Happiness Is…

by HEAB on March 6, 2011

Homemade wheat & sugar-free Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I subbed quinoa flour for the millet, butter for the Earth Balance, and used stevia instead of sugar.


So good, but honestly, anything served in my moose bowl makes me happy.

This fantastic onesie from Abby. She sent it for Summer for my entry in her Oscar’s Edible Extravaganza Cook Off.


Thanks Abby. I love it!

Date night with my hubby…


Last night, my best friend came over to babysit Summer so that CD and I could attend our annual Mardi Gras party. There was a lot of gumbo involved…Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez, right? πŸ˜‰


And last but not least, this bowl of warm porridge made me really happy this morning. A cold front moved through yesterday, and it’s once again freezing outside!


Despite what the spoon says, it’s not oatmeal. Can you guess what’s under all that tahini and unsweetened chocolate?????

Come back tomorrow, and I’ll tell you. πŸ™‚


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Is that the Wheat Farina Cereal?


Jill March 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Awww…some of my favorite people I never see anymore. I love The Hudsons!! I hope you all had a fun time!!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 7, 2011 at 3:12 am

That looks like farina, but could also be grits. Not sure! πŸ™‚ Looks yummy whatever it is!! haha

Casey March 7, 2011 at 1:57 am

It looks like polenta but it’s not yellow so I don’t know πŸ™‚

Mama Pea March 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

I’m so happy you made the cereal! I’m counting down the days to AZ, my friend!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

It looks like whole grain rice porridge… but I’m guessing it may be quinoa since you use it last week?

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

It looks lilke either farro made Edible Ashley style, Farina, or Grits!

Monica March 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm


PS, just picked up some Tahini for the first time this weekend and am looking forward to exploring this favorite ingredient of yours. πŸ™‚

Hannah March 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

My guess is for porridge made with quinoa flour! The reason I thought this is because I went through a big quinoa flake porridge phase and it had a similar colour πŸ™‚

abbey March 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

garbanzo bean tofu possibly?!!

Annie@stronghealthyfit March 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Looks like cream of wheat! Yum!

milkdog March 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

ooooh cinnamon toast crunch brings me back to being a lil pup hauled around on endless summer camping roadtrips, when wewere allowed to buy the junky cereal! love all things cinnamon!

Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

it looks like dessert grits!

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’ve been putting cinnamon and stevia on corn chex lately for the cinnamon toast effect! I have no idea what could be in that bowl, you’re always so creative with your food choices!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) March 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Why do I have a feeling it’s something totally random?

I’d like to say grits…but it looks kind of smooth. I’d also like to say cream of wheat…but it still doesn’t look quite right. Lol, cream of spelt?

Missy March 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Is that amaranth?
Man, I have been battling how to get that right.
I keep coming up with gluey stickiness…which is still good and I procced to flavor and treat like hummus. NO FOOD LEFT BEHIND! LOL.

carolinebee March 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

It looks like grits, or maybe cream of wheat…although I’ve never had either!? haha but i just spent an awkward amount of time in the breakfast aisle at WF trying to pick some new grain options…..what ends up in my basket- oat bran πŸ˜€ Can’t hate on the ol’ classic!! xoxoxox

Corey @ the runners cookie March 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I have no idea what it is, but it looks lovely! (Especially with the chocolate on top). I’ve been topping my oat bran with chocolate chips lately πŸ™‚

LauraJayne March 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I’m not good at guessing, but it looks like malt-o-meal – I always used to sneak it when my little brother and sister ate it when they were babies!

Hilary March 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

It looks like farina.

I’m excited to try your homemade cinnamon cereal! Where did you get that spoon?

HEAB March 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

The spoon is from Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62159212/vintage-silverware-silver-plate-granola. I requested β€œoatmeal”, and the artist agreed.

