flavor that I really enjoy. The switch wasn’t easy at first. The rest of the family was not on board. So I actually started the switch with them on the sly. I snuck in whole grain pasta. That is probably the easiest do it if you need to be sneaky like me. I loved sitting back while the family went on about how great dinner was and then I informed them that they had just tried their first whole grain recipe. Dead silence for a minute, then a chorus of “really?”. I think that pretty much summed it up that I knew what I was doing, and wasn’t out to poison everybody. Now the family loves the whole grain substitutions that I make. This Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa is, hands down, the new family favorite!

Here’s what Chef Kari Karch, one of our fabulous judges, had to say about the Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa:

“It’s always a bonus to see someone discover new ingredients that helped them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. This recipe is not only a power-packed dish of antioxidants and fiber-filling grains, but the colors of all the beautiful vegetables makes this a mighty healthy dinner must! Great job and I can’t wait to see more of your recipes”

 

Honorable mentions go to:

korean vegetable stir fry recipe with sweet potato cookmore

Stir Fry with Korean Sweet Potato Vermicelli (Japchae)
Chef Kari says, “When I read this recipe, I was already running to the grocery store to buy the ingredients! I’m a huge fan of swap outs, so the sweet potato vermicelli and the agave syrup are great ways to lower sugar and starch intake. This dish is loaded with protein, the perfect amount of healthy fats, and tons of delicious flavor! Winner Winner who’s making this for my dinner??”

 

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Southwest Stuffed Mushrooms
Johanna of Momma Cuisine says, “I love stuffed mushrooms and this recipe brings some of my favorite southwest flavors together in one dish. People think that eating healthier is expensive but fresh vegetables are so affordable and perfect for your great everyday meals!”

Be sure to check out Cookmore.com for more healthy recipes and find inspiration for your meals!

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It’s become an embarrassing pattern of mine to make a resolution every year to be better about eating breakfast. Each time, I start on the path towards healthy eating. However, as life becomes fuller and mornings more hectic, I find that eating a good breakfast often gets pushed to the side.

This year, I discovered how invaluable my Kenmore® Slow Cooker was in creating a beautiful, hot breakfast for my entire family that I could serve in the morning and enjoy for mornings to come. I could also serve it as a midday pick-me-up or as a healthy late- night snack. The discovery might seem a bit old-fashioned, but a batch of oatmeal is a great way to start the day. This isn’t just any old oatmeal though—this oatmeal is made from delicious steel cut oats.

What’s the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats? Well, a part of it is their structure and the other part is the way that our body digests them. While both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces.

The reason steel cut oats are so awesome is because they digest more slowly than rolled ones, leaving you fuller longer. Like all other grains in whole or cracked form, steel cut oats rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats. This just means that it takes longer for digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces, slowing down its conversion to sugar. For me, those highs and lows are some rough stuff, and I’ve found that a bowl of steel cut oats keeps my blood sugar much steadier.

I make a variety of different oatmeal recipes in my slow cooker and have found one thing to be consistent no matter what kind I make. Can I let you in on my little secret? I absolutely hate cleaning the slow cooker after making oatmeal. I also hate that the oats can get crusty pretty quickly on the edges, yielding a less than creamy bowl even when I have the perfect liquid ratios.

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Let me share my secret that yields the most perfect and creamy bowl you can imagine and it is probably something you already have in your kitchen. Find an oven-safe dish that fits inside of your slow cooker and fill that dish with all of your ingredients for your oatmeal. Now, fill a measuring cup with water and pour the water around your dish, just to about the halfway point. This creates a warm water bath (a lot like those candles we made this summer) and helps your oatmeal to cook more evenly yet remain delightfully creamy. Put a lid on the slow cooker (no need to double lid) and set it to cook for eight hours. It’s okay if your slow cooker switches to “warm” in the night. Thanks to your water bath, your oats will not get overcooked, but stay hot until you wake up!

