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ChristmasCookies.com ^ | November 26, 2010 | Me

Posted on 11/26/2010 5:23:08 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

I see that no one has started a Christmas Cookie thread...so I will!

I start my Holiday Baking with Dear Old Mom this upcoming Thursday. It's always SO much fun! It's Mom, me, usually my sister (but she can't make it this year), our 'Cherished Grandma Hazel' and a few assorted family friends. (You truly DO have to be on the A-List to attend, LOL!) Mom has a huge kitchen and two ovens, so we all descend upon her house for a day of baking & candy making.

We break for a simple lunch (and usually an Old Fashioned or two!) but when all is done the cookies (usually 24 or so things to choose from) are piled on the (covered) pool table and we walk around and fill our tins and we're DONE! Amen!

So...what's your favorite/traditional Christmas Cookie? And why? And recipes, please!


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1 posted on 11/26/2010 5:23:11 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I started to reflexively reply, then noticed who posted this thread. I might have known!!

I like Scottish shortbread cookies with a bit of orange essence or orange extract and some Craisins, or with just minced pecans. I got the recipe off a bag of Craisins once, and just kept making them.

The latest copy of Cooks Illustrated has a good recipe for sugar cookies that I've made and was very satisfied with as well.

2 posted on 11/26/2010 5:26:00 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire')
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I love these cookies. I did not have my first one until about
5 years ago, but Oh! they are good!

3 posted on 11/26/2010 5:26:24 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Mark for later.


4 posted on 11/26/2010 5:26:50 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (We reserve the right to live.-B.Netanyahu)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I don’t know, but I think I just gained 2 pounds visualizing your Moms kitchen and that pool table.


5 posted on 11/26/2010 5:27:18 PM PST by digger48
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Store bought: Pfefferneusse (hard to find anymore)
Homemade: Mom's peanut butter blossoms or my sister's homemade fudge (not really a cookie, but...)
Thumbprints are always welcome too.
6 posted on 11/26/2010 5:29:46 PM PST by infidel29 (Since 0bama is NOT a uniter, can we change the acronym to just plain P.O.S.?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Italian Jelly Dot Cookies (2 types)

1. Rasberry Nut: Brown sugar infused dough rolled in chopped walnuts. Topped with rasberry preserves in a finger impressed well.

2. Apricot Coconut: The same as 1 except it is a white cake dough rolled in coconut and topped with apricot preserves.


7 posted on 11/26/2010 5:30:21 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

My Grandma’s molasses cookies... I have her recipe, but can’t ever get them to come out like hers.

by the way, anyone know how many moles are in a jar of molasses?? :)


8 posted on 11/26/2010 5:31:05 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What’s an “Old Fashioned”?


9 posted on 11/26/2010 5:31:46 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Hardastarboard

I LOVE Cooks Illustrated! And I am TOTALLY hooked on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ DVDs from my library. Their recipes ROCK!

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/

I am trying a shortbread recipe this season with Craisins, Pistachios & semi-sweet Chocolate Chunks in it. I think it will be a hit. I love shortbread. I also like scones. Anything dry and buttery with a big old cup-a coffee is just fine with me! :)


10 posted on 11/26/2010 5:33:22 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Islander7

Watch your Walgreen’s sales flyer. They’ll be on sale real soon for a few bucks a tin!

I stock up on those and the small canned hams ($1.99!) for use in winter soups and potato gratins.

I am so GLAD cold weather is here so I can finally cook like I was meant to cook. (Everything in their season!)


11 posted on 11/26/2010 5:36:13 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Triple treat chews. A bar cookie w/orange cookie base, layer of chocolate filling, layer of orange pastry, dollop of confectioner’s sugar icing to hold a pecan on top. Will try to locate recipe. Have an Old Fashioned for me!


12 posted on 11/26/2010 5:37:57 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Keith in Iowa

That reminds me of a joke:

Mama Mole, Papa Mole, Sister Mole, Bubba Mole, and lastly Baby Mole are crawling through the mole hole in line. Baby Mole, as usual, is bringing up the rear.

Papa Mole, being in the front of the line says, “Sniff, Sniff, I SMELLS HONEY!”

Baby Mole, bringing up the rear of the line says, “Sniff, Sniff, I don’t smells honey, I SMELLS MOLASSES!!”

Heh. Heh. Heh. Snort!!!


13 posted on 11/26/2010 5:38:44 PM PST by Twinkie
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Bump. Yummmm.

14 posted on 11/26/2010 5:41:42 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
My favorite starts with a basic chocolate chip cookie dough recipe, except in addition to the vanilla, I add almond flavoring, and instead of chocolate chips, I use white chocolate, and pecans.

Another variation -- also add coconut flavoring and a grated coconut.

15 posted on 11/26/2010 5:41:51 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Watch your Walgreen’s sales flyer. ...

I usually buy a dozen cans after Christmas when they are really cheap.

Speaking of Walgreen's, they have excellent sales on toiletries after Christmas too. You know, the gift sets. I stock up on colognes then.

