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What’s your grocery shopping style?

I’ve been thinking about my own ever since Holly initiated a Grocery Challenge for the month of May. I love a lot of her ideas, and am going to do my own variation for this month since the two goals I set are longshots at best. My version is going to be more about coupon clipping and keeping an eye out for sale items – more to come on this another day.

I grocery shop every day since Valumart is right across the street, and I love fresh produce, so pick up my greens and fruits daily. When it comes to dry goods, I am a hoarder of staples, a buyer of multiples. Need proof? Oh ho ho, let me show the ways…

my favourite pb is on sale fro $3.49 from $5.49, so yes, i now have six in my inventory

i only recently discovered that valumart carries s'bux coffee! it's currently on sale $3.99 for 8 sachets vs $11.95 for 12 pacs AT s'bux; that's half the price!

stevia: it's hit and miss as to whether it will be in stock at the health food store; NEED stevia for coffee, thus NEED stevia stashed!

you can never have too much tp around here...my fave brand was on sale the last few weeks for $6.99 from $9.99 - score!

i generally CLEAN GREEN with lotsa white vinegar; however, toilet bowls require heavy artillery cleansers, in my book

tangent: of course, i always have a running shoe stash, too! (had to throw that in here!)

The benefits of shopping this way? I never have to worry that there’s no peanut butter for my apples or oatmeal. And obviously, I am saving money over paying full price ($2 here, $2 there = a coffee out here, a Perrier out there…).

The downsides? Storage space in the Condo Casa is at a premium (hence the messy coffee shelf), and the grocery bill gets unfairly inflated (4 x $3.49 PB + umpteen Starbucks coffee pacs DOES add up).

What’s your style when it comes to stocking goods with no expiry date? At least I know I am not alone in my stashing ways: Gina has the best story – last summer she totally loaded up on cereal. Want to know why?! – here’s her story!

A couple photos as a sneak peak…

nice work, g!!!


Any SPECIFIC food you are prone to really stocking?
Cereal is certainly one for me!

Gluten Free: The Way to Be?

Happy Friday, dear friends!

Today I have three new-to-me food products to share with you.

Before we get to the reviews, a bit of background: over the past ten years or so, I have dabbled in trying a wheat-free diet. Some times are more strict, others more lenient - it’s been pretty sporadic. Overall, the trend for me is that a diet high in gluten containing products (ie anything wheat-based) does adversely affect my system. How? For me, lots of gluten consumption (cereals, bagels, bread, pasta, baked treats) brings on:

  • bloating
  • gassiness (sure you wanted to know that one!)
  • general digestive unhappiness

In the past, I’ve noticed much relief in sticking with corn, oat or rice based products. For example, let’s talk about cereal since it’s a subject near and dear to my heart! Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, even sugared cereals like Cap’n Crunch and Frosted Flakes go down much easier than either Shreddies or All-Bran – those two are no bueno, as Gina (Fitnessista) would say!  

For the past couple of weeks, then, I’ve made three dietary swaps:

1) OUT with Quaker 100% whole grain oatmeal and IN with Only Oats Quick Oats (manufactured by Avena foods in Regina, Saskatchewan).

[Sidenote: until a few months ago, I was under the impression that oatmeal was gluten free (GF). However...

"What about oats?...The problem is possible contamination of oats with other gluten-containing grains." (source)

Many thanks to Dorry who also discusses a gluten-free diet on her blog, today! That's where I found the information, above].

purchased at eating well organically, uptown waterloo

First Impression: love the dainty flakes! much smaller in size than Quaker oats.

Price: I was paying $3.69 at Valumart for a box of 12 x individual Quaker 100% oats sachets. My GF bag cost $3.99. At first, I thought that was a bit expensive; however, now I realize just how many servings I am getting out of the bag, and it’s turned out to be more economical by far than the way I was purchasing Quaker.

Taste: the very same as Quaker

Digestability: awesome: no bloating, gas or rumbles

Rating Overall: A+

Try Again? Definitely. Permanent switch predicted.

2) OUT with wheat-based cereals, IN with GF cereals

I’ve tried a number of specifically GF cereals in the past, particularly corn flakes, as well as other varieties picked up at health food stores. But I had never tried:

yes, they're targeted for kids, but when has that ever stopped me before!

First Impression: these look like Kix! (a product not found in Canada, but that I just enjoyed in Aruba last week). The sweet coating (from sugar cane juice, primarily) reminds me of a less-sugared Corn Pops cereal.

Price: $5.39 for a 284 g box – not cheap, but breakfast cereals in general are not that economical a purchase.

Taste: nice…but they don’t rock my world. I do like the crunch factor.

...but i prefer KIX! which are also GF, did ya know!

