Cereal Transition Combos

>I know I am not the only one out there who has an obsession/love of cereal [mine me be closer to loving it but I know there are definitely people out there who are obsessed!]. My love of cereal stems, like most people’s, from childhood breakfasts. I used to eat Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, and Apple Jacks just like everyone. But for some reason, my mom wouldn’t let me each chocolate cereals. So when I got to high school I started buying my own cereal and fell in love with Cocoa Puffs. Now that my daily breakfast usually consists of toast and coffee in stead of cereal I eat it for other meals.

I still like to eat the sugary cereals once in awhile (especially Berry Berry Kix –> has to be the ‘berry berry’ kind because the plain kind is boring) but my new “adult” cereals are apple cinnamon cheerios and multigrain cheerios. I recommend trying them both! Both are pretty healthy, as far as cereal goes without having to eat All Bran, and both are very tasty!

I am, however, NOT one of those people who can eat cereal without milk. I think the beauty of milk of the combination of cold milk and crunchy cereal! I am also not a fan of warm cereal…I have started making myself eat oatmeal when I know I need something substantial to get me through a long morning but it is not the most enjoyable flavor or texture (I even eat the cinnamon/sugar kind and add fruit…).

So here’s the most important caveat to eating cereal. When you get to the end of box and there’s not enough cereal for an entire bowl do you eat a small bowl of cereal that morning, eat that bowl and then half of your next box, or do you mix the two together? This might not be as much of a question if you eat the same cereal all the time but I rotate between types to keep things interesting! I usually don’t have the time to eat two bowls of cereal and find only eating half a bowl of cereal not an option. So, I usually mix my options together! I have had everything from Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and Lucky Charms to Cocoa Puffs and Apple Jacks. I think it makes breakfast more interesting and the end of/beginning of cereal a lot more fun!

What do you do? What are some of the best/worst cereal transition combos you’ve had?!

Also, why don’t cereals put surprises in boxes anyone? Is it the type of cereal I eat or do cereals just not put toys in there anymore?

Holidays and such

Sorry for the month-long hiatus from blogging! I know it’s not an excuse but access to the internet at my parents’ central Wisconsin home is not exactly stellar! Obviously, I went home for a the holidays but then just decided to take a break from the blogging thing!

But I’m back! So in observance of the commercialized, family-filled holidays I celebrate my first post is going to be about the non-traditional dessert I made a couple weeks after the holidays ended!

Around Thanksgiving I found this recipe for a pumpkin chocolate torte. I had a pumpkin filling (basically like pumpkin pie) and then a homemade chocolate graham cracker crust. However, the recipe called for heavy cream and I didn’t have that. So the next time I went to the grocery store I bought the cream…but I didn’t have time to make the torte until a couple weeks later and the cream had gone bad. The second time I bought the cream it also went bad. Then I decided I was going to make it at home over the holidays, only to actually read the entire recipe and realize that I needed a tart pan (which I didn’t have). So, my mom ordered one off Amazon for me and when I came back to Madison I bought another container of heavy cream (the smallest one by the way was way way way more than I needed so I ended up finding this website [http://www.supercook.com/] where you can type in the ingredient you have and it will give you a recipe that you can make! So, I ended up making cream scones which were really good!).

I mixed the filling which was pretty easy but I was supposed to crush the graham crackers and make the crust in a food processor. My food processor is a mini one that I got for $5 the day after Thanksgiving two years ago at WalMart so I had to improvise. I ended up doing the crust in three mini batches but it seems to have turned out fine. The tart ended up being pretty good, not too sweet and really good with whipped cream!

But the worst thing about it was that after I made it and baked it for an hour, I had to let it chill for 2 hours (minimum!) before I could eat any. What is that about!??! I am all about instant gratification when cooking or baking…

Moral of this post: read the ENTIRE recipe before starting because you may need a tart pan or a full-sized food processor to finish it and may need to prepare yourself to wait 2 hours for something that smells mega good!