Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cannellini and Feta Casserole (Frugal Food Thursday)

Welcome to Frugal Food Thursday!  If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up below! 

This recipe is also listed at these wonderful linkup parties - thank you to all the hosts for allowing me to link up!

Because of all the great deals at the Viva Italia sale at Publix this week, my cupboards are bursting at the seams with beans and bread crumbs. There's lots of feta cheese and a few trays of colored peppers in the fridge.

I wanted to make something with all of this, but what? I did some Googling and came across this recipe for Nopa's White Beans with Feta.  I decided to add some onions and peppers and adjusted the proportions a bit.

It was divine!  I loved how all of the different ingredients came together - the warmed beans, slightly melted feta, and toasted breadcrumbs.  Next time, though, I'd add a bunch of garlic!

Here's my version of the recipe!


Sundried Tomato Gift Set Giveaway

I love sundried tomatoes!  They can be on the expensive side, but often I find them on a buy one, get one sale at Publix.  I love to make dishes with them, such as Sundried Tomato Beefaroni and Black Beans with Sundried Tomato Pesto.

Here's a great giveaway for all of the sundried tomato lovers - a gift set filled with Mooney Farms products! 

Mooney Farms has a history of using premium ingredients to create a line of healthy Mediterranean inspired products for today’s consumer.

Enter below, then leave a comment!  Thanks!


Enter to win a gift set of many of the wonderful products Mooney Farms has to offer!
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Nook HD+ Slate Giveaway

I love to read! I always have a huge pile of books from the library by my bedside table, waiting to be read.

If you love to read, here's a great giveaway for you! Enter below, then leave me a comment - thanks!

Welcome to the Read It! Nook HD+ Slate Giveaway

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Slate 16GB

  • Spectacular 9" HD Display Packed with pixels and boasting playback up to 1080p, watching video is better than ever on NOOK. Books, magazines, and apps look ultra-crisp from every angle. 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution 256 PPI (pixels per inch)
  • Massive Selection Shop over 3 million books, magazines, and newspapers - including 1 million free titles - and get them in seconds via built-in Wi-Fi® with no annoying ads. Sample books free before you buy.
  • The Apps You Want NOOK HD+ has all the most popular apps, including games, business, news and weather, cooking, entertainment, lifestyle, and a special selection of games and learning tools just for kids.
  • The Lightest 9" Tablet in Its Class NOOK HD+ is ultra-portable and small enough to slip into your purse, backpack, or briefcase. Can't plug in? No problem. Get up to 10 hours of use on a single charge. Weight: 18.2 oz (515 g)
  • Movies & TV Shows in Stunning HD Buy or rent and start watching in seconds - on your NOOK or on your TV, smartphone or computer.
  • The Best Tablet for Families Create up to 6 NOOK Profiles one for every member of the family.
  • Bestselling Newspapers & Magazines Enjoy popular newspapers & magazines in spectacular HD delivered instantly to your NOOK, as soon as they hit the newsstands.
  • Kids' Stories, Games & Learning Storytime is even more magical on NOOK. Explore one of the largest collections of interactive books for kids - as well as fun apps, learning tools and games.
  • NOOK Scrapbook lets you save magazines and catalog pages you love in one spot so you can go back and enjoy them later.
  • Cinema-like Sound NOOK HD+'s special audio technology lets you enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows in high-quality surround sound.
  • Flexible Storage & NOOK CloudTM Get up to 32GB2 of built-in storage and even more when you add a microSD Card. Additionally, all of your purchases are stored for free in NOOK Cloud.

One lucky reader will win NOOK HD+ Slate 16GB!

Giveaway ends March 13th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents only, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.


Best South Florida Publix Deals 02-28-13

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Here are some of the best Publix deals I've found that are available from Thursday, February 28, 2013, through Wednesday, March 6, 2013. The prices are for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Monroe counties in Florida, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, and Key West.

The Frugal Follies Coupon Database was used to find the coupon matchups.  New coupons appear daily, so check it to see if any new coupons are available!

This is not a complete list of all deals available at Publix this week.  Please check I Heart Publix or Southern Savers for a complete list, but please note that the prices listed or savings due to coupon doubling may not be accurate for the South Florida area.

The prices listed for BOGO items are the highest possible prices in the area.  It is possible that your local store's prices will be lower.

Not all newspaper coupon inserts will have the coupons listed below.  Other newspapers may have coupons with different values or may not have them at all.