Digestability: wonderful: no bloating, gas or rumbles

Rating Overall: B

Try Again? likely not

3) OUT with whole wheat bread or bagels and IN with GF white rice bread:

i've never seen bread packaged this way! it's in like a plastic "box"

First Impression: these slices are TINY!!

yes, one slice is literally the size of the palm of my hand - is it bread or melba toast?!

Price: $4.99 and there are 13 slices in my loaf; definitely more cher than regular bread

Taste: absolutely wonderful – the bread is soft, the taste is mild, the texture is delightfully palatable (I’m keeping it in the freezer to stay fresh).

Digestability: divine: no bloating, gas or rumbles

Rating Overall: A- (the size factor is the only knock against this product)

Try Again? yes

Final Thoughts: I will continue to branch out into picking up more GF products, given the positive personal results experienced with switching to the oatmeal, cereal, and bread listed above. I do not plan to devote myself to seeking out a 100% GF diet at this time. A cookie here, a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch there…a serving or two of gluten-containing products per day does not seem to affect me too negatively. I’m eager to do more experimentation, and try some more new-to-me items.

And a future step could include baking GF! Anyone up for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, hehe?!!

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Tonight’s project: ripping back the front neckline on A’s sweater:

i'm blocking the front and back of the sweater right now, hence the pins you see there

Given that the neckband is a separate braid that you knit and then attach, I think the neck area needs to be slightly larger. Luckily, this is not a major fix – all in an evening’s work!

Any exciting Friday plans for you? Do enjoy!

Tomorrow is going to be Fashion Saturday!

Welcome!

Bon Bini! [Papiamento is the local language in Aruba; Bon Bini means Welcome!]

Come right in! We won’t spend too much time inside, as we’ll want to get back out to the beach…but let me show you around, quickly…

view from the front door entry/hallway

the living room is on your left; flat screen tv on the wall, there

other half of the living room (this couch folds out; it's my yarn holding couch; 4 balls await knitting!)

the kitchen is on the right hand side of the condo (open to the living room which is on the left hand side)

table for four, aka, my catch-all zone!

The living room and kitchen front the windows; if you make a hard left before the living room area, you’ll find the bedroom:

the cupboards have been updated since we were last here!

tv facing the bed, and a new dresser, too!

i adore these french doors that open into the bedroom...

new countertop and vanity in the bathroom since the last visit! (shower/tub unit is tucked away to the right, out of view)

...and lastly, a little balcony off the kitchen...

...which offers up this view!

This unit is a one-bedroom design and could accomodate two people spaciously, four guests if two sleep in the living room (cosy), or six if you placed sleeping bags on the floor (a little *close,* I would find!).

Feel free to pop over! Coffee’s always on!

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Did you celebrate National Cereal Day yesterday??!

I know fellow cereal fans/bloggers Janetha and Gabriela did!

And I sure participated! [Cereal was an integral part of last year's Kiki Project!]

i'm going to start an INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN so that all types of frosted flakes are ONLY known as ZUCARITAS!!

kix, why are you not in canada?? i love you!

another "only available in the US" yummy!

a non-sugary base is KEY to building the perfect concoction of cereals

And today is Pancake Tuesday! Happy Shrove Tuesday!

40 Cereals: Jan9.10-Jan8.11

This post contains a chronological listing of the 40 CEREALS portion of the 1970 Kiki Project, January 9, 2010 – January 8, 2011 edition.

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40. Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, Original (white) Frosting – Would you have guessed this cereal for the last one of the “40 Cereals?!” A bit of background: I can define my morning breakfast cereals during my growing-up years in terms of Cereal Eras: primary school was such 1970′s staples as Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes or Shreddies; Grades 6-8 were all about the MINI WHEAT. I always loved the white sugar flavour better than the brown sugar type (those were the only two options then, now I see there are a couple more). And I always had exactly the same number every morning and turned them over so they were all white-side up. And I’d finger through the box trying to find the ones with the most sugar topping. In High School, I was all over Honey Nut Cheerios (which was #20, below). So in thinking about which cereal to choose for my 40th cereal, the Mini Wheat seemed the perfect nostalgic choice. Almost 30 years later, what do I think? Well, they’re smaller than they were in the ’70′s (we used to break them half, I remember) but the sugary coating topping the crispy wheat squares tastes exactly like I remember, and immediately brought back memories of happy childhood breakfasts, and filled my tummy with warm fuzzies.

39. Quaker Oatmeal Squares – these Big Daddies (bigger’n Corn Bran Squares, #17, below) will fill your tummy nicely! I’ve *stolen* baggies of these from Dad in the past, and used by the handful, thrown in with 3-4 other cereals - totally awesome. I don’t know if they would make a great cereal all on their own…they’re a big bite, for sure, very dense and crunch-astical. I combined them with #36, 37, 38, below and the mixture was A+ delightful! They don’t really taste like oatmeal to me but guess they get their name because the first ingredient is oats?..anyway, these are seriously delicious.

