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JUST DESSERTS by Linda

Sykesville , MD
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LOCATION

P.O. Box 1202
Sykesville, MD US 21784 (map)

PHONE

410-848-2133

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ABOUT US

Linda Gourley is a Certified Pastry Chef who graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts. She currently sublets a commercial kitchen in the Eldersburg, MD area... Read more
Linda Gourley is a Certified Pastry Chef who graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts. She currently sublets a commercial kitchen in the Eldersburg, MD area where she holds a foodservice license.

Basically, there is no store front operation so cake orders are always made fresh to your specifications. No frozen cakes here! Think of me as your PERSONAL PASTRY CHEF.

We offer celebration cakes, wedding cakes, cookie favors, dessert items, mini pastries, and some breads--all custom made for your special occasion.

You can visit our website to sign up for our monthly Newsletter which contains timely recipes as well as a feature called "Ask Linda' where I will answer your questions on baking and confections. Sign up at: www.JustDessertsbyLinda.com Read less
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Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cookies, Cupcakes, Dessert Buffet, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegan
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
Yes
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes
Do you offer private tastings or open house tastings?
Private consultation/tasting available by appointment.
What are your tasting hours?
SUN-THURS (by appt) with flexible time frames availabe. E-mail for availability.
 Linda@JustDessertsbyLinda.com
Describe how you price, such as by slice or by tier, for your cakes?
Tiered cakes are priced by the slice (portion).
Does the price include the top tier of the cake?
Yes, the top tier is included in the pricing of the cake.
Do you offer custom cakes, or do you work with pre-designed styles?
Custom cake design is the specialty of the house. No cookie cutter cakes here!
What (if any) special ingredients, such as fresh fruits or farm-fresh butter, do you use in your cakes?
We use high quality commercial ingredients to produce the finest quality products for your Special Day.
On average, how far in advance of the event do you prepare the cake?
All cakes are baked 1-2 days before the event, iced and decorated the day of the event. We do not freeze out cakes therefore we take on a limited amount of orders.
How many cakes do you schedule for a typical weekend?
Usually no more than 12 on a typical weekend. The number of cakes booked is directly determined by how elaborate or labor intensive the design is and the location of the events. Some days we can only produce (3) due to these limitations.
Will you work with the client's florist to garnish the cake?
Yes, we can work with your florist to arrange the flowers on your cake. Flowers must be made available to us upon our arrival at your reception venue.
What (if any) cake accessories, such as a cake stand or cake cutter, do you rent out?
We have beautiful silver, ornate cake stands in round and square sizes. We also rent out Cupcake Towers and Cascading cake stands which can be used for the wedding cake or a nice dessert bar setting.
Do you offer delivery? If yes, how much is your average delivery fee?
We do offer delivery to all areas--even out of state. The delivery fee is determined by the travel time and fuel cost--round trip. Average cost per hour for 2012 is $60.

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Amy
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Linda brought my vision to life for our very unique wedding cake and cupcakes. She was absolutely wonderful to work with - very professional, responsive, and accommodating. And the cake/cupcakes were to die for! Everyone raved about how delicious they tasted and how amazing they looked. And to top it off, Linda was one of the most affordable options I could have ever asked for.