2 Jell-O Snacks 4-pack @ BOGO $2.50
- $0.75 off 2 SUGAR-FREE JELL-O refrigerated snacks
= $1.75 for two, or 88¢ each

1 Del Monte Fruit Cup @ $2.00
- SAVE $0.50 On ONE (1) Del Monte® Fruit Naturals® Mango cup
= $1.50 each

1 Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressing @ $2.00
$1/1 Marzetti Refrigerated Salad Dressing printable
= $1.00

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner @ BOGO $2.59
- $1/2 Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese, exp. 3/10/13 (SS 02/10/13 R)
= $1.59 for two, or 80¢ each

2 Planters Peanuts @ BOGO $4.19
-  $1/1 Planters Product, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 01/27/13 R)
= $2.19 for two, or $1.10 each

2 Nabisco Ritz or Wheat Thins @ BOGO $3.69
- $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 3/10/13 (SS 01/27/13 R)
= $2.94 for two, or $1.97 each

2 Gevalia Kaffe ground coffee @ $5.99
$1.00 off any ONE (1) GEVALIA Coffee
= $4.99

1 Tyson Any'tizers Chicken @ $6.99
- $1.10 off ONE (1) bag of Tyson® Any’tizers® Boneless Wyngz* or any other Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks
= $5.89

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Best Florida ALDI Deals 02-27-13


Here are some of the best ALDI deals I've found that are available from Wednesday, February 27, 2013, through Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The sales and prices are for the ALDI stores in the Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami areas.

  • Roma tomatoes, 20-oz package, 99¢
  • Sweet corn, 20-oz package, $1.29
  • Baby carrots, 16-oz package, 59¢
  • Mini sweet peppers, 16-oz package, $1.69
  • Avocados, each, 49¢
  • Mangoes, each, 69¢
        • Sea Queen Wild Caught Salmon, 16 oz, $3.99
        • Sea Queen Value Pack Tilapia Fillets, 32 oz, $5.49
        • Sea Queen Swai Fillets, 32 oz, $5.49
        • Sea Queen Tilapia, 16 oz, $3.49
        • All Natural 90% Lean Ground Sirloin, $3.59/lb
        • Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Original Cheese, 4.5 oz, $2.89
          • Burman's Tartar Sauce or Cocktail Sauce, 12 oz, 99¢
          • Southern Grove Peanuts, 16 oz, $2.29

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          Boar’s Head Heart-Healthy Deli Meats Review

          This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boar's Head. All opinions are 100% mine.

          February is American Heart Month.  That might get you thinking of those heart-shaped boxes of candy for Valentine's Day, but you should also be thinking about your own heart, and how to keep it healthy.

          Here are some health statistics from the Centers for Disease Control that might surprise you:
          • About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
          • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
          • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
          • Every year about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 610,000 are a first heart attack. 325,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

          According to the CDC, lowering you blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce your risk of dying of heart disease.   One suggestion that they have to help your heart's health is to eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

          One line of products that meets these requirements are Boar's Head heart-healthy deli meats.  I recently gave friends of mine the opportunity to try out two of the Boar's Head products inside submarine sandwiches.

          They first tried the EverRoast® Oven Roasted Chicken Breast:

          They also tried the Ovengold® Roasted Breast of Turkey:

          My friends thought both were delicious!  They appreciated that the meat's flavor wasn't too salty, as sliced deli meats often are.  They thought that the meat taste was mild and didn't overpower the other items in their sandwiches.  They loved both and couldn't decide which was better. And when they were done, they wanted more!

          But Boar's Head heart-healthy deli meats aren't just for sandwiches!  Check out this recipe for EverRoast® Chicken Quinoa Pilaf:

          And check out more facts about your heart and Boar's Head:

          So keep your heart healthy this American Heart Month!

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          Free blogging opportunity: Chromebook 3G

          Here's another great giveaway coming up in two weeks!

          Bloggers, please join me and say that Frugal Follies referred you! Readers, be on the lookout for this one!

          Chromebook 3G Giveaway Event

          Hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8
          Prize: Samsung Chromebook 3G
          Event dates: 3/13 – 4/10

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          Coupon organization tip / $1000 cash giveaway

          We've got an amazing cash giveaway going on below!  But first, the giveaway sponsor asked me to share my favorite coupon tip, so here it is!

          You know I love coupons, right?  You probably think that I spend hours and hours clipping and filing them, right?


          Instead, I file my newspaper coupon inserts without cutting them at all!