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Once you have that perfect bowl of oatmeal, you can add your favorite toppings to it or create a quick toppings bar of ingredients for the week. For today’s Creamy Coconut Oatmeal, I found the taste of rich blackberries and toasty almonds to be a delightful way to top it!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this technique for perfectly cooked oatmeal and hope you can get the year started out right with this easy breakfast option!

Slow Cooker Creamy Coconut Oatmeal

  • 2 cups steel cut oatmeal (no substitutions)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar (can omit if topping with brown sugar)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in your Kenmore slow cooker as I have shown you above. Cook on low for eight hours. Serve with your favorite oatmeal toppings like berries, dried fruits, nuts, granola, nut butters, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, or additional milk for topping.

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Make your day merry and check out all of our wonderful #holidaymagic videos! See what our little holiday helpers have to say about our top gifts of the season and even find a few treats to create on your own.

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There is a saying by John Heywood that states, “Many hands make light work,” and there is no better time to lighten my load than when it comes to my holiday to-do list. One way to accomplish this is to host a simple gathering of friends for a cookie exchange, allowing you to share and enjoy a variety of cookies without a long day of baking and expensive ingredients.

Before the holidays are in full swing, host friends to exchange cookies and great conversation. If this is your first cookie swap, here are some tips and ideas to make it easy and fun.

Establish the Guest List: It couldn’t be easier to invite your friends to a cookie swap thanks to Facebook. To keep it simple, set up an event and invite your friends to a fun baking exchange for the holidays. Be sure that you update the privacy settings on the invitation so that only those that are invited can view it. If you prefer a beautifully designed invitation, consider utilizing a free service like Evite.

If your friends are anything like mine, they are wildly busy and will have limited availability. I love the free scheduling tool Doodle for planning a gathering because I can create the optimal time for the most guests to attend and ensure that it will fit in to our family’s schedule.

However you decide to set it up, be sure to give your guests a three-to-four weeks notice so that everyone has time to shop for their baking supplies and make their cookie creations. Request that when people RSVP to your invite that they also include the type of cookie that they will be making so you can avoid having duplicate cookies at your swap.

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Don’t Limit Yourself To Just a Traditional Cookie Exchange: Some of my favorite treats for the holidays aren’t cookies, but other varieties of holiday goodies like cocoa mixes, tea mixes, homemade marshmallows, cinnamon rolls, and handmade candies.

In lieu of the traditional cookies, consider hosting a cookie dough exchange where you mix up dough and roll into logs to stock in freezers so you and your friends are all prepared when the holidays strike. There is nothing like ready-made dough for a quick holiday fix when the unexpected guest arrives.

Establish the Rules: Have each guest bring an appetizer or drink to share at the cookie swap. Make sure to also request that each has cookies packaged and ready to go with a designated amount of goodies in each bag. Finally, it is also great if you can remind your guests to bring a sturdy container to take their cookies home in at the end of the night, or make sure that you have containers for each guest.

If you are providing the containers make things beautiful and festive by offering plain white paper boxes, parchment paper, and simple ribbon for people to gather their cookies and box them up to take home. These boxes make everyone feel like they are all leaving with a gift and it creates a sturdy case for delicate cookies.

Set the Scene: Visit your dollar store to find inexpensive platters to set out the cookies for everyone to sample, or visit your thrift store to find cute retro cookie tins that can be left open for your guests to snack on. Next to the tins and platters, fold simple index cards in half to create tags for each platter to let people know what they will be sampling and to warn of any potential food allergies.

I also love to place cookies on cake stands to add height and variation to the table display and incorporate some festive holiday décor throughout the main table. Dress the table up with a festive tablecloth, elegant holiday scented candles, and add a little holiday greenery or scatter ornaments on the table to set that holiday mood.

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Make Your Cookies Stand Out With Beautiful Packaging: To make your cookies extra special this year, download our free cookie gift tags and recipe cards to share with your friends. These elegant tags (designed by Sarah M Style) will add a professional touch to your packaging this year.

