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Sunday, February 17

Week 317 Menu

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On Wednesday this past week my grandfather passed away unexpectedly. He was 91-years old and was a happy man to the end. We are sad but he didn’t suffer and lived a long life. You know, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this death thing. It’s just so strange. And unexpected deaths, well, I don’t like missing the chance to say goodbye. I just hope Grandpa Wallin has been hearing my thoughts all week, as I ponder his life and think about what I would have said to him one last time if I’d had the chance.

I am grateful to my grandfather and my grandmother (who died in 1995) for having the courage to move to the United States all those years ago, setting into motion the events that lead to me sitting here today.

We are staying with family all this week, so no menu for me. My meal plan is to enjoy lots of meals with people I love!

Please still post your menus for the week so you can inspire one another! And, your homework this week (well, besides planning a menu!)…pick up the phone and call a loved one you haven’t talked to in a while.

Have a great week, everyone!

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    S: Chicken, fig, and arugula paninis
    Meatless M: Barley stew with leeks
    T: Chicken and wild rice soup
    W: out, maybe
    R: Spaghetti and kale
    F: Out
    S: Entertaining. Leaning towards a smoked beef brisket hash, though that could change.

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    Sarah

    I’m very sorry for your loss…enjoy this week seeing family, and know how much it means to your grandfather’s memory that so many are gathering to celebrate his life!

    Week of February 17 to February 23
    Sunday: Leftover Chinese food
    Monday: Patty melts and sweet potato fries
    Tuesday: Beef stew
    Wednesday: Stuffed pepper medley
    Thursday: Pasta Puttanesca with green beans/spaghetti
    Friday: Peanut and sweet potato chicken on couscous
    Saturday: Italian feast for family party ā€“ Iā€™m bringing sausage and peppers

    • Jane Maynard

      thank you, sarah…and you are exactly right. when the babies were being noisy during the funeral, I figured Grandpa wouldn’t mind one bit…they are a tribute to him! :)

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    Tessa

    I don’t have much of a menu planned for the week yet, although I did make a successful run to Sam’s Club on Friday, but I just wanted to pop in and offer my condolences on the loss of your grandfather. I’m sure he was a great man. I, too, lost my grandfather unexpectedly several years ago.

    Also, I haven’t stopped by in a while, but the new pics of your little ones on the sidebar are so adorable!

    As for a menu, I’m thinking lemon chicken breasts and roasted broccoli one night, BBQ pork and coleslaw, and burgers and sweet potatoes – no idea what meal will fall on what night!

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    Kindy

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Grandfathers and special people.

    Mon: Wine tasting and snacks at a friend’s
    Tues: Tilapia Piccata & Rice Pilaf with tiny shrimp and veggies
    Wed: Tostadas
    Thurs: Chili Topped Baked Potatoes (Chili from the freezer)& Garden Salad with Balsamic( BF cooks)
    Fri: Out
    Sat: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy, Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes, & Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    Sun: Out

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    sharon

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I hope your grandfather’s memory is a blessing for you and all who loved him. I lost my favorite grandfather when I was ten, he was 61. I still think of him nearly every day, more than 20 years later.

    we’re still recovering from colds, stomach flu and the hubs is traveling this week so I’m only planning a few meals. think we might be eating from the freezer a bit.

    short ribs, polenta, roasted sprouts
    parm crusted tilapia, couscous, grilled zucchini
    apple cider roasted chicken and butternut squash
    mac n’ cheese with chicken apple sausage, broccoli

  6. Enjoy the time with your family to the max.

    Monday- Shepard’s Pie
    Tuesday – Greek Chicken Pitas
    Wednesday – Hungarian Goulash
    Thursday – Falukorv Pasta Bake
    Friday – Kebab and French Fry Pizza
    Saturday – Steak Sandwiches and Potato Salad
    Sunday – Lemon Tarragon Chicken with Rice Pilaf

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    Kim from PA

    Jane- so sorry to hear of your Grandfather’s passing. I always say those of us who are fortunate enough to get to know and love (and be loved by) our Grandparents are better people because of it. Grandparent’s teach grandchildren so much about life in such a patient, wise, and appreciative way.

