Five to Nine Creations

~ An After Hours Guide to the Domesticated Side ~

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Is it really August 8th already?  I’m really not sure where this summer has gone.  Preston, my oldest, starts Kindergarten in less than 3 weeks!  It’s really hard to believe.  While I’m a little sad he’s becoming… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: It’s been WAY too long since I’ve been on here sharing with everyone.  This blog is one of the creative outlets in my life, and of late, life has been way too busy for creativity!  With the end… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I love peach season.  We have a small peach tree in our yard that is about 5 years old.  I believe we planted it right around the time that Preston was born.  Unfortunately, right now those peaches… Continue Reading →

If your anything like me, I know you all also have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest.  There are about a quadrillion recipes, ideas, projects, and inspirations that anyone can achieve…if you’re Martha Stewart.  I think we’ve all seen the classic photos and videos… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: So I have a confession……I LOVE puff pastry! I just do! I love the buttery texture, the crispness when it is cooked, and the versatility of it.  You can put ANYTHING in it! This is one of… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: A few weeks ago was our annual work picnic.  While we all chip in to get a catered lunch, everyone is encouraged to bring dessert.  This year, I was wanting something a little different and these Mexican… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction:  For awhile now, a friend of mine has been telling me about a crustless quiche that she makes.  She fills hers with cherry tomatoes, sautéed spinach, and feta.  I had been wanting to try it for sometime… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Father’s Day Gift List Every year, I like to bring you some of my favorite finds for different Holiday’s.  And let’s face it, everyone loves a top 10!  So, in no particular order, here are my favorite gifts… Continue Reading →

  Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Finally, it feels like May outside.  I’m taking advantage by blogging out on our deck at home.  I have the flower boxes full of petunias and geraniums.  The sun has just set, so the air is… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: A few weeks ago, we were shopping at Super Target…like we do all too often.  I do love that they have a full grocery store right in the Target…along with beer and wine!  Yay, Virginia!  While browsing… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: My sister-in-law Lisa and I put these simple grilled steak kabobs together on Mother’s Day then my hubby grilled them.  They were simple and delicious. This same method could be used with any protein and veggies.  Resources:… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I am rejoicing that grilling season is upon us!  From grilled meats, to vegetables, and even fruit, the grill is our staple method of cooking in the warmer months.  I love that there is basically no clean… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: OK, while my one son is sleeping and the other in time out (for repeated sassiness), I’m sneaking in a quick post here just in time for Mother’s Day – the Mango Bellini.  These are perfect for… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Pros and Cons of Jamberry Nail Wraps Most of us have been invited to the parties, online or in person, but for those of you in the dark, Jamberry is a company founded by 3 sisters who created a… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Mother’s Day Gift Ideas of 2016 Ok people.  You have about a week to get your shopping done.  Mother’s day is Sunday, May 8th!  Here are some of my favorite gift ideas!   10.  Triple Karma Mixed Metals… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: I shared my pizza making tips on the blog a few months ago, and for some reason never got around to actually sharing the fool proof pizza dough recipe itself! This is my dad’s recipe and it… Continue Reading →

