Saturday afternoon Jason and I ended up at the grocery store to pick up some ingredients for the recipes for the weekend. (Jason treated me by making three very yummy dinners!) As many couples do in the grocery shopping situation, we split up to divide and conquer our list. I was about done and I went looking for Jason, only to find him walking from the cereal aisle looking like this…
Yes, this is the actual picture of him from that exact moment that I took from my new iPhone. I instantly started laughing hysterically- for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s just more proof that I am, indeed, married to a five-year-old boy. (I wouldn’t want it any other way!) Second, because just two days earlier at a speaking gig the host introduced Jason using the bio we had given her. Among other tidbits, it read… “Jason grew up loving superheroes and Star Wars. He also enjoys collecting fun retro t-shirts and eating sugar-laden cereal.” His intro is definitely the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Yes, you are correct, he is holding a box of Captain Crunch, Apple Jacks, and Frosted Flakes.
Jason and I are often laughed at when we tell other grown-ups that neither of us drink coffee. Of course, those “two cups before 10AM” people cannot understand how we manage to get through the mornings without that caffeine jolt. Well, I think I put my finger on it… sugar-laden cereal!
One of my guilty pleasures from childhood happens to be Kraft mac ‘n cheese, the kind in the box with the powdered cheese. After all, it is the cheesiest! Yum!
An easy way to fight the daily dulldrums of Adultitis is to revisit that comforting and fun indulgence from childhood.
What do you indulge in from your yesteryears?
This is kind of gross, but when I eat ice cream with big chocolate chips, I like to suck off the ice cream and spit out the chips. When I’m done, I have a mound of chips to stuff in my mouth. I did this as a kid and still do — to the horror of my husband.
I still have all my childhood indulgences! Gummy Bears (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the best!), Fruit Roll Ups, and these are not sweets but black beans and rice, spaghettios, mac n’ cheese, and an apple every night before bed! I have recently been switching to an all-organic lifestyle and I was worried that I would be limited on things I could eat, but to my surprise there is a whole grocery store (Whole Foods) that has organic gummy bears, fruit roll ups, spaghettios, mac n’ cheese, and anything else I crave! Whole Foods is so great, so I can keep my indulgences forever (while staying healthy!)
Well, that’s easy. Jason is my hero; I, too, eat Crunchberries, Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes. I actually like to eat my cereal dry – out of a coffee mug (sort of like those “to-go” cups they have in the market now).
Lisa Braithwaite says
I’m pretty grown up about my food most of the time.
But when I’m in that mood for comfort food, Spaghetti-Os are one of the first things in the cart. And as Jillian said, there are “healthy” versions by Annie’s called “Bernie-Os” (named after a bunny!) that are pretty fun. Frozen macaroni and cheese gets tossed in, for sure.
But I was never a big candy or sugar-cereal eater, so I don’t crave that stuff. When I feel like indulging, I’m more likely to go for a salty bag of microwave popcorn…
I love candy, any candy really. Spree are my favorite! I also like a PB & J sandwich. And I like to eat my Hostess Ho Hos by eating off the chocolate layer first, then unrolling it and licking off the creamy frosting, then eating the chocolate cake last.
Austen Onek says
Kudos to Jason on the cereal choices! Proud to say I never gave up the fun cereals. I eat healthy when I have to. I was one of those weird kids who loved eating broccoli and asparagus with butter and salt. Not only was it good for me, but got me extra desserts!
Most of what I do is inspired in showing my kids (Tristan, 10, and Emma, 9) that there is humor and mirth in life, and not in just day-to-day-2-cups-before-10AM drudgery. Life is just too darn short for being too down about stuff. Sugary cereals, oddly decorated offices, wearing sneakers with my suits, odd socks, singing while driving, using my Sonic Screwdriver to examine things and wearing my 25′ long Doctor Who scarf when it’s cold.
These are a few of my favorite things,
although not all of my favorite things,
that make me feel real loose,
like a long-necked goose, and oh, bay-buh,
that’s what I like.
With all due respect to Ian Shoales, I gotta’ go.
Nobody’s mentioned animal crackers?! Those are the best! I also like to have a spoonful of peanut butter when nobody’s looking. I’ve never had it on animal crackers…hmmmm…
I haven’t had much exciting cereal lately, although I’ve had some Rice Krispies…I still like listening for them to snap, crackle and pop.
Right now I’m having some scrambled eggs, and there was some broccoli that needed to be eaten (I’m another one of those weird people who likes broccoli), and I noticed that there were some peanuts on the counter, so they went in the eggs. Once it was all cooked, I added some cheese and salsa. It’s actually pretty good.
I enjoy experimenting with my food…especially if it sounds gross. Then if it turns out to be gross, I don’t have it again. (Although I do draw the line sometimes. If it sounds too gross, I don’t necessarily try it.)
Hmm…peanut butter on Rice Krispies? I haven’t tried that…that could be interesting…
Last year, Cadbury decided to relaunch Wispa bars, which hadn’t been on sale for at least 10 years in the UK, as a limited edition thing. I was pretty addicted to them as a kid, and when they came back I took every opportunity to grab a Wispa or three when out shopping! Shame they’re now off the shelves again.
I’ve had a sweet tooth pretty much since birth and it’s not going away any time soon! Oh, and I don’t drink coffee, either. Who needs coffee when you have chocolate? (I do drink lots of water, though).
Mary Beth says
I prefer Swiss Cake Rolls to Ho-Hos, but I unroll them to eat them and leave some of the chocolate to last. Also my all time favorite are Sixlets, and yippee it’s Halloween candy time, so I can find them!
As for coffee, I always used to tell people I was too young (even in college)…Well, that fact was not Y2K compliant. I had my first cup at the age of 22 on January 1, 2000.
Now Kool-Aid, on the other hand…I’ve never been too young for that!
We used to live in the Philippines, and one of the things I missed the most from the US was the chocolate chip mint ice cream.
Although the Philippines made up for it with ube (purple yam) ice cream…yum!! :o)
Hey, how did you know what I had for lunch today? Is there any other kind of mac and cheese????
Oh, my gosh, compared to you all I’m so tame, but bacon, eggs and toast….my Mom made it every day for me and my three sisters when we were little. One day she surprised us with pancakes, yum. When we were still sitting at the table after we finished, she asked what was wrong. The answer, “we’re waiting for our eggs and bacon”. She never made that mistake again. And that’s my comfort food and it is THE BEST!
The rest of the story: You won’t believe what a saint she was-there ended up being 12 of us in all and she continued to make us breakfast every morning….holy camole.
Laura Lawrence says
I, too, still love my Kraft Mac & Cheese…but I also love grilled cheese sandwiches with Campbell’s tomato soup. That is still my childhood favorite. :)
I had to find this older post and reply again… I decided lately to buy sugar-laden cereal again and wow, it’s sooo good and makes me smile. It’s good to be reminded that I’m an adult and can buy whatever I want at the store ;)
by the way…I find the generic frosted flakes to be much sweeter and crunchier — love it!