    Sun: Scallops and cous cous, salad
    Mon: Portobella mushroom burgers, fries, fruit
    Tues: Baked ziti, salad
    Wed: Orange Chicken, brown rice, string beans
    Thurs: Shrimp tacos
    Fri: Chicken scallopine, peas, salad
    Sat: Salmon cakes, corn, salad

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    Tamsin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We lost several loved ones last year, it never gets any easier.

    Mon: Moussaka and broccoli
    Tue: Pasta with garlicky sprouting broccoli, salad
    Wed: Goats cheese twice-baked potatoes, salad
    Thur: Pork chops, spicy roasted potatoes, green beans
    Fri: Chicken cardamom curry, spiced corn, chickpea flat breads
    Sat: Polenta and ragu bake, salad
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s

    • 2wellsmade5

      Can you share yoyr polenta and ragu recipe?

    • It’s going to be a bit of an experiment but the plan is to cook the polenta (1/2 cup with 2 cups of water for 2 of us) and stir in some butter, parmesan and spinach. Then I’ll put half the polenta in a greased baking dish, top with some ragu (I keep portions in the freezer) and finish with a layer of polenta and some mozzarella. Then I’ll bake it until golden and fingers crossed it’ll be nice!

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks, tamsin…and I agree, it really never gets easier. strange that it’s such a part of life…

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    Nancy

    Sunday. Lamb loin chops, baked potato, asparagus and salad
    Monday – leftovers
    Tuesday- salmon with fries
    Wednesday- cauliflower fettucine Alfredo and salad
    Thursday – ham steak and broccoli
    Friday – out
    Saturday- going to my daughter’s house to celebrate her birthday!

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    Mona

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It is definitely harder on the ones left behind when it is sudden but so much better than if they have to suffer. Sweet memories to you.

    Sunday – Shrimp and pasta alfredo, salad
    Monday – General Tso chicken and rice
    Tuesday – Easy skillet pork chops, rosemary cubed potatoes and veggie
    Wednesday – Hamburger stroganoff with rice
    Thursday – Twice baked potato soup, baguette
    Friday – Crockpot bacon ranch chicken with pasta
    Saturday – Leftovers

    • Jane Maynard

      I agree, mona…it really is such a blessing when they don’t have to suffer. I’m am grateful for him for that. thank you for your comments

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    2wellsmade5

    No menu yet…have to wait till kiddos go to bed to think straight! My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers sent to you and your family at this tough time and may your hearts heal swiftly and enjoy your time with family.

  12. God bless your family. Remembering the good times doesn’t heal you, but it certainly helps.

    Sunday: Out for pizza…..too tired after running a half marathon to cook :)
    Monday: Stuffed peppers
    Tuesday: Pasta and meatballs
    Wednesday: King Ranch Chicken
    Thursday: Yorkshire Pudding with cranberry sauce
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

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    Lisa W.

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My grandfather passed away recently also. It was nice to see family I haven’t seen a while and my 4 yr old was able to meet relatives he’d never met before.

    Sun: Crab Legs w/ beet risotto (so good on valentines we decided to do it again). :)

    M: Pork tacos w/ avocados & black beans

    Tu: Oven Fried Chicken w/ Caesar salad & Carl c wheat croutons

    W: Parmesan Crusted Fish w/ lentils & potatoes

    Th: Out w/ BFF! Boys will enjoy leftovers.

    F: Homemade Chicken Nuggets w/ acorn squash Mac n cheese& carrot slices

    Sa: Cooking Class…I’m teaching a class on easy side dishes.

    • please share your beet risotto recipe!

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, it is always sad to come together for a funeral, but it really is so neat to all come together, it happens so rarely. I think the kids actually had a wonderful day the day of the funeral. it was a good day, lots of love and time to talk with relatives!

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    Melissa

    I always think its so much better when people die suddenly, because there is no suffering and in the long run that is easier on everyone. Enjoy your family this week.

    Sunday- dinner at my mother inlaw’s house
    Monday- crockpot roast beef po boys
    Tuesday- smothered pork tenderloin
    Wednesday- cashew chicken and jasmin rice
    Thursday- leftovers, as I am sure there will be plenty!
    Friday- pancakes and berries
    Saturday- baked ziti

    • Jane Maynard

      I think you’re right melissa. it is a blessing. and I have soaked up every second with family this week – it’s been wonderful!