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Presenter:  Becky Introduction: I am always looking for quick, easy, and of course delicious side dishes.  Being healthy is a bonus! My cousin posted a picture of a side dish on Facebook that she has been making lately and it… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: We just booked a cruise for mid-June, and we are all looking forward to it.  Preston, in particular, is beyond excited and insisted we make a count down 70 some days in advance!  Pretty much every time he… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Over the course of the next week, I will be attending 2 5-year old birthday parties!  As the mother of boys, I had a revelation this week, while shopping for these girly presents.  Apparently Sophia the First… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: One thing that I love about this blog is not only introducing people to new recipes, but also introducing them to ingredients that they may have never tried to cook themselves.  This week, I’m serving up one… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: During the warmer months we grill out.  A lot! I love the nights when I can prep the meal early and have my hubby grill it outside and all I have to do is make a side… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Ok, full disclaimer…as I’m writing this, I’m indulging in this fresh squeezed margarita!  Garey is giving the boys a bath after I just wrestled them during buzz cuts…so margarita earned!  Convenient timing, as I just bought a full bag… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: We are headed to Vegas in a few weeks, so the hubs and I have been limiting  carbs (well trying to!) in preperation for fitting into “summer” clothing! So, I have been cooking lunch yummies to help… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Happy Anniversary to Us Top Recipes from our first year of blogging If you can believe it, March marks our first anniversary since launching Five to Nine Creations!  We can hardly believe it.  We’ve laughed (at ourselves).  We’ve… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  As I have talked about several times over the last year, we love pizza in our house! Sometimes I like to change it up and make calzones instead of pizza.  A calzone is like a stuffed pizza… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Casseroles are such comfort food.  Pasta and meat coated in a creamy sauce.  Yum.  What’s not to love?  They are especially great for the weeknights because they can be prepped on the weekend and then baked off in the… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  I have talked about this before, but I will say it again, my life is crazy busy these days! During the week I need quick and easy meals I can put on the table, or I won’t… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Every time I buy a rotisserie chicken, I always feel some sort of guilt when we don’t eat off every last bit of meat.  We do our best, but it always seems like there is still so… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  This recipe was born out of a craving! We were headed to a party and I was tasked with bringing an appitizer and I had a craving for Italian subs.  I knew that would not be feasible,… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: We eat a lot of chicken in our house.  It’s lean and versatile.  My favorite way to prepare it is on the stove top – one skillet with easy clean up.  I find it the most effective… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Valentine’s day gifts for her Yesterday I posted a list of Valentine’s day gifts for him.  Today, I’m sharing my top picks for her.  Boy Meets Girl Drinking Glasses:  Super cute!  Also available in mugs, which could be… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him Why are men so hard to shop for?!  I’m always scraping last minute to try to come up with something for my husband.  This year, I’m planning ahead.  Here are my top Valentine’s… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  I started making these delicious chicken bacon ranch baked egg rolls years ago. The always a hit and are super easy to make, especially on a weeknight. I make many different varieties of baked egg rolls, but… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I’m always home infusing hard liquor.  In the past, I mostly infused with fruit, however, this past year, I’ve dived into candy, as you saw from my Strawberry Starburst Infused Vodka.  This month, I’ve been wanting to make… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I can literally not believe my eyes!  Just about a month ago, my daffodils were popping up out of the soil and now there is about 3 feet of snow on the ground.  With my husband out… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  This easy and flavorful roasted chicken leg quarters are delicious enough for company, but east enough for a weeknight meal.  Add a simple salad and you have a fantastic meal! We LOVE bone-in chicken quarters or chicken… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Weekday mornings can be crazy hectic in our house.  Getting myself up and awake, as well as the kids, lunches made, dog out, every one clothed, teeth brushed, shoes on, all before dropping off at 2 different… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  Oven roasted chickpeas have quicly become a go to for me since it is a new year and I decided that I need to take a ride on the healthy train! However, I am a  snacker, so I… Continue Reading →

 Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: At the end of 2015, I received a summary of our blog stats for the course of the year.  Interestingly enough, I learned that my Wood Handle Handbag Pattern was one of our most popular posts last… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  2015 Favorite Beauty Products I can’t believe we are wrapping up 2015!  Christmas was wonderful.  I could not have asked for a better day.  The excitement of Preston and Nolan from Santa, family visits, and all the generosity from… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  Many years ago my friend Erin shared this recipe for her families baked spaghetti casserole with me and I have given it to many other friends.  I have made a few changes over the years to suit… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I can’t believe Christmas is in just 4 days!  This year, it’s my turn to cook.  Instead of ham, which I never quite got the taste for, I have begun my own tradition of lasagna for Christmas… Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 6:  Vanilla Extract This is the last up in our series of homemade holiday gifts!!  I hope you enjoyed everything we’ve created along the way.  Of course you can see all of our gifts here.   … Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 5:  Merry Marinara This year, since we already planned on making the Vinaigrette and Rosemary Garlic Salt, Becky and I decided to round out our holiday gifts with another Italian themed creations – Merry Marinara.  I plan to… Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 4:  Mason Jar Salad Dressing Kelly and I decided that we were going to try something new this year, and salad dressing in a jar seemed like the perfect thing to try! It turned out… Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 3:  Peppermint Bark This is another recipe Kelly and I go back to year after year.  It is always a hit, and super easy to make! The flavors of chocolate and peppermint is a classic… Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 2:  Rosemary Garlic Salt So as I mentioned previously, in the Reindeer Treats Project, although we always try out some new recipes, Becky and I also like to go back to some old favorites.  Over the years on… Continue Reading →

