A Slice of Americana: Breakfast Cereal

Welcome to my food review blog series A Slice of Americana, where I get to try different iconic American foods, based on suggestions from Hubby, and you, my lovely readers!

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I will be tasting most things for the first time, and will give an honest opinion of all that I consume – it is important to note that I am not receiving any payment or endorsements of any kind.

With that said, on with my review of . . . Froot Loops & Cap’n Crunch

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The Information
Froot Loops have been around since 1963 and are a fruit flavoured cereal made by Kellogg’s. According to my research, the loops are not different flavours (as I had assumed) and are all one (blended) fruit flavour.

Cap’n Crunch is a sweetened corn and oat cereal that was also introduced in 1963 by Quaker Oats.

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Froot Loops

Cap'n Crunch

Cap’n Crunch

The Taste Test
Froot Loops have a very startling first taste as it hits your tongue with a fruity (but nondescript) blast that then subsides with each spoonful and then resembles a sort of mild sherbet-like (even chalky) taste.

Cap’n Crunch is very sweet (it resembled crunchy honey) that lasts with each spoonful and develops an oaty overtone once you have had a bit of it.

The Verdict
When I saw the colour of Froot Loops, I was quite taken aback as I have never eaten a cereal this bright before! I had a good few spoonfuls of it, and although the texture was pleasing (a nice crunch) I did not like the taste. It was far too much like a candy for me.

Cap’n Crunch was nicer to taste at first (it also had a good texture), but after a few spoonfuls it got too sweet for me and began to leave an odd sensation on my teeth/tongue.

Have you tried these cereals – what did you think? What would you like to see me try next?

The Sunday Review | My American Kitchen

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures!

This week has been a week of cooking and baking – something I am really getting in to – and I got to experience a first with trying a very American dish ‘Soup Beans and Cornbread’ (as requested by Hubby) which I will be writing up in more detail soon (I will give you a hint, I really loved it).

I have also been enjoying the change in the season as autumn/fall has begun and the leaves are changing – it is my favourite time of year, not to mention, next week will be a year since I became an expat and moved to be with Hubby in Ohio! Exciting times ahead!

To find out what has been going on, roll your mouse over each picture or click on it for a closer look!

If you would like to look at more examples of my expat life photography, follow me on Instagram.

What have you been up to this week?

 

OneDad3Girls

Top 12 Funny Search Engine Referrals

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Last year, around this time, I wrote a post about the funny things people have typed into a search engine and been directed to my blog. It was a real eye-opener, as it provides you, as a blogger, with valuable information about what people are looking for, and how/why (if) your blog was useful to them.

If you have done this before, you will know that some of the referrals are just … well, just plain strange (and hilarious in some cases). To read last years post about it, click here.

Here is the latest round-up of what people have asked a search engine and been sent to my little, old, expat blog:

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  • moving to america
  • things to do in toledo
  • missing home quote

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  • you have a good heart
  • sunshine
  • my favourite blogs

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  • thoughts on things not expected from anyone
  • thk u wid gud mrng
  • I am not a mistake

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  • handsome indian man posing in local park
  • sharing your red pubic hair with other redheads
  • inside crackers

I always find these fun to read – what about you? Have you ever typed something to do an online search and seemingly got sent to a site that just did not make any sense?

Honey & Pumpkin Spice Cake

Autumn/Fall is my favourite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the colour changes of the leaves and the fact that pumpkin spice themed food and drinks seem to be everywhere!

Jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon, I thought I would have a go at creating a cake that fits this time of year. I headed into my little kitchen armed with an old recipe I had scribbled down years ago (I do not remember where it came from, so I cannot cite my source at this time) and had a go at adapting it to create my honey and pumpkin spice experiment cake. Surprisingly, it turned out really well!

It does not have a particularly sweet taste, so is probably more suited to having as a breakfast muffin or one you have with a coffee (which is perfect for this java addict)!

Do you have a favourite autumn/fall recipe or pumpkin spice themed treat?