          Here's how I do it:

          The coupon insert filing drawer is located on the bottom drawer of a 5-drawer filing cabinet that we got for free.  In the drawer are 20 hanging files.

          The first hanging file contains non-newspaper coupons. The rest of the hanging files hold coupon inserts for each week, in reverse chronological order, with the most recent inserts first and the older ones toward the back.  I do this because I'm more likely to use coupons that have been recently issued, as the older inserts contain many expired coupons, but possibly still some usable ones.

          In each file I have inserts I get in my local major newspaper as well as the inserts from two free local newspapers in my area.  I'm usually able to pick up 4-6 free copies of each of the two newspapers each weekend.

          When I get the inserts, I don't cut out the coupons; instead, I just file them in the drawer, uncut. 

          Then, when I plan my shopping trip, I find the coupons I need in my coupon database or on other coupon matchup sites.  I pull out the insert I need, flip through the pages, find the coupon, and cut it out.

          Each week, I remove the inserts from the last file, throw them away, change the date on the tab to the current date, put the new inserts in, and put the file at the front of the filing drawer.  It only takes a few minutes.

          And that's how I organize my coupons!

          Even better than saving money from coupons is winning big cash prizes, like the ones in this giveaway!


          Welcome to the Kickin The Winter Blues Giveaway

          About our Sponsor:  Rather Be Shopping

          Have you heard of the best place to save money, find online coupons, search coupon codes, and find coupon codes that are updated daily? You might have heard it mentioned on, L.A. Daily News, MSNBC, Woman’s World, and Readers Digest to name a few. If you haven’t been there yet and love to save money! You should visit Rather Be Shopping.

          Kyle from Rather Be Shopping is awesome and takes pride in saving money, and it shows. He keeps Rather Be Shopping updated daily with the best online coupon codes, printable coupons, savings, bargains, and for those new to online shopping learn “How Coupons Work.” Don’t forget to get geared up and save on the go with the FREE Rather Be Shopping Coupon App for your iPhone.

          About the Giveaway:

          We are super excited to bring FIVE lucky people the chance to win some serious cash! The 1st prize winner will receive $500 PayPal Cash! How exciting is that! Check out how the break down will work.
          • 1st Prize: $500 Paypal Cash
          • 2nd Prize $200 Paypal Cash
          • 3rd Prize $150 Paypal Cash
          • 4th Prize: $100 Paypal Cash
          • 5th Prize: $50 Paypal Cash
          Giveaway will run from 02/27/2013 at 12:00am EST - 03/28/2013 at 12:00am EST, open WORLDWIDE! To enter you must be at least 18 years of age, and use the Rafflecopter below. Remember you do not have to complete all entries on the Rafflecopter, but by doing so you are gaining more entries into the giveaway and increasing your chances on winning. There is plenty of time to enter this giveaway as it will run for 4 weeks. Those of you who wish to take advantage of daily entries be sure to visit daily and grab those extra entries.

          Special thanks to our fabulous Co-Hosts:
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          Tuesday, February 26, 2013

          Triple trips to Publix (Wednesday Weekly Shopping)

          Coupon Shopping
          I invite you to link up to your best grocery deals below, to inspire others to save more! 

          Last week, I took lots to trips to Publix - three of them!  I loved the first week of the Viva Italia sale, so I took two more trips there, then went for the second week of the sale.  Why couldn't there be a third week?

          Here's what I got this week:


          Free blogger opportunity: Kobo Arc 64 GB Giveaway

          Here's another giveaway coming up soon! Readers, watch for it at the end of March. Bloggers, please join me and say that Frugal Follies referred you!

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          Kobo Arc Giveaway Event

          Hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8
          Prize: Kobo Arc 64GB {RV$400}
          Event dates: 3/25 – 4/15

          SIGN-UP HERE!

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          Free blogger opportunity: iPad mini

          Bloggers, please join me in this giveaway! Readers, watch for this upcoming giveaway!

          Looking for bloggers to help promote a blogger sponsored  Giveaway, a $559 Value. 
          The giveaway dates will be 3/11 through 4/8. You will receive either Facebook or Twitter link for free (with announcement post HERE) for helping me with this awesome giveaway. NO Google + 
          Additional links $3 
          Host pages available for $15 (4 links and follow page) 
          Co-Hosts available for $20 (5 Links, follow page and Blog's Name on Banner) All money raised will go for the cost of the iPad. (Over half of the funds are already raised)
          Go HERE to sign up!!
          There is a referral prize of $25 Paypal!
          Only taking 75 blogs...all Facebook links will be on their own GT's.

