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Belated Product Placement: Honey Bunches of Oats

There was no holiday this past Wednesday so I don’t have the same excuse from last week as to why I didn’t post my weekly plug for a product. As it stands all I can do is say I’m sorry and have this be a bit belated.

When I was a kid I used to flip flop around between a few different cereals. I had a phase of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch (it’s a bit painful to remember I used to eat that), I would eat Honey Smacks, some weeks I would love Honey Nut Cheerios (and still do, though I only eat them on occasion) and some days Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms, or any other big brand name cereal geared toward kids. It never occurred to me that I could, if I wanted to, eat adult cereal.

It was some kind of mental road block where I figured that if a cereal had a cartoon mascot and bright colors it was meant for kids, and if the box looked bland and adult it was meant for adults and there would be ingredients in the adult cereal my child’s body would not be able to digest. Childhood logic is surprisingly funny this way.

The irony is that the children’s cereals were (and for the most part still are) worse for you, but I wasn’t the only one who thought children’s cereal must have ingredients children need. No, they’re just full of chemical dyes and processed sugars.

My point is that there were very few ‘adult’ cereals I would eat, but one I would occasionally come back to would be Post’s Banana Nut Crunch.

As a matter of fact I think I would want to give this cereal another try because as  a child I would pick out all the granola but find the rest of the cereal to be dry and tasteless. This is also due to the fact that I ate the cereal without milk, as I do with almost all of my cereals. Looking back on it, I’m sure the cereal was actually quite good and I mean to give it another shot.

So, until about 4 years ago or so, I stopped eating cereal because there was no brand I would continuously enjoy. And then on a whim my family tried Honey Bunches of Oats.

I’m really not quite sure why we tried it, but it must have been my idea because we started out with the Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and my mom doesn’t eat non-organic cereal and my brother doesn’t like almonds, so somewhere along the lines I must have though this was a good idea. Somewhere along the lines I was right.

This is the only cereal I will eat with milk, but it doesn’t lose anything to eat it dry. The granola bunches are crunchy and flavorful but never too sweet, and the flakes of the cereal are a combination of honey roasted and sweet and plain and crunchy.

Honey Bunches of Oats is the cereal I have been searching for my entire life. It has all the flavor a children’s cereal but with none of the chemicals and additives or colorings. This cereal may not be organic, but it’s surprisingly healthy with no more sugar than the typical children’s cereal (11g) and is not sweetened with any kind of corn syrup (high fructose or otherwise). This is what I miss at breakfast when I’m at college: I miss having Honey Bunches of Oats. I miss having a cereal I can (and will) eat with milk.

Honey Bunches of Oats comes in the following flavors: Original Honey Roasted, Almond, Peach, Cinnamon, Strawberry, Raisin Medley, Vanilla Bunches, Just Bunches (a box of their fantastic granola), and their NEW fruit blends: Banana Blueberry, and Peach Raspberry.

Grab a box if you get a chance, I can’t say enough about this cereal. Enjoy!

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Bread Tips Anyone?

Would any of you be willing to give me advice on making bread? I am continuously disappointed with store-bought breads. Even organic breads with whole wheat or whole grains always seem insubstantial, quite possibly because the slices are incredibly thin. I know thick sliced bread is available, but it would be difficult to find and not cost effective. I want to be comfortable making my own bread. Not to sell, but to have for my family.

I’ve made bread before. Most notably I’ve made challah bread (traditional braided Jewish bread made for Friday night Shabbat dinners) and it’s come out pretty legitimate. Still I consistently find I have recurring problems when I bake bread.

1) The dough does not rise.

I use the correct amount of yeast and I let the dough rise (for both the first and, if required, second risings) by placing it in a greased bowl in a powered off oven. I cover the dough with a towel and place it above a bowl of warm water.  Still the dough doesn’t always rise. Am I doing something fundamentally wrong?

A book I have on bread recipes says that salt will kill the yeast if you’re not careful, but  I am not experienced enough with making bread to be able to tell how to add the salt without killing the yeast.

Any advice?

2) My other problem is the bread goes stale within 2 or 3 days.

I don’t use any preservatives, mold-inhibitors, or other chemical concoctions to keep my products fresh. Unfortunately, not knowing any natural preservatives is a severe hindrance for making bread. Ideally bread should be baked fresh each day, but who really has that much time? It would be a tremendous help to know a natural way to preserve bread because I understand that bread does go stale and that it’s normal especially for home made breads.

Because I make my own honey roasted peanut butter (more on this to follow in future blogs) I want to find a good honey whole wheat bread recipe and work from there on my yeast-bread journeys. In the near future I want to be comfortable making home made breads and eventually my own recipes. Any advice you can give will be a great help although be advised I do not have a bread machine and so I’m literally making everything by hand. I look forward to hearing from you!

Honey Oatmeal Cookies

If you read my previous blog on Quick and Flavorful Oatmeal you’ll know already how much I love oatmeal cookies. It’s ironic really that the only cookie I can ever fall for is oatmeal. I don’t like to eat sweets, I just love to make them, but I will fall hard, head over heels for an oatmeal cookie.  I knew immediately that I wanted to create my own and that my oatmeal cookie would have something most oatmeal cookies don’t: honey.

Nothing is better in oatmeal than the sweet taste of honey.  When that sweet taste is combined with the cinnamon spiced bite of an oatmeal cookie there’s a definite winner.

My honey oatmeal cookies are sweetened with pure clover honey and brown sugar to re-imagine the oatmeal cookie experience. Soft and chewy and brimming with the taste of oats, these cookies are further enhanced by a honey glaze drizzle.

Each dozen is $11.

Place your order through email: CherylsConfections21@gmail.com

through phone: (203) 583-6001 OR (203) 459-0814

or through a comment. Enjoy!

Cookie Ingredients: Rolled oats, all purpose enriched bleached wheat flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pure clover honey, eggs, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, ground ginger, non-aluminum baking powder, baking soda.

Honey Glaze Ingredients: confectioners sugar, 1% milk, pure clover honey.