I can be very critical when it comes to creative services (decorated cakes/cupcakes, photography, etc) and Linda completely exceeded my expectations. Can't say anything but great things! I hope to have the need to work with Linda again!
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVED the wedding cake that Linda made for us. The whole experience with her was great. When we first met with her she brought a box full of cake and icing samples for us to try. She was very patient with us as we thought about each flavor and combination. Once we decided to book with her, we narrowed down our flavor choices. She even allows you to make each cake layer a different flavor at no extra charge! Her pricing is extremely reasonable and definitely beats competitor pricing. Linda's decorating skill is wonderful too. She had us provide a couple of inspiration photos and she created the exact cake we were dreaming of! It was beautiful and delicious!! We definitely recommend Just Desserts by Linda!
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Heidi
Wedding:
5/26/2013
4.8/5.0
My MOH, fiance, our 3 year old and I went to our cake tasting and EVERYONE talked about the cake for weeks after our appointment. Our older kids were so jealous about not going that THEY talked about the cake for weeks before the wedding. Thankfully we had a lot of leftovers, so we ate wedding cake almost every day for 2 weeks after the wedding and the kids were so sad when it was all gone. Might need her to do some birthday cakes soon!
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Whitney
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding cake was beautiful and everyone was talking about how delicious it was. I would strongly encourage everyone to try out Just Desserts by Linda for all of their cake needs.
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Whitney. I appreciate the "sweet" words! : )
Linda G
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Megan
Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.8/5.0
Linda made our wedding cake and it was perfect! I found a picture of a cake online that I really liked and Linda worked to replicate it exactly. Not only do her cakes look like masterpieces, but they taste great too. She is a delight to work with. Thanks so much Linda!!
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Erin
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.2/5.0
I was extremely pleased with Just Desserts by Linda! Our cake was beautiful and delicious! I really liked that Linda does not charge any extra fees in order to have different flavors for each tier. We chose traditional chocolate, strawberry short cake, yellow cake with caramel filling and a chocolate raspberry cake. The cake was very moist and fresh! I highly recommend Just Desserts by Linda!
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Just Desserts made our wedding cake look and taste delicious. We were originally planning to use another baker because it was built-in to our catering package, but the customer service through the baker was horrible. After meeting Linda at a wedding open house held out our venue, we never looked back. The cakes were delicious with a variety of flavors to choose from. We ordered a 3 tier cake with two layers of red velvet and one made with pumpkin spice cake. It was absolutely delicious and not over priced. Linda was very easy to work with and the customer service was phenomenal.
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Laurie
Wedding:
7/30/2011
4.9/5.0
Linda was amazing! From the minute we meant I knew she was the right baker for us, I emailed her asking about her services and set up a time to get together and do a cake tasting. She provided us with over 20 different cake flavors to taste and each was amazing(I typically don't even eat cake!!) I knew when I meant with her I did NOT want a typical wedding cake, the theme of my wedding was tropical and originally I wanted a square cake covered in coconut with 3 different layers of flavors, bottom was lemon cake with raspberry filling, top was coconut cake with pineapple filling and the top tier was coconut cake with key lime filling. All were phenomenal! Over the course of a year I changed my cake design about 3 times, finally deciding on 3 different cakes covered in shaved coconut and buttercream icing, placed on bamboo stands and surrounded by a bamboo looking base(she made this out of fondant) the cake turned out better then I could ever have imagined!!! it displayed so wonderfully and looked awesome with our theme! Everyone complimented on how delicious it was! We had NONE left over! Linda also made my sons Birthday cake which was Phineas and Ferb themed and everyone LOVED IT! She also made the cake for my Bridal Shower and that was delicious as well and looked awesome, I received so many compliments on her and I refer her to everyone!! She was much much cheaper then other bakers I have contacted, way more friendly and much more accommodating then I think a chain baker would have been. You don't need to think twice with Linda! She is just flat out AWESOME! and I will be ordering all of my cakes from her in the future!!!
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jcorona
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.7/5.0
I could not have been happier with the way that my wedding cake turned out. It was not only beautiful, but tasted amazing. It actually turned out way better than anything I had ever dreamed of. I went with the swiss buttercream frosting, which was well worth the extra cost. Linda's prices were extremely reasonable and she was an incredible value. I would recommend Linda to anyone and look forward to getting my 1-year anniversary cake from her.
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Virginia
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
We had two separate recommendations for Linda and we are so glad we found her! She was super easy to work with and her prices were VERY reasonable. We got to have 4 different cake flavors/layers (including fresh strawberries) for no extra cost. She even made us a mini gluten and dairy free cake for 3 of our guests (including the MOH) for a very reasonable cost. I never tried it but heard it was also amazing!!!!!!!!!!! There was a little mix up on the design of my cake BUT it was GORGEOUS and worked perfectly for my reception- not to mention tasted great! I hardly would have noticed but Linda was very sweet in apologizing right away about it. I would recommend Linda for any occasion!
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Kristin
Wedding:
1/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding cake was not only absolutely visually astounding, but it also tasted divine!!! People are still complimenting us 3 weeks later on how fabulous our caked looked and tasted! In fact, I don't know if anyone can decide what was more impressive, the appearance or the taste!! My father in law even joked that it tasted good enough to eat the crumbs off the floor after My husband and i smashed it in each others faces!!!!
I would recommend linda's product and professionalism to ANYONE!! You cannot go wrong with her!
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

