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Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Low Carb Pizza Crust!

Hallelujah!!! Real hold-in-your-hand pizza! This is a great alternative for that carb-laden delight of the past.

Fathead pizza is all over the internet. I’m so glad I came late to the keto diet because people have figured out things like pizza crust, bagels, donuts, and muffins, not to mention cakes and cookies. Pizza is one of my favorite meals. My mother taught me to make pizza the way her mother taught her. It has been a staple in our family for a VERY long time.

I, like many others, have tried all kinds of pizza crusts: cauliflower, chicken, corn thins (during the Let’s Do Lunch diet), tapioca (good for paleo diets), and even egg based crusts. This one is a winner though. The others were an okay substitute for a while but eventually I would really crave that regular bread dough crust.

I had stayed away from this one while on other diets and even in the beginning of this way of eating because of the large amounts of cheese in the crust. You see, I didn’t know how it would work to have so much cheese IN the crust and then ON the crust too but I finally gave it a try and I love it!

Another reason I avoided this one was because every recipe I’d seen melted the cheese with the cream cheese in the microwave and I don’t like to use the microwave. Actually, for a long time I had my microwave put away. Then I learned that it works just as well on the stovetop.

Here’s how to make the crust.

Here’s how easy it is to make . . .

Put 1½ cups shredded mozzarella (I use part-skim because I was told it works better than full fat for this recipe) and 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. As it begins to melt combine the two and stir occasionally, until it is all melted.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Then add 1/3 cup of almond flour, 1/3 cup oat fiber 500, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, and a teaspoon dried oregano.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meGarlic Salt and Oregano ~ Lifeofjoy.me

When partially combined and cool enough that it won’t cook the egg on contact, add the egg.

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Combine thoroughly.

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Spread out thinly on parchment paper on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes, lightly browned.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Low Carb Pizza Crust!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup oat fiber 500 (brand does make a difference)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Melt mozzarella and cream cheese over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Thoroughly combine the two cheeses.
  3. When melted, add almond flour, oat fiber, and seasonings.
  4. Add egg and combine thoroughly.
  5. Flatten out onto parchment paper on a pizza pan or baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
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Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit

This is so simple, it is hardly a recipe but maybe a menu idea instead. The delicious combination of sausage, egg, and cheese on a light biscuit.

I have recently been making this wonderful breakfast sandwich using Belle’s Biscuits, which a recipe in Kristie Sullivan’s new Keto Cookbook and on her youtube channel here. It is an easy mixer recipe, that whips up rather quickly. I have also made this with Mug Bread, which I shared here.

So here is how to do this simple breakfast. Start with a biscuit or mug bread, sausage, an egg, and some cheese; I used some mild cheddar.

Sausage, Egg, cheese, biscuit ~ lifeofjoy.meCut the biscuit in half and toast it or just heat it up.

Cut Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meForm a patty out of some bulk sausage and cook. Cook an egg. Tiffany doesn’t like egg whites, so we scramble up her egg for this sandwich.

Sausage and Egg ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to add butter or mayo to my biscuit/sandwich.

Butter the Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlip the sausage and egg and cook to desired doneness.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace the egg on the bottom half of the biscuit. (I overcooked my egg today but it was still delicious.)

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext comes the sausage.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd now add some cheese.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then put the top half of the biscuit or bread on top.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt really doesn’t matter that there is some overhang of delicious food. I just eat those bites first or with just a little nibble of the bottom part of the ‘bread’.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meSausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is definitely one of my favorite breakfasts! :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese “Bread”

Nice little cheesy breadstick kind of thing. ;)

This reminds me of the appetizer available at pizza places where they cook a pizza crust with some cheese on top and serve it with marinara. It is not as thick but it resembles it all the same.

I saw this on facebook and have no idea who created it. I took a screenshot of the nice graphic but I keep having a hard time retrieving it from my computer. I decided the best way to be able to find it was to put it on here. Plus it is good. :)

I cover a pizza pan with parchment paper.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCombine 1 cup of shredded mozzarella with 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, an egg, and a little sprinkling of garlic powder.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlatten it out to an even layer.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 350º for about 15 minutes (it really depends on how thick or thin you spread it out on your pan.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCut into strips and eat. You could have it with some marinara but that would add more carbs. I just eat it plain with whatever else I am having.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese “Bread”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and spread on parchment paper on a baking sheet (I used pizza pan.)
  2. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes
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Enjoy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Chicken with cheese, wrapped up in bacon! Yummo!

