CoCo Wheats

Do you remember CoCo Wheats from when you were a kid? I do! My Dad usually, not my Mom, would make my sisters and I this delicious but simple breakfast. It must have been a Dad thing?

If you have never heard of such a thing called CoCo Wheats, it is a creamy chocolatey almost like porridge. The creamy hot cereal was introduced in 1930 with the belief that hot cereal could taste good, and be good for you. They thought most would love the cocoa taste too!

On the back of the box there are stovetop and microwave instructions. For a big/family batch I would suggest following the stovetop instructions but for a single serving the microwave method is just fine.

The instructions are on the back of the box but I’ll share them with you anyways…

Microwave Cooking Instructions

  • Step 1: Mix 3 tbsp. CoCo Wheats, 1 cup water or 1 cup milk (I use milk because it makes it creamy and delicious!), 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. sugar (optional….but you’ll want to add it) in a microwaveable bowl.
  • Step 2: Cook on high for 1 minute.
  • Step 3: Stir. Cook 1-2 minutes more, stirring well every 30 seconds until cereal is desired thickness. Watch carefully!
    • I always cook mine for an additional minute at least. But please, please make sure you watch carefully otherwise you’ll have a messy microwave!
  • Step 4: Remove, stir well and let stand 1-2 minutes.

**Just before I enjoy this wonderful breakfast I always add a few teaspoons of sugar and a little splash of milk, which helps cool it and adds a little something to the hot cereal.

 

I hope you try CoCo Wheats for yourself and enjoy this wonderful breakfast! It brings back so many memories of my childhood and I can’t wait to create these same memories with my bundle of joy on the way!

Cucumber, Tomato, & Cream Cheese Bites

Over the holidays I decided I better start contributing to our traditional spread of appetizers (I am an adult and married for goodness sakes!) at our family Christmas Eve get-together.  There were about 25 family and friends that gathered at my parents house to celebrate the joyous holiday.

When I decided to make an appetizer I naturally started  flipping through Pinterest. When I was going through the millions of pins I wanted to find something that was holiday cute and semi-healthy.

This is what I found….

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This is what I created…

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The picture I found on Pinterest didn’t really come with instructions so I decided I would just “wing” it.

“My Version” of Cucumber, Tomato, Cream Cheese Bites Ingredients:

  1. 2 Large Cucumbers
  2. 1 container of Grape Tomatoes
  3. 1 tub (8 oz.) Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
  4. Black Pepper

“My Version” Instructions:

  1. Peel cucumbers and slice into 3/4 inch rounds and cut grape tomato in half the long way.
  2. Spoon out middle section of each cucumber round slice (to remove most of the seeds).
  3. Spoon the cream cheese spread (about 1 tablespoon or a little less) into the middle of cucumber. (I eye-balled this…depending on how deep the hole was)
  4. Once cream cheese is spooned into the middle of the cucumber slice, place one tomato halve on each.
  5. Sprinkle with a little black pepper for taste.
  6. Refrigerate if waiting for guests to arrive and ENJOY!

These simple bites were a hit at both my families Christmas celebration and I also brought them to a New Year Eve Celebration too! I only ended up tossing a few after each night. I’d say that’s considered an appetizer HIT!