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Amanda Buck
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Training Hike - Sycamore Trail at Umstead State Park
This has been my "go-to" training trail. I've been on it at least 4 times, now. It's easy to get to from my house (15 minute drive), and never seems overburdened with traffic. In fact, it's pretty much abandoned on weekdays or during inclement weather. At j...

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Training Hike - Sycamore Trail at Umstead State Park
This has been my "go-to" training trail. I've been on it at least 4 times, now. It's easy to get to from my house (15 minute drive), and never seems overburdened with traffic. In fact, it's pretty much abandoned on weekdays or during inclement weather. At j...

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Training Hike - Eno River State Park Laurel Bluffs Trail
I went on a little training hike yesterday at  Eno River State Park  along the Laurel Bluffs Trail. I headed over after work for a change of scenery from my usual Umstead hike. I carried a 28 pound pack - probably the middle range of my predicted Long Trail...

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Let's Do This Thing
Let's get real here, I'm not just chubby , I'm straight up overweight. But "The Overweight Hiker" does sound as cute. At 5'7" tall and 180 pounds there's no way in hell to make a hip belt look cute (see photo below). I'm an active girl in her late 20s that ...

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Ok, I've done it. I've jumped on the buffalo chicken band-wagon. But... Boy, was it worth it! These make for a great party appetizer. I recently brought them to a housewarming party, and while a tad bit messy they sure pack a punch. These are super easy to ...

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Drink Local Beer Bottle Opener
I'm really excited about this fun DIY project! It came out looking great and was REALLY EASY to make! I also love how inexpensive it was to finish. This project cost me less than $15! I made this beer bottle opener to hang in our kitchen/dining area while s...

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Wasabi Sriracha Deviled Eggs
Say What?!? That's right, Wasabi Sriracha Deviled Eggs ... And they're fantastic!  I've made these a couple of times now, making some tweaks to the recipe here and there and I think I've got it perfected. Now if only I can learn how to perfectly peel hard-b...

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Samoa Cupcakes
Yum. Yum. Yum. I made these tasty treats for our little Super Bowl get-together on Sunday and they are absolutely scrumptious! They are based off a recipe from my newest blog obsession - Cooking Classy . I sort of simplified the recipe by using a store-boug...

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Butt Butt (also known as Bernice) in the Snow!
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