This deliciousness is excellent for those on a keto or low-carb diet but it is not great for those on a calorie-restricted diet. I found it when I was on phase three of the hCg diet. However, when I decided I needed to watch my calories, this meal became taboo. But since being on the ketogenic diet, I have revived this awesome recipe.

I see on my print recipe copy that I got it from this website. She has lots of ideas for other ‘fillings’ in this chicken that I may yet have to try.

Here’s what I did. I started with a generous one pound chicken breast and sliced it about half both horizontally and vertically to get individual portions. Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meChicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext lay down about three slices of bacon, side-by-side in one direction and then two in the other direction.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace your chicken on top of the intersection of the bacon.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd some slices of cream cheese.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen sprinkle with garlic salt and any other seasonings of your choice.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow add some cheese of your choice. I used mild cheddar.Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow fold in the two slices, overlapping if possible.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meBacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen wrap/roll the three slices around the chicken.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace seam-side down on your baking pan.

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Bake at 400º for 45 minutes. Check it around 30 minutes and turn over to brown/crisp the bottom side.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meBacon-Wrapped Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis really is delicious! Give it a try.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pound thin bacon, about 5 slices per serving, about 20 total
  • garlic salt
  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut cut your breast into 4 pieces and pound a little, between parchment paper or such to thin it evenly.
  2. Lay down three thin strips of bacon side by side and then two slices in the other direction.
  3. Lay the chicken on top.
  4. Add a little cream cheese, garlic salt, and cheddar cheese.
  5. Fold over the two strips.
  6. Then fold/roll the chicken on the three strips of bacon.
  7. Place seam side down on baking sheet.
  8. Bake 400º for 45 minutes. Flip chicken when top is crispy to crispy the bottom bacon.
http://lifeofjoy.me/bacon-wrapped-chicken/

I hope you enjoy this one, if you try it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Alfredo Sauce ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Alfredo Sauce

With just three simple ingredients, this one is a breeze to make. Oh! and it is delicious! ;)

I was on a keto facebook group perusing the posts when someone mentioned this alfredo sauce. I’ve seen alfredo sauces before that use cream cheese, so I was surprised when this one did not. The person said that the recipe was from the Pioneer Woman, so I did a search for it and was pleased to find it so easily. I was also pleased to find that it was a very simple recipe.

As you can tell from the featured image, I used this sauce on a pizza crust. It was very good and my family asked if we could have it again a couple days later . . . and we did.

So here’s how you do it:

Put half a cup of heavy cream (or heavy whipping cream) in a saucepan with half a stick of butter and heat it over medium low heat until it thickens up a bit.

Butter and cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a little salt and pepper if desired. Remember that the Parmesan cheese is salty, so don’t add too much.

Stir in salt and pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter it thickens up a little, add 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese and stir.Add Parm ~ Lifeofjoy.meUnfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the sauce before I added it to the pizza crust, so this is the best I can do. ;)

Alfredo Sauce ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe put it on the pizza crust, added cooked chicken, turkey bacon and spinach. I’ll share that recipe another time (probably next week).

Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter (salted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When it thickens a little, add the Parmesan cheese and remove from the heat.
  4. Stir until it is all melted.
http://lifeofjoy.me/alfredo-sauce/

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Thick Bacon Hack

Make the less expensive thin bacon into thick bacon, with this tip.

My family has gotten spoiled with the thick cut bacon I’ve been buying at Sprouts lately. It truly is delicious. But it is a tad bit expensive. So I buy the cheaper thin bacon to add to what I buy of the thicker bacon.

However, nobody really cares for the thinner bacon. Although I do have to admit, sometimes it is so nice and thin and crispy that I call it a bacon chip. ;) But  most of the time, we don’t prefer this cut.

Well last weekend when I was baking up some of the bacon for the week, I had run out of space and still had half a package of thin cut bacon left. Then it hit me . . . I can put two pieces together and make it a thicker piece of bacon. And that is just what I did and it turned out nice.

So for today, I thought I’d show you how to do it in a skillet but the same technique applies to putting it on sheet pans and baking it.

Place two pieces on the skillet together. The big ones on the right are two pieces and the little piece on the left is just one.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey may separate some as they cook but this is okay. :)

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust turn the two-piece piece over as one piece.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually prefer it baked in the oven but this was okay too. Now, I’ll admit that this is not as good as thick bacon but it makes it a bit tastier this way.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Baked Pancakes

An unconventional, easy, time saving way to make pancakes.

