Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pizza Bowls - Gluten Free

How about another Sunday Soups recipe since we are to the countdown of Christmas! Seriously, can you believe it's December already??

The original recipe comes from Shutterbean ... and she puts it down as a low-carb option ... since I'm not so much of an anti-carb girl as I am an anti-GRAIN girl ... I've opted to go with Grain Free ... which, sadly, it's NOT because of the sausage I'm using. I really need to venture in to making MY own, don't you think?

So ... you know, if you are buying pre-shredded cheese, it may NOT be grain/gluten free ... make sure to check your labels ... if you see anything like food starch, wheat, etc., then you know to put it back, grab the block stuff and take that home and shred it up yourself. Honestly, not a big deal. If you have a food processor, just use the grate blade and take the super easy way out ;-) *Shredded cheese usually has a coating to keep it from clumping up which is when the grain/gluten factor is introduced*

Not to mention ....

it's usually cheaper to grate your own cheese!

And ...  as a small, side note, you should also take a peek at the italian sausage ingredients too ... I've seen some weird stuff that makes me ask myself "Why??" and then I move on to the next package.  To be super safe, best bet is to just buy ground pork (or grind it yourself) and season it up with some italian seasoning ...

Sadly, this sausage had a LOT of crap in it but it's what I had in the freezer so it is what it is (live and learn, that's what life is all about, right?)

Shall we make these and see if they are as yummy as they look? Lets!

2 8 oz packages of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced (I usually pick up at ALDI for 79 cents to $1.29 a pkg)
1 pound italian sausage links, casing removed and sliced into bite size slices
1 jar marinara sauce ... check your labels, again I like the Victoria brand from Costco as it's sugar/grain free but I'm banned for now from that store ;-( (BUT look! There are, surprisingly enough, a lot of jarred sauces that ARE sugar free as well! This one is from ALDI)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (buy the block and grate in your food processor!)
dash of red pepper flakes IF you like a little spice in your life ...



Move your oven rack to the middle of the oven and fire up your broiler

Gather up 4 oven proof bowls ... they need to hold about 8 ounces or so (she recommends ramekins, I used my regular soup bowls I had picked up at Costco a while back.  Place these on a heavy baking sheet.

Grab a larger skillet, add a little ghee or olive oil and toss in the shrooms and cook til slightly soft, then add in the sausage and cook til the sausage is cooked through.

Put about 3 to 4 tbs of the marinara sauce in the bottom of each bowl.  Add 2 tbs or so of mozzarella sauce.  Add the sausage and mushroom mixture to each bowl, trying to divide evenly among the 4 bowls.

Top with more cheese and then add more sauce.  Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes (if using).

Place in oven and let broil for about 4 to 5 minutes til cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and allow to set for about 5 minutes as they will be HOT ... too hot to even think about eating ;-)  I actually had mine on low broil and was running around the house doing other stuff and almost forgot about the broil mode and the cheese got really crispy ... just the way Hubby likes it!

Once cooled a little, grab a plate, place your bowl on that, grab a spoon and ever so carefully, blow on the mixture and taste ... uh huh ... this is delicious stuff!

I had some leftover ingredients so made this again on Sunday morning for breakfast ... it's not pretty but served a purpose!


*This is NOT Paleo or Whole30 thanks to the cheese, but it IS Gluten Free and Low Carb if that's your thing! And heck, anytime I can offset that pizza craving with something a little more healthier, I'm in!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bite Size Potato Skins

These are the perfect bite size appetizers to have on your table during your next holiday gathering!  

Hello little bites of yumminess!!

This was really easy and I'm always lacking in the carb department when we have parties so this is going to be GREAT!!

Here's how you do it!

3 to 4 russet potatoes, washed, dried and sliced in rounds about 1/4 inch thick or so
melted butter
shredded cheese
bacon bits
sour cream
green onions, sliced

Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup. Turn on oven to 350.

I just love this little freebie brush ... we had upwards of 10 at one time!

Lay the potato rounds in a single layer on tray and brush with the melted butter, Flip them all over and brush this side too. If you can remember, go ahead and sprinkle with a little salt. I forgot, I was getting distracted.

Place tray in the oven and let them bake for about 15 minutes or so, pull out and flip all rounds.

Bake another 10 minutes or so. 

Pull the tray of taters out of the oven, add a little bit of cheese to each one (you can be neat or just plop it over the top, up to you! Sprinkle with the bacon bits and put back in the oven for 5 minutes or til cheese is melted and bubbly. Mine weren't all that photogenic but they certainly tasted like a million bucks!

Pull out again, add a dollop of sour cream to each round and sprinkle with green onions ... 

