Summer time cocktails



Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend. What are your holiday plans?

My birthday is this weekend, as is my daughter’s. We’ll be heading upstate to my father’s house to have a combined birthday party (pizza! cake!). Aside from that, we have nothing else planned.

Memorial Weekend is party time for many people across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with backyard barbecues, bonfires on the beach or sitting around a campfire.

If you are looking for some cocktails to try out this weekend, here are a few you might enjoy.

Freshly French HR

Freshley French

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
lemon slice for garnish

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

Summer breeze

Summer Breeze

1 ½ oz. DANZKA Cranraz Vodka
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. cranberry juice
pineapple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a highball glass and garnish with pineapple slice and serve. 

Barefoot in the Garden HR

Barefoot in the Garden

1 ½ oz. SIA Scotch Whisky
1 ½ oz. elderflower liquer
¾ oz. lemon juice
splash of club soda
Mint sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Sia Scotch Whisky, elderflower liquer and lemon juice.  Shake and strain into a tin.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Botanicals on the beach

Botanicals on the Beach

1 ½ oz. UNGAVA Gin
2 oz. coconut water
½ oz. soda
½ oz. simple syrup

In a shaker with ice add in all liquid ingredients except soda.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda.

Mint Mahem HR

Mint Mayhem

1 oz. LUCID Absinthe
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda
4-6 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel.  Add ice, Lucid Absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

What is your favorite cocktail?

What are YOUR plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Spice up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole


Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, The date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Here in the United States, most people don’t celebrate that monumentous victory. They rather eat and enjoy Mexican cuisine. I suppose that is OK. I certainly don’t mind tacos from time to time. Maybe I’ll make Spaghetti Tacos for dinner tomorrow night.

You can find my recipe here – After a long day of childhood you need…  (please note that the giveaway on the post is over).


Essentially most people see Cinco de Mayo as the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.

A staple for any Cinco de Mayo celebration is guacamole.

I have never made guacamole on my own. I have only enjoyed it at restaurants or pre-made from the grocery store. I honestly assumed it was too much work to make it on my own. WOW! Was I sure wrong.

The Litehouse foods brand sent me a guacamole kit to make my own guacamole dip for my family.


The kit included all the essentials…

  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Avocado slicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Lighthouse Guacamole Herbs & Spice Blend
  • Avocadoes
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Fork
  • Chips

Check out just how simple this recipe is.

Guacamole Recipe

I was able to whip up freshly made guacamole in minutes. I can’t believe how easy it was.

Be prepared to drool…

Guacamole 1
Guacamole 2

It was so good that I almost ate the entire bowl of guacamole myself.

I have used several Lighthouse herbs and spices over the years. What I love most about them is that they are incredibly fresh tasting. They taste like they were freshly ground from your garden. They do not taste bland or stale like other herbs and spices found on store shelves.

Litehouse has such a nice variety too including (of course) the Guacamole seasoning, Red Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Dill and Italian, to name a few.

Lighthouse herbs and spices are available at many retail locations across the country.

If you would like learn more about Lithouse herbs and spices, as well as their dips, dressings and more, visit LitehouseFoods.com. Be sure to check out the brand on social media too. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever tried Litehouse products? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about them?

Do you like guacamole? What do you think about this easy recipe?



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Introducing Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder



I love peanuts and peanut butter. I eat it several times a week. I enjoy it as a sandwich, on toast, on crackers and my personal favorite, with tart Granny Smith apples. What I like to do is spread peanut butter on a burrito wrap, top it with some chopped up Granny Smith apple, then roll it up and enjoy. It’s one of my “go-to” grab-and-go breakfasts.

I also love to get a bag of roasted peanuts whenever we go to the country fair. I also add peanuts on top of ice cream or just enjoy “as is.”

Oh yes! I forgot to mention that chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I love chocolate and peanut butter combined.

I’ve tried many peanut butters over the years – crunchy, creamy, flavored – but I have never had Peanut Powder before. It’s like peanut butter, but in a powdered version.

