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The Pumpkin King 5k

The post is sponsored by Level Up Virtual Runs and no other compensation is given.

I have been slacking on running lately most of this year, I am slowly (a little too slowly) getting back into it. I have gained weight and I have missed it. It seems my life is a non-stop whirlwind and its quite annoying.

I have a future race planned out later this month, and since it is Halloween time and I am excited for the holidays, I am going to jump in and participate in The Pumpkin King 5K Virtual Run.

The one thing that I like about virtual runs is that I can run / walk them anytime and anywhere. Plus, no matter where you live, you can even join me! We can earn the same bling!

The cost is only $25 - which is super reasonable. BUT if you use code PUMPKINKING you can get 10% off! That extra discount is basically a Starbucks Coffee. :-)

I will be running my Virtual Run this weekend - when do you plan on running yours? Are you going to join me in The Pumpkin King 5K?

Food Blogging Is Hard - Cucumber Watermelon Cocktail

I am attempting to come up with some new ideas to blog about. I want to share things that interest me because, well, I am a pretty open person and I am sure you all are interested in what interests me, right?

I read a lot of food blogs and always want to share my take of some that I try to things that I come up with on my own.
Adam autographed this for me at the beginning of the year. Totes recommend the book!
I attempted that first food blog today. Food blogging is hard.

1. Despite having a super nice DSLR camera now - thanks to the new boy - it's not as smart, or easy as my cell phone camera for Instagram pics!
2 attempts for the IG win compared to the bazillion DSLR shots

2. I need a better background set up.

3. I can't do pics in the evening and need the afternoon light. I got a ton of windows in my place and lighting is freaking perfect in the afternoon.

4. The new boys parentals are graphic designers. I have access to his laptop with all this crazy graphic altering nerd stuff. I might have to learn, at the very least, how to use Photoshop for more then cropping! 

5. My first attempt at this won't be the last! But I AM lazy deep down inside, so who really knows? ;-)

Here is my first official food blogging attempt!

After a few months of this whole single-thing, cooking and eating for one is SO hard. I have a hard time consuming everything that I purchase.

When it comes to fruit and veggies, I really don't want to eat a bushels of them before they go bad. But some always wind up getting tossed before I can eat them. This started over a year ago, but my first instinct is to ask - what would it taste like with vodka?

Or in today's case - gin.

Cucumber Watermelon Cocktail

I have an cucumber that needed to be consumed ASAP. I chopped a chunk of it and threw it into my blender.

See, proof food blogging is hard. My camera shadow showed up thanks to my flash!

I was going to throw in some strawberries, but the were too far past gone.

Sad. In the trash they went.

But I have a lot of watermelon and it's perfect with the cucumber!

Add some lime juice - I'm stuck using the bottled stuff today. Limes are almost a Dollar apiece right now! I need my own lemon and lime trees. I go through them SO fast!

Blend it up, yo.

Use a strainer and strain. Or not. Whateves.

Pour into a glass filled with ice and enjoy as is, with club soda, or as I am doing - gin.

Don't ask how many times I attempted that above picture.

I feel all healthy now drinking my fruits and veggies.

Seriously, how do you shop, eat, and cook at home for 1-2 people without it all going bad?! OR being stuck with a ton of freezer leftovers?


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