Made my own granola

I made my own granola last night. Why?

  • cheaper – all the ingredients are bought in bulk
  • creates less waste (no boxes)
  • you can tune your recipe

The end results were yummy. The current issues with my version:

  • the almonds, at $5, accounted for half the price all the ingredients. Part of this was because I bought crushed almonds, which may have been more expensive. Next time I will either just get a hammer or get peanuts instead, which are more cost-effective.
  • I misread the recipe and added the dried fruit before putting the mix in the oven. It needs to be added after the toasting; now all the fruit tastes slightly caramelized
  • although there is less waste created, I still got plastic bags for the bulk purchase. Although Berkeley Bowl lets you reuse plastic bags, so that might be okay
  • I used the basic “default” recipe this time. I need to add my own stuff for the next batch
  • I may have been too zealous about breaking up clusters; there are none in my batch. Sometimes clusters are a good thing

Something to watch is, when hot, the granola still feels “wet” and thus it is tricky to figure out if it’s done yet. As it cools, the granola gets crunchier.

The recipe I used is off of Slashfood and is apparently from Marisa McClellan’s mom’s friend. But there are a ton of them online to get you started.

Get Off John K’s Lawn!

John K is the creator of Ren & Stimpy. He has a blog where he laments the downfall of animation and therefore of western civilization. He’s getting old… or maybe he was always like that.

A recent post has been cracking me up, where he uses Yogi the Bear merch as a metaphor for the decline of culture. I know what his point is supposed to be, but his examples are ridiculous and just make him seem out-of-touch.

It’s true, the merch was better in the 1960’s… but that style looks scary and weird now. Actually it scared me when I got things like that as hand-me-downs as a child in the 1980s.

Secondly, the sort of obvious reason Yogi doesn’t have good merch now is because he is no longer a 1st-tier character. Look at the insane merch for Spongebob Squarepants and you will see what I mean.