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Cheering for Olympic Gold!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.

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