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This might seem odd, but I bought a box of Cheerios™ the other day just for my little sister, who lives in another state and won’t be visiting me anytime soon.
My memories growing up with her are mostly everyday things, like watching TV and laughing or sitting at the table and eating together. Sometimes the laughing and the eating went together — like the time we were eating dinner and I was laughing so much milk came out my nose. When we got a case of the giggles, nothing could stop us from laughing. My poor mama.
Once I graduated high school and went off to college, my little sister and I formed a new appreciation for each other during breaks in the school year. Because our parents worked and were divorced, we often spent more time with each other than with our parents during those breaks. I think that is when we became more than sisters; we became friends.
I didn’t move back home after college so she and I haven’t lived in the same town, or even the same state, for quite some time. In the years since then, we’ve both become mothers. Me first, then a couple years later she joined the club. When you are in throes of new motherhood and you realize you don’t know what in the world you are doing, there is no one you’d rather talk to than your sister.
For example, when her first baby was starting finger foods, she was wondering about this special-puff or that special-baby-finger-food and I told her she didn’t need to make it that complicated. Cheerios™ were all she needed. Babies can pick them up, they are easy to chew or they’ll just dissolve if baby doesn’t want to chew. They travel well in a baggy or any other container you can throw in your diaper bag. The ingredients are wholesome and they are something everybody in the house will eat anyway. Simple.
I felt confident giving her that advice because that is what worked for my kids. My oldest is now 9 and insists on the yellow box of Cheerios™ as her morning staple. She and her sister fix their own bowls to eat together on Saturday mornings, allowing mommy to snooze just a little.
My sister and I are adults now and I like to think that in addition to aging, we’ve actually matured. So when I learned about the “Buy a Box. Give a Free Box” campaign that Cheerios™ has right now, I decided to buy a box of Multi-Grain Cheerios™ to make a “mature” snack for her to bring to work (whole grains sound so mature to me) and one she doesn’t have to share with her kiddos if she doesn’t want to.
The “Buy a Box. Give a Free Box” campaign is exclusively at Walmart. Look for the sticker that will contain a unique code you can enter online so the recipient of your choice can get a free box of Cheerios™. Here’s where they were at my Walmart:
So maybe I can’t have my little sister over for dinner anytime I want, but I can share advice and a tasty snack with her to let her know I’m thinking of her.
And for what it’s worth, it’s still hard to get us to stop when we start giggling together. Maybe we haven’t matured.
Here’s the recipe I used:
HEARTY MULTIGRAIN CHEERIOS™ SNACK
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups MultiGrain Cheerios™ cereal
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Heat oven to 300°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
- In large bowl, beat egg white on high speed until foamy; beat in salt. Gradually beat in brown sugar until thick and glossy. Gently stir in cinnamon, cereal and pecans until completely coated. Spread as thinly as possible on cookie sheet.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cold cookie sheet or large pan. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.
Recipe source: Betty Crocker
Who will you share your box of Cheerios™ with?
[P.S. As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios™ and Honey Nut Cheerios™ produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen. This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/]