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Breakfast January 15, 2009

Filed under: family,health — Amy @ 05:37
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cereali1My family has always loved cereal.  From the time my children were small, they have preferred cereal to just about any other food.  I always counted myself lucky that cereal was acceptable to them for any meal.  I figured each flake had been sprayed with a good dose of vitamins, so it was quite healthy for them.  Besides, they did a good deal of independent reading (backs of cereal boxes) while they ate.

One morning after Barrett had spent the night at my mom’s house, they were eating breakfast together.  Barrett was probably about 6 or 7 years old at the time.   Mom served him toast, fruit, eggs, and cereal with juice or milk to drink.  Barrett told her that this was the first time he had ever had cereal as PART of a healthy breakfast! (I knew he was reading those boxes!)

Cereal is king at our house.  We have cereal morning, noon, and night.  Woe to me if there is no cereal…or if all we have is Nutty Nuggets or All Bran (bought for the purpose of some cookie recipe).

I have spent a few mornings preparing muffins for breakfast so as to assuage my fear of hearing my children tell their yet-to-be-born children, “All WE ever had for breakfast was cereal.”  Sometimes the muffins are gobbled down and disappear before night fall.  Sometimes I hear the dreaded, “I’m really not that hungry.”  Ahhhh, but today…I made a full fledged take-to-a-potluck breakfast casserole.  I heard not one, “I’m not really hungry.”  What a joy!  

I now have visions of myself as the mom who gets up before the rooster and makes a large breakfast for her much-loved family.  I will shuffle around in my robe and house shoes, in the wee hours of the morning, to prepare a breakfast with all of the food groups represented. 

Dreams are sweet, but I bet I drop by the store today for a box.  Children need their vitamins, albeit, sprayed-on vitamins.

How do you answer the “What’s for breakfast?” question?

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4 Responses to “Breakfast”

  1. Stephanie E. Says:

    We pretty much did the cereal thing, too. But frozen waffles came in a close second.

    Our biggest battle was over what KIND of cereal. What I heard a lot was, ‘Well, Grandma will buy that kind of cereal!.”

    My reply? “Good. Then you can eat that kind when you’re at Grandma’s house.”

  2. courtney Says:

    Cereal and Pop-Tarts are a staple at our house. We have six to seven different kinds of cereal on hand at any given moment, and 2 or 3 different kinds of Pop-Tarts. If I make “real” breakfast food – like bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, etc. – it is usually for dinner. Once a few weekends ago I made all that for breakfast, and my kids replied with, “It’s not dinnertime, is it?”

    I know that since I’m an adult I should probably eat Oat Bran or something, but I have to confess that my favorite is still Captain Crunch!

  3. dana poteat Says:

    Amy, You are such a ‘decriptive writer’! You used ‘up before the rooster’ and ‘ full fledged’ in back to back paragraphs. What?, were you raised on a chicken farm? :p My kids favored breakfast was the dreaded French toast. But, they would have to get up early, so to take showers after eating. Couldn’t go to school smelling like that. My grandkids think that I am the best “Great Value, just add water, buttermilk” pancake mix maker. Oh, don’t forget the Great Value ‘artificial flavored, artificial maple syrup’. All HOMEMADE! ;p

  4. Laura Says:

    Ha! Ha! I’m laughing at everyone’s replies! I grew up not “getting to” eat cereal much as a kid and I LOVED it when I got to eat it at friends or other family member’s houses. Now as an adult, I’d rather have cereal over ANYTHING else. But my family tends to prefer other things at times. Yes, even my kids. Don’t get me wrong, the kids eat cereal and lots of it, but if I were to offer pancakes, they’d choose it every time. Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day. I just don’t really like most breakfast foods so it’s hard for me to want to get up and fix (and eat) a “breakfast of champions.” So…cereal it is most of the time!


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