Serve up and ENJOY!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spring Rolls with Sesame Dipping Sauce

*Repost ... and I'm changing it up a little bit THIS time ... watch for the italic notes*

I had some Swagbucks available so I gave in and got me some Amazon giftcards ... heck, 450 points gives you $5 so why not?

With my new found FREE Amazon credit, I picked out a new cook book ... and glad I did!

Page 26 and 27 gives us this pretty neat recipe ... and of course, I had to give it a try.

Mind you, I'm not a fan of spring rolls/egg rolls, any of that stuff, under normal circumstances. Usually, I find an odd taste that just turns me off ... never could figure out what it is/was ... but I wanted to give these a shot and try them out on Hubby ...

Easy enough, but I still opted to do the prep work that morning before heading to work, chopping the chicken (in place of the pork) and cutting the veggies.  So when I came home, all I had to do was steam the "rolls", sauté the filling, stuff and roll and finish steaming ... yahoo.

Sometimes, breaking up the steps like this makes me more likely to try a new recipe during the work week ...

12 to 15 green cabbage leaves. I used Chinese cabbage as the green cabbage at the market was icky *TOTALLY SKIPPED THIS STEP THIS TIME AROUND and used lettuce leaves!
2 tbs fat (I used olive oil)
1/2 pound diced chicken (I used thighs)
2 tsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
3 carrots, julienned (matchsticks)
3 celery stalks, julienned (matchsticks)
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced


1/4 c coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
1/8 cup toasted sesame oil
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp ginger (I used the fresh stuff in tube)
salt & pepper to taste
dash of hot pepper flakes (because we like a little heat)

In a steamer rack or bamboo steamer, steam the cabbage until soft enough to roll without cracking, about 5 to 8 minutes. *Totally omitted this step as well as I ditched the cabbage!

While that's steaming, heat up 2 tbs olive oil in heavy skillet and cook the chicken for 5 minutes or so, adding the soy sauce/coconut aminos to season while cooking.

Add carrots, celery and shrooms to the chicken and sauté for another 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat (but leave the mixture in pan).

Once leaves are soft, trim each to a round circle, cutting the any large ones in half (you don't want a massive roll). *Do this with your lettuce leaves if using instead of cabbage!

Lay a leaf flat on board, and add a scoop of meat mixture to the 1/4 closest to you. Roll leave a roll and then fold in the sides and continue rolling.

Place the roll back in the steamer, seam side down and steam for about 10 minutes. *Obviously, IF using lettuce, skip this step!

Meanwhile, make your sauce!

Add coconut aminos to a small saucepan along with the sesame oil, ginger root, salt, pepper and pepper flakes.  Warm over medium heat while whisking until garlic is soft and the sauce is infused.

Pour sauce in small dish for dipping and place the rolls on a small serving platter.

So, we ate a few of them. I had an issue with the rolls after the final steam, removing them. I guess I didn't roll them tight enough?

And then I remembered, I do NOT like cooked cabbage, even lightly steamed stuff. So I dumped out my cabbage leave and used a romaine lettuce leaf instead. Way better! *And that's what I did this time around and just totally ditched the whole cabbage leaves thing ... 👍


Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Spot Remover

This stuff kicks butt for removing ALL KINDS OF STAINS!   And being that I'm a Dawn dish soap kind of girl, it's perfect!

I hate buying stain remover ... that little bottle of Shout that you could never get the last bit out of (the little straw thing was about 1/4 inch too short in the bottle costs me around $3 to $4 back in the day. I just hated using that stuff, not to mention, honestly, I don't think that stuff worked all that well if you didn't spot it immediately ...

So today's little tip will make you very excited if you think like me ...

If you have white t-shirts or them damn dress shirts that hubby used to wear to work every day that are starting to get that dingy armpit ring (and collars too!) go grab them R I G H T now!!!

I promise you, it works and I am amazed every time I use it!  Original idea came from One Good Thing By Jillee (gosh I HOPE you've visited her site before, she's a wealth of information!)

Here's how I did it:

In a one cup glass measuring cup pour:

1/4 cup Dawn dish soap
fill to 3/4 mark with Hydrogen Peroxide
add a generous tablespoon of baking soda (not necessary but it makes me feel better adding it!)

Mix all well. To apply, use a scrubby brush: dip the brush in the mixture and then apply to armpit (or other stains, this removed a hot sauce blob from my favorite white t-shirt!), gently scrub to make sure everything is covered.

I generally do this an hour or more before washing. When you toss the treated clothes in washer, be aware that the baking soda may have dried a bit and can go flying across the room, causing you to think that NOW you need to clean the laundry room ... oh wait, that's not a normal reaction for YOU? :-) More power to you!