Perfect Party Favors: Don’t forget to send your guests home with a little holiday party favor to add to the specialness of your night together. I love to buy a large package of cookie cutters and tie a small gift tag with raffia to the side with the simple words, “thank you,” on it. Watch for those coupons in your local newspaper for the craft store and apply those to a big barrel of cookie cutters that you can distribute as your note of thanks for attending and making the evening so special.

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Homemade marshmallows make an untraditional cookie exchange treat that creates a large batch in no time flat. These are my kid’s favorite treat each holiday season and are impressive while easy to create! 

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
Ingredients

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray
  • 4 drops red food coloring

Instructions

01 Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

02 In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

03 Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the peppermint extract during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

04 Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

05 When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Drop red food coloring onto marshmallows and use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring into the marshmallows. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

06 Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Photo Credit: Kristen Doyle at Dine & Dish, Recipe Source: Alton Brown

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It’s time to celebrate!

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been recognized for another year of satisfaction. As the most awarded brand in the industry,¹ it has always been our goal to bring excellence, satisfaction and reliability to the home. This year, Kenmore Elite® has been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Side-by-Side Refrigerators and Top-Load Clothes Washers,”² as well as ranking “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Dishwashers Two Years in a Row.”³ Talk about a job well done.

So what makes our appliances so satisfying? We might have a few ideas.

Space. You don’t want to be stuck playing grocery tetris with your fridge every time you come home from the store. At 23 cu. ft., our newest side-by-side refrigerator is the industry’s largest capacity counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator.⁴ Plus, it also has the largest freezer space in the industry.⁴ That means there’s more than enough room for all those veggies, meats and more. Select models even have a Slim In-Door Icemaker that delivers fresh and filtered cubed ice while also giving you 100% use of the top shelf. It even allows for full use of the door bins to maximize storage space. So go ahead and stock up on the frozen pizzas.

Convenience. There really isn’t anything fun about tackling that mountain of fabrics in your home that you call laundry. Getting through your everyday, work, fitness and kids clothes every week can be so time consuming and burdensome, you’ve really considered just paying someone to just do it for you. However, with our new top-load washers, laundry day doesn’t have to be such a chore anymore. Our new 5.2 cu. ft. capacity models help you fit more clothes than our previous models, handling bulky items like pillows and comforters with ease, and can even clean 28 extra-large towels in a single load. They’re also loaded with great features like Accela-Wash™ and steam technology for powerful, versatile cleaning performance. Consider it another check off of your to-do list.

Quiet. Sure, our Kenmore Elite® dishwashers clean great. With features like 360° PowerWash™ Plus technology and TurboZone® with rotating spray jets to attack your grimiest dishes, post-meal cleanup is no problem. You don’t even have to worry about large or odd-shaped items, because the one-hand adjuster makes lifting the upper rack easy. The real key feature though (the one we think you enjoy most), is that while your dishwasher is powering through these messes, it won’t interrupt whatever you’ve moved on to doing next. At 39 dBA, it’s the quietest dishwasher Kenmore brand has ever made. So silent, you may not even know it’s running — we won’t tell if you forgot you even turned it on.

Celebrate with us and check out all of our award-winning appliances:

Kenmore Elite® Side-By-Side Refrigerators

Kenmore Elite® Top-Load Washers

Kenmore Elite® Dishwashers

 

¹Based on results from leading consumer publication and rating services.
²Kenmore Elite received the highest numerical score for top-load clothes washers in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Laundry Appliance Study(SM). Study based on 6,649 total responses measuring 10 top-load washer brands and measures opinions of consumers about their new appliance purchased in the past 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January-March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
²Kenmore Elite received the highest numerical score for side-by-side refrigerators in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Kitchen Appliance Study(SM). Study based on 15,380 total responses measuring 12 side-by-side refrigerator brands and measures opinions of consumers about their new appliance purchased in the past 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January-March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
³Kenmore Elite received the highest numerical score for dishwashers in the proprietary J.D. Power 2013-2014 Kitchen Appliance Study(SM). 2014 study based on 15,380 total responses measuring 16 dishwasher brands and measures opinions of consumers about their new appliance purchased in the past 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January-March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
⁴Among leading-brands’ freestanding counter-depth side-by-side refrigerators less than 70” tall.

