Sunday Funday, Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

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Wow – what a GORGEOUS weekend – right?!!

Thankfully it was perfect for hanging clothes out – since my drier QUIT – AGHHHH – I try not to complain too much but SERIOUSLY that is the 5th major appliance/expensive thing (dishwasher, furnace, fridge, complete dash in my car and then the drier) this season… not to mention the ‘great flood’ caused by the blocked pipes…. And the main reason I have so much laundry right now….UGHHHHH

So we had a rule today… NO TV! I figured I would have a war on my hands and actually, I am the only one who felt the LOSS! I like to start my Sunday with FOOD NETWORK… a little Pioneer Woman, a little Trisha… but an hour turns into a few hours and before I know it, it is afternoon and I am way behind… so the TV never even went on today and not until after dinner was it even questioned again and I easily “stuck to my guns” and off to bed early went everyone – ‘cept me , of course!!  I could use a good dose of “Intervention” now but I am NOT giving in!  Maybe a new SUNDAY habit…. it’s quite nice (certainly better than Meatless Monday – hahaha)

So what’s a girl to do…. A little couponing…. A little prepping… and a whole lotta meal planning to get us through the week with baseball and softball every night and the anticipated trips to the laundry mat to dry what we can wash in between.

 

WHAT GOT PREPPED FOR THE WEEK’S MEALS:

 

  • Prepped 5 lbs of chicken by trimming, seasoning and cooking it. I set aside ½ and poured SPEEDIE SAUCE on it to marinade and I chopped the other half more for Tortellini Soup.
  • Browned and “taco-ed” (totally a word!!) 5 lbs of ground beef since my freezer stash was low of that too.
  • Chopped veggies for the week (carrots, celery, cukes and sweet peppers) and I made a HUGE salad for the first few meals.
  • Cleaned , wrapped (tin foil)and baked a bag of potatoes with intent of having LOADED BAKED POTATOES for our MEATLESS MONDAY DINNER but they smelled so delicious and my cheese sauce turned out so good that I quickly steamed a bag of broccoli and had them tonight with an amazing steak!

 

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

 

Chicken Speedies… cubed chicken sautéed in fireman’s “speedie” sauce either plain, on salad, or in a yummy little hoagie roll with a bit of cheese, mayo and some crisp, crunchy veggies!

Dorito Taco Bake… still haven’t officially got to this one yet… but it’s a for sure this week because SMART Momma actually HID the Doritos as to ensure they would be there for my recipe!

Tortellini Soup (my very own recipe found HERE)…. A HUGE family favorite and perfect after a night on the ball field with plenty to share!

Pizza Bites – from a package… SERIOUSLY! I got a killer deal on the new Hot Pocket Pizza Rolls and since K and I were invited to a dinner show (one of those ‘Joey and Maria’s Wedding – dinner theatres), the kids luck out!

Chicken Fajita Pasta… saw the recipe HERE and am dying to try it!

Mongolian Beef… over rice… Using the steak from our Sunday Dinner to make a quick stir fry… a friend shared her recipe and it got tons of rave reviews to I will definitely give it a go although I have to admit I have never looked at a MONGOLIAN recipe before because of the stereotypical thought that Mongolia has no food…. Did anyone else think that?? Just me?? OK – moving on….

Another meal will totally end up being BREAKFAST for dinner, snacky stuff like cheese and crackers and fruit or even leftovers, so I am not stressing about a 7th meal!

And then the plan for next SUNDAY SUPPER is a good ole’ pork roast!

WHAT are YOU having this week? Any BIG plans?? Do tell – I LOVE the comments!!!

CVS ~ week of 4/19/15

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A MONEYMAKER, some FREEBIES and a few CHEAP deals…   CVS is well worth the stop this week!

 

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap 7.5 oz or Irish Spring Bar Soap 3 pk – 2/$4 (Signature Bar soap is included!)

-$2 Irish Spring Bar Soap Gear or Signature, exp. 5/2/15 (SS 04/12/15)

GET $2 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)

= $2 MONEYMAKER

 

Jergens, Curel or All Biore – according to CVS.com, these are included:

biore charcoal cleanser trial size 1 oz – $1.99-$2.19

jergens original scent cherry-almond moisturizer 3 oz – $2.37

Get $5 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)

= FREE

 

CHEAP –

 

Xtra Liquid Laundry Detergent 30 loads – $1.99

-$1 crt (printing for everyone 04/19-04/25)

= $.99

 

VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner – 2/$1.50 (Limit 4)

$1 crt (printing for everyone 04/19-04/25)

= 2/$.50

 

All Almay Cosmetics B1G1 50% Off

-$4 Almay Product, exp. 4/26/15 (SS 04/12/15) [ETS]

Sunday Funday ~ Weekly Menu, Meal Plan

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Sunday Funday…. And what a FUN day it was FINALLY! So beautiful out… we hit 64 degrees! We opened every window, we played outside…. I hung clothes on the line! Who knew I would ever be so excited to hang clothes out!