Wash, dry and be prepared to be amazed when you go to fold those clothes! I still can't believe it works so well! Who would have thought??

NOTE: This stuff kicks butt ... it removed old blood stains from a pillow case, removes mustard stains from a tshirt and so many other things! I live by this stuff now!  I've been told that hydrogen peroxide can act as a whitening agent but have not had any problems with it fading anything as of yet ... just a heads up!

EXTRA NOTE AND UPDATE:  I just premix this stuff in the bottle now and squirt a little on the spot that needs to be treated.  Yes, it turns clear (the blue of the dawn goes away) but it remains just as effective! I've also eliminated the baking soda and it's works great!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sweet Potato Toast


Apparently, you can toast sweet potato slices in your toaster.

And have "toast".


Who would have thought THAT up? I mean, I'd be worried about the taters oozing their orange stuff all over the innards of the toaster, emitting smoke and possibly, flames.

Oh. But what the hell? I'm in for a new adventure!

*Fingers crossed that the toaster survives and I don't need to grab the fire extinguisher*

Guess what?

It works!

I kid you not!

Grab yourself a medium size sweet potato and scrub it clean.  Grab a mandoline, or if you don't have that, grab a super sharp, heavy duty knife and cutting board.

Slice the potato in to 1/4 inch slices, be careful you don't slice off your finger tips in the process. Cuz that's just no fun!

Take two slices and put them in the toaster. Toast on high for a full cycle and then toast a 2nd time.  Keep an eye on your toaster ... I didn't have any issues, but I'm just saying, be careful and keep an eye on it!

I was nervous on the first batch so I pulled them out and finished it up in the toaster oven. But then, I tried again and was feeling more brave and it works!!

I used the little PLASTIC tongs I picked up from the Dollar Store years ago ... they are great for parties AND for grabbing stuff out of the toaster!

Go ahead, give this a try! It's perfect for Whole30, just in case you were wondering!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Grocery Cart Mondays - November Totals

Hey hey, it's been awhile since I've shared a Grocery Cart Sunday post and since Soup has taken over that day, I thought I would change it up and move it to Monday ... which makes sense, if you think about it.


Maybe not? Ok, whatever. It's moved to Mondays, that all there is to it. Executive decision and all that stuff ...


*Full disclosure: the first 10 days are unaccounted for as we were visiting family in Indiana and well, that kind of fell into the vacation funds, as far as I'm concerned :-)

Publix 11/10 (Hubby stopped)
No receipt but was under $20 he said

10 pk coffee
gallon milk
2 heads of lettuce

Publix (11/11/2016)

2 pkgs of sliced cheese (cracker size) $3 each
1 pound pkg of matchstick carrots $1.99
2 large onions $2.29 (!!)
1 red onion $1.35
bag of tortilla chips $2.00
2 pkgs slider rolls $3.29 each
1 pkg of wheat slider rolls $3.89

Aldi 11/12

2 bags of hashbrowns $1.99 each
2 pkgs of mushrooms $1.29 each
bag of sweet peppers $1.69
head of boston lettuce $1.69
3 pomegrantes 49 cents each
pineapple $2.09
2 cartons chicken stock $1.79 each
2 cartons beef stock $1.79 each
2 cartons of chicken broth $1.69 each
2 bottles of dressing $1.99 each
celery $1.29
asparagus $2.89
zucchini $1.49
mango 99 cents
2 bags green beans $1.89 each
3 avocados $1.29 each
radishes 99 cents
container of basil $1.19
container of ground cumin $1.19
parsley $1.19

Walmart 11/12
$131.24 (less about $70 for misc clothing items)

green onions $1.18
onion $1.00
2 small pkgs of red potatoes $1.98 each
2 pkgs cookies $4.98 each (my dad)
bag of candy $5.78 (my dad)
36 count coffee $14.98
gloves $2.73 (cleaning)
2 pkgs of tissues $1.58 each
liners $2.97
2 Zicam nasal swabs $9.97 each less $2 coupon each
large bottle of Febreeze $4.94
TP $6.97
*In case you didn't pick up on it, I was feeling quite funky on Saturday hence the zicam, tissues and broth purchases*

Walmart also included:
4 pairs of workout leggings for ME $12.96 x 3 and $14.96 x 1. I'm bound and determined to start working out again

Publix 11/13

Gallon of milk. That's it.