 

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Holiday Magic with the Kenmore Elite Double Ovenhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-double-oven http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-double-oven#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:35:41 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-double-oven “With two ovens we can make ten cakes!” -Kenmore Kids bring us #HolidayMagic Shop http://kenmore.com.

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Holiday Magic with the Kenmore Elite Coffee Makerhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-coffee-maker http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-coffee-maker#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:34:15 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/holiday-magic-with-the-kenmore-elite-coffee-maker “It makes coffee with the water and smells good.” -Kenmore Kids bring us #HolidayMagic Shop http://kenmore.com.

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“There’s like little blades inside the blender that when you press the button it blends it all together and squishes it all up.” -Kenmore Kids bring us #HolidayMagic Shop http://kenmore.com.

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Kenmore 2014 Floor Care Lineuphttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/kenmore-2014-floor-care-lineup http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/kenmore-2014-floor-care-lineup#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:33:46 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/kenmore-2014-floor-care-lineup There’s no place like a clean home, and that’s why we’re proud to present the Kenmore 2014 vacuum lineup. This lineup of canister and upright vacuums deliver trusted performance with…

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City Girl Stella Holiday Gift Guidehttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/city-girl-stella-holiday-gift-guide http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/city-girl-stella-holiday-gift-guide#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:31:58 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/?p=23531 Let’s be real, most of us lean a little closer to being like City Girl Stella. Monday through Friday is basically a blur. Most days are too busy to really dedicate a lot of time to making intricate meals. They try to keep a clean home, but realistically, cleaning day happens every one to two […]

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Let’s be real, most of us lean a little closer to being like City Girl Stella. Monday through Friday is basically a blur. Most days are too busy to really dedicate a lot of time to making intricate meals. They try to keep a clean home, but realistically, cleaning day happens every one to two weeks when there’s finally some downtime. “Low-maintenance” is a must.

Don’t let their small space fool you though, City Girl Stella likes to live it up big. So let’s start with some gift ideas to match!

Even though this character is always on-the-go, they like to be prepared for anything. We have a feeling they’ll absolutely love this One to Go Travel Coffee Maker. It makes enough coffee to fit in the travel mug, so they can brew and be out the door in no time.

Remember, efficiency is key for this character. And we’ve got a few great picks to help them keep moving along with their day. This Portable Dishwasher with a Quick Wash cycle will fit to their small city space where they need it, and streamline the post-meal cleanup.

For the winter months, we’re pretty fond of this Room Tower Heater with a remote! They’ll be able to keep their small space toasty for less.

You could also help make their weekends more relaxing. Check out this helpful video from Kari Karch to get inspired and help them create the ultimate bloody mary bar. Once you’ve got all the materials, pair it with one of our printable cookbooks for a thoughtful and fun gift set.

Go to cookmore.com to create a new cookbook, pick from one of your own cookbooks or choose from any users on the site. There’s room to add tips, a cover photo and more, then you’re ready to order. These spiral-bound, laminated books make great spill-proof cooking companions. Plus, every ordered cookbook comes with a measuring chart, conversions and ingredient substitution chart.

Our top City Girl Stella cookbook picks:

Single in the City

Slow Cooker Recipes

Sunny Side Up

No Bake Dishes

Want to skip to a full list of hand-picked gifts for your character? Click Here.

Enjoyed our tips on City Girl Stella? Be sure to check out our other holiday write-ups for the rest of the characters in your life like Clean Freak Frank, Fitness Fiona, Baker Brittany and Hostess Hannah.

