Family Vacation

March has been a crazy month here in Barbados. A few weeks ago my Mom, Dad, Gramma and Grampa came to visit me for 10 days! School is at its busiest time, all final assignments and essays are do, tests are being written and presentations are being given. That being said, after taking a 10 day vacation, I have been playing catch-up for the past two weeks and I am finally nearing the end and I can relax again.

On March 11th the family came to Barbados and we had an amazing time together. Our main activities were lying on the beach all day and snorkelling, and honestly I needed a break so bad. I have been so busy with school and with no reading week it is just constant work so I glad I got to get away for a little bit.

I also got to go scuba diving with my Dad which was a lot of fun. He did a Discover Scuba course with Barbados Blue (the dive shop I dive with) and he learned the basic skills then got to come diving with me in the ocean! He was really lucky and got to see a baby octopus which is really cool.

My Mom and Gramma are actually the best/coolest people ever and they decided to re-celebrate my birthday when they were here. My Gramma made me a pink birthday cake and my Mom brought me a deep dish pizza all the way from Chicago. If that isn’t true love people I don’t know what is.

We actually ended up planning our next vacation while they were on vacation, and I am super excited because we taking a girls trip to Mexico in October! I am so excited to go diving in the Pacific Ocean, hopefully with some dolphins or whale sharks (fingers crossed!).

It was an amazing trip and I’m glad I got the chance to show them where I have been living for the past 7 months. Next up is Ivy and Elle in May! It was bittersweet to see them leave, but I know my last two months are going to be a lot of fun and are going to fly by. I know that it is going to be super hard to leave this island which has forever gained a piece of my heart.

Love always,

Banana Oat Balls

Going on exchange means meeting new people and learning new things. Well boy am I glad I met Jana. Jana is from New Brunswick and is a super track star. One day a bunch of us got together for a potluck and Jana brought these Banana Oat balls and she gave me the recipe for them. Ever since, I have been addicted and they are my favorite go-to snack.

Jana heard about the recipe from a Youtuber called Madeleine Olivia. And has been making them ever since. Here is her recipe guide to making the Banana oat balls.

I have somewhat modified the recipe to my tastes, so I usually add more oats so that the oat/banana mash is very thick. You could also add some peanut butter or protein powder for something a little extra. Also instead of raisins I like to add cranberries but you can also add chocolate chips!

I usually bake enough balls to last me the week so I keep them in the fridge so they last longer and I prefer them cold.

I hope you get to baking soon! Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂

Love,