Being on a low-carb diet, sometimes means that you need to incorporate more fiber. Sukrin has a fiber syrup that we like to use on pancakes – yes, low-carb pancakes. :) Yummo! Anyway, I decided that maybe Sean might want to have some on a daily basis but making pancakes every day is NOT going to happen.

Then I remembered reading on a fellow Oklahoman’s blog, that she made pancakes in the oven. She said it works for any batter that has two cups of flower in it. I wondered if this would work for these low-carb pancakes I’ve been making. (Well, actually, I’ve been using the recipe in her cookbook: Cooking Keto With Kristie: A Journey Worth Taking and it is slightly different than the one in her video, which is slightly different than the one she references on the video.)I decided to give it a try when I wasn’t under pressure; so I attempted it for my breakfast yesterday. It Worked! :) I use her recipe but substitute coconut flower for the pork rinds right now, since Michael cannot have them.

So, here’s how to do it.

Prepare you batter.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meGrease your sheet pan. Mine is about 15″x11″ in size. I used coconut oil.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpread batter into pan.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSorry about the bad pictures today!

Put in the oven and bake on 375º for 12-15 minutes.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meI cut it into 16 pieces because this recipe is for 8 servings.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne serving. :)

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany was in the mood for some chocolate, so she added some Lily’s chocolate chips (they’re sweetened with stevia).

You cannot see my pancake very good but it was delicious.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Baked Pancakes

Ingredients

  • Pancake batter that has 2 cups dry ingredients.

Instructions

  1. Prepare batter.
  2. Grease sheet pan/jelly roll pan.
  3. Pour batter into pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes.
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I hope this makes your life easier. I believe it will mine.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Not-So-Hot Wings

These tasty wings are good for dinner, a lunch, or a snack when watching sports or whatever you enjoy.

This is a super simple “recipe”. I saw an online video where a lady said she cooked her wings in a crock pot with butter and Franks hot sauce. So the first time I tried this, I did what she said she did but the meat was too done for my liking and there was LOTS of juice in the pot. So I dumped it all on a sheet pan and baked it on, like 450º, until they were browned up a bit and most of the liquid was evaporated. They were okay but I decided to just bake them on a low oven for a couple of hours.

Oh! I don’t like spicy things and I enjoy these!

So here’s how it’s done . . .

Cover you sheet pan with foil to save elbow grease later. Put the wings, in one layer, on the foiled pan.

Add a bit of butter to each wing piece. This probably isn’t necessary but it’s what I do. ;) Then shake some Frank’s hot sauce or your preferred variety on each wing. (Almost forgot to take pictures again. :o)

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI then put them in the oven on 250º for about 2 hours or sow. They should be done and just need to be browned.

Turn the heat up to 450º or broil (I have a gas oven and hate to broil in it.) for about 20-30 minutes, until most of the liquid is gone and wings are nicely browned. See, I almost forgot pictures! Flip them if one side is getting too brown and the other isn’t crisp yet. Since I over cooked them, I had to turn each wing over to brown the other side this time.

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI baked these too long! I forgot they were in the oven. :) But they were still good. I baked them for like 3 or 4 hours on 250º, which I don’t recommend.

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ll try to remember to take more pictures next time I make these, which won’t be long from now, because Michael likes them a lot, and add some prettier pictures.

Not-So-Hot Wings

Ingredients

  • One bag of wings (ours are 3-4 pounds)
  • butter
  • Franks hot sauce (or your preferred brand - I've used Aldi's brand recently and like it)

Instructions

  1. Put a layer of foil on baking sheet.
  2. Add wings in a single layer
  3. Add a bit of butter to each wing
  4. Shake hot sauce on each wing
  5. Bake at 250º for about 2 hours or so
  6. Then at 450º for about 20-30 minutes to brown/crisp them up.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Taco Salad

Versatile hearty salad made with meat, cheese, lettuce and whatever else you like.

It is the middle of March and ridiculously hot already here in Oklahoma. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that hot but our air conditioner is in need of help, a.k.a. it isn’t cooling. At any rate, it is too hot to make something in the oven for dinner tonight, so I’m changing up my menu and having Taco Salad instead. It’s good to be flexible.