Kristin,
Thank you for such kind words regarding our products and services that were provided for your wedding. So glad to hear that the cake was enjoyed by your familiy and guests.
It was a pleasure working with you to design your dream wedding cake.
Best Wishes,
LINDA G
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PinFlipFlops
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
All I can say is our cake was absolutely beautiful, and I'm still hearing compliments!! We had high expectations for what the cake would look like, after taking the time with Linda to disuccs the different elements, and our expectations were exceeded. The chocolate ganoche icing was out-of-this-world good- defintiely recommend!!
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

How SWEET of you to write a reccomendation! Thank you. It was a pleasure assisting you in creating the perfect design for your wedding cake. Th chocolate ganache is pretty yummy, huh?
My best to the Newlyweds!
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sharon
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.7/5.0
Linda made a beautiful and delicious cake for our daughter's wedding reception. She was flexible and was able to make the exact cake we wanted.
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betsey
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
The cake was a HUGE deal to me since I am a sweets type of girl. As soon as we met with Linda we knew the cake that we wanted was going to be the cake that we were going get. We chose 3 different flavors for the 4 tiered cake. Each layer was rich in flavor and moist. Just what you want the cake to be! I handed Linda a picture of the fall branch design that I fell in love with. The cake was identical to the picture on my wedding day! It was gorgeous! We froze the top tier and froze another portion that was leftover. We have slowly been taking pieces out of the freezer to eat and it is still just as delicious. Linda was a pleasure to work with. She was ready to make our cake perfect for us and it was!
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Colleen
Wedding:
9/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Loved Linda! She made the cake tasting an amazing experience, and even sent us home with cake in case we needed to taste more cakes so we were positive about our final decision. The cake was DELICIOUS with an amazing frosting. Not the typical cake that is dry and bland. Extremely flavorful and I couldn't get enough. The guests loved the cake as well!
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HeatherA
Wedding:
9/19/2010
4.6/5.0
Our wedding cake was beautiful and delicious! Everthing we wanted! Our guests loved the chocolate/strawberry layer as well as the lemon/rasberry layer! We also contacted Linda a couple months before the wedding to prepare a cake for my 92 year grandfather. She made a very nice and detailed cake with my grandfather's Dartmouth shield on it, with only an emailed picture of it. My grandfather and our wedding guests all LOVED this cake as well!
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LindsaySean
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Linda was so wonderful to work with! She had so many options for cake designs and all the flavors at the tasting were so good- it was hard to choose. We wound up changing the design a few weeks before the wedding to match our invitations, and Linda was very very accommodating. She was so easy to reach through email and would always call/email back quickly. The cake was gorgeous! Our guests raved about how wonderful it tasted too. We will be sure to contact Linda for cakes for any upcoming event.
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Andrea
Wedding:
4/24/2010
4.7/5.0
Desserts By Linda was great to work with!