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          Monday, February 25, 2013

          List and Enter Giveaways 02-26-13 (Fortune Follies Tuesday)

          Welcome to Fortune Follies Tuesday for February 26th, where bloggers can list their giveaways, and readers can enter them!

          READERS: Here are the giveaways going on right now at Frugal Follies, with their end dates: 

            BLOGGERS: Here are some paid or free blogger opportunities to sign up for.  Please say that Frugal Follies referred you!
              Please link up your giveaways below!


              Cheap baby gifts / $100 Little Me gift code giveaway

              Attending a baby shower?  Here's an inexpensive gift that new moms will love!

              Make a baby shower basket full of the small things that babies need, such as baby wash and shampoo, diaper cream, lotion, washcloths, and bibs.  Supplement with a few baby onesies, toys, and books and pack them into a gift basket.  Use shrink wrap (available at craft stores or the craft departments of national chain stores) to make a more professional look.   Add a bow and you have a great gift that didn't cost a lot of make.

              You can often get the baby items for free or cheap by combining store sales with coupons.  For instance, above are pictured some items I got on sale with coupons at Target and used in a baby shower basket.

              You can check the printable coupons at, RedPlum, Cellfire, SavingStar, Target, CoolSavings, Recyclebank, Smartsource, and Coupon Network - all of these often have coupons for baby items.

              Another super-cute source for baby gifts is Little Me.   Little Me creates unique clothing that celebrates those fleeting years when newborns transform into young toddlers. At the heart of Little Me is this time of exploring and delight—the magical years of discoverhood. Their products let little ones be little—whether they’re napping, throwing cereal on the floor or crawling through deliciously muddy grass.

              Are you or a friend expecting twins, triplets, or more? 

              To make things just a little easier, Little Me would like to offer moms expecting multiples a “Welcome to the World” gift after your children’s births. To receive the free gift please register for the Multiple Birth Program.

              And for everyone, here's a great giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift code to Little Me!  (Or, if you wish, you can choose cash via PayPal.)

              To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below!  The giveaway will end on 3/4 at 11:59 PM ET.  The giveaway is open to US residents aged 18 and older.


              Ruth's Brownie Zingers Review


              We here at the Frugal Follies household - well, except maybe for Mr. Frugal Follies - have a bit of a sweet tooth.

              And when I say "a bit," I mean, any chocolate that manages to make it in the house is gone almost instantly.

              So when Ruth's Brownie Kitchen, a small artisan bakery located in New York's Hudson Valley, asked me to give their Ruth's Brownie Zingers a try, well, that was pretty much a no-brainer.  Of course we would!

              Ruth's Brownie Zingers are the very best part of Ruth's Brownie Kitchen's legendary brownies... the crunchy, cookie like tops. Like all of Ruth's ultra-premium baked goods, Ruth's Zingers are handcrafted-to-order using Ruth's secret blend of three different Valrhona chocolates. Zingers are available in three varieties: chocolate chunk, walnut and toffee crunch.

              Ruth's Brownie Zingers were recently taste-tested by the staff of the New York Times.  Check out how they did:
              Members of the Dining section staff held an informal tasting to compare the chocolate chip and toffee flavors of all three companies. Ruth’s Brownie Zinger’s toffee crunch was the clear winner in its category, though Brownie Brittle got a couple of votes for that flavor. Among the chocolate chip crisps, Ruth’s and Seth Greenberg were tied for the honors.
              Read the full review here.

              We were lucky enough to be able to try all three varieties of Brownie Zingers.  They arrived in a bubblegum-pink gift box, tied up in pink bows - perfect for giving as a gift.

              Don't expect soft, moist brownies when you get them.  Ruth's Brownie Zingers are toasted brownie tops, and thus are more like cookies than brownies.  They are baked in large sheets and broken into pieces, so no two pieces are exactly the same shape. 

              My tasting team (i.e., my three daughters) dove into the Chocolate Chunk variety.  They were crunchy and sweet, and big slabs of chocolate on top.  Yum!   My eldest daughter said, "This chocolate is so good... I... I..." and then couldn't finish her sentence.  Probably because she ate another one!

              Next was the toffee.  The small bits of toffee were sprinkled generously on the top of the Brownie Zingers.  Everyone like this one too, although I thought the toffee flavor could have been a little stronger.  When I asked my eldest for a reaction, she said, "Can't talk. Eating."