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Hostess Hannah Holiday Gift Guidehttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/hostess-hannah-holiday-gift-guide http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/hostess-hannah-holiday-gift-guide#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:30:52 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/?p=23529 A Hostess Hannah is probably the most essential character to the holidays. Without them, we’d end up glued to the couch from November till January only watching endless holiday television specials and never attending a good party again. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have the energy or that dash of a control-freak attitude […]

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A Hostess Hannah is probably the most essential character to the holidays. Without them, we’d end up glued to the couch from November till January only watching endless holiday television specials and never attending a good party again. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have the energy or that dash of a control-freak attitude needed to throw a good function together on our own, but that’s okay. It’s why we all appreciate our “hostess with the mostest.”

What do you get for the person who lives to entertain? Easy. Make it simpler for them to do what they love.

Every good host and hostess has a clean, comfortable and company-ready home. And we’re sure they’d love a little help to keep it that way. In comes our most powerful vacuums among the leading brands.* Our Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a beltless Direct Drive 3-Motor system for low-maintenance (bye-bye replacement belts). For a little more flexibility, our Kenmore Elite® Canister Vacuum can handle stairs and hard-to-reach places. An Inducer Motor in both the upright and canister delivers 20% more air power** to remove dirt and debris and any dust bunnies past their due.

Once the dust clears, help them breathe easy and make all of their rooms cozy with heaters, air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Feeling a little crafty? We know they’ll love these easy and decorative DIY Holiday Yarn Trees. You can bet you’ll find those coming out for every holiday for years to come. Trees not your style? Believe it or not, this Easy Hostess Gift Paint-Dipped Spoons Set is even easier to make (the title says it all), and practical for everyday use.

Of course, the kitchen is the star of their home during parties, and it deserves some worthy appliances that can keep up with all of the holiday entertaining. Let’s start small with a Triple Slow Cooker, great for multiple dishes and serving.

This Grab-N-Go™ French Door Refrigerator was practically made for Hostess Hannahs— huge capacity, a door within a door that opens for quick grab items and adjustable shelving so they can place tall cakes or other odds and ends.

Our favorite hostess must-have, though? The 45-Bottle Wine Chiller! Sleek, stylish and probably the most popular appliance they’ll need.

For those of you in need of something small and thoughtful, we’ve got personalized printable cookbooks from cookmore.com! You can create a new book, pick from one of your own cookbooks or from any users on the site. There’s room to add tips, a cover photo and more, then you’re ready to order. These spiral-bound, laminated books make great spill-proof cooking companions. Plus, every ordered cookbook comes with a measuring chart, conversions and ingredient substitution chart.

We have a feeling your Hostess Hannah will love this Essential Side Dishes cookbook.

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Did you enjoy our tips on Hostess Hannah? Be sure to check out our other holiday write-ups for the rest of the characters in your life like Clean Freak Frank, Fitness Fiona, Baker Brittany and City Girl Stella.

 

*Rated based on ASTM F558.
**As compared to previous Kenmore Intuition upright suction motors.

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Fitness Fiona Holiday Gift Guidehttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/fitness-fiona-holiday-gift-guide http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/fitness-fiona-holiday-gift-guide#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:30:20 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/?p=23527 How do you identify a Fitness Fiona? They’re usually the ones drinking a super-green, seriously healthy smoothie or assembling their carefully pre-packed, high-protein lunch. They tend to be a bit more organized than normal people, and enjoy sticking to a good routine, whether it’s morning runs or after-work gym sessions. But don’t be fooled, they […]

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How do you identify a Fitness Fiona? They’re usually the ones drinking a super-green, seriously healthy smoothie or assembling their carefully pre-packed, high-protein lunch. They tend to be a bit more organized than normal people, and enjoy sticking to a good routine, whether it’s morning runs or after-work gym sessions. But don’t be fooled, they still like to indulge in all the savory and sweet aspects of the holidays … they just happened to run five miles beforehand.