16 posted on 11/26/2010 5:42:33 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A childhood favoite I make every year. A plain old butter cookie — half the dough dyed red — the other half left dough-colored and then twisted together into candy canes with a sprinkle of powder sugar. Can taste ‘em now.


17 posted on 11/26/2010 5:44:32 PM PST by bunster
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
This thread is making me hungry....me wants cookies now!


18 posted on 11/26/2010 5:49:53 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Abigail Adams

It’s a COCKTAIL! I guess you are under 50!!


19 posted on 11/26/2010 5:55:06 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Yum yum yum!


20 posted on 11/26/2010 5:57:14 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

My grandma made the best molasses cookies, and I think she used real lard.


21 posted on 11/26/2010 5:57:29 PM PST by kevslisababy
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Last year I tried this “Ina” rugelach recipe. It may be my oven, but as I recall they did not bake evenly and I had to eat the rejects. Tee hee. It is very labor intensive, but got good reviews from the crowd, better than the thumbprint cookies I took, as well.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/rugelach-recipe/index.html


22 posted on 11/26/2010 6:02:00 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Gorgeous photos!

I am a pretty good baker but cookies elude me - always taste a bit off in my estimation. But two cookies I do well: a basic chocolate chip (easiest cookie in the world!) and the Italian pinoli (pine nut cookie) which is basically a macaroon. I can’t make a simple butter cookie to save my life.


23 posted on 11/26/2010 6:02:34 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: AnnaZ; hoosiermama; maggief; SE Mom; STARWISE

Cherry Snowballs

These are perfect for Christmas. Buttery dough is almost like shortbread, kind of melts in your mouth. Easy to make and SO addictive. HINT Double batter, use 1/2 red, 1/2 green cherries.

Blend cup soft butter, 1/2 cup conf/sugar, tea vanilla. Then add 2 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 tea salt, 3/4 cup chp pecans. Mix well to form dough; chill well.

Form 30 small balls around drained maraschino cherries. Bake 400 deg 10-15 min (do not brown).

Roll warm balls in 1/2 cup conf; roll again when cool.


24 posted on 11/26/2010 6:05:12 PM PST by Liz
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'm craving cookies!

25 posted on 11/26/2010 6:05:59 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Looking for a great soft and chewy gingerbread man (person?) recipe with a white icing vanilla/almond flavored icing.....

Memories of childhood.....


26 posted on 11/26/2010 6:07:26 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Twinkie

ROFL!


27 posted on 11/26/2010 6:08:01 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

These are my favorite cookies to make:

STARLIGHT MINT SURPRISE COOKIES

3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c soft butter
2 eggs
1/2 c dark brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
2 (6 1/2 oz) pkg thin mints
walnut halves (optional)

Combine all ingredients except mints and walnuts in mixing bowl. Blend until dough forms. Take approximately 2 tsp of dough and wrap around 1 thin mint. Make sure there are no gaps in dough or peppermint will leak out while baking. Smooth edges, press 1/2 walnut into top and bake at 375 for 9 - 12 minutes on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

You may need more than 2 pkgs of thin mints as they don’t have as many mints in the package as they did when this recipe was created. The plainness of the cookie dough is balanced by the chocolate and mint for a very unique cookie.


28 posted on 11/26/2010 6:09:51 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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29 posted on 11/26/2010 6:14:08 PM PST by GOP_Harley_Guy
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

You know, I’ve been looking for a mint cookie recipe - thanks! I just made the mint cookie recipe on Allrecipes.com named “Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Basically, it’s Betty Crocker’s sugar cookie pouch mix with 6 drops of green food coloring, 1/4 teas mint extract and 1 cup Andes mint baking chips (or crushed Andes Mints) plus 1 cup bittersweet (or other dark) chocolate chips. Can’t complain too much about the convenience! My mint-o-phile friend loved them. I thought they were kind of pretty tinted slightly green like that. Now I gotta try your mint recipe!


30 posted on 11/26/2010 6:22:13 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: Islander7

I agree, Islander7! The Royal Dansk cookies are absolutely delicious, and very hard to limit to just 1 or 2!


31 posted on 11/26/2010 6:22:43 PM PST by Em and Brets Mum ("Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which we will not put." Winston Churchill)
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To: Ann Archy

Well, just barely, and I don’t drink, LOL!


32 posted on 11/26/2010 6:23:05 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: ransomnote

Glad I could help! :~) I got this recipe from my sister quite a while ago. I don’t know where she got it.


33 posted on 11/26/2010 6:24:08 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: ransomnote

Make sure you take note of wrapping the mint with no gaps and using parchment paper. That mint is a b!tch to get off pans after it hardens upon cooling! That’s why I started using the parchment paper.


34 posted on 11/26/2010 6:26:07 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: digger48

Grandma Hazel's Most Awesome Molasses Cookies! Oops! Add another two pounds and put on your 'stretchy pants', LOL!