              And lastly, the walnut brownies.  My youngest didn't want to try them because of the nuts, which left more for the rest of us!  My eldest daughter said about them in a British accent, "It is the perfect combination of nutty goodness and chocolate delight."

              On the down side, obviously, those families with nut allergies should unfortunately avoid the Zingers.  And because the Zinger pieces are broken up, I found lots of brownie crumbs, toffee chunks, and walnuts at the bottoms of the bags.  But they would be good for using as a topping for ice cream, I think.

              Overall, we really loved Ruth's Brownie Zingers, and I think they would make a great gift for the chocoholic in your life!

              Would you like to try Ruth's Brownie Zingers?  Visit the Ruth's Kitchen website to order yours!

              And even better: for a limited time, you can use the code 20myblog20 when you order Ruth's Brownie Zingers, and you'll receive a 20% discount.  I love chocolate on sale!

              Hope you enjoy your Brownie Zingers!

              (I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)


              Great Publix deal on Marzetti salad dressing!

              There's currently a sale at Publix on Marzetti salad dressings for $2.00 each.  (You'll find these refrigerated dressings in the produce department.)

              Use this coupon for $1.00 off any one (1) Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Refrigerated Salad Dressing to get a bottle of Marzetti salad dressing for only $1.00!

              Save $1.00 
off any one (1) Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Refrigerated Salad Dressing

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              Lunch coupons

              Hungry for lunch?  Here are some coupons for lunch products!

              $1.00 off 2 LUNCHABLES Combinations with Smoothie

              $0.50 off any 3 Campbell's Chunky™ soup or chili

              $1.00 off any Life Choice™ 5-count box

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              Toy coupons

              Here are a few new coupons for toys for the kids, or for birthday party gift!  Combine them with a sale at a national chain store to save even more!

              $5.00 off Laugh & Learn™ Love to Play Puppy

              $5.00 off Fisher-Price Poppity-Pop™ Musical Dino

              $10.00 off Laugh & Learn™ Stride-to-Ride Puppy

              $3.00 off any Fisher-Price Giggle Gang

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              Join the Swagbucks Birthday Blowout!

              The Swagbucks birthday blowout is going on right now!

              Head on over to the Birthday Blowout page to celebrate.  Here's how it works:

              The Swag Nation as a whole is working together to meet five goals: earning Swag Bucks for searches, special offers, surveys, Swagbucks TV, and Invite & Earn.  Each time a member earns points in one of these five categories, the corresponding bar on the right-hand side moves up a little.

              As we reach our goals, pieces of the puzzle on the left-hand side will be replaced with Swag Codes, which will last for 30 minutes.  Then a piece of the puzzle will be shown.

              By the end of the day, if we meet all of our goals, there will be a rebus puzzle, which can be solved for additional Swag Bucks.

              Find out more information about the Birthday Blowout here.

              If you aren't a member yet, click here to join Swagbucks and use the Swag Code 5THBIRTHDAY during registration to get an extra 90 Swag Bucks to start! 

              I've earned over $600 in gift codes from using Swagbucks - and you can too.

              Join me at the Birthday Blowout!

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              Rather Be Shopping's Thrifty Mom Twitter Feeds

              Following thrifty folks on Twitter is a great way to quickly find the tips you need, without long blog load times, advertising, sidebar buttons, and the like.  Scroll through your list, or use hashtags like #coupon or #free to find the types of deals you're looking for.

              My friend Kyle at Rather Be Shopping just released his list of 10 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds for Thrifty Moms.  I definitely recommend checking those out and following those Twitter feeds!  (One of them should look just a little bit familiar...)

              What Twitter feeds do you follow to save money?  Leave a comment below!

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              Sunday, February 24, 2013

              Menu plan 2-25-13: Lots of fresh pasta

              At Publix last week, by combining a sale with coupons,  I was able to purchase six packages of fresh pasta for only 15¢ each!

              So those will be featured in this week's recipes.  One night I'll make meatballs and serve them with fresh linguini.  Another night, I'll make one of my favorite dishes, fettuccine Alfredo!

              Here's this week's plan:

              Monday - linguini and meatballs

              Tuesday  - potato-crusted cod, salad

              Wednesday - White Beans with Peppers over brown rice

              Thursday - pizza bagels, fruit

              Friday - Chicken Broth with Matzo Balls, baked chicken, salad, challah

              Saturday - Fettuccine Alfredo, Caesar salad

              Sunday - takeout

              See Menu Plan Monday for more menus!

              (This post is sponsored by alto sax at wwbw. Check their site for all of your music needs. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)

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