The kids are starting baseball/softball tomorrow, so life as we know it is now OVER… every single night is practice and games will start before we know it! My wallet knew it when I bought all my groceries at once today (since I won’t have another chance to stop) and focused on mostly fresh fruits and veggies as the kids need snacks they can take with them and have before practice! I got melons, berries, apples, cuties and bananas and I bought a mixed bag of small sweet peppers, carrots, cukes, and grape tomatoes.

We always have granola bars and peanuts and I bought a few large bags of pretzels and then I divided them up between snack baggies so they are all ready for the week.

I also did all my prep work for the week’s meals… it is so important that I have everything ready to go when we are this CRAZY busy – or we will end up eating junk! I baked bacon, burger and chicken then I started a full crock of sauce…. I made a delicious new recipe of Lasagna Roll Ups (and froze 2 quarts of sauce for next time) for our “SUNDAY DINNER” (will share the recipe this week) and precooked my tortellini, rice and gnocchi along with chopping veggies and making dressing for tomorrow’s salad! I feel GREAT about this week’s meal plan…. Check it out!

Here is our ~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Monday – “Meat-Less Mondays”

Greek Tortellini Salad – found this recipe HERE and can’t wait to try it!   Not sure if my family will AGREE this is a full meal or not, but I am trying to convert them!!

 

Tuesday –TACO TUESDAY

Dorito Taco Casserole – giving it a try…. My taco meat is all ready so I will assemble the casserole the night before and K can throw it in the oven!

 

Wednesday –

Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake – found this recipe HERE

 

Thursday – PASTA NIGHT

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake – found this recipe HERE

 

Friday – PIZZA or other FUN Family Favorite

Dogs on the Grill with CONEY Island Sauce

 

Saturday – To cook or not to cook…

Leftovers, Breakfast (cereal), Something New, or eating out – it all depends on what the weekend plans end up being AND whether or not the week’s plan stayed on track… Fill in as needed or have wine for dinner and make the masses fend for themselves – my favorite plan!!

 

Sunday –

Roast Beef Dinner – got a couple beautiful roasts at the B1G1 FREE sale at TOPS this week!

 

SO – what are you making this week??

 

 

 

TOPS deals ~ week of 4/5/15

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Looking at next week’s TOPS ad – I see a few GREAT deals, although not much couponing or gas point earning – hahaha

Good thing I am cooking a 69lb. ham for Easter and we won’t need much for next week!!

HERE are my favorite deals:

 

GAS POINT BONUS COUPONS – in TOPS flyer (SCAN THESE FIRST BEFORE MANUFACTURER COUPONS!)

ALL ARE 50 points when you spend $10 in the listed dept.: DAIRY, FROZEN FOOD, DELI, BAKERY, HEALTH AND BEAUTY

 

Decent Price but so far no coupons…. (hoping for some PEELIES)

  • Knorr Pasta Sides – $1
  • Pop tarts – $1.67
  • Post Cereals – $1.99
  • Oreos – $2.50

 

GAS BOX – 200 BONUS GAS POINTS WHEN YOU BUY 6 ITEMS (see ad)

Here are my favorites – remember earning the BONUS gas points is comparable to saving an extra $1 on each item!!

  • Keebler Fudge Shop – $2.50
  • Snyders Pretzels or Tortilla chips and Salsas – $3

-$1/2 Pretzels (1/11 SS)

  • Frito Lay Party size bags (shows Doritos too) – $3.99

 

OTHER –

  • Breakstone Cottage cheese doubles – $1

-$.35/1 California product PDF HERE (should double)

  • International delight creamer – $3.00

– $1/2 ID Creamer (3/29 RP)

  • Dannon Light and fit 4ct -$2

-$.50/1 (doubled from the 3/22 SS)

  • Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2.50 (Tastings coupon in 3/29 SS)
  • Mama Rosies frozen pasta – $3.33
  • Fresh Gourmet Croutons – $2 – $1/2 Fresh Gourmet printable – HERE

 

Nice $1 Deals –

TOPS Snack Cakes, Hunts Snack Puddings, Ramen Noodles 6 packs

 

And Check out all the TOPS brand B1G1 FREE deals – in the ad…

  • My FAVORITE = Mezzetta Peppers BOGO (prices vary)
  • TOPS pickles, olives, mustard, rice, cream soups, chicken broth, croutons and Baggies
  • Jones Sausages BOGO @ $2.99
  • Monks Bread – this PDF printable HERE for .75 off

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesday ~ ‘Jacked Up’ Chicken – Bacon Bake

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WHOOOAAA – aaaaaamazingggggg!!! SERIOUSLY – you have to make this!

