The Homemade Granola Bars

It came to my attentiont that my 10 lb bag of oats
has not gotten that much use lately.
I mean, a girl can only eat so much oatmeal.
So I decided to make granola bars.
Because everyone loves granola bars.
And I could definitely use a quick snack to eat for breakfast.
Homemade Granola Bars
(adapted from Sprinkle With Flour)
Ingredients:
3/4 + 1/4 cups  oats
1/2 + 1/4 cup  cereal
1/2 cup  nuts
1/2 cup  raisins
1 tsp  baking soda
1/8 tsp  salt
2 tsp  vanilla extract
3/4 cup  flour
2 tbs  oil
5 tbs  honey
1/4 cup  maple syrup

Directions:
1.
Preheat oven to 180℃.
Place a cooking sheet on a pan (23×19).
2.
Mix the 3/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of cereal,
nuts and raisin in a food processor.
Or, in my case, chop chop away
old school with a knife.
Put in bowl.
3.
Add baking soda,
salt, vanilla, flour, oil, honey,
and maple syrup to the mix above.
Add the remaining 1/4 cup of oats
and 1/4 cup of cereal.
Mix well.
4.
Press mixture into pan.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or
until it’s lightly browned on top.
5.
Remove from pan and let it cool.
Cut into bars and enjoy!
*I think next time I’m going to try it with
chocolate chips and marshmallows.

*I think I need to buy a food processor.
But chopping old school wasn’t too bad.

The Relay Marathon

A relay marathon is when a certain number of people
run the full marathon as a relay.
And last weekend I participated in one!!!
Most of my teammates run on a regular basis.
Which I think is crazy.
I obviously am not a runner.
I kind of hate running and avoid it at all costs.
But I am also a sucker for team work.
And when they needed one more runner
I thought, how bad can it be?
(the race started like a stampede of wild horses)
Can you believe how fast these people run?
They were running like it was a 100 meter race.
Granted it’s a relay, but still, come on.
I was really nervous when my turn came around.
Mostly because my month of training
mostly consisted of image training.
But huffing and puffing
and occasionally blowing my nose (hay fever)
I managed to finish my run without embarrassing myself.
Whew.
My teammates were amazing!
We had so much fun rooting each other on.
That was the best part, in my opinion.
And we were able to finish the relay marathon
within our goal time of 4 hours!
Yay for us!!!
All in all it was a great day.
And we all celebrated with a big nomikai!!!

(we finished the race matsuri style. haha)
(not too shabby for adults who sit around the office all day, right?)
(group picture after we all ran through the goal together!)

The Heidi Stamps

I love writing letters when I can.
And I love sending them with postage stamps.
Especially when I spotted these cute
Heidi stamps the other day.
It’s from the animated TV series
A lot of my friends grew up watching this program.
I watched the reruns with my family, too.
I knew the story of Heidi was from Switzerland.
But here are a few things I did not know about the animation.
1.
This series was made in Japan way back in 1974.
I actually thought it was a
dubbed version of a foreign animation.
But silly me.
I should have known.
It is much too cute to be European.
2.
Hayao Miyazaki, famous for his Studio Ghibli movies,
did the scene design and layout for this animation.
PS: Did you know he lives in Tokorozawa?
3.
This series has 52 episodes.
It apparently wasn’t an instant hit
when it was first broadcast on TV.
But it soon became popular through the reruns.
And it became an international hit as well
being broadcast in over 40 countries.
It’s a really great animation to watch with the whole family.
And after this, I think I’m going to go buy another
sheet of this stamp at the post office!
PS: I grew up watching this version of Heidi.
How about you?

(the ever famous opening theme for the animated TV series)

The Baby-sitters Club Illustration

I stumbled upon this article last year.
And then again a week ago.
I really love it.
It’s by artist and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa.
She writes about how Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club
was her Asian American role model growing up in the states.
(if you don’t know who that is…read the illustrations below)
(read the rest of this article here)
The Baby-sitters Club was one of my favorite series to read in grade school.
And since I grew up in the states around the same time as the illustrator
it was really interesting to read this comic article she wrote.
It made me realize that we really didn’t
have a lot of famous Asian role models back then.
I had my parents.
(Forever and always.)
Also Kristi Yamaguchi.
(My family LOVES figure skating.)
And for some reason Shannon Doherty.
(I thought she was Asian but I don’t think she is.)
Oh and Connie Chung.
(I was really jealous of her hair.)
But that’s pretty much it.
I don’t live in the states anymore
so I can’t really say if things have changed.
But I’m hoping more Asians are getting out there.
Super cool and creative like Claudia Kishi.
Or maybe super cool and creative like Yumi Sakugawa.