Homemade Holiday Gift Guide Project 1:  Reindeer Treats (aka Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels) Six years ago, Becky and I began a tradition of a full day of holiday gift making.  This day is the day of all days.  A holiday… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I’m such a Scrooge when it comes to holiday decorations.  I’m definitely not the first on my block to light up the house in mid-November, which has now become acceptable!  I hate putting decorations up, hate taking… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: About a month ago, I got back from the Grand Canyon.  It was amazing!  Views that look too picturesque to seem real.  October was a perfect time to visit too.  The weather was sunny, but cool, which made… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo: Thanksgiving Day Recipes With less than a week until Thanksgiving, we know everyone out there is planning their menus!  Right?!  I will not to be hosting this year, but will be taking along a side dish (Mashed Caramel… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Few things in this world are more delicious than garlic.  Ok.  Maybe one thing…roasted garlic!  For those of you who have not tried roasting it, you are missing out!  It’s really my favorite way to prepare garlic.  The… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  I am a mac & cheese junky! I love it! This is another dish I grew up eating, but again my husband thinks I came from a strange planet because I had never tasted the blue box… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Happy Veteran’s Day!!  I loved having the day off so that I could get creative!!  And, my coworkers will be delighted to know that I whipped these cookies up today to share in the office tomorrow…making good use… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  If you haven’t been able to tell yet, family traditions and memory making is very important to me! Anything I can do to make a memory with my daughter and husband, I am all for it! One… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Fall and winter always reintroduce so many recipes that I put in the back of my mind for the summer months.  Most particularly, hot appetizers.  So often, for parties and get-togethers, hot appetizers become my dinner.  Growing… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo: Pizza Making Tips I grew up in a family where we very rarely ordered pizza.  We always had homemade pizza! My father put himself through college working at a local pizza “joint” and developed a love of pizza… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I feel like Brussel sprouts are the current trendy vegetable.  They are popping up all over restaurant menus now a days.  Never did I think I’d see the day where I would order Brussel sprouts while dining out,… Continue Reading →

  Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I think I inherited my love for cooking from my Grandmothers.  Both of them liked to cook.  They were both “famous” among family for their recipes…stuffing, spaghetti sauce, and my favorite from my maternal Grandma, apple… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  I’m baaaaaaaack! Well, it’s been a few weeks since I have last posted, or even cooked for that matter! In the last month we moved into our new house and are adjusting to our new normal of… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo: Craft Show Vending Tips I’m recently recovering from my first craft show.  Just kidding.  I loved it!!  I’ve had an Etsy shop open for a couple of years, but this past September was the first time I took my… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly and Kiddos Introduction: I’m always looking for quick kid’s activities to do around the house.  I’m a huge creator/crafter, but somehow neither of my children seemed to inherit that gene.  Whenever I pull out anything the least bit creative,… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction:  I love to make my own seasonings when I can.  They are easy to make, fresh, and I know exactly what is going into them.  Flavored salts, in particular, are one of my go to kitchen staples.  I… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: A few weeks ago, we were away visiting beautiful Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.  It is a place that we visit multiple times a year.  It’s a great town for year round entertainment.  Deep Creek State… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Fall Favorites! Today is the first day of Autumn – I’m sure you’ve heard!  Where did September go?  Or the entire summer for that matter?  Can’t say we’re sorry to say goodbye to the 90 degree temperatures and hello to… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction:  I almost always buy a 6 pack of bell peppers when shopping at Sam’s club, which is more often then I’d care to admit.   My family loves them, they stay fresh for quite some time, and the package… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: On this blog, I usually try to stick with recipes that are easy and quick to make after work, which is why Becky and I chose to name the blog Five to Nine Creations.  When I come across something really tasty, though,… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: This Sautéed Sweet Corn is a great use up for that farmers market corn or even frozen corn, if fresh isn’t available.  It is one of our favorite weeknight side veggie side dishes because it is so… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: It’s everyone’s favorite time of year….pumpkin spice season!  I know I’m excited and this Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Spread will not disappoint.  I made this for the first time a couple of days ago.  My youngest son Nolan… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: My sister in law, Lisa, shared this Unfried Chicken recipe with me years ago and it is delicious! I have made a few flavoring tweaks here and there, but you can add whatever you want to the… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: A few months ago, I came across the cutest little crotched hedgehog dusting mitt pattern on Ravelry.  The problem was, the only pattern available was a diagram pattern, which I, myself find rather confusing and hard to… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: We have a peach tree in our yard that’s about 3 years old.  I’ve watched as the first harvest gave us 6 peaches, to this year’s crop of about 25.  Fresh off the vine peaches are the… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: I love salad and for some reason I always think salads out taste better than the salads I make.  Well, I wanted to change that mentality so I took all the flavors I loved in various salads… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Alright, I’m going to tell you one of my secrets to baking.  Alton Brown introduced me to it years ago via Good Eats, and it makes all my baking, not only these sugar cookies, taste fantastic.  Drum roll please….Vanilla… Continue Reading →