A few weeks ago I had a chicken, bacon melt and it was so good and I kept thinking of how I could make it a FREEZER MEAL… so I searched the giant internet’s recipe files and I tried a few sauces and VOILA, the Jacked Up Chicken Bacon Bake was created!

My original sandwich housed Swiss cheese but I figured Pepper Jack would put this dish right over the edge and it sure did!!

Here we go….

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut in ½ width wise) I used 4 breasts divided
  • ½ lb cooked bacon
  • 2 cups cheese – This time, I shredded and used Pepper Jack but have used sliced swiss before too… You just need to completely cover the chicken.
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 box stuffing mix
  • 1 stick of butter

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Slice chicken breast (width wise) so the breasts are thin and place breast into a greased (spray Pam) casserole or 9 x 13

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  • Cover chicken with strips of bacon

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  • Cover bacon with cheese

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  • Mix soup, milk and sour cream – pour over cheese

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  • Melt stick of butter, mix stuffing into melted butter – pour over sauce and “push” into topping

 

  • Cover dish with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven then remove foil covering and continue baking for another 15 minutes

 

  • Pull from oven, allow to sit for 5 minute then serve

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Monday Matchups ~ HERE’s the deal….

Happy MONDAY my friends!

 

How are you?? Ready for the week ahead? It’s EASTER… I hope to goodness this means SPRING is upon us!! This week we need to get the eggs dyed… and get the desserts made!

 

HERE is our MEAL PLAN – HERE

Stay Tuned for the posting of the new Chicken Bake I created!!

 

No more UPS at Rite-aid so I skipped a plan there but I did plan a GREAT CVS trip!! – HERE

 

I planned MY favorite deals at TOPS HERE

I went today and got $243 worth for only $83 out of pocket… AND I earned $1.40 in gas points!!

 

Now – on to the CRAZY week…

 

SO – favorite meal?? Favorite deal?? Share something with us!!

Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

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~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

On my SUNDAY FUNDAY cooking day I came up with the most amazing Chicken Bake – think of those yummy chicken, bacon melts… I even upped the stakes with Monterey Jack cheese. Stay tuned for that recipe on this week’s Tasty Tuesday!

I also pre-planned the week’s meals and of course shopped for everything we will need – for the meals and for EASTER dinner….

Check it out ~

Monday – “Meat-Less Mondays”

TUNA MAC SALAD I made a huge Mac Salad (tuna and tons of crisp veggies) for a “picnic” on Saturday and we are going to have that for dinner. Weigh in on the great mac salad debate HERE. Kids will have hot dogs with it. And then we color eggs!!

Tuesday – “TACO TUESDAY”

Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken Taquitos This is our favorite ‘chicken enchilada’ recipe HERE.   Then I will make the Sugar Cookie Dough.

Wednesday –

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LASAGNA SOUP based on this recipe HERE and will make Garlic Bread with Cheese from a French loaf. Cut outs for BUNNY BUTTS!!

Thursday – PASTA NIGHT

Chocolate Nests

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Skillet – recipe from one of my favorite sites HERE.   Make the Easter Bird Nests!!

Friday –

Good Friday Dinner Out – Extended Family… all go out for a fish fry / salad bar… or chicken fingers as my kids always prefer!

Saturday – To cook or not to cook…

Leftovers, Breakfast (cereal), Something New, or eating out – it all depends on what the weekend plans end up being AND whether or not the week’s plan stayed on track… Fill in as needed or have wine for dinner and make the masses fend for themselves – my favorite plan!! It will be a busy day of food prep for Easter Dinner so probably pizza!

Sunday –

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Easter Dinner – 10 Guests, so dinner for at least 15 – Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Corn, Rosa Marina, Fresh Rolls and Cresents… and many Easter Treats and a Birthday Surprise for Papa – thinking Cream Puff Dessert.

 

SO – what are you making this week??

