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Homemade Coco Wheats, and some winter fun.

on March 6, 2013

food and snow 001The Midwest was just hit with a snow storm yesterday. I think when it’s over, we’ll have about 9 inches of snow. That’s on top of the couple inches we already had from last week. There is something about a cold winter’s day that puts me in the mood for a hot breakfast. It’s nice to wake up in the morning and warm up with a bowl of hot cereal. My personal favorite is Coco Wheats. Not everyone is a fan of this chocolate flavored morning treat, but it was one of my favorites when I was little. My daughter isn’t a fan of the traditional boxed version, but she does enjoy my homemade version. It’s quite simple to make, and doesn’t take much time.

Coco Wheats Recipes

2 cups water
2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 – 1/2 cup farina/cream of wheat
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter (optional)

1. Whisk the cocoa powder into the water in a pot.

2. Heat the water over medium heat until boiling. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Whisk together.

3. Add in farina/cream of wheat slowly and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. This will prevent lumps. (Add in farina/cream of wheat to your desired thickness.)

4. Turn off heat and cover with lid. Let sit a few minutes.

5. Uncover. Stir in milk, sugar, and butter. I like to add just a little milk at the end to make it creamy.

This is a tasty homemade morning treat. If you don’t like using sugar or brown sugar, you can use honey to sweeten it up a bit. And you can always skip the butter all together. My mom always made ours with milk, sugar, and butter…so that’s how I prefer mine. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Since it’s been cold and snowy out, Kayla and I have enjoyed some fun indoor and outdoor activities. We’ve made homemade butter cookies, and we’ve gone outside to play in the snow. Kayla absolutely loves making cookies. She gets super excited and likes to watch them cook. She’s a little impatient, but what can you expect from a two-year-old? To take her mind off of the cookies, it’s fun to take her outside and let her run around in the snow. It’s amazing how much she has changed since this time last year. A year ago, she was afraid to even walk in the snow. Now she takes off running as fast as she can manage. As a mom, it’s bitter sweet. I miss my baby from a year ago, but I love seeing her grow up and explore new things.

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Yes, we used a Christmas tree cookie cutter.  It was the only one I had out that I didn't have to go find.

Yes, we used a Christmas tree cookie cutter. It was the only one I had out that I didn’t have to go find.

You can find the butter cookie recipe we used at: http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/2217/best-ever-butter-cookies

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Two of my dogs standing on the back porch unsure about going out into the snow.

Two of my dogs standing on the back porch unsure about going out into the snow.

The third dog who loves the snow was having fun barking at people outside shoveling their snow.

The third dog who loves the snow was having fun barking at people outside shoveling their snow.

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2 responses to “Homemade Coco Wheats, and some winter fun.

  1. kartwheels says:

    I like your blog. My 5 year old saw your daughter’s picture and thought she was sooo cute! I would love if you checked out my blog of homeschooling/kid’s activities 🙂
    Good thoughts, Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

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