Santa Cruz Organic offers consumers two different Peanut Powder. One is regular and the other is will milled chia seeds.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

Why choose Peanut Powder? Because it gives you the same great roasted peanut flavor but with fewer calories and less fat.

I compared Santa Cruz Peanut Powder with a popular name brand peanut butter and this is what I found.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons is 285 calories.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons is 70 calories.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons equals 24 grams of fat.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons equals 2 grams of fat (3 grams for the powder with the chia seeds)

Peanut Powder

Wow! That is a huge difference. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder also has less carbs than the brand name creamy peanut butter. When it came to protein, the brand name creamy peanut butter had more than the Peanut Powder.

So how does one enjoy Peanut Powder? It’s simple, simply add it to your favorite recipes, smoothies or desserts. You could mix a spoonful in your oatmeal for a peanut butter flavored oatmeal. You could also sprinkle a little bit on top of your ice cream.

The Peanut Powder tastes exactly like peanuts because it IS real peanuts, it’s just chopped up so fine that it’s a powder. *Santa Cruz Organic’s Peanut Powder is made with ONLY organic peanuts. That’s it. There is no added ingredients, flavors or colors.

*All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified


Santa Cruz Organic has a recipe on their site that utilizes their Peanut Powder. It’s for an Apple Peanut Granola. It not only provides a nourishing breakfast but it also doubles as an easy and portable snack. Best of all, there are no “mystery ingredients” because you’ll know everything that went into making it. It’s a quick and easy recipe and you can adapt it to suit your family’s tastes.  

You can find the recipe on their site. I omitted the salt and added in walnuts and raisins (in addition to the pecans).

This recipe is made with applesauce and maple syrup, both of which were surprise ingredients to me. Santa Cruz Organic also makes applesauce. The brand sent me both Peanut Powders to try out (with and without Chia seeds) as well a a jar of organic applesauce.

Granola Recipe

My kids love it and I plan on making more. They mostly used this as a snack, but my daughter did add it to her yogurt and I think it would make a delicious ice cream topping too.

You can find more recipes like this on the Santa Cruz Organic website.

I think Peanut Powder is a unique idea. I love that you can still the same great peanut butter-like taste, but with much less fat and calories. I like the idea of challenging myself to find yummy ways to incorporate it into recipes too.

If you would like to learn more about Santa Cruz Organic, their Peanut Powder and/or Applesauce, visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. You can also find the brand on social media. The links are found on the top of their website.

Have you ever tried Peanut Powder? Are you a fan of the Santa Cruz Organic brand? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out this mouth-watering Easter menu from Tastefully Simple


Group Of Friends Enjoying Outdoor Dinner Party

When you think about grandiose holiday meals, Thanksgiving is usually the first one to come to mind, followed by Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. In my opinion, Easter dinner is following very closely behind Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.

My favorite part of the Easter dinner menu is the spiral ham. Mmm… I’m drooling just thinking about it. We should be picking ours up this coming weekend. Fingers crossed that we find a big, juicy one.

Aside from the ham we usually make several side dishes including a few different vegetables, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rolls. Of course we follow up dinner with a delicious dessert. I usually make my bunny cake and some other sweet treats.



Because I tend to make the same thing over and over again, my family is bored with the meals I make – including holiday meals. That is why I am always on the look out for new and exciting things to make for my family.

Are you familiar with Tastefully Simple? Until recently I wasn’t really sure what exactly the company made.

As per the company:

Tastefully Simple provides exceptional tasting experiences and lifestyle solutions, through simple, delicious food and enriching business opportunities.

Tastefully Simple offers consumers a variety of food options from mixes to spices and from beverages to main meals and desserts.

Tastefully Simple has created a delightful Easter menu that is worth checking out.