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Ingredients:
honey 1/2 cup   |   unsalted butter 1/2 cup   |   soft brown sugar 1/4 cup
eggs x2   |   self-raising flour 1 cup   |   cinnamon 1/2 tsp   |   allspice 1/2 tsp
pumpkin spice 1/2 tsp

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • Melt the butter with the honey and sugar in a saucepan on a low heat
  • Pour butter mixture into a bowl and whisk on a medium speed for 2 mins (the mixture will pale and cool)
  • Whisk the eggs into the cooled butter mixture for a further 2 mins
  • Add the flour and spices and whisk on a low speed for another 2 mins (the mixture will be very runny – that is normal)
  • Pour mixture into greased/paper cased muffin tins (makes 8) or a loaf tin
  • Make spiced sugar and liberally sprinkle to cover the top of each muffin
  • Place in oven for 30 mins (longer for a loaf – about 50 mins)

Spiced Sugar (mix together):

1 tsp of spice (either cinnamon or pumpkin spice)
3 tsp of soft brown sugar

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The Sunday Review | Decor & Life Lately

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures!

I just love taking photographs of all the things I see and do, so if you would like to look at more examples, follow me on Instagram.

To find out what I have been doing, roll your mouse over each picture or click on it for a closer look!

What have you been up to this week?

OneDad3Girls

Meet & Greet: Rhyme & Ribbons

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I was thrilled when Amanda from Rhyme & Ribbons became a sponsor of The Move to America as I just adore her blog and particularly love the baking envy fix I get when I peruse the wonderful creations she shares, plus I get to read about London, which is a place nestled deeply in my heart, and as she is a fellow expat, I get to experience living in the UK through American eyes, which is the opposite of this blog!

So, please welcome Amanda and be sure to check out her awesome posts … now, without further ado, here is the wonderful …

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Q. How would you describe yourself and your blog?

Ha, my blog and I are a lot a like. A bit twee and never take ourselves too seriously. For me, blogging is fun. Why else devote so many hours to a hobby?! It has been said that Jess from “New Girl” and I share a lot of personality traits, which could be a pro or a con depending on the situation.

Q. You have travelled to many places, and explored much of England – was there anywhere that had some really interesting quirks or unexpected finds?

Eltham Palace is my favourite London “find”.  It’s a listed home, but not many people visit it. And it’s this amazing Tudor building on the outside and Swedish art deco on the inside. It’s bizarre in the best of ways. And to top it all off, the original owners had a pet lemur so there’s weird tunnels and ladders for the lemur to travel through.

Q. I have seen some truly sensational recipes on Rhyme & Ribbons, which one was the most interesting/difficult to try out?

I made a Dobos Torte for part of the Great British Bake Off series that I’ve been doing and that was really difficult for me. Not because the baking skills individually were so challenging but because the thing had so many layers that it became a huge exercise in patience. (Which I don’t have in abundance!)

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Q. I love your posts about London, especially about the restaurants – what was your favourite to visit and where do you want to go to next?

I haven’t blogged about going there, but one of my favourite London restuarants is Bocca di Lupo for Italian. You’ll have never seen a post about it, because I’m always so excited to eat there that it overwhelms my urge to take pictures! In terms of where to next- I’m a burger fiend and I’ve been hearing brilliant things about Patty & Bun for awhile and I need to get myself there asap!

Q. DIY is a great category to look through on your blog, and everything looks great, but has there ever been a project that was a complete disaster?

I am a walking collection of disasters! Honestly, I have a lot that go really, really poorly. Recently, I was repainting some old picture frames and my phone went off, I turned around hastily, and in my rush smashed every one of the frames as well as splattering the floor with paint. Not my finest moment. (Luckily all the paint came up off the floor since we rent!)

To find out more, follow Amanda via Rhyme & Ribbons  //  Twitter  //  Instagram

My Reverse Bucket List

I recently came across a post via Women’s Adventure Magazine about writing a reverse bucket list. This idea really interested me as I do sometimes feel I spend too much time looking at what I would like to do without taking stock of what I have already achieved. It is a nice reminder that life is a journey of many paths and what has gone before can bolster you for what may come.

What is on your list?

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Here is my reverse bucket list – a mix of many years and times in a random order :

1. moved to the USA
2. completed the visa process for my move to America
3. survived a long distance relationship
4. faced my fear of dentistry and had my wisdom teeth removed
5. started blogging

6. started new hobbies
7. found true love (see next item)
8. got married
9. belly laughed to the point of it being painful
10. survived a serious illness

11. visited Egypt
12. got my teaching degree
13. worked as a teacher for 10 years
14. maintained a friendship over 30 years
15. made paneer cheese

16. lived in London for 15 years
17. lived on my own
18. experienced temperatures from -30° to 105°
19. have a cockatoo as a neighbour
20. held a python

21. eaten bacon chocolate
22. visited Italy
23. travelled abroad alone
24. jumped into a taxi and said ‘follow that car!’
25. raised money for charity

26. rescued a lizard
27. lived in 5 different areas of the UK
28. been on a helicopter flight
29. been down a Cornish mine
30. had blossom picked for me from a tree by a stranger

That is all I can think of for now … !