Linda was such a professional and could understand exactly what we wanted for our wedding cake. Linda executed our vision perfectly. We had so many compliments on how beautiful our cake was but mostly how delicious it was!!!
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CJB
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We made multiple changes in our wedding planning process and Linda adjusted easily to each one! Our cake was delicious! Her prices and options are GREAT!! I will definitely use Linda again!!
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Allie and Tim
Wedding:
7/2/2009
4.8/5.0
Linda from Just Desserts came to our house bearing many samples of various cakes and all were delicious! She was able to create a beautiful cake that was exactly as we had requested. She was very flexible with the various filling and icing choices and it looked as good as it tasted. We've already ordered another small cake for an after-party!
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/26/2009
4.9/5.0
Linda made our wedding cake and it was delicious! We met her at a local starbucks to do the tasting. My husband and I were so thrilled with all of her cakes, which surprised us both, as neither one of us are big cake eaters. We ended up choosing different flavors for all four layers of the cake. We had starwberry cake with cream cheese filling (our favorite and we also chose this for our anniversary layer), almond cake with strawberry filling, and chocolate cake with raspberry filling. We went with the whipped frosting and it was soo great!! Linda was a pleasure to work with and delivered the cake for no delivery charge to the Ceresville Mansion. Her prices are extremely reasonable compared to many bakers in the Montgomery County area, which is what originally drew us to her. The great cake made it a simple decision for us! The only thing that bothered me was that the cake did not end up looking exactly how I had imagined. It was a very plain design (which is what I wanted) with a small swagger of fondant from each layer. The majority of the cake was great, I just didnt love the way the fondant swagger connecting each layer came out.

Overall, I loved the taste of the cake and Linda was great. I would definitely recommend her!
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Hugh Hynes
Wedding:
4/25/2009
4.8/5.0
Linda came recommended by Salernos Catering. We met with Linda at a bridal show and looked at the pictures of her past work. We decided what we wanted and called Linda to set up an appointment. Linda came to the house with samples for a tasting. We decided on the flavors we wanted and booked with Linda.

On they day of the wedding, we were very pleased with the way we were very pleased with the arrangement of flowers and the work she put into the cake. We receieved so many compliments on the taste of cake.
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the glowing compliments!
I would have loved to see the cake cutting ceremony--I heard about the fireman's ax cake cutting tool! How outrageous and innovative!
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jthibault80
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Linda did such a good job!!! My cake was gorgeous!!!!! And... it tasted great and was a great price. Linda is so easy to work with and does an amazing job!
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Nicole
Wedding:
11/22/2008
4.8/5.0
Yum! Linda did a wonderful job with our wedding cake. She met with us at the Sheraton, which was quite a drive for her! I have to admit, I was a little nervous because when we signed the contract with the hotel Sugarbakers was the baker and I had tried their cake before and liked it. So when I was informed of this change I was nervous because I had never tried Linda's cakes before, but we were pleasantly pleased that we were lucky enough to have Linda as our baker!
When we met with her, I described what I was looking for but did not really find an example in any of the pictures she had because I wanted a few different designs. This was no problem for Linda She knew just what I was looking for and was able to sketch out an amazing design for us. Linda also contacted my florist to let them know that we would be needing fresh flowers for the cake which was one less thing for me to do!
On our wedding day our cake looked amazing and better than I imagined it to be! The detail on each layer was beautiful. Each layer was a different flavor and was very delicious! Everyone loved it!

Nicole Tuite
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charlie
Wedding:
10/25/2008
4.6/5.0
Like a previous reviewer, we worked with Linda as part of our contract with the Sheraton who is using her for their cakes. She was great to meet with, gave us a wide variety of options within the package price at the Sheraton, and provided us with the option of some "extras" at a slightly higher cost (certain frostings, fillings, etc.) The day of our wedding, the cake was beautiful AND delicious, though we didn't get to eat a lot of it :( We are definitely looking forward to our first anniversary and breaking out that top layer!!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/10/2008
5.0/5.0
The Sheraton ended their contract with Sugarbakers, so by default we were placed in the hands of Linda for our wedding cake. I am so happy that we were! Linda was professional and listened to everything that we wanted. With her, we had much more options of designs and flavors. We were not limited to just what she had in her book either. She came up with a beautiful design and the wedding cake was perfect. It was exactly what we wanted!

