The Colorado weather never ceases to surprise. We've had thunderstorms/ hailstorms everyday since Wednesday. On Wednesday, I emerged from the north end of Colorado Springs to see a dark, turbulent sky. I knew there were tornado warnings and even funnel clouds spotted in Denver and it certainly looked like there was a possibility of a tornado in the Springs. I decided to try to make it home quickly before the storm started. Not even five minutes into my journey, I was assaulted by golf ball-size hail and high winds. Along with other cars, I had to pull over under a bridge and wait out the storm. All the while, I was on the phone with my dad, asking him to check the weather to see if there was a tornado in Colorado Springs. It was slightly terrifying! Well, at least it isn't snowing anymore!
That is some of the hail that accumulated along the highway during the hailstorm.
One of the perks of not having schoolwork is more time for recipe experimentation. The most recent blog-worthy recipe includes both matcha green tea, oatmeal, and coconut.
Matcha Coconut Oatcakes
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 TBSP sweetened matcha green tea
2 TBSP coconut flour
coconut shavings or chocolate chips (optional)
-Combine the oats, milk, banana, matcha, and coconut flour in a blender to make the batter.
-Grease a skillet and heat.
-Drop 1/4 cup sized scoops of the batter on the skillet. Warm until browned and then flip.
-Remove and apply desired toppings.
One year ago was one of the most exciting weeks of my life. It began with the Of Monsters and Men and Vampire Weekend concert at Red Rocks and ended with a trip to Europe! At this time last year, I was spending my first day in London! I'm reminiscing by re-reading my blog: http://efcollegebreak.tumblr.com/tagged/crystal
Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans?
The photo above is from my first ride on the tube! Mind the gap!
I have finally emerged from a pile of paperwork and mountain of schoolwork! There really isn't anything interesting at all to report about finals, papers, and paperwork so I will skip over that.
This weekend I went on the Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey with my Miss Colorado sisters! I really enjoyed the bonding and team building activities. It was my first time visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It was gorgeous and at 89 degrees, it finally felt like summer. On the long drive home, I kept thinking that I would need to do homework once I returned home... but I have no homework for the summer! In my spare time so far I've watched two animated children's films that have been on my list for a while: The Incredibles and Cars. They were both adorable! I have a huge list of books to read this summer and I'm starting with a rather random choice (interestingly enough, it is a children's book) Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry.
To celebrate the end of the semester, I impulsively bought this adorable London notebook that I have absolutely no purpose for yet. I journal and write all of the time so I will make use of it eventually!
Speaking of London, Coldplay's new album comes out tomorrow! (Of course, I've probably already told you that.) I tried to make a list of my top five favorite songs in honor of the album release, but that took too much mental effort for tonight!
On a totally unrelated note, Colorado Springs is getting a Trader Joe's next year. Until today, I had only ever been to a Trader Joe's once, in Boston when I had no refrigeration so I only bought peanut butter cups that I ended up eating when I randomly woke up at 4:30 AM. Anyway, I drove past the one in Denver today so I stopped to see what we have to look forward to when it opens in Colorado Springs. It was much cheaper than Whole Foods and had lots of neat things like green tea mints, Parisian carrots, and edamame guacamole.
Key Lime Greek Yogurt
I recently purchased ten key limes for a dollar. Since I didn't know what else to do with them besides put them in water, I attempted to make homemade key lime Greek yogurt and was actually successful!
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 key limes
1/4 cup almond milk
Squeeze the juice of the limes into a container and mix with almond milk. Slowly stir in the yogurt and let sit overnight.
It made me crave a trip to Sanibel Island!
Question of the Day: Do you have any plans for the summer?
Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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