I would love to hear about your what things you have been up to in life so far – what would be your top 3 things?

The Sunday Review | Making & Baking

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Welcome to my weekly review in pictures!

I just love taking photographs of all the things I see and do, so if you would like to look at more examples, follow me on Instagram.

To find out what I have been doing, roll your mouse over each picture or click on it for a closer look!

What have you been up to this week?

OneDad3Girls

What ‘Home’ Means to Me: The Results

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A while ago I asked for your feedback about what ‘home’ means to you, and I had many great responses to that prompt. Thank you to all who joined in – it was interesting to read what you shared. The results are shown below (broken down in various ways).

Map of where people who responded are currently living:

Foodessen living in Germany wrote  “… I always felt like I had two homes, but since moving to Germany 4 ½ years ago, I have to say my definition might be changing. I am currently at home in Germany, and feel at home, but if you ask me where home is I will say Texas. To keep it short I think we call the place we have spent the largest portion of our life home. I also think that this can change over time.”

Rachel living in Atlanta, GA, USA wrote “… it’s where my life is at the moment, where I’m settled with my husband in our home. Home is where there’s love and happiness – I’m surrounded by it here in Atlanta and I’m so happy and lucky to be here. The UK will always be home to me, but right now my ‘home’ is in Atlanta.”

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Mrs TeePot living in France wrote “For me home is the UK, it’s where I grew up and it’s where I know. Home is where I know the social customs, the language, the etiquette. Home is not having to think – things being second nature – fitting in.”

Samantha living in Sweden wrote “… In brief, to me home is wherever I am living with my husband … Home is wherever I am with him, and where we have settled ourselves. There is a part of me that will always think of Minneapolis as home, because most of my friends and family live there. Home is where I rest my head at night (preferably with my husband!)”

Zeta living in Denmark wrote “Home, to me, is a place to go back to.  I don’t have just one home.  My parents’ house back in the US is home.  Our apartment here in Copenhagen is home.  There’s a little bit of home in Green Bay, WI, just north of Chicago, and Malmö, Sweden.  Soon, we’re moving, and that will be home, too.  Where I go at the end of the day–the place to make it back to.  Home is where I’m happiest.”

Susan living in Florida, US wrote “Home is where I feel comfortable, safe, and can let my guard down and just be myself. My loved ones, husband and two sons have to be here, of course, for a place to feel like home. Home has to have personal items, too: my furniture, photos, clothes, favorite drinks and foods. I also tend to think of the town or area I live in when I define the word home. I absolutely have a need to feel safe in the town I live in, and I have to know my way around …”

So what does ‘home’ mean to me?

It can be so hard to define, because the concept of it does change, especially if you have made a move to live abroad. The excerpts of the comments left by the people I have included in this post basically sum up the differences in what I feel.

My thoughts on what 'home' is

My thoughts on what ‘home’ is

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to add your thoughts!

Seychelles Mama

Worst Advice about Becoming an Expat

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In the build up to becoming an expat, there were many bits of advice offered to me (mainly by people who did not know me too well) about what to do to prepare etc. The advice given was well-meaning, but sometimes completely inappropriate.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given about travelling, the visa process or becoming an expat? Here is some of mine:

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I am not sure if this particular person really wanted to get rid of me, but I was most certainly not going to start my new life like a fugitive. I am one of those boring people who like to do things properly, so trudging through the visa forms, evidence and fees was the only way I was going to do it!

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This is terrible advice because my impression of an American accent starts off fairly well but ends up turning into something from South Africa via Ireland with a little bit of Bristol thrown in for good measure. I. Sound. Ridiculous!

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Of course, what was I thinking! I will just put some random information on a scrap of paper and send it off. Nobody is going to read it or check up on all the details or ask for more information to corroborate what you first wrote and do a detailed background and medical check on you … Really? Are you serious?

I would love to hear more about your experiences, or what you thought of mine!