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    Elizabeth

    I, too, am so sorry for your loss. :(

    Sunday – Hawaiian meatballs in the crock pot, rice, broccoli
    Monday – Costco pizza
    Tuesday – Chicken chili
    Wednesday – Pasta?
    Thursday – Salsa and sour cream chicken in the crock pot, with bean and tortillas.
    Friday – Dinner with friends, not sure what we’re bringing yet
    Saturday – Out for my son’s 7th birthday!!
    Sunday – Hawaiian haystacks, son’s pick for his bday weekend dinner.

    • Can u tell me what HI haystacks are? They sound fun!

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks, elizabeth, I appreciate it.

    • Elizabeth

      Yes – I had never heard of them before, but when I married my husband his family grew up eating them. They sound kinda weird, but they’re actually pretty good, kids love them, and you can “health” them up, too. They’re basically white rice (you could make w/ brown, too), and you make a gravy for on top w/ cream of chicken soup. Then you have a ton of toppings and dinner guests go to town piling on whatever they like. In my husbands family toppings include diced ham, chicken breast, peas, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, pineapple, chopped tomatoes, almonds, crispy chinese noodles (like la choy), black olives, shredded cheese. My kids request this for bday meals a lot. Just googled it too, and there are a bunch of recipes for making your own gravy (not canned soup). :)

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    Angie

    Jane, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts…

    Sun – Garlic Parm & Spicy Garlic chicken wings
    Mon – Shrimp scampi pasta
    Tue – Pork piccata pasta
    Wed – Tacos
    Thu – Burgers
    Fri – leftovers
    Sat – leftovers

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    2wellsmade5

    Sun- Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, Black bean burritos
    Mon- Crockpot chicken with rice, PW “the bread”
    Tues- Shrimp alfredo, garlic bread and salad
    Wed- Make your own Quiche
    Thurs- Shepherd’s Pie, clover rolls
    Fri- Homemade pizza….shrimp or chicken thai, margherita, cheese and pepperoni,bacon and basil(for the kids)
    Sat- BBQ and smoked grill meat with all the fixins
    Sun- Some crockpot meal……. Any suggestion?

    Again…so sorry for your loss.

  18. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. My grandma passed away two years ago this week. She shaped the person I am today more than she knew and I miss her daily. Enjoy the time with your family.

    I am doing a 40 day vegetarian challenge for Lent (40 different vegetarian dinners), so my menu is all veg…
    Veggie Burgers with Stuffed Potatoes (black and bleu burger for him)
    Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Parm Soup
    Broccoli Avocado Pasta
    Pesto Stuffed Shells for me and Pesto Shrimp Bowties for him
    Baked Potato Soup
    Purple Baked Gnocchi

    • 2wellsmade5

      Can I ask where you’re finding most of your recipes? I used to eat as a “pescetarian” only and have removed all meat and fowl/poultry again. I’m looking for some more yummy veggies to add to my menu. Thanks.

    • Jane Maynard

      alley, thank you for your kind thoughts…I really appreciate it.

    • hi 2wellsmade5 – i use a couple different sources for vegetarian recipes (and then usually make a few adjustments because I am picky). searching for “vegetarian” on Pinterest/TasteSpotting/FoodGawker is pretty easy, then most blogs have a vegetarian section in their recipe index. then there are lots of cooking magazines (which i like to tear out the recipes and add them to my recipe binder) and vegetarian cookbooks from the library (there are so many cookbooks!) you’ll end up with more vegetarian recipes than you know what to do with! :)

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    Jenny

    Big week of pinterest recipes…..

    Sunday: Lemon and roasted garlic chicken, roasted potatoes, carrots, “red lobster” biscuits

    Monday: Breakfast for dinner: Cheesy bacon potato frittata, oranges

    Tuesday: Hubby wants lasagna…. so I’m trying a lasagna bolognese with bechamel instead of my usual version… garlic bread, salad

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Burrito bowls, fruit

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Ham and cheesy potatoes, green beans

    Friday: Pizza night, salad

    Saturday: Hubby’s out with the guys- kids and I are making Taco mac

    I also baked a banana toffee cake for a treat this week.

