Who — wait! Who advised you to cash in Series EE bonds early??? Some of them have high base rates and are still a great investment — although I wouldn’t buy them now, under the new rates and terms! Was the person who advised that just trying to get your money??
Then, who suggested you put your money in a 5-year CD? Was that someone in a bank? Someone who got a bonus for selling long-term CDs??? If you just did that, I would suggest you move at least half the money out of the CDs, and buy U.S. Treasury bills of 6 months maturity. Click here for an explanation of how to buy Treasury bills.
You can’t earn any higher interest than that with complete safety.
I don’t understand the rest of your question, but I wish you would have written to me BEFORE you cashed in the bonds! Let this be a warning to others.