 

TOPS deals ~ week of 3/29

TOPS deals for the week ~ I am not seeing a ton of COUPON deals, but still some great prices and options…. Here is what I will do:

 

GAS BOX DEAL #1 – EARN 200 BONUS GAS POINTS WHEN YOU BUY 6 items:

*Stock up CHEESE, Capri Suns, and KRAFT dressing, remember 200 BONUS points essentially saves you $1 per item…

Kraft Shredded cheese – $2.50 and Cracker Barrel slices and Bars – $2.50 or Kraft Singles – $3.00

Capri Sun 10ct – $2.50 (- $.75/3 Capri Sun 10 ct coupon 3/1 SS)

Kraft Dressing – $2

 

GAS BOX DEAL #2 – EARN 200 BONUS GAS POINTS WHEN YOU BUY 6 items:

Pantene -$3.00

– $5/3 Pantene shampoo or conditioner coupons from the 3/29 or 3/1 P&G

OR -$2/1 Styler coupon from the 3/1 P&G or 3/15 SS

*When figuring value of gas points, the stylers are FREE

 

Sugardale Ham – $1.79/lb

 

Cheerios (all kinds) – $2.50

– $1/3 General Mills (3/22 SS) or the $1/2 Cheerios protein ( 3/1 SS)

 

Smithfield bacon – B2G3

 

Coffee Mate Creamer – $2.50

 

Pepsi 12ct , 8ct, or 6ct – B2G3 or Coke 2 Liters – $1 or 7up 5 for $5 when you buy 5

 

Nabisco crackers $2.00

-$1/2 Triscuit Tops coupon from the 3/8 Smartsource = $1.50 each

 

Tostitos or Lays – B2 Get 2 FREE

 

Birdseye or Steam Fresh – $1

-$1/2 Steamfresh (2/22 SS)

 

Pillsbury Crescent rolls $2

 

Bison Sour cream – B1G1

 

Potatoes – B1G1

 

Kozy Shack pudding – $2.50 (.75 tear pad right by pudding) or Jello Pudding – $1

 

Philly Cream cheese – $1.67

– $1/3 Kraft Cream cheese (3/15 SS) = $1.33

 

Banquet sausages -$1

French’s french fried onions – $2.99

 

Dole Canned pineapple -$1

– $1/3 Dole fruit (3/22 SS)

 

Pennsylvania Dutch egg noodles – $1

– $1/2 Pennsylvania dutch (3/8 SS)

 

CVS ~ week of 3/29

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CVS – how I have missed our daily weekly sessions…. But FORGIVE me, PLEASE accept me back… Rite-aid ditched me (no more UPS)… I should have known… You were right… CVS is the answer!!!

I need to restart and build back up to the momentum of rolling about $20 worth of ECBs every week and this week is a GREAT one for stocking up… not only for EASTER candy, but on the P&G goods as well… last year I did the DAWN deal (3x – I ordered) and I just ran out about a month ago…. I don’t have the stock of coupons to do that again, but I will for sure do it for what I can!

First – the candy…. Get 4 bags of M&Ms and 3 bags of Hershey (kisses, miniatures, and mini eggs – all great for baking for Easter – or just for eating!) for $8!! 7 bags of candy for $8 = WOWZA!!

Then I will pick one of the P&G deals (below) to roll the candy UPS…. And then I will use the $10 UPS from P&G to get the FREE Tena and buy some Nutella!

AWESOME bargains at CVS this week!!! Who is with me???

M&Ms

M&M’s; 9.9-12.6 oz – 4/$12 = $3 each

-$1 M&M’s 9oz+ (exp Sun 5/3/15) RP 3-22

OR -$1 off 2 M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Dove or Unwrapped Bites Products, 6oz+ (DND), exp. 4/12/15 (RP 03/01/15)

Get $4 ECB (wyb 4/12 – limit 1)

= as low as “Only $1” each

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Hershey’s kisses, eggs, or miniatures & cadbury mini eggs 7.1-15 oz – 3/$9 = $3 each

-$1 off 2 Hershey Candies bags 8 oz+ (cvs coupon on coupons.com)

AND -$2 off 3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Miniatures, Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags, exp. 4/5/15 (SS 03/22/15) [8-oz.+]

Get $2 ECB (wyb 3/9- limit 1)

= $1.33 each

Chocolate Nests

 *cute cookies I made (birdnests) with Cadbury Mini Eggs

P&G Deal, Spend $30 and earn $10 ECB

*most P&G coupons only allow 4 like coupons to be used so you may have to split up your orders…

 

Best deal I see is Pantene Stylers, shampoo and conditioner – 3/$10 or $3.33 each

Available coupons:

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 02/22/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 4/30/15 (SS 03/15/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$5 off 3 Pantene Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [Excludes 6.7-oz. and trial sizes; Limit 4]

-$5 off 3 pantene products must include shampoo and conditioner or styler excludes 6.7oz (ets, exp 04/30/15) 03/29/15 pg

 

BUY – 9 Pantene Stylers =$30 – $18 man. Coupons = $12 out of pocket and get back $10 ECBs = 9/$2.00!!