Tastefully Simple Easter Recipes

The Chick Deviled Eggs are adorable! I am planning on making those out of the eggs that we color. We are not going to color eggs until this weekend, so I won’t be able to try making the Chicks until then. If they turn out as adorable as the ones in the photo I’ll make them again for Easter dinner.

I love the Flower Fruit Kabobs with Luscious Fruit Dip too. I wish I was talented enough to make flowers and other fun shapes out of fruit. Instead I plan on cutting up fruit into bite size cubes for people to dip into the fruit dip using toothpicks.

The Cheesy Blossoms recipe would make an ideal hors d’oeuvres for guests.

I’ve check out all the recipes on the Tastefully Simple Easter Menu. They are all easy to make and don’t require too many ingredients (many of which you probably already have on hand). Even the Cheddar & Spinach Egg Strata recipe is easy to make and requires few ingredients.

Tastefully Simple was kind enough to send me some of their products used in the Easter Menu recipes. Until now I have never tried products from Tastefully Simple.


One of the products I received is the Italian Garlic Seasoning. Where has this been all my life? It is SO GOOD!!! I’ve been sprinkling it on a lot of things including mashed potatoes, rice, chicken and pasta to name a few. The jar is a very generous size and a little goes a long way (unless you find yourself using it on just about everything in which case it won’t last long – LOL).

Another product they sent me (to make the Fruit Kabobs recipe with) is their Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread.



I couldn’t resist trying it right away. I’ve enjoyed it on toast, rice cakes and crackers. Mmm… just writing about it makes my mouth water. I have a feeling I’ll be enjoying some as soon as I finish writing this post.

I wish my cousin was coming down for a visit soon because she would LOVE the Samba Sangría Slush™ Drink Mix that I was sent. Everything you need is in the bucket. All you need to add is red wine and warm water. I have the wine and I have the water – I just need my cousin because I know this is something she would get a kick over.


You can purchase all of the Tastefully Simple products used in the Easter Menu in one convenient package called the Easter Collection. The package not only includes the Samba Sangría Slush™ Drink Mix, Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread and Italian Garlic Seasoning (mentioned above), it also include the following products:

  • Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
  • Truffle Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix
  • Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix™
  • Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce
  • Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix
  • Cinnamon Muffin Melt Mix™
  • Bountiful Beer Bread Mix

You can use the products in the Easter Collection Menu recipes, or use them however you see fit.

The recipes are found on the website and are available as a free download.

Tastefully Simple Easter

Tastefully Simple also sells other “kits”/collections featuring great recipes and Tastefully Simple products including Family Game Night, Baby Shower, Birthday and Bridal Shower. In addition Tastefully Simple also includes free downloadable party tools, invites and more.

You can even find a Tastefully Simple party being held near you or host one yourself. More information can be found on the brand’s website. If interested you could even become a Tastefully Simple representative too.

For more information about the Easter Collection entertaining kit and other Tastefully Simple products visit TastefullySimple.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom left of their website.

Have you ever tried any Tastefully Simple products? If so, what was your favorite?

What do you think about these products and/or recipes?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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New products from Hellmann’s


I love making deviled eggs!

I love making deviled eggs!

If you are a long time reader of She Scribes you might recall that I am a big fan of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise. I grew up with Hellmann’s. It’s the only mayonnaise that my mother would buy. I honestly didn’t think were any others even close to Hellmann’s.

For a while I was even a brand ambassador for Hellmann’s. I was even with them when they achieved the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest picnic table. That was a fun day. I had to opportunity to meet Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live. Actress Katie Holmes was there that day (I never saw her) as well as Chef Tim Love, Chef Mario Batali, Basketball player Paul Pierce (Brooklyn Nets), Chef Aaron Sanchez and several others.

There is so much you can do with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, aside from spreading it on your sandwich or mixing with Tune, egg and potato salads.

Hellmann's awarded the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest picnic table.

Hellmann’s awarded the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest picnic table.

Did you know you can bake with Hellmann’s too?

Here is a recipe for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. I have had chocolate cake made with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and its incredibly moist and delicious.

