I’m so excited that I can hardly stand it … One week from now I’ll be in London! Eeeks!
Ah, London … I used to live in this fabulous city (twice actually). I studied abroad there one Summer and loved it so much that I ended up going to grad school there.
I’ve only been back once since that time and it was way back in 2008. And if I’m being honest, I was in such a sad point of my life that the whole trip was a blur. Plus it was for work, so it wasn’t a real vacation. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wish I had.
This is the first time I’ll have gone to London for an actual vacay. That’s right, no school or work to dictate what I do each day … hooray!! And even better is that I get to go with my sister, who just traveled to London for the first time last month. (But it was a work trip for her, so she didn’t get to do too much.) My brain is spinning thinking of everything I want to show her and how we’ll possibly squeeze it all in.
What’s even cooler is that exactly a week from today, I’ll be spending the day at … wait for it … The Ritz London for training with my mentor!! Are you kidding me?! How is this my reality?! (Side note, one day I will absolutely stay at The Ritz in all of its 5-star glory. Seriously click that link and see how gorgeous it is!) I remember walking by The Ritz when I lived in London and thinking how cool it looked, and now I can’t believe I’m actually going to an event there … wow!!
And once we spend a few days in London we’re off to Scotland to go explore and enjoy. I cannot say enough good things about Scotland. I’ve visited twice, and I have the fondest memories from both of those trips. I can’t wait to go experience it again.
Have you ever been to Scotland?! Oh the beauty, the landscapes, and the people are simply the nicest! Where are your favorite spots to go? I’d love some ideas of spots we can’t miss!
And my heart just melts for London. I’m happy to say it really is my second home, and every time I go I get so emotional because it just makes me so happy. Do you love it too? What are your favorite things to do?
Personally I can’t wait to revisit my old haunts, walk through London’s AMAZING parks and along the Thames. I must hit several museums and shopping spots. Truly I think packing is going to be the toughest part as I figure out how to pack everything in carry ons. But stay tuned, as I’m sure I’ll have some great tips after this trip!
Holy cow, it’s only one week from now!! I absolutely adore the feeling I get when I think about an upcoming trip I have planned. It’s always so exciting to go explore a new city or one that you love. Can’t wait! UK, here I come!
Don’t forget to comment below with some ideas for us of where to see, eat, and experience! And the best way to keep up with what we’re up to on our trip is to follow me over on Instagram, where I’ll be sharing what we’re up to!
Stay inspired & go plan a trip!
Sometimes healthy eating seems like so much darned work. There’s usually lots of chopping and prep work and everything seems to take longer than you expect. And the cost … well it can be expensive to eat healthy. But for a while now, I’ve wanted to make my own Homemade Almond Butter, and I decided this was the week.
I had a few goals with this homemade almond butter. First off, I wanted to make it without added oil, if possible. My second goal was to see if I could just use almonds with nothing added to see how it tastes. Third, I wanted to try it out in the Vitamix.
Let’s talk gadgets for a minute. My two options to make my own almond butter were a food processor or a Vitamix. I saw that it might take a bit with the food processor, and I watched a couple of short YouTube videos and saw how crazy fast the Vitamix could turn almonds into butter. I HAD to see for myself.
Now I knew that if I wanted to make this without oil, the way to go was to roast the almonds first. So I roasted them in the oven for about 10 minutes, and let them cool completely. Roasting helps the natural oils of the almonds come out a bit more when you start blending them. How do you beat making something with 1 ingredient?!
And I’m happy to report that it totally worked to make almond butter in the Vitamix! It only took in about a minute with only almonds … hooray! My plan with this almond butter is to bake with it, so I wasn’t too worried about adding any extra ingredients to it. I knew the other ingredients from the recipe would flavor it up in the baked dish.
Let’s talk about next time though. Next time (because there will most definitely be a next time), I’m going to add in some fun stuff to kick up the flavor even more and use it for snacking.
And I have to say, the flavor was pretty great, especially for just being made of almonds! And it’s going to be perfect for my baking adventure I’ll use it in.
I can’t wait to experiment with almond butter even more. Be sure to check out this Homemade Almond Butter recipe and step by step instructions here. It’s too damn cool not to try!
Have you ever tried your hand at almond butter or any nut butter? Let me know below! I’d love to hear from you.
A look back:
One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Taquitos … Yep, That Happened!
Two years ago: Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach = Healthy Pasta Coming Your Way
Three years ago: Skinny Pasta with a Side of Pain, Please
Four years ago: Ah, Nutella …