3 Guesses

September 7, 2011

What comes in a jar?

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Has a pillow top..

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And keeps you full till lunch?

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Overnight oats in a jar – mixed with frozen raspberries and blackberries (that thawed overnight), chia seeds, cinnamon, 1/3 cup oats, milk, yogurt, pinch of salt, Cville Crunch granola crumbles and sunflower butter. Whew!

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You know that bee who lives in our mailbox? Well I think he’s really a wasp or hornet or something. He’s HUGE. His head is the size of a praying mantis. I often look for him in there and today I looked in and he was working on something, looked up and stared right at me. Scary humanlike bug!

Still dreary here so I’m putting on some beachy oldies to lighten the mood!

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1 Molly @ RDexposed September 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

Brrrr. No Illinois called for warm oats today.

PS don’t let the wasp find out where you’re moving!

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2 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

:) We’re not sharing our new mailbox with him

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3 Hillary September 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

Mmm…GH double berry spread? Yes, please!

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4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

Wow, that is quite the mix in the jar today! We had a wasp (actually a whole nest) living in our bbq over the summer, and finally my roommate got up the courage to whack it out so that we could finally start grilling food without having to worry about being stung. Hope you can sort out a solution soon!

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5 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

Yummy!!!! Have a great day!

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6 Bethany @ More Fruit Please September 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

I saw the Biscoff spread at the grocery store yesterday and had to try it. All I can say is HOLY YUM!! It made me think of you and now I understand why you love it so much!

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7 Khushboo September 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

Forget Einstein, whoever came up with the idea of OOIAJ is a genius!!!

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8 Jennifer September 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

What’s Biscoff spread exactly? Never heard of it!

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9 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

It’s a blend of Biscoff cookies and oil. it’s not a health food!

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10 Mollie September 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

untrue. it’s a mental health food!

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11 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

Mmm… a pillow top. I like the sound of that. Maybe a bit too much. zzzzz… I’m so sleeeepy this morning.

Love the berrified ooiaj!

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12 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

I haven’t had overnight oats in a looong time – time to break them out again.

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13 Allison @ Happy Tales September 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

Even with the cooler mornings, I find OOIAJ sooo satisfyingly yummy. They seriously can’t be beat. Hope your weather clears up today.. it’s nice down here in CLT now!

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14 Lauren September 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

Your overnight OIAJ are making my first days of law school that much bearable…learning makes me hungry, thank god for a breaky that keeps me full till lunch!!

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15 Sara September 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

Silly question, but do chia seeds have a flavor? I can’t get them where I am so I’ve been wondering!

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16 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

Not really…they’re kind of like flax seeds. Slightly nuttiness

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17 Tracy September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I don’t think they have any flavor. More of a texture and thickness. I think flaxseeds have quite a bit of nutty flavor, however.

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18 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

I have overnight oats on our “menu plan” for the week – I’ve been drooling over yours for far too long. :)

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19 Kristina September 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

I am terrified of bees/wasps/any sort of stining insect. I think you’re brave just for opening the mailbox!! Maybe it’s because I’ve never been stung, but I have this irrational fear of them…

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20 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

Oh I don’t open the mailbox!! This is an old antique one – we have another that we use

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21 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

AHHH that bug sounds awful… your description paints a very vivid picture of a disturbing human like bug. Gives me the shivers! Sounds like and alien bug haha

What a pretty jar of overnight oats. I am obsessed with cold oats… I don;t know if I will make the transition to warm oats this Autumn/Winter. I MAY however try savoury oats (with cheese and broccoli or avocado or eggs or something like that)… have you ever made savoury oats in the AM?

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22 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Yes I’ve made egg/avocado kinds and also a goat cheese balsamic once. It was too much savory for breakfast!

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23 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

I like overnight oats, they are super tasty! And I am STILL addicted to sunflower seed butter….thx ;)

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24 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

bees scare the heck out of me and I’m not even allergic! Good luck with that! And the oats look great :) i’ve been too lazy to make them lately… I always feel too rushed in the AM!

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25 katie @KatieDid September 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

ahhh I would avoid that mailbox like the plague. I handle bugs just about as well as you do ;) !!
Have a good one!