35 posted on 11/26/2010 6:27:01 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

nothing like frosty weather to make it so nice in the kitchen with the oven on or a big pot of soup on the stove and Christmas music on....my favorite day....


36 posted on 11/26/2010 6:30:31 PM PST by cherry
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To: miss marmelstein
Some cookies are just plain hard to make and always seem to turn out wrong. It is often just easier to buy those types at the store.... :) yum yum

We have an even harder time making cookies in our house because certain family members have celiac disease and can't tolerate wheat gluten. That means having to use all sorts of substitute flours like rice, millet, tapioca and etc. and that can really change a recipe....

37 posted on 11/26/2010 6:32:07 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
We bake our holiday (Valentines Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years) cookies with friends, at their house. About 100 dozen, if not more, during the course of the year. Almost all of them are donated to the State Veterans Home in town.

Personal favorites: pfeffernusse and cream cheese pecan cookies.


Pfeffernusse (makes 180)

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
2 TBS all purpose flour sifted
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 Cup butter
1/3 Cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 Cup finely chopped almonds
1/3 Cup molasses
1/3 Cup anisette
1 TBS lemon juice

Sift first nine ingredients together; set asside

Cream together butter, sugar, egg, and almonds

Mix molasses, anisette, and lemon juice together

Then add the flour mix alternately with the liquid mix into the creamed mixture. Beat well, and refigerate over night.

Pre heat oven to 350F

Shape into 1 inch balls, bake on a greased cookie sheet 10 to 15 minutes. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar.


Cream Cheese Pecan Cookies (makes 120)

1 Cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
2 Cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 Cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and cream cheese; add sugar, and blend well

Mix in flour

Add pecans, and roll in wax paper.

CHILL AT LEAST 24 HOURS; or, may be placed in freezer.

Preheat oven to 350F

Slice about 1/4 inch thick, and place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes.

38 posted on 11/26/2010 6:34:48 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: A Satanically Transmitted Disease spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Easy, versatile, impressive-looking jam cookies. (not the ordinary thumbprint cookie)
Any preserves work, (blueberry is delicious) or almond filling. Can also flavor the dough with extracts for variety.
*Hint: When making the indentation down the center, don’t leave the ends open, or the jam will leak out.
*Hint: sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar after baking because these are not a very sweet cookie.

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-jam-filled-cookies-107774.aspx


39 posted on 11/26/2010 6:37:47 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

later


40 posted on 11/26/2010 6:37:55 PM PST by lonestar
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

NO-FLOUR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

2 C peanut butter [smooth or crunchy]
2 C sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C chocolate chips, peanuts, etc

Stir all ingredients together and chill until fairly firm.

Preheat oven to 350 F

Roll dough into 30 to 36 balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets, flattening the balls with a fork in a criss-cross pattern

Bake 15 minutes


41 posted on 11/26/2010 6:39:15 PM PST by piasa
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To: Ann Archy

“”It’s a COCKTAIL! I guess you are under 50!!””

I had my first one (Old Fashioned) when I was about 21 - thought it was the thing to drink if one was going to drink. It was whiskey, wasn’t it - with fruit? I seem to remember something floating in the glass...I hope it was fruit!! Never had another one. That’s more years ago than I care to remember. Never developed a taste for any of it but will go for a Bailey’s Irish Creme on New Years Eve and perhaps finish the small bottle through the year when the politicians get the better of me...in fact, just finished this year’s bottle on 11/2.....by way of celebration tho’.


42 posted on 11/26/2010 6:46:37 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

mark


43 posted on 11/26/2010 6:50:19 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: piasa
Thank you! That was very sweet of you! I will save this recipe to try it out sometime soon! I love peanut butter!
((hugs))
44 posted on 11/26/2010 6:56:19 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ping for later...


45 posted on 11/26/2010 7:03:35 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Silentgypsy
"Have an Old Fashioned for me!"

Will do!

46 posted on 11/26/2010 7:05:32 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Abigail Adams

It’s a ‘Wisconsin Thang...’

“Modern” Old Fashioned Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces bourbon or blended whiskey (Or Southern Comfort!)
3/4-1 teaspoon sugar
1 or 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 ounce club soda (7-up, Sierra Mist, Fresca (LOL!) works just fine...

Orange slice, Maraschino cherry and orange twist for garnish BUT - I like mine with green olives...I always order a ‘Southern Comfort Old Fashioned Sweet with Olives.’

Instructions:

Muddle sugar, soda and bitters in rocks glass, pour whiskey into glass and stir. Garnish and serve.


47 posted on 11/26/2010 7:11:23 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: bunster
I love those, too! :)
48 posted on 11/26/2010 7:13:34 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Those ones with the little holly leaves? That’s showing off. ;-)


49 posted on 11/26/2010 7:14:10 PM PST by nina0113
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I’m always in charge of the Spritz because I’m the only one in the crowd that has an electric cookie press.

This year I’m making, white, chocolate and green ones. :)


50 posted on 11/26/2010 7:15:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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