38. Nature’s Path Organic Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise, gluten free – after totally falling in love with #22, Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise, I decided to try the vanilla, hoping the five star-yum factor would repeat itself…sorry to say, but nope, Maple knocks down Vanilla in the Battle of the Sunrises! Trying to put my finger on what zowie-ness is missing…either it’s that the vanilla tastes a little fake, or that the rest of the grains are not that exciting. The texture and crunch are good though. Mehhh…I’ll for sure eat up this box (and the Whole O’s described in #37, below) but they likely won’t be tossed in my grocery cart again any time soon (unlike Pufffffffins!!!!…)

37. Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s, gluten-free – to be blunt (or short n sweet) these round little nuggets are BOR-ing!!! they’re a crunchier Cheerio, that’s the most concise description. Rather nondescript in taste, ie bland. Definitely need to be layered up; these are just “bowl fillers.” Trust me: save yourself over $1.00 per box and get ye some Cheerios instead, if you need some “O’s” in your bowl!

36. Nature’s Path Organic Oaty Bites – let’s call these “The Rich Man’s Crispix” – I don’t buy these on a regular basis (as evidenced by the fact that they are Cereal #36 of this little cereal project that started in January) because a rather small box is likely double the price of a box of Crispix! (see Crispix review in #6, below). But, yum, the price is worth the indulgence. These babies stay crispy right to the end of the bowl. They’re a bit sweeter than Crispix (thanks to organic sugar cane juice) and make an excellent mid-layer cereal: try a crispy rice cereal base, throw on some Oaty Bites and top with a granola or flake cereal – excellence, my friends, excellence!

35. Kashi Honey Almond Flax Flavour – I KNOW!!! You don’t have to say it…I bought another Kashi cereal (see my break-up comments, below, after cereal #30, if you missed it). I’m red with embarrassment as I type away…but I decided to give one more chance to Kashi. And maybe we did just need a break!…cuz I can highly recommend this cereal to you! Was surprised upon first pour with the serious CHUNKS of granola-esque pieces of cereal. Like cereal bombs, I kid you not. Fragile teeth? Go not with this one. But the granola clusters are delicious, not too sweet, and the sliced almonds add even more crunch and flavour. Was great mixed with the plain Corn Puffs. Very filling – a hearty, meal-ish type cereal. Kashi, we are back on good terms.

34. Kellogg’s Special K – (thanks, Chris and Ana!) Sadly, for me, Special K is just not so very special. It’s on par with Rice Krispies and those two are slightly below Corn Flakes in terms of being contenders for Most Boring Cereals on the Face of This Earth. That being said, to its credit, Special K is a great social mixer with other cereals. Since it has no taste :), it adds texture to a mixed bowl of flakes/puffs/squares/pops. Love when I can try cereals at Chris and Ana’s Cereal Bar – I get a One Bowl Wonder at no cost! :)

33. Post Honey Bunches of Oats – I’ve seen this box at Chris and Ana’s a few times, so that was my motivation to try this cereal. And I like it! It reminds me of #32, below, Just Right in that there are a few different grains (corn, wheat, oats, rice) and reminds me a bit of #22, below, Crunchy Maple Sunrise because like the maple in CMS, the honey adds a sweet taste. An extra mark over Just Right because the little granola clusters add to the overall pleasing taste and texture. I won’t mind eating this box up at all (haha, I knew I was safe in trying this cereal because if for some reason I didn’t like it – Kashi, anyone?! – I could pass the box along to Chris and Ana!)

32. Kellogg’s Just Right – As stated, below, this cereal is a perfect pairing with the Corn Puffs. The two go in perfect harmony and need no other accompaniments. With my Trial Separation from Kashi in full effect (see below), I decided to go back to Kellogg’s as they really do make good cereal. A couple of months ago, both my massage therapist and BFF Debbie mentioned Just Right within days of each other, which I found a funny coincidence. So that was my motivation to pick up this box. And I am glad I did! A very nice cereal! I like the blend of grains and the touch of sweetness. I was surprised by the small pieces of cereal – looks like someone took a rolling pin to the cereal, then boxed it. Won’t mind eating this one til the box is gone.

31. Nature’s Path Organic Corn Puffs – Corn. Puffed. That is this cereal. It’s like having a bowl of popcorn for your cereal, except the puffs are round, not exploded-shaped like real popcorn. This one is an excellent base-building cereal as it only adds a supple taste to your bowl, and also adds a pleasing texture for your mouth. Had gotten away from these Corn Puffs for a couple of years – glad I re-introduced them with #32, above…

After a bit of inner reflection, I realized it was time to sit down with Kashi and have a chat. Sadly, I am just not feeling the love. It’s not you, it’s me, I informed the bewildered one. (“But I’m so popular! I’m featured in your favourite magazines!,” was his stunned reply). I remained firm, though, telling him I think it’s best if we take a break for a while, let me see others out there, play the field a bit more. I know, I know, I said…I was going to move on to your Go Lean Crunch, but buddy, I just can’t do it right now. So many other options are out there…and you really have disappointed me – you’re a bit boring, a bit hard, just not my type…I do hope we can still be friends, and maybe in a couple months time, I’ll wanna see you again…but for now, I’m leaving you behind. Please don’t hate me.

