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Cheering for Olympic Gold!

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I love the Olympics. I’m not much of a sports girl – I’ll watch hockey here and there {and cheer for the Canucks!}, but mostly just enough to keep up with the hockey talk with my guy friends. Other sports? No way. Football bores me to death unless I’m watching it live, and I’d rather poke my eyes out than watch basketball or baseball. But every couple of years the Olympics rolls around, and I become glued to it. There’s something about amateur sport on the world stage that gets me every time. It fascinates me, so much so that I am always checking the results online. I don’t have the patience to wait for the time-delay feeds on cable. This year I’m looking forward to sharing the Olympics with my daughter – she’s six, and just the right age to really understand it. And of course, we’ll be cheering for Team Canada!

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Using Augmented Reality to learn about our Olympic athletes is super easy. First, download the app – searching for ‘Blippar’ in the app store on my iPhone brought it up right away, and imagine it would be just as easy on Android devices. Second, find yourself a box of specially-marked General Mills products {Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley granola bars and Gushers fruit snacks are just a few of the ones you can get}, and use the Blippar app to scan the box. And lastly, have some fun with the app when it recognizes the box and brings up all the info on the featured Olympian, and even some games and photo ops.

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An interesting side-note: My box of Honey Nut Cheerios featured Eric Staal of the Canadian Mens’ Hockey team, and it made me do a double-take. I had read about the final roster earlier this week and was sure I hadn’t seen his name on it. Sure enough, when I scanned his box, I ended up with info about figure skater Patrick Chan!

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Oh hey, check out the athletes in my house! Just kidding – look at that disaster behind Patrick Chan. No way would I have such important guests without making the place sparkle first! These are the photos my kids were begging me to take once they saw the photo feature. My six year old loved the games, too. I had to almost wrestle my iPhone out of her hands to upload the photos!

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I couldn’t just do a post about the Olympics without somehow tying it into a recipe! With all the fun cereal that General Mills sent to me for this campaign, I decided to whip up a little sweet and salty snack mix in honour of Team Canada. I even had a bag of red maple leaf sprinkles in my pantry that I was hoarding for the perfect Canada Day cupcakes.

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Sweet & Salty Snack Mix

6 ounces white candy melts (or white chocolate chips)
2 cups Cheerios (Apple Cinnamon was my choice!)
2 cups Chex
2 cups Lucky Charms
1 cup pretzel sticks
1 cup salted peanuts
Sprinkles of choice
sea salt, to taste

In a double boiler, melt candy melts until smooth. Meanwhile, combine cereal, pretzels and peanuts in a large bowl. Pour the melted candy over top and toss to coat. While still wet, sprinkle with your decorative sprinkles of choice. Add a pinch of salt if desired, to enhance the saltiness (depending on your pretzels or peanuts, this may not be necessary. Spread on a cookie sheet and let harden. After it has hardened, break it up and serve! Perfect for snacking while watching our Olympians strive for gold!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Cereal & Snacks Olympic Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on my blog are my own.

A Birthday Made Delicious! #LMDConnector

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter turned 6. As far as 6 year old girls go, the greatest thing ever is a sleepover. This was Eliza’s demand for what she deemed would be The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time. My idea of The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time, however, does not involve several other 5-7 year olds spending the night in my house. We agreed to meet in the middle – a pajama party with “breakfast for dinner”, and all the kids would go home to their own parents before the sugar crash. Win-win, if you ask me!

Eliza and I planned the whole birthday party to revolve around cereal – her favourite breakfast. Normally I can get away with feeding her organic Heritage Os (that look like dog kibble, for real) and unsweetened stuff, but we brought out the total sugar stuff for this party. Now, a disclaimer: I was recently asked to join the General Mill’s Life Made Delicious campaign, so I am killing two birds with one stone here. I went out and bought a whole bunch of tasty General Mills cereals, and we put together a make-your-own cereal bar. What kid doesn’t like the idea of mixing their own cereal? This is pretty much how every bowl looked:

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Tasty, huh? I guess if you’re 6 years old, that’s totally your thing. That is totally chocolate sauce on there, too. One of Eliza’s little besties suggested that fine idea, and pretty much every child at the table was on board. We also had the kids put together a 500mL jar of their concoction (without the milk or chocolate sauce), and they had quite a spread to choose from. Four cereals, rainbow chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, dried apples, banana chips, and mini marshmallows. Guess how many kids chose the dried fruit? One. I am totally not surprised.

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To go along with the theme, kids also painted their own cereal bowls. I picked up cheap white ceramic bowls, and I put out a bunch of different colours of porcelain paint. We did this early on in the party so there was plenty of time for the paint to dry, and send the kids home with instructions on how to fire the bowls in the oven to make the paint permanent.

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The other party favour I put together was hand-stamped spoons. Cheap spoons and a metal-stamping set that I got for christmas, and voila! Personalized spoons. How cool is that?

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And I can’t forget the cake! One of my friends made Eliza exactly what she wanted – one with a pink and purple unicorn on it. Perfect.

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It was a great party. The kids loved everything, and I got to send them home totally hopped up on sugar and ready to crash. Eliza got everything she wanted – a pajama party, all the sugar she could handle, and a great time with her friends. The cereal bar was a huge hit, and I think we’re going to have to pull that one out again. Since the party, we’ve mixed up some cereal concoctions a few times for the kids, and they love it.

If you’re looking for ways to make your life a little more delicious, check out www.lifemadedelicious.ca.

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Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation. The opinions in this blog are my own.

Toasted Maple Almond Muesli

Breakfast is my nemesis. I’m really good at remembering to feed the kids, but not so great at remembering to feed myself. And usually by the time I’ve prepared something for them, the last thing I want to do is take a ton of time to make something for myself. Cereal has been my go-to breakfast, but the cereal aisle at the grocery store annoys me – shelf after shelf of sugar-laden junk with no ‘real’ ingredients, and even in the so-called “healthy” stuff, preservatives galore. What’s a girl to do?

I was browsing foodgawker one day, and saw a delicious looking muesli. And thought, hell, I can make that! The idea of combining my own cereal appealed to my inability to accept recipes as they are, and my constant need to tweak, edit and otherwise change recipes to my fleeting whims. Now, there’s a couple different kinds of muesli out there – this is not a traditional bircher muesli, which is prepared to order and has a higher fruit-to-grains ratio than the more common packaged muesli that we are used to seeing at the grocery store. This recipe is an adaptation of the packaged muesli, made from ingredients that I always seem to have in my pantry. Other recipes involve rye flakes, quinoa flakes, and other stuff I don’t have readily available, and while I thought those might be nice to try I really just wanted to see if this is something I want to eat on a regular basis before spending money on more obscure ingredients. From what I’ve read, this kind of muesli can be served in many ways – quickly prepared with juice, water, milk, yogurt, even coffee mixed in, or soaked in milk overnight. Fresh fruit is also a great addition. How you choose to prepare it is up to you – I did the typical north american cereal thing and just used milk.



Toasted Maple Almond Muesli

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup oat bran
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
4 dried figs, diced
1/4 cup whole flax seeds

Preheat oven to 350F, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

In a bowl, combine oats, coconut, bran & almonds. Stir in maple syrup and stir to coat. Spread mixture on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir often, as this can burn quickly.

Once oat mixture is toasted, remove from oven and place back in a bowl. Let cool, and stir in the fruit & flax seeds. Store in an airtight container.

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