We had all four layers different flavors, and they were great. I can't wait to have our cake on our 1 year anniversary!
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alison
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Linda was extremely accomodating and we were very happy with our wedding cake. By far the best value I found. Excellent favor selection and quality.
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jguinan7
Wedding:
10/3/2008
5.0/5.0
We actually did not have a wedding cake, but wedding cupcakes. They were AWESOME! Not only were they georgous, they tasted great too. I can't even tell you how many of my guests commented on how good they were. Linda was a pleasure to work with and was able to create every vision I had. Our sweetheart cake was beautiful too! Thank you so much Linda!!!
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Patina
Wedding:
7/20/2008
4.4/5.0
Linda was very nice to work with, she made every idea I had come true! Plus, her cakes were delicious!!!! My mom loved hers so much, she is ordering one just like the bottom of my wedding cake just to have for dessert one evening. She also came to my house for our consultation and brought samples so it was very convient to work with her during my busy time. I loved her cakes!
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/17/2008
5.0/5.0
I contacted Linda to inquire about setting up an appointment; dreading finding another vendor and making time to find the location and present myself, tired and exhausted after work. Suprisingly, Linda does house visits! She came to me and was flexible in setting up a time that would work for both of us. A little hesitant at first, I was pleasantly suprised when she showed up! She brought everything with her and set up a little bakery right in my dining room! She brought samples of cake, frosting, and filling. She brought books of cake designs; some her own and some from magazines.

While I thought I knew what I wanted going in, Linda brought a few things to my attention, and I ended up with a completely different cake. She worked directly with my florist to get the fresh flowers onto the cake on the day of. She delivered the cake herself and have everything assembled and ready when the guests arrived!

The price, well, the price was the sweetest part! She was less than HALF of what other bakers quoted me at. Maybe because she doesn't maintain a big shop with a lot of overhead expenses? Whatever the reason, I wasn't complaining. The cake was delicious and I couldn't have been happier!
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Kristina
Wedding:
11/3/2007
3.0/5.0
The cake was wonderful, but she is very unclear on the logistics of filling out paperwork. She was slightly hard to work with.
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

Perhaps I have streamlined the process of purchasing the wedding cake a little too much. I appreciate the constructive criticism, and will consider adding a page to the written estimate (and General Info sheet). It could include areas to initial off so that when I receive it back, I will know that the terms are understood.
Thank you for your comments.
LINDA G
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Linda was very nice and worked with me on the kind of cake I wanted. I needed a sort of specialty cake (lower sugar) and she was able to work with me on that. Her cakes tasted delicious and the price was right (I believe for a certain price the cake should be phenomenal).
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.0/5.0
Linda was very friendly and accommodating with my schedule. One of the reasons we went with her was really due to her personality. Her prices are reasonable and the cakes were good. I gave high marks because of her responsiveness and pricing. However, I didn't really like how our cake turned out appearance-wise. The icing (we don't like the taste of fondant) looked kind of sloppy and the cake seemed a bit lopsided. My husband thought the cake tasted fine. I just didn't like how the look of the cake turned out.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This woman is AMAZING! She came to my house for a free tasting and brought a lot of different flavors and combinations. She took all my ideas that I wanted for our cake and made it into the most beautiful cake I had ever seen. After the wedding, we received SO MANY compliments on our cake flavors (we had three different ones). Her prices cannot be beat either which makes it even better! If I ever need a cake in the future, I know where I am getting it from!
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JUST DESSERTS by Linda responded with the following comments:

Thank you (M.T.) for your wonderfully "sweet" compliments regarding your wedding cake and my services! You were a pivotal part of the success of your wedding cake design and flavor selection. You came prepared to the consultation/tasting with a cake idea that you loved, color scheme, and information about the floral arrangements you would be using. You did your homework!
It was a pleasure working with you and I was pleased to be able to accommodate your requests for gluten free and dairy free items.
My best to the Newlyweds! ; )
LINDA G

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