30. Kashi High Fibre Flakes & Granola – Now that’s more like it, Kashi people! Improvement noted over Kashi Go Lean (#29, below). I decided to give Kashi another try and was much more pleased with the Flakes and Granola. This cereal has three main components: flakes that are the shape and size of say, Corn Flakes, but much crispier, crunchier, and bran-like. Secondly, I recognized some of the cereals from the Go Lean – these little stick things and these little box things (which were good parts of Go Lean) and thirdly, we have tiny granola clusters – not too big and not too many of them. This cereal is great with milk, and would be a super yogurt topper – anywhere you need some crunch (ice cream? waffles?).

29. Kashi Go Lean – I finally got around to trying this cereal…like 5 years after I intended to try it! (Always see the ads in Runner’s World, for example). Gotta tell ya, though…disappointed. :( It reminds me of #22, below, Crunchy Maple Sunrise, but CMS was wayyyy better (likely because it was sweeter – haha!). Go Lean is OK…but I’m not swooning over it as I have been with some other picks, lately. It’s definitely got crunch and I will for sure finish the box, but I’m on the fence as to whether I would buy it again. On the positive, I sure feel virtuous eating it, what with all the different grains on the ingredient list. And at 13 g of protein per serving, the nutrition factor is a swaying vote in its favour.

28. Barbara’s Puffins (Cinnamon Flavour) – These Puffins are smaller, similar in size to Original Flavour. Again, knocked my socks off. Now be aware that the cinnamon flavour is very pronounced. Combined with the Special K Cinnamon Pecan (#26, below), it was a Cinnamon Spectacle. However, unlike #18, below (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), the sugary sweetness factor is less in the Puffins. And it’s not missed. Crunchy feeling lasts til the very last bite. Mmmmmm….so happy with the Puffins discovery.

27. Barbara’s Puffins (Peanut Butter Flavour) – Puffins, dear Puffins, where have you been all my life? How could I have gotten to 40 years old and never have known about you? So I could not resist, and had to try my Puffins Threesome (see #24, below). Totally. Awesome. The cereal itself was a surprise when I opened the box: the cereal cubes are HUGE – like each cube is 3x an Original Puffins. The peanut butter flavour is divine: present but not overpowering, not sickeningly sweet. Fantabulous crunch factor. Easily tops my chart of favourites. What a find.

26. Kellogg’s Special K Cinnamon Pecan – have you seen how many variations of Special K there are now? I hadn’t noticed – where have I been?! I decided to skip the original Special K in favour of something I haven’t tried before (knowing that regular Special K goes in the same family as Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes). I highly, highly recommend this version! The larger-than-regular-Special K flakes are super crunchy and stay that way, even when milky; there are bits of pecans, but not too many; I love the pronounced cinnamon flavour. This cereal worked well with both the Puffins (#24, below) and the Millet Puffs (#23, below). Definitely would repeat-buy this one.

25. Nature’s Path Organic Honey’d Corn Flakes (gluten-free) – although the “organic” and “gluten-free” labels are affixed to this cereal box, that’s not really why I bought them – that’s just an added bonus. I thought they’d pair well with the Puffins (below) – and they did. Because of the honey coating they do not become soggy cardboard like regular Corn Flakes. The honey flavour does not overpower – just adds a bit of sweetness. Very pleased with this selection.

24. Barbara’s Puffins (Original Flavour) – big score! loved these little square cereal pieces! Similar to Corn Bran (#17, below) but even tastier because they are not quite as sweet. Definitely make a good first impression and the happiness continues to the end of the bowl. When I picked these up at Super Centre, I saw two other flavours of Puffins; am very tempted to get those and make a mix of all three….

23. Nature’s Path Organic Millet Puffs – after some trial and error, mixing and matching, concluded that #22 (below) needed something completely Plain Jane to accompany it. Hence the purchase of the Millet Puffs. Perfect-o! These are about as all-natural (ingredient list: organic millet) as you can get and are the perfect counter-balance to the Maple Sunrise cereal. A rather bland cereal with only a bit of, perhaps, nutty taste (?) on their own, I think these would also be good on top of oatmeal and peanut butter, or mixed in with yogurt and/or fruit.

22. Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise, organic, gluten-free – I wanted a granola-y type cereal to use as a crunchy and sweet topping for an apply-crispy type concoction I made (not a “40 Recipes” as it was a single serving thing-y done in the micro). This cereal was great for this purpose! Major crunch, multiple textures and flavours – a real delight. The maple flavour is quite pronounced, maybe a bit too much?? And if you had a bowl of this, the base layer would need to be something very simple like wheat puffs or millet. It’s $4.99 for a 300 g box (ie small) so not a cheap buy, but quality trumps quantity in this case.