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26 Hannah September 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

Eeek, I wouldn’t like a bee that big! Today I noticed a spider has made webs throughout the inside of my bar. Eeek again.

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27 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

Kath! First you got me to try “midnight” figs through your posts, and this morning I tried Coach’s Oats! They were VERY good– I don’t think I’ll go back to Quaker anytime soon.
So influential you are ;)

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28 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

Ok that wasp/hornet story kind of freaks me out — I’ve never had a bug “look” at me like that! Hilarious.

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29 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl September 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

Mmmmm…oats in a jar are the best. Hope the packing is going well…good riddins’ Mr. Bee!!! Don’t pack him up for the new house!!

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30 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 7, 2011 at 8:10 am

Yummy! Love OOIAJ!

Have a great day :)

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31 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

That looks like dessert in a jar! Hope it clears up soon… Though seems like the storms keep coming.

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32 Mom September 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

I bet he or she is a bug blogger! A colleague of sorts of yours.

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33 Kori September 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

Cute thought! Maybe he/she just wants some publicity and notoriety in the bug world. ;)

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34 Mom September 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Yes! Kath we need a closeup. The bug wants to be famous.

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35 Jen September 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

I spray unwanted bugs with air freshener to try to take them out or at least “intoxicate” them to stay away.

Did you take out your “Eat More” sections at the bottom?

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36 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love that it is getting cooler here. I can’t wait to eat more oatmeal all fall and winter long. I only like my oats hot, so the cooler weather better get here quick!!!

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37 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) September 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

I like the pop of red in the jar! It’s dreary here today too, a good afternoon for some tea and a cozy blanket!

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38 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

Yum! Overnight oats are always so filling! Looks great as usual :)

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39 Ashley @ This Is The Place September 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

So about your bee…it might actually be a cicada killer wasp.

They are really big wasps (like 2″ big!) that do not live in colonies or wasp nests. They nest individually and eat cicadas. They are non-aggressive and non-territorial, so they’re usually not a problem to have around. My parents have a few of them and haven’t had any problems.

You can read about them here – http://durmebugs.tripod.com/gettingridofpests/killerwasp.html

Just a thought!

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40 Allie September 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

Ashley, I was just going to post and suggest that it might be a cicada killer too! We just moved to North Carolina from California and I was completely freaked out by them until I figured out what they were. I swear they are as big around as my pinky finger. But my son told me that at school the other day they actually saw one dragging a cicada away!

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41 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

That’s it!!!!!!

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42 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

Music always helps with my mood! I need to do the same. The weather in Atlanta just won’t brighten up!

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43 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

Yum! That looks like such a filling breakfast choice!

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44 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

That’s the best looking muffin top I’ve ever seen :)

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45 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

Overnight oats are the best! I just ate breakfast and I’m suddenly hungry again :)

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46 Johanna B September 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

Love the needlework on the breakfast teapot linens. Is it hand stitched? If so, it’s fine work.

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47 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

I only needed one guess! :)

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48 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees September 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

Lovin’ that jar! And good call on some summer jams to chase these stormy clouds away!

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49 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

That looks like an amazing breakfast. I love overnight oats – they are the most filling of my breakfasts. I recently got my hands on some chia seeds and loved how creamy they made my bowl of oats earlier in the week. Today, i just sprinkled them in my bowl of cereal :)

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50 Toni September 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

Wow! Looks yummy. So much oats…were you able to finish them? :)

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51 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yeah! I have a big appetite, and I don’t think it was as much as maybe it seemed?

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52 Diesel September 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Looks great!

In NYC it was too cold to make overnight oats, even though it is barely September!
Burr, this fall better not stay this weather, I don’t like cold, dreary, rainy days :(

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53 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

If this “bee” (or hornet, wasp, evil creature) is giving you so much trouble, I wonder what your postman thinks of it!!!

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54 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Well it’s not really our mailbox! And he’s not giving me trouble – just staring me down! I also put a note on the box so he/she would know not to go in there.

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55 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

OIAJ are the best! Ready for you in the am ad hold you over for a very long time. Those look perfect! You always have the cutesy linens Kath.

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56 Angel7 September 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

That almond butter or sunflower butter looks so good and creamy!