Alison (Fueling for Fitness) March 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

i just want to say that i have no idea…but whatever it is, it looks delicious! πŸ˜€

i am really missing tahini… i nursed a 1L bottle of it for the longest time and took it for granted. it went in everything, including my eggs, tuna, pizzas…you name it! now i’m in tahini withdrawal and your breakfast pictures taunt me. πŸ˜‰

Namaste Gurl March 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I was thinking of making those cinnamon- toast crunch crackers, or Ashley’s cocoa crackers, but I can’t do added sugar right now, so i’m glad it worked with stevia for you!
I need one of those oatmeal spoons, by the way πŸ™‚

Eimear Rose March 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I thought at first amaranth, but I am casting another vote for cream of quinoa. I saw the cereal a few days ago on Ashley’s blog (edibleperspective) but I daren’t make it- I would eat it all in one go:D

HEAB March 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Eimer Rose,
Yep, 1 batch = 1 serving. πŸ˜‰

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That looks like Cream of Wheat underneath it, but knowing you, it’s not. It’s probably cream of ground quinoa or something similar πŸ™‚

How awesome of your friends to come over and babysit for you. Friends like that deserve a special place in heaven..they allowed a new mom time out, and new parents time to be together. That is wonderful for you and for you and CD! I wish I had friends like that πŸ™‚

And what a cute spoon. But not as cute as you and CD look in your pic!

Katie March 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Looks like grits to me. I loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch growing up. That and Trix were my most requested.

Rosie March 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Okay! That is just plain wrong!!! I am salivating!! What if I can’t wait till tomorrow. That looks so so yummy delish! OMG~
okay okay. I will be back. Can’t wait.

Melanie March 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Looks like Malt O Meal. I used to love it when I was a kid, it was in a yellow box and was a hot cereal and it looked just like the above cereal. Brings back warm happy memories πŸ™‚

That bowl looks amazing and the spoon is super cool!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Is that cream of wheat or grits? It kind of looks like grits- I miss those so much!

McIntosh March 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

My fave cereal growing up was Golden Grahams and my mom made s’mores with them…..hmmmmm…..giving me ideas!!!! πŸ™‚

Ana March 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I want to say the mystery photo it is a porridge made with ground quinoa, I am curious to learn what it is as it looks really yummy!
Summer is going to look super in that onesi!

Ana March 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Ok, I totally just had to grab a square of 70% chocolate after looking at that mystery bowl of deliciousness. Chocolate is just too good!

HEAB March 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Always happy to spread the chocolate love. πŸ™‚

Meghan @ StruggleMuffins March 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm


Kelsey March 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I LOVE that spoon!! And I’m so trying tahini + chocolate soon. Brilliant.

Courtney March 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

That spoon! That oatmeal spoon! Haha it’s so stinking adorable!

VEGirl March 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’ll bet it’s cream of wheat or rice or something. Even if it isn’t, I still love cream of rice– I ate it for breakfast this morning!

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free March 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Ha! Love the oatmeal spoon! Is it grits??

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthys March 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Definitely looks like grits to me!

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse March 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Ooh, you tease, you! πŸ™‚
I think there could be some quinoa in there somewhere? I love the spoon, especially as it’s not being used for what it says!
And I ‘m loving that cereal too. Plus, if you cook it in a smaller pan so it’s thicker, you get a lovely chewy flatbread; two recipes for the price of one!

Fallon March 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hmm looks like cream of wheat?? Cream of buckwheat?

lindsay March 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

GRITS! Southern grits with maybe some kerrygold? mmmmm…yum!

Christin@purplebirdblog March 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’m thinking cream of quinoa in that bowl! πŸ˜‰ And um, yes… I’ll be needing a plate exactly like your Mardi Gras party plate of eats… yum!

rebecca lustig March 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Looks like grits. But who cares, that chocolate steals all the attention away!

melissa @ the delicate place March 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

looks like grits!

brandi March 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

looks like grits to me!