21. Quaker Regular Instant Oatmeal – a hot cereal! and not a sugary cereal! can you believe your eyes?! :) Yummy yummy in my tummy if you prepare it this way: one pac of oatmeal with 1/3 cup water, nuked in the microwave. Add 1 T all-natural peanut butter, 1 T flax seeds and some blueberries. Let sit for a few minutes til the PB gets warm and goopy. Gobble up. I love this as a mid-morning filler-upper. (the oatmeal is pretty solid this way – add more water if you like a runnier hot cereal).

20. General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios – (thanks again, dad!) I think I had Honey Nut Cheerios every single morning of University (I lived at home). High School was the Mini-Wheats phase, if memory serves and then Uni was all about the Honey Nut (this was before I had multiple cereals in one bowl). Honey Nuts don’t mix nicely with other cereals either, really. They’re too sweet to play nicely with the sugary ones, but not sharp or unique enough to stand out from my base layer choices. Again, one sample will suffice for this year.

19. Post Shreddies – for some reason, I totally associate Shreddies with my Dad, I guess because we often had them in the house growing up, and dad still enjoys them to this day (where I got my sample serving for this project!). Shreddies are solid and filling. I find they mix better with non-sweet cereals like the oft-mentioned Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies than with sugary types. I never buy Shreddies myself, and one serving will be enjoyable yet sufficient.

18. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch – I have never purchased this cereal in Canada. The last (and only) time I had these was during our trip to Moab, Utah in 2002. So this is genuinely a special treat, purchased just for the “40 Cereals” project. Very very rich in cinnamon taste – truly are like little sugar-cinnamon pieces of toast. Tend to overwhelm whatever else is in your bowl, so best with something simple (and tasteless, like Corn Flakes - haha!)

17. Quaker Corn Bran Squares – the ultimate prize winner for “Cereals That Hold Their Crunch.” These squares can’t get soggy – impossible! Corn Bran Squares make a good base-of-base layer – ie. UNDER something like Rice Krisipes or Corn Flakes, at the very bottom of your bowl. I can’t do these repeatedly, though. They are an “every once in a while” choice.

16. Post Honeycomb – I don’t think I even had a Honeycomb til I was about 35 years old! Anyone else remember the ads on TV in the ’70′s where they measured the Honeycombs with a ruler, just to show how B-I-G they are?! Too fun. Honeycomb + Corn Pops is a great combination…and they really are quite the mouthful, given the generous size of each. Yummy fun but not a regular purchase.

15. Kellogg’s Corn Pops – we never had sugar cereal in the house as kids. Except for vacations: then we would get the little 8 pack of variety cereals as a treat. Corn Pops was always the first choice, for me! Big, noisy, exuberantly crunchy. I love them as much for the happy memories they bring back as I do for the sweet taste.

14. General Mills Cheerios (thanks for sharing with Aunti, Emily!) – more substantial as a bottom/base layer cereal than #4, 6, 8, or 9 (below). Cheerios feature pleasant mouth-feel as you’re eating them, don’t get soggy, and don’t detract from other cereals’ flavours. Can’t call them a fave, and I never buy a whole box, but I can see why they are popular. Definitely a better choice for kids than most cold breakfast cereals available!

13. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – Tony the Tiger may think “they’re GREAATTTT!!!!” but I beg to differ. PC Frosted Flakes win over Tony any day. Tony’s version have a shiny, sugary sheen to them and the flakes are a bit smaller. PC Flakes are a bit thicker and the coating, while still sugary, just doesn’t taste as cheap.

12. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies,  Cocoa** - Ewwww! I really dislike chocolate cereals, in general. The flavour is just too intense – really a Dessert Cereal. And your milk turns brown which is just generally displeasing to the eye. But I had to try these in order to add to the Krispies Collection!

11. Kellogg’s Mulitgrain Krispies with Honey Flavour** – These are a different shape – larger “kernels.” Not bad. Mixed well with the Vanilla Flavour ones (note: I give Kellogg’s bonus points for spelling FLAVOUR the Canadian way on the box – very good!) Would not buy again.

10. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with Vanilla Flavour** - Not bad. Not great. Very sweet. Same size and shape as original Rice Krispies. Would not buy again.

9. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies ** – Another base layer cereal that works well with anything added on top. You know how there are the Original Six hockey teams? Rice Krispies must be an Original Six cereal. I remember it well from childhood. This is not a favourite cereal – it’s bland and loses its crunch faster than Corn Flakes, for example.

**=The Grand Slam of Rice Krispies. I saw all these variations on the shelf, and had to do a Grand Slam taste trial. So over the course of a few days, I mixed n matched combinations before drawing the conclusions that are noted, above. Who knew there were so many Krispies?!

8. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (donated by Dad) – Dad says I am wrong, that these Kellogg’s Corn Flakes are better than PC Corn Flakes (see #4, below). I prefer PC because I find they hold their crunch very well; Kellogg’s Corn Flakes become mushy cardboard very quickly. Glad I don’t have to use up a whole box – thanks for the small donation, Dad!

7. Kellogg’s Vector (donated by Chris and Ana) – I have a love/hate relationship with this one…I love the taste, the crunch…with this one, it has to be the only sweet cereal in the bowl as its taste and texture is so dominating. The problem is that it doesn’t like me so much – leaves me bloated if I have more than a serving at a time…the soy? So I choose rarely but eye longingly…

6. Kellogg’s Crispix (thanks again, Chris and Ana) – a versatile cereal: works well as a base layer upon which to add The Triumvirate (see #1,2,3, below) OR works equally well as a top layer over Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes. Crunch stays right to the very last bite.

5. Kellogg’s Guardian – a nice addition from time to time, but not a favourite; very sweet…but it has psyllium! maple flavour a bit too strong for long term enjoyment

4. President’s Choice Corn Flakes – better than Kellogg’s, in my opinion; will set up taste test at a future date

3. President’s Choice Frosted Flakes*

2. Quaker Cap’n Crunch*

1. Post Alpha Bits*

*= These three cereals are my triumphing triumvirate. Nothing. beats. this. combination. Yup: no redeeming nutritional value at all, sugar content through the roof…but the taste! the crunch! the flavours! yummy yummy yummy. My go-to, must have, bar-none favourites.

Ten

Happy Tuesday, November the 9th!

Since it’s the NINTH day of the month, it’s time to check in with the progress of the 1970 Kiki Project! Ten months in the bank and two months remain…let’s see what has yet to be accomplished…

40 Movies: 32 movies watched.

Only eight movies to go! As I mentioned to B the other day, I have a few movies that MUST be part of the project. I have already decided what the final movie will be – must go with my favourite all-time movie ever (any guesses?). My second favourite movie ever will also be part of the final eight (hint: it stars Mr Tom Cruise my second husband) – can you guess which one it is?! I’m not too concerned that eight movies remain – if I watched nothing until January 1st, I could still complete the project. Don’t think it will come to that.

40 Reads: 38 different books, magazines, newspapers read.

I finished “Born to Run” (the review is here) on Sunday. Two months in which to read two books? I should be able to accomplish that. It’s really no contest as I could just grab two magazines, like, NOW and be done with this project, like, TONIGHT. But I’ll aim to finish with two books/novels. [Note: I did ditch "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I was reading when I gave you the Project Status last month. Sometimes you just gotta throw in the towel].

40 Recipes: 32 baked goods completed.

Didn’t go super gung-ho in the kitchen this month…think I felt a little baked-out! And also just did not make the time for baking. Would have been fun to do something special for Hallowe’en, but it just didn’t happen! The next focus will be on Christmas goodies! Unless I do something for Dad’s birthday at the end of this month (oops, Dad pretend you didn’t see that comment!)…I need a baklava-worthy occasion…that’s the only recipe that I really want to tackle with the eight recipe options to go! Am hoping to bake this Thursday (Nov 11th)…likely cookies and I have a recipe in mind!

40 Cereals: DONE!

I doubt I will finish any of these three categories this month. And I don’t have many definitive plans…the next update will be interesting, then!

And just to let you know…I am thinking ahead to 2011 and brainstorming on the next round of the 1970 Kiki Project. I plan on doing something new, just deciding on what the Project will entail!

It’s Been a While

When we were at Jeff’s place on Thanksgiving Day, I enjoyed a most marvelous and animated discussion about cereal with Duncan and Jillian. We compared our favourites, dissed the stinkers, and shared preferred ways of eating this wonderful food staple (they’re not mixers, like me, but strictly one-type-per-bowl fans).

In Jillian’s opinion, I simply HAD to give Reese’s Puffs a try. This one strictly falls under the category of “no redeeming nutritional value whatsoever,” but I’m cool with that as who doesn’t want a just-because-it’s-yummy treat, once in a while?!

So I got my box…

perfectly fitting for hallowe'en, i thought, given the box colour!

I’ve had three bowls now, so feel qualified to give you the review…and I must say…this one is pretty much a STRIKE OUT. Now, the Puffs are not a complete fail. I like the texture, they hold their crunch, the peanut butter and chocolate flavours do not overwhelm, and surprising, they’re not as sickeningly sweet as you might imagine. But, there is a funny aftertaste, and the chocolate and peanut butter flavours taste manufactured and fake.

sugary puffs with a side of globe and mail!

The best combination thus far has been a mix of plain Corn Puffs (#31 in 40 Cereals) followed by a layer of Kashi Go Lean (#29) – I always need to laugh because after my less than complimentary review of Kashi, I’ve decided Go Lean does make a great-midlayer – topped with the Reese’s Puffs.

