Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Japanese Inspired Chex Mix

This past summer while sitting in class I decided to Google a recipe to replicate the yummy snacks my friend's mom made -- Japanese Inspired Chex Mix! This chex mix is beyond awesome because there is no need to pick out those irritating pretzels and most importantly, I can put whatever I want in it -- chex, chex, and more chex.

I found a really good recipe by Rachel aka Fuji Mama. I've made it a handful of times and each time the entire box of cereal chex mix is gone by the end of the week if not earlier.

I've made some adjustments to Rachel's recipe:

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of water
1 box of cups Crispix rice cereal
1.25 bottles of nori komi furikake

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the oil, butter, corn syrup, soy sauce, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter melts and sugar dissolves. (DO NOT try to speed things up and put it on high heat.)
3. Pour the Crispix onto two cookie sheets. Drizzle the syrup over the cereal, sprinkle the nori komi furikake over the cereal, and mix. Continue adding syrup and furikake and mixing until all ingredients have been added and the cereal mix is evenly coated or until you think it looks OK. I usually have extra syrup that I toss out.
4. Bake for 90 minutes, stirring the chex mix every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool for about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't you just love these two?
I don't think I can ever get enough of The Notebook.
Happy Valentine's Day!
May you spend your day with those you love.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Loves for Love Week

Put on those heart-shaped rosed colored glasses people! Let's start this week off in shades of pinks and reds and filled with joy, happiness and love shall we? For me, it'll start off with my favorite Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bars, surprise package: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Vow from my beloved friend, a pre-finished homemade Valentine's Day card, and Japanese chex-mix inspired goodie bags for my fellow co-workers for the day of hearts.

This weekend I caught the love-bug and went to see The Vow with one of my very best friends. The move -- The Vow was adorable. I can't wait to be to able to read the book! I love Rachel McAdams. I feel that she can fill out any role almost perfectly. But I definitely cannot forget her role in Mean Girls.

Were you able to catch The Vow during opening weekend? What are you plans for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kick Start

Happy Monday! This is how every Monday should look like: freshly painted nails (Island Hopping), pastrami avocado sandwich on 100% wheat bread, a surprise package from a dear friend, and a banana with a smiley sticker. Here's to a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just an Update

Hello! I hope everyone is excited for tomorrow because it's FRIDAY! I have successfully finished two weeks of the new semester and I have to say that I am absolutely mind blown. The campus is gorgeous. The neighborhood, the campus, the library, the church, the views, etc, it sometimes doesn't feel at all real. It's as though I am at some fancy resort or like my friend would say, Hogwarts. Earlier this year, I would have told you there was no way I would be a student here because I couldn't find a way to pay for it. But thanks to my mom who wanted the best for her daughter, look at where I am a month later! I am very thankful for this wonderful opportunity my parents given me -- to allow me to attend a private college university. (We all know how expensive they can get.) My parents have supported me my entire life and at this age, you'd think I'd be supportin' myself, but no, my momma offered to pay for my tuition without hesitation is beyond imaginable. (And yes, I do feel guilty.) My family is not rich (unless my mom won the lottery and hasn't told me...), they are just your average mom and dad who work hard to save up every penny they have to be able to provide for their children. For that, I feel truly blessed.