Trip Of a Lifetime

Hey Guys,

In my Homemade Lemonade  post – I promised I’d do a post about my holiday of a lifetime to the USA! The trip that took over my life for a couple of weeks and stopped me being able to do posts, but I’m back now!

We flew from Manchester out to Los Angeles and the journey took 10 hours, which felt like forever. As soon as we arrived I was unwell (anxiety is a bitch hey) but the positive to that tale is it got us through customs as lot faster than we expected and a lot faster than everybody else. Is that a perk of hating crowded places and travelling?

After we had one night in LA we started our trek up to San Fransisco – my gosh that took a long time. Although, it was so very worth it! San Fran is such a beautiful city, and although it was cold while we were there it meant we could explore without being crippled by the heat. We had a tour of Alcatraz which was a prison from 1933 to 1963. The conditions in this place were absolutely awful! I honestly couldn’t imagine anything worse.

After shopping, site seeing and taking many photographs, it was time to travel East into the Yosemite National Park, where we stayed in a stunning town called Mammoth Lakes. Surrounded by mountains, trees and peace away from the city. I loved it. Definitely the highlight of my two weeks away.

From there, we headed back to LA for our last few days were we had unbelievable heat and I ended each day a little redder than the one before. But the experience was definitely worth it. We saw the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Beach where we cycled (this is when I got burnt the most – I have a line of tan on my back where my top rose of whilst peddling – fetching ey?)

Finally, it was time to come home and I was so excited to do so. We drove 1312 miles, walked 70 and cycled 11. I came home for a well deserved rest!

I’d definitely recommend California as a place to go if you love exploring, adventures and seeing the most astonishing scenery.

Let me know where you’ve been this Summer! Or if you’ve ever done something similar to this.

Keep Smiling Guys,

Crystal Clexr xxx

 

Homemade Lemonade

Hey Guys!!

I’m so so so sorry I haven’t written a post in what seems forever, but I’ve just been so busy with holidays and catching up with people and time has ran away with me. However, after my amazing trip to California I discovered a love for homemade lemonade and just had to make it when I got home!

California was definitely a trip of a lifetime (I will do another post all about that though as this one is simply about the deliciousness that is this creation) so I hope you look forward to reading that one – Keep your eyes peeled.

So – lets get started:

Ingredients:

  • unwaxed lemons
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1L cold water

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Method: 

  1. Roughy chop all 3 lemons into small chunks ready to be blended.
  2. In a food processor or blender add all of the lemons and sugar and half of the cold water.
  3. Blitz, Blitz, Blitz
  4. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl in order to collect the pulp and leave you with the liquid in a bowl.
  5. Pour in the rest of the water and give it a stir with your spoon.
  6. Pour your fresh homemade lemonade into a tall glass, sit back and enjoy!
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So there we have it – a refreshing, zesty, moreish creation that is wonderful for a hot summer day!

Let me know in the comments if you make this and what you think, or if you have any other recipes you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.

Keep Smiling Guys,

Crystal Clexr xxx

 

Freedom at last

Hey Guys,

So guess who made it through all 24 of their exams and is finally free? That’s right – I did! Six weeks ago this started and I honestly thought it would never ever end. It got to half term and I still had 13 to go, but now they have all finished and I’m so relieved.

I no longer need to know how to work out the area of a triangle, how to say ‘i live in England’ in French, and most of all I no longer need to know the dates of history (Not that I really did anyway).

So this morning I did my final exam – Physics (not a highlight to end on, but at least they ended) – and I came out happier than ever, but I also felt so strange and have done all day. I feel I should be revising, making notes, watching youtube revision, but no. I no longer have to do anything like that. For the next god knows how many weeks, 10 is it? I can do absolutely nothing…until I get bored that is. And trust me it won’t be long before that happens.

I got home from my exam and decided to burn every single thing I needed or used for revision: books, past papers, revision cards. You name it, I most probably burnt it. The relief inside when I watched the last 2 years of my life turn into ashes was honestly the most amazing feeling ever.

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Bye Bye Old Books

However, today was the day my parcel of notebooks arrived for next year and I never knew three books of lined paper could make someone so happy! But these three did:

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Hello New Books

Anyway, sorry for rambling but I am over the moon that my summer has officially started! And you guys will be with me as I create so many memories before starting at college in September! However, I will be starting the summer watching youtube, sleeping and netflix!

Keep Smiling Guys,

Crystal Clexr xxx