If you’re a Fitness Fiona, congrats! Really. Most of us have no idea how you do it, but we’re genuinely impressed. For those of us who need to get a great gift for a Fitness Fiona, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a gift we know they’ll love and use all the time: our new Kenmore Elite 1.3HP Blender with a Single Serve Cup. This blender is ready to handle any smoothie, so there’s no more worrying about finding still-intact spinach or kale leaves at the bottom of their cup. Plus, the single serve cup is great for them to be able to blend and take it to-go. Point them to this helpful blog with tips on how to use and care for their new blender.

Other great kitchen gifts they’re sure to love include:

Food Processor

Digital Tea Kettle

Clean and healthy eating are very important to them, but it’s more than just eating salads. These characters really enjoy knowing the ingredients that go into their food and are very dedicated to making food that’s not only good for them, but tastes good as well.

A great, thoughtful gift to get your fitness-focused friend? A personalized, printed cookbook from cookmore.com. We’ve streamlined the cookbook-making process for you. You can create a new cookbook, pick from one of your own cookbooks or choose from any users on the site. There’s room to add tips, a cover photo and more … just a few simple steps and you’re ready to order. These spiral-bound, laminated books make great spill-proof cooking companions. Plus, every ordered cookbook comes with a measuring chart, conversions and ingredient substitution chart.

Get inspired and check out some of our favorite fitness-friendly cookbooks:

Comfort Foods Revisted

Healthy Recipes

Health and Fitness Cooking

And don’t forget to grab a couple of helpful tips from these great blogs on healthy eating:

Healthy Eating Tips

Hiding Veggies 

Moving out of the kitchen, probably the most daunting chore for this character is doing the laundry. Between their everyday clothes, work clothes and workout clothes, it may as well be an actual mountain of fabrics to deal with every week. Make their laundry day a happy and easy one with this Kenmore Elite 5.2 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer and Matching Dryer. There’s plenty of space to handle the biggest loads without breaking a sweat.

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Clean Freak Frank Holiday Gift Guidehttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/clean-freak-frank-holiday-gift-guide http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/11/clean-freak-frank-holiday-gift-guide#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:29:34 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/?p=23525 When we say “clean freak,” we mean it in a very loving, informative and slightly jealous manner. Clean Freak Frank is the kind of character who is a little OCD … but in a good way. They’re neat, organized and have just about every other trait we’re all still striving to work toward for ourselves. […]

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When we say “clean freak,” we mean it in a very loving, informative and slightly jealous manner. Clean Freak Frank is the kind of character who is a little OCD … but in a good way. They’re neat, organized and have just about every other trait we’re all still striving to work toward for ourselves. And of course their house is impeccable, right down to the vacuum lines in the carpet.

This character will definitely appreciate all of these gift suggestions to help make their everyday process a little easier.

First up, our most powerful upright vacuum.* Our Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a beltless Direct Drive 3-Motor system for low-maintenance upkeep. Plus, the Inducer Motor delivers 20% more air power** to remove dirt and debris. Talk about a good power clean! Now they won’t glare too hard at you when you forget to take your shoes off before going in the living room … probably.

With flu season about to go into full swing, we already know the Clean Freak Franks of the world are going to even more extreme cleaning measures. Might as well join them in taking clean to a whole new level, and pick up a Kenmore Tower Air Cleaner so your germaphobe friend can feel even more cozy in their home.

For our big ticket gift idea, try this Kenmore Elite 5.2 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer and Matching Dryer  set. Clean freaks can rejoice, because using the UltraWash cycle makes this washer the best cleaning washing machine in its class.*** Plus, Accela-Wash uniquely combines Smart Motion™ technology and Jet Rinse to get loads clean in just 39 minutes!**** And even better, Steam Treat® virtually eliminates the need to pretreat stains by tackling tough, set-in messes with the deep cleaning power of steam.***** Not that we believe this person is actually capable of creating stains, but hey, they now have the tools to clean up after others who aren’t as pristine.

