I grew up eating Cheerios - the real Cheerios. Every morning I would have a big bowlful. If I wanted a snack midday, they would be one of my first choices.
When we got married, or maybe even when I was in college, I realized that there were generic versions of Cheerios. I also realized that there was a significant price difference. So I started buying the generic brand. Let me tell you. They are NOT like the real Cheerios. But they were cheaper. So I kept buying them.
Ethan and I are approaching our 10 year anniversary, and over the years he has teased me about there not being a taste difference in them. I continued to hold my ground that there was a taste difference, and not only a taste difference, but also a hierarchy within the generic Cheerios world. Between Walmart, Hy-Vee, and Fareway - Fareway wins by a landslide. (Although they still fall quite a bit behind the real thing!) Like I said, Ethan has teased me over the years about this, but just this year he started to agree with me. Especially after I got on his case about using the Fareway O's in his chex mix before the Hy-Vee O's that he brought home to make chex mix. (I wasn't really upset, just teasing, but he made sure to leave the Fareway O's alone for his second batch - after he had a bowlful of Hy-vee O's himself.)
As I have been buying Fareway O's over the years, I have watched their price raise from under $1 to over $2. Somewhere in the middle, I started making oatmeal from a box, not a premix, for the kids instead of giving them O's. I flavored it and seasoned it as best as I could. They all enjoy it, but I have never been able to choke it down. I have even tried multiple times, especially as the price of Tasty O's has continued to go up. I just figured I didn't care for it because I grew up eating dry cereal.
When Jonathan was born, however, my good friend gave me a bunch of groceries that could make quick meals. Among these groceries were little packets of pre-seasoned oatmeal. I cooked some up for the kids and decided to taste a bit only to find out that it was good!!
Since buying little packets of oatmeal would probably not save me any money over buying generic O's, I began my quest to find a copy cat recipe for oatmeal. After a couple attempts and adjustments, I came up with one that I actually enjoy eating. I ran out of O's a few weeks ago and have been eating this oatmeal. I surprised myself this week that I was actually disappointed when I ran out of oatmeal! (Since I'm trying to go the rest of the month with buying as few groceries as possible, I'm on to the next breakfast idea.)
Since my little ones are about to get up, however, I will have to save my recipes for the next post (hopefully tomorrow!) Don't forget to check back!