Oatmeal Raisin Bars and Sea Fair

It’s rainy and gloomy today but it’s a good today because it’s  Friday 🙂

I love Fridays and the feeling of being excited for the weekend. It’s going to be a fun weekend, hope the weather will be nice.

If you live near the L.A. area and looking for something fun to do this weekend , go check out Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s 75th Anniversary and Autumn Sea Fair. It’s a fun place to bring the kids. I brought my niece last year and she enjoyed it a lot.  Even if you don’t have kids but you’re interested in Marine Life, it’s a cool place to walk around and spend a lazy Sunday. I like it because the aquarium is right by the water too.

Here are some pictures from last year’s Sea Fair.


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Today’s breakfast was my normal oatbran mix, granola and topped with crumbled pumpkin poundcake from our date night.

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I noticed that most dessert servings are pretty large, so I usually have leftovers. I like adding crumbled pastries on my oatmeal lately.

I also got a package yesterday that was filled with yummy treats. I put a bid and won Tina’s Oatmeal Raisin Bars from Rebecca’s bake sale a few weeks ago. The Bake & Make Sale was to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

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I really loved these bars and planning to make some more soon.

Most bars are too sweet for my taste, but these were just perfect in texture and sweetness. They are best eaten when it’s at room temperature because they’re chewy and soft.

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Oatmeal Raisin Bars  (recipe from CarrotsNCake)


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 8″ X 8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth.
  4. Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through.
  5. Let bars cool completely in pan before cutting.

I haven’t been using raisins lately and these bars reminded me how good they are when baked. Thanks for the wonderful treats Tina!

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  1. I want some!! Enjoy!!

  2. Jaime says:

    Hi! I just found your blog through skinnyrunner. I love your blog! I will be adding it to my “inspirational” list. You inspire me to bake! 😉 I will be back to check on your recipes because those bars look delicious! By the way…your daughter is SO cute!!

    • Jaime, thanks for coming over and reading my blog 🙂

      Thank you, I wish Jazzy was my daughter, she’s actually my niece but people have commented that we can pass for mother/daughter. When I take her to the park, most mothers think she’s my daughter.

  3. those look great!! I received my goodies from Rebecca’s bake sale today… YUM ! 😀

  4. Aw, cute pictures! I agree on most bars being too sweet. These look good.

  5. Love Tina bars! I’ve made several versions. They’re both my favorite and Josh’s too!! Your niece is adorable

  6. actorsdiet says:

    mmm the bars look delicious! your niece is a cute pie too

  7. Oh those bars look SO good!

  8. I love making my own oatmeal bars! I like them chewy and fresh, unlike store bought ones. I like them to taste like a bowl of oatmeal in bar form!

  9. Your niece is such a cutie!!
    I haven’t made my own bars in.. a month or so. shocker!! 😉 I’m always looking for new inspiration and Tina’s look really yummy.

  10. Oh man those bars look great – moist and chewy. I’ll have to try those – anything with oatmeal and raisins!

  11. Yum, I love oatmeal raisin cookies so I’d love these.
    Lea, don’t fear pie-making… you should go ahead and bake one! The crostata is easy for beginners because it’s so rustic and doesn’t even require a pan. Just remember that cold ingredients are a pie baker’s best friend, and if a recipe calls for resting the dough you should do it so the dough doesnt’ shrink later. I hope to see a pie on this blog one day!

  12. Wow, great looking bars. I’ve been thinking about making my own but so far I havent managed to make any. Maybe I’ll try your recipe!

  13. Yum! I love putting bars in a breakfast dish! Looks delicious!

  14. The simplicity of those bars rock! I must make them 🙂


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