Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Warm Rice Cereal – Please Excuse This Poem


This week I’m playing catch up with my reading due to the 4th of July holiday and the fact that I started reading an epic fantasy last week that demanded my full attention. So, I only have one ‘new’ book to share with you that I just started a few days ago. Let’s get to the breakfast first.

I’m excited to share with you an amazingly easy breakfast cereal that can be partially prepared the night before. It’s a simple rice cereal recipe and reminds me of my childhood. As a child, my grandfather would occasionally take us to this amazing Greek restaurant that was a hop, skip, and a jump from our home. I loved that restaurant because after my meal I knew that I was going to get a delicious cup of rice pudding afterward. It was always served with real cream and an extra dollop of whipped cream on top. I literally think this restaurant is where my addiction to rice pudding started. I’ve made rice pudding at home since, and this breakfast cereal is similar in taste, but fairly healthy.

Warm Rice Cereal –

This is actually a quite common recipe. What makes it a little different for me now is that I use almond milk with it and I prepare it in my Vitaclay cooker the night before. Here’s my recipe…


1 cup of rice (I used Jasmine)

1 1/2 to 2 cups of almond milk (or cow’s milk)

1 – 2 TB Butter (Make it dairy free by using oil)

1/8 Cup Honey (Use 1/4 cup sugar if you don’t have honey)

A few dashes of cinnamon

You can make this in a pan very easily just like rice. I used my Vitaclay. I’m also doubling the recipe to feed more people. I added all the ingredients in and stirred.


I used the regular RICE cooking mode, covered it, and set the clock to start at 5am. This way I could wake up and breakfast would already be waiting for everyone. That’s always nice!


Here’s what it looked like this morning after cooking.


I seemed to be a little on the dry side, so I added a little more almond milk and stirred it up.


After adding to my bowl, I added some fresh organic cherries with a little extra almond milk added and an extra dash of cinnamon. It came out perfect and it’s a very filling breakfast!



Continue for this week’s books…



So I added one book this week so far. It’s titled “Please Excuse This Poem.” The story behind this book involves a dispute at my local library. Apparently there were some parents who complained about this book and stated that it doesn’t belong in the YA section of the library as it contains some controversial content in the poems. Some of the parents used the word ‘rape’ and ‘inappropriate.’ I have a YA reader at home who technically isn’t at the age to read YA yet, but enjoys advanced reading. I’ve read plenty of YA books that aren’t appropriate for my reader and like to screen them first. I became intrigued to find out for myself what this book was all about.

22501980.jpg Blurb: One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view.

Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page.

Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Dealing with the aftermath of war; unpacking the meaning of “the rape joke”; sharing the tender moments at the start of a love affair: these poems tell the world as they see it.

Editors Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have crafted a book that is a must-read for those wanting to know the future of poetry. With an introduction from award-winning poet, editor, and translator Carolyn Forché, Please Excuse This Poem has the power to change the way you look at the world. It is The Best American Nonrequired Reading—in poetry form.

*So far, I think this book should be for older teens, possibly 11th -12th grade. It does have bad language and there are some poems inappropriate for younger teens. Some of the writings aren’t poems at all, but letters to people. This book reminds me once again how much I wish BOOKS HAD RATINGS. Just like movies, books should have ratings in my opinion. I love that Amazon lists appropriate ages for many books, but not all. School Library Journal lists this book at grade 10 and up. I think that’s about right, but I don’t doubt that many parents won’t even want their 10th graders reading this book. I hope to have this done by the weekend and will review it then. *


I’m still reading Cassandra Fear’s Above the Flames. I’m enjoying it so far and I haven’t read anything like it. I also hope to have this one done by the weekend. If you’d like to add this one or any of the others below, just click the covers.


I’ll also be spending more time coloring in this BatB coloring book. Pictures to come soon! I love this one…


I’m also still reading Time Life’s Dragons. This one will take some more time.


Thanks for reading this week’s Breakfast and a Book! Please feel free to comment below.


17 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Warm Rice Cereal – Please Excuse This Poem

  1. Jennifer C

    I can’t believe I’ve never had rice pudding! Another one to add to my list of things to make. Did you make your own almond milk or do you have a favorite brand? Interesting books, too! Happy Wednesday, M! ❤️

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! Oh you must try it. It’s so easy to make at home. I normally make my own almond milk for my smoothies. For cooking, I like to buy a quart from the store because it’s more strained and smoother. Let me know if you try it. I think you’ll be pleased. 😉

      Thanks for commenting and Happy Wednesday to you too! ❤ 🙂

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  2. starjustin

    I would never have even thought about the rice cereal. I’m very happy to have learned about this and look forward to trying it. I think the ‘Please Excuse This Poem’ book really sounds like a good book to read. I love books that have the ability to be life changing for some people. I added it and am anxious to read it thanks to your wonderful post Mischenko! 🙂

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  3. Nel

    I looove jasmine rice! That’s the only rice we cook with in our house! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out! Thank you! Also, Above the Flames looks really good!

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    1. Nel, it’s so good isn’t it? Have you tried basmati? I can’t figure out which one I like better. 😉

      Above the Flames is really good so far. I won this in a giveaway and I’m glad to have it. Thank you for commenting! 😉

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      1. Nel

        Yes. We were strictly basmati before Jasmine came along. It’s funny. My husband hates Jasmine tea but he loves Jasmine rice, haha.
        Look forward to that review!

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  4. delphinethebabbler

    OMG that cereal looks sooooo good – GIMME GIMME ! *stomach roaring*.
    Please the Poem sounds so cool too, thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂


  5. Jennifer C

    Mischenko, I finally made this today! It was so yummy and turned out perfectly! I’m already thinking of how I can doctor it up to add a little more protein. I was thinking I may eat it with cottage cheese as one example. 🙂 I had a little issue and I may have killed my rice cooker. Lol The milk ended up overflowing even though I did not fill past the full line! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! Wow, cottage cheese is so good. I have to limit my dairy and it’s so hard. I’m so hungry after reading your comment, lol!

      I hope your rice cooker is okay. Oh my. You made me laugh with that one! I nearly overflowed mine last time too because I made too much, lol. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if you end up trying real rice pudding. It’s so good. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer. I love hearing from you! 💗💗💗


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