Those of you who know me IRL, and those of you who keep up with the blog on the reg probably know by now that I’m MOVING TO ENGLAND! Like, today. In Fact, when this post publishes, I’ll be flying across the Atlantic ocean. These past two weeks have been insane (you think moving within a city is bad, try moving CONTINENTS!) so it’s only now sinking in what’s about to happen. Feeling all the feels; sad to leave my ‘Mercan friends, but so unbelievably excited to be reunited with old friends and to be closer to my family. I’m scared and nervous but can’t wait for my new adventure to begin!
So, what exactly am I going to do when I get to England you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. From September I’ll be back at Uni studying dietetics to ultimately become qualified as a dietitian. Lololol yes, more education. The obvious next question is why do I need to study dietetics if I already have a PhD in nutrition? Well essentially I am missing the clinical practice hours required to become an accredited dietitian. This limits me to only being able to work with healthy people who are looking to make diet and lifestyle changes, but not with people who have a diet-related condition or disease. Having this credential will allow me to work with people who may need my help the most!
BUT that’s not all. I have a couple of super-secret but super-badass blog-related projects that I can’t wait to share with you! Not today though, but soon, promise!
I have too many excellent memories of my time in the US to name them all but here are a few highlights: Bumping into Jenny Lewis and Mike Mogis in a car park in Omaha, NE after a Rilo Kiley show, a private Neva Dinova show in the back of a tour bus in ATX (both of those were with the same friend from Scotland who I can’t even wait to see when I get back), every SXSW, but especially the one where Elizabeth from Summer Camp told me I was pretty, and we sang louder than the band at a Slow Club show (again, with aforementioned friend), road trips to Canada, Friday afternoon vampire dancing in the lab (don’t ask), stealing cowboy hats from poor unsuspecting cowboys while decidedly not two-steppin’, summer afternoons by the pool that turned into summer nights by the pool, raiding the horticulture garden on campus for fresh melons (and all associated Comm Garden activities), and so, so many more. If you know me, please add your favourite memories of our time together in US and A! (keep it clean guys!).
To celebrate my triumphant return to the UK I made these (incredibly delicious) ‘Back to Blighty’ bars. They’re a riff on the Vbars I fell in love with in California earlier this year, but are potentially even tastier! I made a few test batches and neither of them last very long around my friends! They’re literally the easiest things in the world to make too.
- 1CAlmond butter (I used raw)
- 1/2C Maple syrup
- 1t vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 3/4C Shredded coconut
- 2C Puffed brown rice
- 1/2 Cup dried berries (I used unsweetened goji and aronia)
- In a blender or food processor, combine almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt. In a large bowl combine coconut, rice, and berries, then pour the almond butter mixture on top. Don't worry about crushing the rice puffs, that will actually help them stick together a bit better. Press the mixture down with the back of a spoon into a 9x9 baking tin that has been lined with parchment paper. Let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Lift the mixture out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares or rectangular bar shapes - totally up to you.
Don’t forget to leave a comment with one or two of your favourite memories of us in America from the past 7 years! I’ll look forward to reading them when I land, but for now, I’ve got a plane to catch. America, it’s been real, but it’s time to go home.