Presenter: The Kitchenette Cook Introduction: This dish is a great way to branch out and try new grains, like barley.  I like that it is virtually a no prep, no clean-up side, which can be easily doubled or tripled for a full… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Since a spa treatment is a rare splurge for me, one of my husband’s go-to gifts for special occasions for me is a spa gift card.  It’s honestly my favorite gift (hint hint).  He knows that I especially like to… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Becky Introduction: I am always looking for quick and easy side dishes to go with a variety of meats.  I was never a fan of cooked carrots growing up, but roasted with a sweet glaze to tender crisp, and these… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I think steak is often the forgotten meat when it comes to marinade.  Since steak tends to be high in fat, it is quite flavorful even without it.  Marinating, along with some other tips, however, can take… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: As you know, our family loves to pick our own berries.  July’s in season berry is of course blueberries.  Our favorite local farm for pick-your-own blueberries is Frog Eye Blueberry Farm in Knoxville, MD.  After our first… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: It seems that you can buy vodka in every flavor imaginable these days…marshmallow, Swedish Fish…I’ve even come across PB&J!  I’m not so sure about those flavors, but one of my favorite go to flavors is watermelon.  It plays… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: We are so lucky to have the daycare provider that we do.  So lucky, in fact, that we have used the same daycare for the past 4.5 years and plan to use it until Nolan, goes to… Continue Reading →

 Presenter: Becky Introduction: One of my closest friends, Lisa, shared this taco pie recipe with me years ago.  We have tweaked it over time and it has become one of our family favorites.  I consider myself a pretty good cook… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: There are two kinds of people in this world.  People who believe in breakfast for dinner and people who don’t believe.  I find that these beliefs stem from early childhood, says the psychologist in me!  Growing up,… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly (with inspiration from Becky!) Introduction: Although I consider myself a good cook, one thing that I’ve always struggled to make is rice!  I’ve tried steaming…boiling…I have even invested in a rice cooker that I managed to break!  Somehow, it… Continue Reading →

Presenter: Becky Introduction: I obviously enjoy cooking and baking so I will often volunteer to bring dessert to parties/cookouts we attend.  This particular easy recipe has become a fast favorite! These strawberries are awesome on their own or with a… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: If you would have talked to me a month ago, I would have told you, I don’t understand freezer jam.  Jam belongs in the pantry, until opened and placed in the refrigerator for consumption.   I mean, the very… Continue Reading →

Presenter: Kelly Introduction: Every year, my mom, sister, and I take an annual “Girl’s Trip”.  This year, at the beginning of May, we went to Puerto Rico, staying just outside of Old San Juan.  The trip was one of our… Continue Reading →

 Presenter: Becky Introduction: I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been a whirlwind spring for our family! We decided to put our house on the market to see if we could see and buy a bigger house, and it all happened so quickly… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I love to bake!  I’ve always dreamed of quitting my day job and opening my own bakery or café.  I quickly snap out of this daydream though when I realize that my love of sleeping in usually takes precedence… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Father’s Day Gift Guide! June 21st is less than 4 weeks away.  And yes, while we know that many Daddy’s stick with the “don’t get me anything” routine, chances are, that same phrase landed all you mothers out… Continue Reading →

 Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Greek yogurt seems to be everywhere these days.  Trust me, I’m not complaining.  As a lover of sour cream, though a mayo hater, Greek yogurt makes a great healthy (and quite tasty) substitute for both these ingredients.  For… Continue Reading →

   Presenter: Becky Introduction: So, spring and summer are our favorite seasons for many reasons.  Most of which involve cookouts and having an excuse to eat yummy food and drink fruity drinks with our friends and family.  I mean who… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Wow.  I feel like I have some explaining to do on this one.  I can almost see my mother blushing as she reads this title!  Ok, so most of you have heard of a Pink Panty Dropper? … Continue Reading →

   Presenter: Becky Introduction: In the last 6 weeks we have decided to put our house on the market, prepared our house for listing, had an open house, showings, a contract on our house, put a contract on a new… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: In the summertime, I keep a large potted planter full of herbs parked on my deck, right outside the kitchen door.  It’s so nice to be able to open the door and add a fresh, flavorful final… Continue Reading →

 Presenter: Becky Introduction: It seems to be a theme with me the past few weeks, but I have been cooking a lot of Italian food! Maybe it is my subtle way of telling the hubby I need an Italian vacation… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: One of my favorite appetizers at a Thai restaurant is Chicken Satay.  Regardless of the fact that everyone loves skewed meat (yum), the side of peanut sauce served with the satay is amazing!  I could dip any… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: You’re in luck!  This recipe contains absolutely no cooking.  No measuring.  No baking involved.  Just opening containers and layering their contents.  I hear a couple of you squealing with delight.  You know who you are.  I find… Continue Reading →

  Presenter: Becky Introduction: Being a busy working wife/mom, I am exhausted at the end of the day. I don’t want to spend what little time we have in the evenings trying to figure out what to make for dinner… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: I’ve been crocheting for quite some time – my mom taught me in my teenage years, her grandmother taught her.  I guess it runs in the family!  In the past few years, however, it’s become more of… Continue Reading →

Today’s Memo:  Spring Cleaning It’s that time of year!  Open the windows, air out the house, and enjoy the warmer weather ahead. I recently read an article about the current trend of buying air fresheners to make the house smell good,… Continue Reading →

Presenter: Becky Introduction: Ever since I was young, I LOVED going to those Japanese Steakhouses where they cook the food in front of you.  I don’t know if it was the onion rings made into a volcano or the flying shrimp… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: Have you ever tried the cinnamon apples side dish at the popular chain restaurant Chili’s?  They’re delicious.  Chunks of tenderly cooked apples, glazed in a pool of hot gooey, cinnamony, caramely sauce.  *dreamy pause*  Ok, back to… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly Introduction:  Bath time to me usually means a bath tub turned wave pool filled with 2 crazy boys, while I attempt to wash away an outside layer of the snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.  Every now… Continue Reading →

Presenter:  Kelly      Introduction:  Welcome Spring!!  I am so looking forward to tulips, daffodils, and the Easter Bunny.  The last of the snow has melted away, and I believe *fingers crossed* that Mother Nature has finally told Old Man Winter to hit the road!  There… Continue Reading →

Presenter: Becky Introduction: After a long week of work, one of our favorite things to do is go out to a Mexican restaurant and have a great drink, good company, and delicious food! We LOVE the salsa you get out… Continue Reading →

  Presenter:  Becky Introduction:  I LOVE to cook! If I am stressed, need to figure something out, am bored, or am just plain old happy and want to share my happiness with those I love, I will cook or bake!… Continue Reading →

  Presenter:  Kelly Introduction: You’ll come to learn that I’m a huge fan of infused liquor.  Fruit, herbs…candy?  Why not?!    I believe this idea was struck circa October 31, 2014 when our home was suddenly “burdened” with an abundance of… Continue Reading →

We are so excited to welcome you to our new blog!!  As first time bloggers and computer illiterates, it has taken a lot of time and effort to get things just right.  We imagine there will be some bumps here and there,… Continue Reading →

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