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    Jenn

    Jane, I’m so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your grandfather. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Our menu this week is barley a plan at all. We are feeling under the weather, so whatever happens happens. Also, we are all vegetarian all the time, so look at some of my past menus if you are looking for non-meat items for lent.

    Leftover Thai take out
    Leftover Curried Vegetables and Dahl (Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home cookbook)
    Italian Veggie Pie (didn’t get to it last week)
    Maybe a soup or veggie pot pie filling over rice or something easy if the leftovers don’t hold out

  21. i’m so sorry for your loss.

    Monday: Kung Pao Chicken Burgers [didn’t make before]
    Tuesday: Taco Pizza
    Wednesday: Lemony Kale Pasta
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Minestrone Soup
    Saturday: Pot Roast
    Sunday: out to eat

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    Fran

    I am so sorry for your loss Jane. Unexpected losses seem to add anger to the grief and compound the feeling of loss. I think it’s wonderful that you are focusing on quality moments as a way to honor your grandfather.
    My hubby is gone for the next two weeks so our menu is a little less heavy. Lots of kid choice meals :)

    Monday – Frozen pizzas
    Tuesday – Cheesy Garlic Chicken and noodles
    Wednesday – Pork Roast with rice
    Thursday – Chicken Ranch Tacos (also some Shrimp Tacos, this week’s challenge recipe)
    Friday – Salisbury Steak and mashed potatoes
    Saturday – Totally unsure! We may end up at my in-laws or go out
    Sunday – Leftovers will abound I am sure :)

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks for your comments, fran…unexpected IS hard, but I am grateful he didn’t suffer, so trying to focus on that. anyway, thank you!

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    Lexa

    Sorry for your loss. Enjoy your week with the family!

    Sunday: out
    Monday: Greek chicken and pita
    Tuesday: Steak, cherry tomatoes, garlic bread
    Wednesday: Chinese take our
    Thursday: Penne with homemade pesto, salad
    Friday: BLT wraps
    Saturday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas

    Also, either Friday or Saturday I am preparing a batch of cookie dough to store in the freezer

  24. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather, Jane. We’re never really prepared for something like this, even when someone has enjoyed such a long life. My grandma died a few months ago, the reality still hasn’t completely set in. I’m glad you’re able to be with your family. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  25. I’m sorry for your loss, it’s hard to lose any loved one.

    Monday: Roast leg of Lamb, Tzatziki sauce, Homemade Pitas and Fresh Veggies and Feta
    Tuesday: Bucatini all’amatriciana and Peas
    Wednesday: Pork Milanese with Escarole Salad
    Thursday: Salmon Poached in Court Bouillon and Broccoli
    Friday: Cheesy Taco Pasta and Tomatoes and Avocado
    Saturday: Mexican Lasagna and Fresh Salsa and Corn
    Sunday: Breakfast for dinner-Granola Waffles and Fresh Fruit

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    tara

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather. Even when someone is older it is still a shock when they pass away. I experienced this when my 99 yr old great grandmother passed away. some people seemed to think it odd that it hit me so hard because she was so old but it still did. I’m sending thoughts your way.

    Here’s my Gluten Free menu for the week (yes its all GF !)
    Sun – Lasagna with cauliflower garlic breadsticks
    Mon – Mushroom Fontina Pizza
    Tue – Leftover Lasagna and Sauteed Kale w garlic
    Wed – Sweet & Sour Chicken & rice (baked not fried!)
    Thu – Chicken Caesar Salad
    Fri – Tacos
    Sat – Out !!

    • Jane Maynard

      steve jobs’ sister said the most beautiful and truthful thing in his eulogy…no matter when or how someone dies, it is always in the middle of a story. that just rings so true to me and I think explains why it doesn’t matter if your grandmother was 99…it was still her story. anyway, thank you for the thoughts…

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    Lauren

    We had a long weekend, so I just planned this today:
    M: leftover soup
    T: Roasted chicken breast over rice with whatever side veggies are still lurking in the house.
    W: grilled squash and mango with brown rice pilaf
    T: crock pot rosemary chicken with baked potatoes and balsamic vinegar Brussels sprouts
    F: leftover chicken goes into chicken noodle soup
    Sa: ok, this is bad parenting, but the daughter is going to be running the house this weekend, she’s going to fix herself cardboard pizza. That’s the cheap pizza that you can eat the box or the pizza, it’s the same flavor.
    Su: I’m going to wing it. Probably vegan sushi.