Cosco 11/13
$65.03. Seriously. THAT'S IT!  
Oh, and I returned a jacket and got $31.79 

bag of lemons $6.99
bag of limes $4.99
large bag of meatballs $15.99 (damn samples!)
unsalted butter quarters $9.49
3 dozen xlarge eggs $2.59 (so glad to see the price come donw!)
single packs of guacamole $10.99
3 pack of Aidell Chicken Sausage $13.99

Publix, Hubby Stop 11/15
Approx. $20 (he doesn't keep receipts!)

9 pk Coors Light $10.59
2 cans of bamboo shoots
12 pk diet coke
a few other miscellaneous items

And now we stay out of the stores for a few days or so ...

Walmart 11/23
$167.88 Apparently staying out of the store means a bigger bill

48 count coffee $14.98
TP $5.74 less $1 coupon
paper towel $8.98
3 seedless cucumbers $1.98 each
7 pound bag of cat food $12.68
large container organic 1/2 and 1/2 salad mix $5.98
2 tubes of toothpaste $5.24 (special stuff for Hubby is expensive)
5 pkgs smoked turkey and black forest ham $2.97 each
3 pkgs smoked cheese slices $2.98 each
bag of coleslaw $1.86
jar of ghee $8.84
1 pound pkg of ground bison $7.98
1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak $8.01
large bag of frozen california blend veggies $5.98
1 pound bag shredded mozzerella $4.22
1 pound bag of shredded colby/cheddar blend cheese $4.22
small container almond 1/2 & 1/2 blend $1.98
large bag of frozen broccoli $5.98
bag of pickle flavored chips $2.00 (for the Boy)
6 bottles of assorted flavors Sparkling Ice $1 each
bottle of dishsoap $3.97
large container Ricotta cheese $3.84
container fresh salsa $2.98
2 bags of Ruffles $2.98 each
bag of tortilla chips $2.98
bottle of Dawn Foaming Soap $2.83 (long story)

It would be nice if this is the END of the month ... $407.99 to date and I think I'm ready to call it quits! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Soup Sunday - Broth Bowls

This idea came from Made It Love It Paleo ... and of course, because the concept was so simple, I hopped right to the kitchen and made one just for kicks.

Yes, it was Day Two of my September Whole30 and a Tuesday morning. Cloudy, but still, already 85 degrees outside.  At 7:30am.


I had leftover stuff from the holiday weekend.  And because I was kind of on a No Spend Week, I was trying to use what I had on hand, yeah, even in the beginning stages of a Whole30 ...  and what the hell, leftover chicken was in the house and only 18 eggs left ... so let's do it!  *AND NOW ... Thanksgiving ... leftover turkey ... ohhhhh yeah baby!*

Uhm, hello? It's a keeper due to the simplicity of the whole thing!  Again, it's just the concept of the whole thing ...


Here's how I made my bowl of yumminess!

1 1/2 to 2 cups of stock/broth of choice, I used chicken this time around (Costco, organic, totally clean because you know some of them have yeast and other weird stuff in them right?)
veggie(s) of choice - I used leftover chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced green onions  and a handful of shredded coleslaw mix from a bag (all leftovers from Sunday)
cooked protein of choice - I used leftover chicken
Herbs of choice - I skipped as I was hungry ...

Heat up your broth in a saucepan over medium high heat. You want the broth HOT!


Toss your ingredients of choice in a heat resistant bowl ... use as much or as little as you like! I had a LOT in this bowl!  This was the FIRST time I made it ...

Once the broth is HOT, gently ladle 1 to 2 cups of broth over your ingredients.  Allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes to heat up the "body" ingredients and the broth will cool down enough for you to slurp. NOTE: I opted to put a plate over the top of the bowl to keep it steaming since I didn't have as much broth as I wanted for the amount of veggies/protein in the bowl and let it sit while I did my makeup.

Sprinkle with your herb of choice and enjoy!

Now ... obviously, this can be a super generous serving for one a smaller serving for 2 ... I opted to make it just for me this time around but I'm like, wow, what a simple way to make a soup errr ... broth bowl!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Slider Appetizers

It's that time of the year where we are opening our doors to friends and family for the holidays ...

If you got a party or gathering going on, make these as they are a perfect finger food to have on the table!

Here's what you need ... obviously, if your gathering is large, you will want to double up on the ingredients!

1 package of dinner rolls (12 count), try to slice the whole package in half as one sheet of bread
3/4 pound of ham
10 to 11 slices of cheese. I used Asiago as it's what I had in the fridge
1/2 stick butter
1 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tbs gray poupon mustard
1 tbs black sesame seeds (not required, but I did have them in the pantry!)
1 tbs dehydrated onions (alternatively, you can use fresh diced if you don't have)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 11x13 glass baking dish and spritz it with some non-stick spray!

Lay the bottom half of the rolls on in the glass dish. Mine broke in two pieces when I picked it up but no worries ...