Hellmann's Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups water, at room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 275°. Line cupcake pans with 24 paper or foil cupcake liners; set aside
  • In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.
  • In large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise at low speed until blended. Alternately beat in flour mixture with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fill the prepared cupcake liners with batter 3/4 full.
  • Bake 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with icing of choice.

Try this recipe when you have a chance. You won’t be disappointed.


Hellmann’s recently introduced two NEW additions to the Hellmann’s family.

  • USDA certified Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise.
  • Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted – an eggless dressing and spread.

According to Hellmann’s…

These new products offer parents wholesome options made with real, quality ingredients and the creamy taste Hellmann’s is known for to satisfy a variety of eating habits – whether due to dietary restrictions, food allergies or personal preferences. It’s time to stock the pantries and get cooking with more varieties than ever before, so everyone leaves the dinner table with a satisfied appetite. All Hellmann’s varieties will be available in your local grocery store starting February 15th – no special trips required.

 NEW Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise

  • Now you can enjoy the great taste you expect from Hellmann’s in an organic option that is USDA certified, contains no artificial flavors or preservatives, and is made with only the finest organic ingredients.
  • Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise will be offered in three delicious flavors: Original, Roasted Garlic and Spicy Chipotle.
  • Available February 2016.

Carefully Crafted

NEW Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted Dressing & Sandwich Spread

  • Features the rich, creamy taste from Hellmann’s, free from cholesterol*, eggs, and artificial colors and flavors. Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted Dressing & Sandwich Spread is also made with non-GMO sourced ingredients.
  • Available February 2016.

 *Versus 5mg cholesterol in Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. *Contains 10g of fat per serving.

I was sent the products to review. I am IN LOVE with the Roasted Garlic variety. Where has that been all my life! LOL! The Roasted Garlic variety takes your meals to a whole new level. It adds just the right amount of garlic to your sandwiches, deviled eggs, salads (egg, potato), tuna and even grilled cheese (replace butter with mayonnaise when you make grilled cheese – its so much better). My entire family enjoyed the Roasted Garlic Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise so much that the jar was gone in no time. We used it for a variety of meals.


The Spicy Chipotle has a bit of a “kick” to it. I’m not a fan of things that are too spicy. This is just a wee bit too spicy for my preferences. None the less I think using the Spicy Chipotle will make your deviled eggs something will talk about long after your gathering. I also think you can use this on Hellmann’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe (you can find it on my site here).


The Original is just as good. I don’t notice too much of a drastic difference between original Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and the new Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise in original flavor.

I haven’t tried the new spreads yet, but I am looking forward to it.

Thank you Hellmann’s for the new products (especially the Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise in Roasted Garlic flavor). It’s nice to know that Hellmann’s continues to offer consumers quality, and flavorful, products.

For more information about these and other Hellmann’s products please visit Hellmanns.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the link are found on the top right of their home page. Be sure to check out all the recipes on their website too.

Have you tried the new Hellmann’s products yet? What do you think about these new product offerings?

Hellmann's logo


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Healthy Baking Challenge for National Nutrition Month by Carrington Farms & T-fal (giveaway ends 3/12/16)


Health Food

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This is an annual event held in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal is to focus people’s attention on the importance of making better informed and healthier choices when it comes to eating.

I have to admit that I don’t exactly eat the healthiest that I could, but I do make conscious decisions to opt for “better for you” choices. For example, skim milk instead of whole milk, non-fat yogurt instead of ice cream and an orange instead of cookies.

There are also little “tweaks” you can do to your family’s favorite recipes to provide them with added nutrition without compromising taste. You can use applesauce in place of butter in baked goods recipes. Or use egg whites instead of the whole eggs. I even use ground turkey in place of recipes that call for ground beef (like burgers and meatloaf) and my family never even noticed the difference.

I am a big fan of incorporating herbs, spices and seeds into recipes too to not only add flavor but also to add an extra bit of health benefits too.