Jenn @ Frost Bites March 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Cute spoon!

alli March 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

cream of….quinoa?
that cereal looks so yummy! i just ate breakfast, so it looks like i will be making that for lunch! and chances are i will be having it for dinner, too, since cinnamon toast crunch was my favorite!
i’m declaring it breakfast-for-every-meal day πŸ™‚

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’m thinking cream of rice or grits. I’m leaning towards cream of rice. Sounds like you’ve had a great weekend! Enjoy the rest of it Heather!

Gina March 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

Cream of buckwheat, maybe?! Loving that spoon. Sooo cute πŸ™‚

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

Your cereal looks YUMMY! And I love that oatmeal spoon πŸ™‚

polly March 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

grits? πŸ™‚

s March 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

cool oatmeal spoon!

Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

Yay for moose bowl! I LOVE your oatmeal spoon!

You’re bowl looks super creamy…maybe cream of wheat? Hmm, that seems to easy for you though! πŸ˜‰

Kath March 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

Love your oatmeal spoon!! I obviously need one πŸ™‚

Kelly March 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

It looks like cream of wheat to me….

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

Where did you get that spoon? I need one ASAP!

HEAB March 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

It’s from Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62159212/vintage-silverware-silver-plate-granola. I requested “oatmeal”, and the artist happily obliged. πŸ™‚

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun March 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

Grits? Cream of Wheat?
Whatever it is, it look yummy!
Have a great Sunday, Heather! πŸ˜€

jen @ taste life March 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

Love that spoon!!! What do I think is in the bowl….maybe polenta or garbanzo bean flour or quinoa meal or something?

Erica March 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

quinoa meal? I make (baked, sometimes) sprouted quinoa porridge almost every morning for breakfast. I can’t get enough!

Stefanie March 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

It looks like grits. I like that oatmeal spoon. Summer is going to look cute in her new onesie. πŸ™‚

Abbey March 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

Cream of rice or wheat? If so, try it topped with ice cream too πŸ™‚

Desi (The Palate Peacemaker) March 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Heather!
I’m on a candida cleanse right now, so I’m avoiding all sugar – but I can have stevia! I’m desperate to know the secret in substituting stevia for sugar, since I know the amounts must be very different. For example, how much stevia did you use in this cinnamon toast crunch recipe? And what kind – powder or drops? Any insight would be MUCH appreciated! Thank you!!

HEAB March 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

Hi Desi,
I used 1 packet of NuNaturals stevia for the cinnamon toast crunch. I usually use 1/2 to 1 whole packet if a recipe calls for a few TBSP of sugar. If it calls for 1/2 cup or more, then I’ll use the NuNaturals stevia baking blend and usually cut the amount called for in half b/c I don’t like my recipes super sweet, and stevia tends to be sweeter than sugar. I also really like the NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops for coffee – I use about 5 to 7 or a large mug of coffee.

Desi (The Palate Peacemaker) March 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

THANK YOU SO MUCH, HEATHER!!! I am VERY excited to try this!! πŸ™‚

Little Bookworm March 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

I am guessing the breakfast is maybe quinoa porridge or something using quinoa? πŸ™‚ Yay for dark chocolate though!

Smriti Kirubanandan March 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

Uh oh !!Suspense!!!! That looks foamy-hmmmm…
FAIL-can’t think of anything !!! πŸ™


kate@ahealthypassion March 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

I dont know what it is but dark chocolate for breakfast makes me happy!

kelsey @ un-american in france March 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

is it grits? they look delicious!

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

Quinoa flakes?!

carolyn March 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

grits.. cute picture of the four of you..

cati March 6, 2011 at 9:50 am


Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) March 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

It looks kind of like white polenta?

I really want to try the cinnamon toast cereal!! My brother loves cinnamon toast crunch – maybe I could get him to eat this healthier version!! πŸ™‚

And I made your socca yesterday!!! It was SO, SO gooooood!! I posted about it if you want to see the picture πŸ™‚

Have a great week! (and thanks for your sweet e-mail πŸ˜€ )

Courtney March 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

Oh, the suspense! πŸ™‚ Summer’s new onesie is precious!

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