It is time to bring Love (Cariño) back to the breakfast table. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, Cheerios asked me to share the traditions I remember from my ancestors and how I pass those on to my kids.
If you have been here on the island before, you know how often I go to visit my sweet mamacita. She along with my father and grandparents have passed on lots of great traditions to me. My grandparents are originally from Mexico and came to the United States in about 1912. They are pictured here holding a relative.
My grandparents always believed in celebrating around the table and my maternal grandmother (on the right in the photo) always made me wonderful meals made with much, much, cariño (love). There was usually music to accompany our meal and we were never in a rush, we always took the time to enjoy each meal together.
Fast forward to today, and while we still make sure we enjoy meals, we do a few things differently.
- We eat cereal to save time in the mornings.
- We try not to rush through meals, but some mornings, we do not do well with this.
- We do love having music as a background to our lives.
Check out the Cereal con Cariño website for a fun video series and for recipes and even a $1 OFF coupon for General Mills cereals.
There will also be several Cereal con Cariño program events in California and Texas. A shared meal creates an opportunity for families – especially busy families – to catch up and slow down.
Oh and another tradition I carry of my grandmother's is the ability to make some tasty treats for the family.
See below for a fun snack made with Honey Nut Cheerios™.
Raisin, Banana & Honey Cereal Bars
3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
2 cups mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
¾ cup raisins
½ cup banana chips
Grease a 9″ x 11″ baking pan with butter or margarin.
Over medium heat, melt butter and marshmallows in a sauce pan.
Remove from heat and slowly combine the cereal, raisins and banana chips
Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into pan.
Let cool 15 – 20 minutes before cutting into squares. Makes about 15 small bars.
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