You could even create a handy little laundry tip book to go with your gift as a nice thoughtful touch. Check out the rest of our blog to gather your favorite tips, we’ll start you out with these:

Fold or Hang Laundry Tips

Just Add Salt Laundry Tip

And since they’ll already have the pair to kick off their laundry room improvement, point them in the direction of our helpful Tips to Improve the Laundry Room blog post here.

Another big ticket gift idea would be one of our new Kenmore Built-In Dishwashers, because no one cleans and dries better.****** They’ll love having clean dishes ready and sparkling. You could even show them interesting ways to use their new dishwasher that they might not have known about like this unique tip.

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Enjoyed our tips on Clean Freak Frank? Be sure to check out our other holiday write-ups for the rest of the characters in your life like Fitness Fiona, Baker Brittany, Hostess Hannah and City Girl Stella.

 

 

*Rated based on ASTM F558.
**As compared to previous Kenmore Intuition upright suction motors.
***Among leading brands top load washers, 5.0 cu. ft. and larger. Based on AHAM cleaning score using 8 lb. load on Heavy Duty cycle.
****With Accela-Wash feature activated washing an 8 lb. load on Normal cycle.
*****Based on 4 common stains placed on 100%, XL cotton t-shirts, Heavy Duty cycle with Steam Treat option.
******Among leading brands with stainless steel tub. Among leading brands with sensor based, plastic tub dishwasher.

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We all have a Baker Brittany in our lives. Whether it’s you, a friend or family member, this busy-bee is the one you can always rely on to bring their own made-from-scratch cake to every function. Their holiday cookies could put Mrs. Fields to shame. And you just know they probably made a perfectly fluffy, delicious, non-deflated souffle on their first attempt. Baking is not just a passion for them, it’s a way of life.

So what do you get for the person who is already baking your favorite holiday treats for you to kick off the holiday season? We have a few ideas up our sleeves.

First off, make sure your Brittany is working with the right equipment. Sure, they don’t mind spending all day baking their favorite recipes, but don’t you think they’d enjoy appliances to cut that time in half?

Starting with prep work, our Kenmore Elite® 5 qt. 400 watt Stand Mixer will help them mix, whip and fold doughs, batter and more in no time, giving their mixing arm a much-needed rest. Now making their favorite baked goods won’t be a hassle or time consuming.

Our Kenmore Elite® Double Oven can help save even more time. With 7.0 cu. ft. of capacity, your baker will have the ability to cook two full sized meals at different temperatures, at the same time! This oven also comes with convection cooking which means, even though your baker may know the exact temperature, dish rotation and rack placement to get that perfectly golden crust on their pies, now all they need to do is press a button.

Other honorable mentions for appliance gifts: Blender, Hand Mixer, Food Processor and Bakeware.

Looking for a thoughtful gift to add on? We’ve streamlined the cookbook making process for you. Go to cookmore.com to create a personalized printable cookbook. You can start new, pick from one of your own cookbooks or from any users on the site. There’s room to add tips, a cover photo and more, then you’re ready to order. These spiral-bound, laminated books make great spill-proof cooking companions. Plus, every ordered cookbook comes with a measuring chart, conversions and ingredient substitution chart. Be sure to create a book filled with family recipes and traditions to enjoy for years to come. Throw in a few helpful cooking and food prep tips from our blog like “using eggs at room temperature.”

Use these other helpful tips to add to your cookbook:

How to Make Superfine Sugar

Perfect Waffle Batter

How to Make Breadcrumbs

How to Toast Spices


Need some cookbook inspiration? Every Baker Brittany will love this Cookie Creations cookbook. Or check out these other great cookbooks:

Mix it Up

Fruit Pies 

Great pairings for this gift include: decorative apron with matching oven mitts, new utensils or dessert stand.

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Enjoyed our tips on Baker Brittany? Be sure to check out our other holiday write-ups for the rest of the characters in your life like Clean Freak Frank, Fitness Fiona, Hostess Hannah and City Girl Stella.