But still, this mix is not really that formidable

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To each their own. To me, The Cap’n still rules for the crunch! Ooh - a thought! Is it weird if I give the rest of the box to Jillian since she loves the Puffs?? Hmm…just might do that. And replace the Puffs with something I truly adore!!

We started with 12 …

Hey friends!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

If you’re in Southern Ontario, you’ll agree that this weekend is beeeeauuuuu-ti-ful!! Honestly, today was a dream of a fall day with bright sunshine and mild temps. And do you agree that this year the leaf colours have been out of this world? Some years, there seems to be preponderance of browns; this year, bright red and orange dominate the fall foliage. Love it. Colourful leaves is but one thing I will give thanks for this weekend!

Today is October 9th. That means the 1970 Kiki Project is nine months old and that three months from today is my birthday. It’s time for our “how we doin’?” project check-in. We have three months left in which to complete the project!

(If I could post video on my blog, I’d insert Kisha’s “Tick Tock” song – this link is the closest I can give you (one of my fave songs, BTW). And a photo:

OK, moving on!…

Here is my nine month report for ya:

40 Movies: 28 movies watched.

Right where I want to be. We have plans for a movie outing next weekend, so my goal is to be at thirty movies by the end of October. I’ll feel comfortable if I attain that number. Worry level: 3/10.

40 Reads: 37 different books, magazines or newspapers read.

We’re on cruise control with this category. I could conceivably accomplish this goal any day, should I choose to veg out with three magazines. I DO wish to finish off with three books, however. Currently, I’m reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s slow as molasses in January, to be honest. Not sure if I will persevere. I have no deadline to finish by, as BFF Debbie was kind enough to pass along her copy; I need more Elizabeth, less dissertation, s’il vous plait. And Dan From the Store  lent me “Born to Run,” so that’s next in the queue. I have a number of novels on my Christmas List, but can you imagine the pressure if I had to read a novel between December 25th and January 8th? The horror! But it just may come down to that!! Worry level: 1/10 (thanks to the fall-back-on-a-magazine plan).

40 Recipes: 29 baked goods completed.

In the past nine months, I have grown the most in this category. I honestly enjoy baking now, and can even get excited about it. My confidence has increased, I have a better idea of baking chemistry (ex: you can’t beat Crisco in cookies) and there are new frontiers yet to conquer. I plan to contribute a recipe next weekend when my family celebrates Thanksgiving – something seasonal. Yet not too complex as I have a busy week – this will not be the occasion for which I tackle baklava! Not toooo stressed about having eleven recipes yet To Do. I cannot rest on my laurels, but worst case scenario, Icould power-bake eleven recipes of muffins, have one very stuffed yet happy husband, and call it a day! Worry level: 5/10 (cuz I really don’t want to bake eleven recipes of muffins!)

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend! Gobble, gobble!

1970 Kiki Project: Just Where Do We Stand??!…

Happy Beautiful-August-Day! Sadly, the LAST August day of 2010!

As usual, the summer has flown by.

I always say that time from Victoria Day to Labour Day passes in the blink of an eye. Labour Day = the TRUE New Year’s Day feeling for me…but we’ll talk about that next week!

It’s not quite the 2/3 mark of the 1970 Kiki Project, but we’re going to look at the facts n figures today. What’s left to do in the four-months-plus-a-few-days that remain in the Kiki Calendar Year (which ends January 9th, 2011)?…

40 Cereals – goal achieved wayyyy back in the spring, as you’ll remember. Right now, my favourite cereal is hot oatmeal, if you can believe it! I KNNNOOOWWW!!! It’s 30+ degrees out, and I’m savouring oatmeal with runny peanut butter on the top – so goooood!

40 Recipes – Thanks to a fit of domesticity last eve, I have made 24 recipes so far. That’s 60% of the recipes needed. I’m not concerned about how and when to make 16 more; it would be hard to make only 16 recipes during the Christmas season alone! Just as a reminder, remember that there will be NO repeats of recipes. I DO plan on including a baklava (solely because I adore that word) and at least one more “something” that falls into the fiddly category: maybe ice cream sandwhich cookies or whoopie pies. And I’ll need to try a pie as I still have a crust mix in the cupboard from the tarts attempt! (see Recipe #17).

40 Reads – This tally stands at 33. My hope is to finish off the last seven by reading books only. I have 30 pages left of my current read, so check back later this week when I should have it finished – and it’s been an enjoyable one! Since January, I have evolved from spending time reading magazines and newspapers in hard copy to doing more online reading: blogs, newspapers, magazine websites…plus the K-W Record is at its absolute worst during the summer months, every year. We’ll see how my tastes change as we enter the fall season…also, I’ve already started a list of novels for my Christmas list! And I still have a sizable stack beside my bed that I can’t wait to plunge into. Again, time is my limiting factor!