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    Kim

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather — it’s hard to lose someone you love, no matter their age. Blessings to your entire family.

    S: Sauteed Ravioli with Garlic Tomatoes and side of broccoli
    M: Apps for dinner – Pancetta, Leek & Goat Cheese tart, Bacon wrapped artichokes, Salad
    T: Baked Mac & Cheese with Sausages and Salad
    W: Roasted Lamb with Potatoes & Broccoli
    Th: Loaded Tostadas
    F: Out
    Sa: Soup & Sandwich nite

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    Jessica

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

    Monday: Sundried Tomato Fettuccine
    Tuesday: 3 ingredient slow cooker chicken tacos
    Wed: Meatloaf
    Thursday Grilled T-Bone Steaks (grilled with sugar — amazing!)
    Friday: Almond Crusted Tilapia
    Saturday: Sloppy Joes
    Sunday: Sunday Night Stew

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    Kim

    Sorry for your loss. My grandfather died the year my daughter was born. I wish she had been able to meet him.

    Sunday: leftover pizza
    Monday: out
    Tuesday: leftover slowcooker chicken curry
    Wednesday: think I will try making pasta with swiss chard and sausage
    Thursday/Friday: not sure yet I have baby bell peppers to use along with red peppers
    Sat/Sun: I work so it’s up to the hubby.

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    Esther

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

    Sorry for the late post ā€” I didn’t complete my plan until this morning. Our youngest has become a vegetarian for lent. Not too hard since we do a lot of vegetarian meals but it makes me think about planning a lot more, especially for lunches as well. My husband is trying to eat low-carb and our oldest just had three wisdom teeth pulled so he needs soft foods this week. It’s been challenging to plan!

    Sunday: We had take out Thai.
    Monday: We had turkey meatballs and meatless “meatballs” (made with lentils and rice) over penne with roasted brussel sprouts and pears.
    Tuesday: Mushroom and spinach quiche with side salads and smoothies.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Chicken and bean soft tacos and tostadas with roasted broccoli.
    Friday: Halibut with pineapple and avocado salsa, with baked zucchini parm.
    Saturday: Husband is making dinner ā€” probably maple glazed ribs.
    Sunday: Dijon chicken linguide with mushrooms and toasted almonds. Green beans on the side.

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    Nikki CB

    Sun 2/17 – at a friend’s house
    Mon Red Lentil and Carrot Soup w/ Coconut Milk (crockpot)
    Tues Leftover Soup
    Wed Ricotta Frittata and Salad
    Thurs Pasta and asparagus
    Fri Not sure; away on a road trip all day
    Sat Black Bean Soup w/ Chipotle (crockpot)

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    Happy

    So, sorry for your loss. Good that you will be spending time with family. That is so important. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

    2/17 Sun: Pizza for the kids & beefs for us w/ fries
    Mon: BFD salsa & cheese omelet, sausage & toast (Hubby cooked)
    Tue: @ Grandma’s house so…. sammies
    Wed: chicken tostadas, spanish rice & a veggie
    Thur: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & veggies
    Fri: Baked Fish & a salad
    Sat: Goulash

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    Jessica

    sending our condolences!

    Sat – maple glazed salmon, risotto w/ veg
    Sun – out – bringing hummus raviolis to a party.
    Mon – Chili in the crock
    Tues – bbq pulled pork (crock) sandwiches w/ homefries
    Wed – soup & sandwiches (soup from freezer, chicken salad wraps)
    Thurs – spaghetti & salad
    Fri – pizza

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    Jane Maynard

    everyone, thank you for your menus and all of your kind words and emails. I really appreciate it so much this week!

  36. My grandfather passed away unexpectedly one month ago today. It is a difficult thing to grasp. Like yours, mine didn’t suffer either and went quickly, for which we are grateful. Hope you have brighter days ahead.

    • Jane Maynard

      thank you, natasha. and yes, that is definitely something to be grateful for. thank you!

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    kwqrs

    Just catching up on blogs & saw this post… wanted to say so sorry for your loss. So glad you got to go spend time with family… it really is so important to let our loved ones know what they mean to us.

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