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57 Nikki @ The Legalista September 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

Holy moly this breakfast just sounds all sorts of amazing! I’m eagerly awaiting the bottom of my almond butter jar to rear her face so I can make some OAIJ. I don’t think it’ll be too much longer :-P

Eeeesh. That bee would give me nightmares! Put your battlegear on!

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58 Elisabeth September 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yep, still dreary here, too… It rained all night & is still raining – been that way since Sunday…

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59 lynn @ the actor's diet September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

gah – the bee is freaking me out! (i’m allergic)

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60 Hilary September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

I only needed one guess! And love the tea + teapot linen!

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61 Kristin September 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

I have been making overnight oats since I read about them on your blog. They are delicious. I’ve make them for my baby and he loves them! It is so great to be able to prepare it the night before and then breakfast is ready to go for my hubby to feed him in the morning. Now I’m curious about Chia seeds. Are the Chia seeds added to the overnight mixture or do you sprinkle them on in the am? I was reading about some of the benefits and would like to try them for myself. Do you have a preferred brand?

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62 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I mix them in so they gel up the mixture, but I also sprinkle them on top when I’m eating cereal or pancakes. You can do either. I get mine from Chiaseedsdirect.com because they are the cheapest there with free shipping. You can find them at Whole Foods in the spices too if you want to try them out first. They are most fun because of their texture!

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63 Nikki September 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

Why don’t my overnight oats look so pretty!!

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64 Sarah Jane MacMillan September 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

Kath!
Did you ever have times in the beginning of blogging where you would just totally forget your camera or to take photos of meals? I feel like you are so good now at incorporating it into your life that it must be second nature. Do you have any tips for how to remind yourself to always take the photos or bring your camera?

Your peanut butter looks so fluffy and delicious btw!

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65 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

only a few times! It will become like a wallet or keys to you :)

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66 Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! September 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

I’ll be honest–if I had a wasp or hornet living in my mailbox, I’d NEVER go get the mail!! Don’t get stung!!

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67 Annie @ On a Back Burner September 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

mmm that would have been great this morning when I was running late for a morning class and woke up to find our toaster not working!

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68 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

I just had a bowl of overnight oats with almond butter this morning. So delicious and love how little work they require. Yummy!

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69 Steve September 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

Do you mix in the frozen fruit the night before?

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70 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Yup

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71 Alyssa September 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

how on earth do you eat that much in the morning? you must have a stomach of steel!

pretty pictures.

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72 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I don’t think it was as much as it seems!? Just a normal bowl of oatmeal but in a jar!

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73 Wendy September 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

1/3c of oats in nothing! I usually eat 1/2 cup then add in all sorts of goodies!! And I’m hungry 3 hours later! :-)

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74 Alyssa September 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

i didn’t mean it in a nasty way! i just don’t think my stomach could handle the carb-on-carb action going on there. i wish it could! breakfast is the best meal of the day!

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75 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Well there’s also yogurt and milk!

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76 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

How are you scared of a cricket but not fully terrified of your mailbox bee??? I’m getting freaked out just reading about him lol.

Breakfast looked good, hadn’t thought to try frozen berries in place of the banana in mine.

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77 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Because the bee doesn’t jump up in my face!

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78 Kelsey September 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

YOU??!! Were bug hunting?

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79 Lindsay @ bike before bed September 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

I discovered three mini hornets nests in my garage doors yesterday and I thought of your bee in the mailbox! Anyone have any suggestions on getting ride of them?

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80 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

Awake Tazo tea is one of my favorites!!

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81 VeggieGirl September 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Mmm overnight oats!! I havent made any yet as I dont even know where to start but all your pictures are so inspiring!

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82 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

it was chilly in chicago this morning! just finished a maranatha jar… can’t wait for OIAJ tomorrow morning!!

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83 Lara @ TresLaLa September 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Ugh – that wasp! Yikes. Be sure to tell the couple moving into your place about their “roommate”!

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84 robin September 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Dang those look good, Ive gotta try them.

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85 Megan September 9, 2011 at 5:23 am

We have that same kind of wasp!!! He lives somewhere near our front door, we don’t know exactly where yet because he only comes out at night. Like after 9pm. And then he just flies around and sits on our screen door. So scary, he is huge! I don’t go out my front door at nighttime!

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86 Clara Wilson April 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I just made something like this over the weekend. great minds XO

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