40 Movies – Thanks to watching seven movies in the month of June, then seven more in July and August combined, this KikiCategory is no longer a sweat-inducing concern. Our grand total as of today is 26 viewed movies. Granted, my pace has slowed, but fourteen more should be very achieveable. I should add that during July and August, we did watch all of Season One of the DVD “Rescue Me” (thanks for the loan, Sarah!) Now we can’t WAIT to watch the remaining seasons! Then there’s also Seasons Two and Three of “Damages,” and I have several episodes of “Mad Men” on PVR to get to…I actually debated including a season of a TV show as a movie equivalent but ultimately decided that would be cheating! Movies is movies is NOT TV Seasons!

SIDENOTE: Have to add in that I LOVE BLOGGING!!! Starting this project and documenting it on the KikiBlog has been so enjoyable. What a great new hobby. Wish I had more time to fiddle with the blog site and learn more, but it’s come together so far in bits and pieces. Coming up, I want to explore Windows Live Writer, streamline my method of posting photos, and just keep on writing!

Thanks for reading!

April: our 2010 glass is 2/3 full!

So four months of 2010 have come and gone – can you believe it?! But let’s be optimistic and look at all the months we have LEFT in this year!…still 8 months! It’s the glass-half-full vs glass-half-empty point of view!

I thought I’d do a recap of the 1970 Kiki Project thus far. A lot has gone down in the first four months of the year!

40 CEREALS: Yes! Cereal #40 was consumed Wed April 28th so this mini-project is now complete. I’m a little sad, to tell you the truth! It ended up going so fast and was so easy to do – this was by far the easiest of the four categories for me to work on. And I am just 100% pleased that I made “40 Cereals” one of my projects. I honestly can tell you that I am no longer “hooked” on sugary cereals and am super-pleased to have ventured into flakes, granolas, Kashis (!!) et al. I intend to keep on trying new cereals (will share if I come across anything truly earth-moving) and am super-pleased to have broadened my horizons.

A few shout-out Cereal Awards:

Best New Finds: Puffins: original, peanut butter, cinnamon – all three flavours ROCK!!!

Biggest Dud: no surprise if you’ve read through the list…the Kashis, in general. Now, I may still try a few of the other types, but overall I was just tres disappointed with this brand in general.

Most Pleasant Surprise: Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise. This cereal was just delicious and a surprise home run!

Most Sugar-y: Have to go with Cap’n Crunch. Loved the stuff, but it could make a mummy breakdance.

So have no fear! While my taste buds continue to evolve, I still cannot sleep without my nightly cereal fix. Keep the good times rollin’.

40 RECIPES: We knocked off #15 last eve (April 28th) which ends the month on a nice round number. Am not concerned that we need to make 25 more recipes…it’ll happen. Anticipate more muffins, cookies and squares but also have a few unique challenges I will attempt!

40 READS: Have enjoyed 21 different publications so far. Again, not concerned that achieving 40 will be a challenge. Granted, good thing I did NOT say I would read 40 different novels as that sure ain’t happening! (still have 150+ pages to go on current bedtime book…maybe in 6 weeks I’ll have the review for you?!). Am anticipating lots of new reading opportunities when I go to Florida in July; thanks to daily newspapers, there’s likely at least ten entries right there!

40 MOVIES: uh oh…yup, that’s right – we’re at SEVEN. I confess, I am a little worried at this time!!! Movies just are not high on my priority list! I am not a day time movie watcher (just seems wrong to *waste* time in a theatre in broad daylight, no can do…), and I fully admit to just not making a very great effort to rent or go out to movies in the evenings. HOWEVER!…B made the mistake (and to his credit, he did apologize) of saying the other day that I am not going to be able to reach this goal. Well!!! Talk about waving a red flag in front of a bull! That’s all the fire and ammunition I need to ensure I DO watch 40 movies, in their entirety, by December 31, 2010!

Happy May, everyone! Let’s see how we do in 31 more days – go for your goals and I’ll keep reaching for my targets, too!

..And one of the Kiki Projects Reaches Conclusion!…

Dum Dum da Dum!!!!

Yes! Quick, before you take a lookie at the columns on the left of the blog, the four components of the 1970 Kiki Project, can you guess which one is going to be concluded TOMORROW?! I’ll give you a moment to think….

A pictorial diversion to prolong the suspence…

My other husband

pwetty fwowers...

 …OK, enough silliness!…

Yes, tomorrow I will conclude 40 CEREALS! 40 cereals by the end of April. Not bad, eh!

Now for the question you’ve all been waiting for…what will #40 be? I know, I know!!! :)

Will post #40 tomorrow, along with an April Report Card/Update on how I think the Project is progressing.

So until then, enjoy the sunshine and don’t blow away out there! It’s crazy windy!

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