 

You could also do Shampoo/Conditioner:

9 Pantene Shampoo/conditioner = $30 – $15 mq (3 x $5 mq) = $15 and get back $10 ECBs = 9/$5.00

 

Or mix and match:

6 Pantene Shampoo/conditioner $20 – $10 (2 x $5/3 mq)

3 Stylers $10 – $6 (3 x $2 mq)

$30 – $16 = $14, get back $10 = 9/$4

 

Deal also applys to this rebate: -$15 mir wyb $50 covergirl, pantene, olay, secret, ivory, aussie, clairol, safeguard, herbal essences hair & body wash, olay body, head & shoulders, & vidal sassoon color (applies to price paid after coupons) 03/01-04/30

 

If the “renewal” is included, I may “borrow” a card to stock up on the DAWN during this sale…

Dawn 9 oz – $.99

-$0.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

* will need to do multiple deals at 4 each to reach the ECB

 

If you can PRINT 2 coupons, you can get 2 packs of liners FREE:

Tena – bogo 50% off AND get $4 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)

active liners 26 ct – $3.99

-$2 TENA® Product at CVS Pharmacy Stores (man. Coupon printed from coupons.com)

-$14 TENA Underwear or $7 TENA Pad [request on website, sent by Mail]

 

And a GREAT price if you are a NUTELLA fan:

Nutella – $2.99

– $2 mfq (2/1 ss, EXPIRES 3/30)

= $.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday ~

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*Dreamin’ of summer…. a friend reposted this pic today and it couldn’t be more fitting…. THESE are OUR boys and THIS is exactly what they should be doing!!!

Thoughtful Thursday ~

A review of the week so far….

  • A MEAL PLAN review – HERE
  • Our Favorite “DEEP DISH” pizza recipe – HERE
  • A fun, easy – no bake, goodie (peanut butter and chocolate)recipe – HERE
  • Favorite Rite-aid deals (last week of earning UPS) – HERE
  • Staring back at CVS – HERE
  • What to buy at TOPS this week – HERE

 

Some ~ oh so exciting ~ PERSONAL thoughts:

  • March 26th and it is FRIGGEN snowing…. Snowing so much I had to dig through the 87 cases of Girl Scout Cookies still in my car to find my damned snow brush again…
  • BTW – I have your damn Girl Scout Cookies!
  • OH – I also have all your stupid fundraiser chocolate!
  • I need to get better at delivery of above goods or just quit selling them as I never seem to have all the money at once and it sure seems to cost me more than the benefit…. Anyone else pay $40 for a box of candy bars that you never even got one of?? (Let alone $200 for 1 box of thin mints??)
  • Speaking of “these kids” I have a good one for you… the oldest (aka the good child) pulled this one and although I didn’t put it on facebook – where I tell all (LOL) – I do have to document it for future reference…. The house rule is phones have to go on the kitchen counter before bed time…. I have been lax in verifying this has been occurring until I discover the child “who likes a girl” – agh – is on this phone LATE into the night…. So I take the phone and put it on the counter…. When getting ready to go to bed myself, I notice the phone looks “funny” and that is because it is NOT the phone but the IPOD strategically placed in the phone case to fool – someone – someone else though cuz Mama is on it my friends! I raced into said child’s room so fast and sure enough at MIDNIGHT he was “face-timing” away…. BRAT!!! Now there is NO phone usage for 2 solid weeks! But OMG – that is all of Easter vacation…. I am a HORRID mother….. OMG!!!! STOMP, SLAM, UGH!!!!!   (LOL – now we know he is truly my kid after all….)
  • The weekend is upon us and it brings my Friday off with a “Girl’s Night” (whoohoo) and a “Date Night” (Dinner out, no kids – whooohoooo again!) Saturday so I am ready to proceed….

 

 So – go ahead – give your opinion…. WHAT do you think about any of my HOT topics??

 

Happy Weekend upon us! What great plans do you have??

 

 

 

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