In honor of National Nutrition Month I was challenged by Carrington Farms and T-fal to create a nutritious recipe as part of their Healthy Baking Challenge.




I have to admit that baking is not my strong point. I am a great cook, but when it come to baking I don’t seem to fare as well. I don’t know why.

I was sent some products to incorporate into the recipe too. Carrington Farms sent me Ready to Eat Organic Flax Chia Blend, Coconut Oil Spray and Coconut Cooking Oil.

I have used their Flax Chia Blend in the past. I have mixed it into yogurt, oatmeal and cereal. I never thought to use it in a baked recipe.

I was impressed that the Coconut Cooking Oil was clear and liquid. We have other coconut oil that changes density depending on the temperature. Sometimes it’s solid white, other times its more of a liquid.

To help me bake my recipe T-fal sent me some of their T-fal Air Bake Cookie Sheets (3 pack). These are much different than cookie sheets I currently own. These don’t have sides, so be careful not to place anything too close to the edge because it could spread out and go over the side.

T-fal cookie sheets

Cookie sheet

These cookie sheets have air insulation that prevents the top sheet from overheating, which can help prevent burning. That is the #1 thing I always do to cookies – I burn them or I over cook them and they are too dry.

These 100% aluminum cookie sheets have a special Micro-Dome technology that can help to decrease bake times by up to 15%. I don’t bake often but I suppose that is a good thing for people who bake often.

It wasn’t easy to come up with a recipe idea, but I finally found something that uses ingredients my whole family enjoys.

I don’t have a name for this recipe yet. I asked some friend of mine and they came up with Nutty Oat Pumpkin Cookies and “Everything Good” Cookies.



  • 1/4 cup of Almond Milk (I used an Almond Walnut Milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Carrington Organic Flax Chia Blend
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup of raw, “old fashioned” oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of Carrington Farms Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (I wanted to use cranberries but I forgot to pick them up at the store)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl combine the Carrington Organic Flax Chia Blend and the Almond Milk. Mix well and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Flax Chia


In another bowl combine the remaining ingredients. 


Add in the Flax Chia/Almond Milk and stir all the ingredients together very well. 

Spray a cookie sheet with Carrington Coconut Oil spray. 


Plop spoonfuls of the mixture on to the cookie sheet. They won’t spread out so it’s OK to place them relatively close to one another. 

You can top them off with extra pieces of walnuts or even chocolate chips for extra sweetness.

Flax Chia Cookies

Bake for 15 minutes. 

Eat and enjoy!

They turned out pretty good. My teenagers were more than happy to gobble them up. My kids liked the ones I topped with dark chocolate chips the most.


The next time I make these I’ll omit the cooking spray. The cookie sheets are non-stick so they really didn’t need the cooking spray (I used it to be on the safe side). I also think these would taste better with cranberries instead of raisins. I think the tartness of the cranberries would be a nice compliment to the pumpkin and walnut flavors. I might even try these with pecans instead of walnuts.

My kids said these are like a breakfast “snack.” My daughter plans on taking a few in a baggie with her tomorrow when she goes to classes on her college campus. My son said these would make a great after school snack.

My daughter did mention dipping them in chocolate, but that would clearly defeat the purpose of them being a healthier for you treat. LOL!


I am not the only blogger partaking in this Healthy Baking Challenge. Other bloggers are participating as well. Check out the hashtag #SprinkleofNutrition on social media to see what yummy recipes other bloggers have come up with.

For more information about Carrington Farms products please visit CarringtonFarms.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

For information about T-fal products visit T-falUSA.com. They can also be found on Facebook.

I have a special prize package for a lucky reader. The giveaway includes:

  • Carrington Farms Organic Flax Chia Blend
  • Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil
  • Carrington Farms Coconut Oil Spray 
  • T-fal Air Bake Cookie Sheets (3 pack)

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 12, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what healthy recipe you would bake/make using any or all of the products in the prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the above mentioned products to help me create my challenge recipe. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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