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Grab-N-Go™ Door Keeps Often-Used Items within Easy Reachhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/grab-n-go-door-keeps-often-used-items-within-easy-reach http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/grab-n-go-door-keeps-often-used-items-within-easy-reach#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:57:35 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/grab-n-go-door-keeps-often-used-items-within-easy-reach The Kenmore fridge Grab-N-Go™ door is a separate compartment accessible from the outside with a simple push of a button, making it easy to load with snacks, …

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Counter-Depth Design – Style that Fitshttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/counter-depth-design-style-that-fits http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/counter-depth-design-style-that-fits#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:57:31 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/counter-depth-design-style-that-fits The Kenmore fridge counter-depth styling is designed to fit flush with your countertops, providing a sleek, built-in look in your kitchen. Shop http://kenmor…

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3-Tier Freezer Drawer – No More Digginghttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/3-tier-freezer-drawer-no-more-digging http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/3-tier-freezer-drawer-no-more-digging#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:53:26 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/3-tier-freezer-drawer-no-more-digging The Kenmore fridge 3-Tier Freezer Drawer features two pullout drawers and a deep bin so you can organize all your frozen foods – and find what you need when …

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Just Tilt and Take for Easy Accesshttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/just-tilt-and-take-for-easy-access http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/just-tilt-and-take-for-easy-access#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:13:15 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/just-tilt-and-take-for-easy-access The Kenmore fridge 3-Tier Tilt-N-Take Freezer Drawer features two pullout drawers and a deep bin so you can organize all your frozen foods – and find what yo…

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The Kenmore fridge 3-Tier Tilt-N-Take Freezer Drawer features two pullout drawers and a deep bin so you can organize all your frozen foods – and find what yo…

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SlideAway Shelves Let You Store Tall Items with Easehttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/slideaway-shelves-let-you-store-tall-items-with-ease http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/slideaway-shelves-let-you-store-tall-items-with-ease#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:10:15 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/slideaway-shelves-let-you-store-tall-items-with-ease Just slide back the Kenmore fridge SlideAway shelves to create more vertical space for taller items like wine bottles and pitchers without rearranging the co…

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Just slide back the Kenmore fridge SlideAway shelves to create more vertical space for taller items like wine bottles and pitchers without rearranging the co…

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Temperature-Controlled Pantry Drawerhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/temperature-controlled-pantry-drawer http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/temperature-controlled-pantry-drawer#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:07:03 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/temperature-controlled-pantry-drawer Unlike some other brands, our external pantry drawer uses cold air from the refrigerator instead of dry freezer air, to maintain the right humidity levels fo…

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Unlike some other brands, our external pantry drawer uses cold air from the refrigerator instead of dry freezer air, to maintain the right humidity levels fo…

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Gourmet Storage Puts You in Controlhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/gourmet-storage-puts-you-in-control http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/gourmet-storage-puts-you-in-control#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:59:34 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/gourmet-storage-puts-you-in-control The Gourmet Pantry Drawer keeps you organized and features digital controls that let you choose Meat, Deli or Produce so you can create the right environment…

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The Gourmet Pantry Drawer keeps you organized and features digital controls that let you choose Meat, Deli or Produce so you can create the right environment…

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Dual Evaporator Cooling – Say Goodbye to Freezer Burnhttp://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/dual-evaporator-cooling-say-goodbye-to-freezer-burn http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/dual-evaporator-cooling-say-goodbye-to-freezer-burn#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:56:49 +0000 http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/10/dual-evaporator-cooling-say-goodbye-to-freezer-burn The Kenmore fridge dual evaporator system cools the refrigerator and freezer separately to keep everything at ideal temperatures and humidity so lettuce won’…

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The Kenmore fridge dual evaporator system cools the refrigerator and freezer separately to keep everything at ideal temperatures and humidity so lettuce won’…

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