Add your first layer of cheese.

Then add a layer of ham ... this is like my all time new favorite from Walmart

I did like 3 layers since it was thin sliced

Then add another layer of cheese ... you may have to modify like me if you have an odd number of cheese slices

Top with the to halves of the rolls ...

Take the butter, worcestershire, mustard, onions and sesame seeds and melt them all together ..,

And then pour that buttery mess over the tops of the buns.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes til the cheese is melted and the sliders are warmed through.

Serve up and enjoy! We had ours with a little leftover Sesame Noodles and called it a meal!

NOTE: I think in the future I will sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top AFTER cooking. Just because.

If you are more visual, go ahead and top with some fresh chopped parsley!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Turkey Round Up!

Confession: We didn't do a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner this year.


Yes, it's true. Just a strange time for us I guess: our usual partners in crime spent the holiday back at their home states, Princess is in California visiting her fiance's father who has been there for a year receiving chemo treatments, my dad has the flu and the boy and his girlfriend are vegetarian and doing something Veggie Like. And then I got the text message from my best friend in Bethany Beach that her mom was admitted to Hospice End Stage (which has just broken my heart for both her and her mom) ... which left me and Hubby ... WHO, by the way, is wearing a boot and waiting on x ray results on his foot ... we are all hoping that he hasn't totally annihilated his tendon and require surgery although the doctor is pretty concerned about it 😒 ... to the point where he is NOT allowed to use the elliptical anymore, but instead, give the rowing machine a shot ... Alrighty then!

So. With that said, we laid low. Das Boot gets in the way. It's hot. It's itchy. It makes Hubby screw around a little too much which I'm sure would not be amusing to anyone in the medical field (it's all fun and games til someone gets hurt) ... I sat there at the table Thursday morning after breakfast and looked at Hubby and asked where the magical Honey Baked Ham or Turkey was ... surely it's making an appearance. NOPE.


So, with that being said, I'm going to torment myself with a little Turkey Round Up ... even though, I'll be the first to admit: I am NOT a fan of all the Thanksgiving foods ... fried turkey and mashed potatoes are it for me! But, STILL ... it's the tradition!

Thank me later for these four recreation of leftovers, and try not to feel sorry for me in the meantime 👧

Cobb Salad (which traditionally, is made with Turkey!)

Turkey Cabbage Salad with Almond Butter Dressing


Turkey Lettuce Wraps (obviously, skip the whole COOKING part of this turkey and just chop up real fine using this cool little gadget)

Hot Browns (the PERFECT use for leftover turkey!)

And if you really ARE a purist, by all means, grab yourself two slices of bread, slather on some cranberry sauce, turkey slices, stuffing and call it a day!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two Minute "Carb" Fake Out

There comes a time when you just got have something "carby" like ... generally, for me, it's on Saturday or Sunday morning, usually after I've had one too many adult beverages the night before. Carby stuff in the morning just makes me feel better, what can I say?  Of course, when you are avoiding grains and trying to stay low carb, it sort of sucks! AND, seriously, IF I was truly committed to avoiding grains and staying low carb, I would have booted the alcohol out the door, right? 


*I kind of figured this would be good for FRIDAY morning 
after a day of good eats and drinks so wanted to share it again!*

Back in the old days, I'd do a drive through at BK or McD's and buy a breakfast sandwich ... and THEN I started to make these breakfast sandwiches, which were the bomb. However, LOTS and LOTS of grains, carbs, etc. ... things that I just try to avoid to keep the inflammation down. 

*Sorry, OLD picture 😑


Fortunately, there are people out there who know how to make fake food out of real food ... so there, we can have some carbs, bread-like things in the morning. Well, at least, we can pretend it's an english muffin or biscuit!

These little fake things are easy enough to make, although it did take me a few times to get the timing right. The original recipe suggested 2 to 2 1/2 minutes so my first time I started with 2 minutes 15 seconds. They were rubbery. Next time 2 minutes and pretty good ... I think it depends on the size of your egg (the smaller, the less time) and your microwave so you might need to make some minor adjustments to the time as well.


1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs almond flour
1 tbs full fat coconut milk (from a can)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Dump the dry ingredients in a microwave safe mug and give a quick stir to mix up.  Add egg and coconut milk, mix to combine.

Place mug in the microwave for 2 minutes, on high.

When cooked, simply turn cup upside down on a plate and let the muffin slide right out ... cut in half, english muffin style, top with whatever you wish (ME? I like an egg, over easy and use the "muffin" to sop up the wet yolk) ... enjoy!

NOTE: If you are looking for something a little more croissant-like, try these bad boys!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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