This salad can be fixed in a variety of ways to meet your dietary needs. I’ll be making it TWO ways today! Yep, two ways. Since Sean, Tiffany, and I are doing keto we need high fat, so I’ll be using 73% ground beef. Currently Michael cannot eat beef or he breaks out in a rash and has difficulty breathing, so I’ll fix his with ground turkey. The only other difference will be in what ‘chips’ we use. Michael will use plain tortilla chips and the rest of us will use pork rinds. :)

So, let’s get started.

Brown the ground meat.

Browning Hamburger ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen it is about half done, I like to season it with salt and pepper.

Seasoned Hamburger ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Now add remaining seasonings. This depends on your tastes. You can simply add a package of taco seasoning or a mix of seasonings like I do. Tiffany doesn’t like purchased taco seasoning, so I’ll use some onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.

Taco Seasonings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Prepare your lettuce. Wash it if it is dirty. We like green leaf lettuce; it has nutrition unlike iceberg.

Wash & Dry Lettuce ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I put each ingredient in a separate bowl so that each individual can put on the toppings of their choosing. Since this meal was not on my menu when I shopped last week, I don’t have an avocado; thus, we’ll use some sour cream (which I don’t need if we have avocado).

We have tomato, refried beans (for Michael),  sour cream, and CHEESE tonight.

Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Tiffany put a little carrot, green pepper, broccoli, and zucchini in the salad. Seriously, a little of each, like a tablespoon or two. Most times it is just plain lettuce. ;)At dinner, everyone will build their salad to their liking. This is mine. :) Mmmm, mmmm!

Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Serve with nacho tortilla chips, plain tortilla chips, or to keep it keto use pork rinds.

Taco Salad and Pork Rinds ~ Lifejoy.me

I crushed up a few in my salad.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ pounds ground meat
  • ¼ teaspoon each cumin and garlic powder
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon each paprika and onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lettuce
  • cheese, your preferred variety
  • various veggies on hand, like tomato, onion, green pepper, zucchini, broccoli, carrot, avocado, etc.
  • sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meat.
  2. Season with the listed seasonings.
  3. Tear washed lettuce leaves into bowl and add in variety of veggies or none at all.
  4. Serve salad with meat, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips or pork rinds, as desired.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Enchilada Bake

This casserole is a bit like the Enchilada Pie but low carb. It satifies that desire for Mexican food.

This is another wonderful recipe from Genaw. I usually put off making it because it is baked twice: once for the ‘crust’ and then once for the casserole cheese to melt. But when we eat it, we always remark about how good it is.

Set out 4 ounces of cream cheese to soften. Beat the softened cream cheese and eggs until smooth.

Eggs and Cream Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add seasonings. I combine onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper but you can use your favorite taco seasoning. Mix well.

Add seasoning ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add in 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese.

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Spread evenly into a greased 9×13″ baking dish.

Spread Enchilada Crust in Dish ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 350º for about 35 minutes. It should be lightly browned but not too dark because it will go back into the oven again in a bit.

Baked Crust Enchilada Bake ~ lifeofjoy.me

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Let stand for 5-10 minutes before adding the topping.

Brown the ground meat and add some more of the seasonings, the enchilada sauce, and green chiles. I like to purée the green chiles. Combine well and spread over the slightly cooled crust.

Enchilada Bake Topping ~ Lifeofjoy.meEnchilada Bake Meat and Crust ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Top with remaining cheddar cheese.

Enchilada Bake Add Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake another 20 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Oops! Almost forgot to take final pictures, so this is all that was left in the baking dish at the time.

Echilada Bake Serving or two ~ Lifeofjoy.me

 

Serve with your choice of toppings: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, avocado, et cetera.

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Enchilada Bake

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Topping:
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce (or so) jar enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounces chopped green chiles (I purée mine)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese and eggs until smooth.
  2. Add in taco seasoning.
  3. Add in the cheese and mix well.
  4. Spread into greased 9x13 baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350º for 35 minutes or so, until it is lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Brown the ground meat and drain away any excessive grease. I use ground turkey so there isn't much.
  8. Add in taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and green chiles. Combine well.
  9. Spread over crust.
  10. Top with remaining cheese.
  11. Bake 20 minutes or so, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  12. Serve with your favorite toppings. (lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, avocado, green onions, etc.)
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I hope you enjoy this one, it really isn’t difficult. Just be sure to plan to start about an hour and 15 minutes before you desire to eat. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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