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Confessional: Foodies like cereal too 
 
Aug. 25, 2011 10:02 am 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2011 8:49 am
I have a confession to make…I ate cereal for dinner last night.  Yes, cereal.  Honeycombs to be exact.  My 15 yr old grabbed the first bowl which gave me the idea and I just went with it.  I gave into my exhaustion and right then decided I did not want to prepare a meal.  My DH was off helping his brother and my little one ate popcorn.  So I grabbed my bowl of cereal and went to town.  And as I enjoyed that bowl of Honeycombs I thought to myself “self, you quite possibly could live off sandwiches, cereal, and popcorn for the rest of your life if it weren't for these boys”. 
Would I not enjoy food so much if I didn’t have kids?  Could I be such a food simpleton??  Maybe.  Or was I just enjoying being off the hook for one night so I could just lie in bed watching TV and for once go to bed at a decent hour?  BAM!  I hit my wall on a Wednesday.  I usually don’t hit it till Thursday and that is why I cook so much and prepare in advance so that all I have to do is some minor food prep and voila, dinner is on the table.  There were plenty of pre-cooked meals in that fridge, but I didn’t even want to bother with pressing buttons on a microwave.
So I relished in my freedom.  When my husband came home with my nephew, I shooed him away to the kitchen to prep his own dinner. 
8:00 p.m. – I’m home free.  No dishes, no clean up…when all of a sudden in a flash, my little one flies into my room and exclaims “no one fed me dinner!!!”.  DOH!!  I almost got away with it…that bowl of cereal.  Got to remember that this kid was born at the height of my interest in cooking.  So he doesn’t know what it is to just have a little snack and call it a night.
Plan B – instruct my little one to bat his sad hungry little eyes at DH to prepare him a meal.  Something light since it was late.  And my son walks in double fisted, a PBJ sandwich in each hand.  Someone call CPS, my son went a night without a full 3 course meal!!
Well, I got my good night’s sleep and I think I can jump over my wall today and get back to my typical domestic schedule.  We all sat and had breakfast together this morning and my only guilty pang was that we all didn’t sit together last night.  Alas, it’s a new day and I’m hungry for some real food. 
Happy Thursday all!
Provecho, no matter what you eat today!!
 
Comments
Aug. 25, 2011 11:17 am
Comfort food doesn't have to be hot, or home-cooked, sometimes it just comes in a bowl, with or without milk. Glad you had the chance to recharge last night!
 
Aug. 25, 2011 1:54 pm
I am not a huge fan of cereal but I understand those days of not wanting to bother...I have been known to eat Wheat Thins and Cream Cheese and call it dinner. When my kids were little I was a late night person who liked to sleep in on the weekends - my dirty secret was to leave boxes of cereal on the table within reach of the kiddos so they could nosh on that and watch cartoons while I caught up on my sleep. BTW - nothing wrong with PB&J.
 
Aug. 25, 2011 2:03 pm
I think we all have nights like this. Sweetie asks, "what are we having for dinner tonight?" Response: "what's this WE? I'M having chex. Good luck!"
 
Aug. 25, 2011 2:35 pm
Mmmmm...Honeycomb! Haven't had that in years. And a spontaneous night off from kitchen duty is heavenly!
 
Aug. 25, 2011 3:43 pm
LOL! Tony the Tiger and me go way back! I still have a bowl of Frosted Flakes most mornings, and have eaten it for dinner and late night snack.
 
Aug. 25, 2011 6:55 pm
Sara - I used to answer the "what's for dinner?" query with one word... "reservations."
 
Aug. 25, 2011 6:55 pm
What's this bowl thing? Handsful straight out of the box is the best way to eat cereal! I thought bowls were for helping kids eat faster- milk and cereal at the same time. ... I made your Corn Succotash and then changed the recipe to suit canning. Both recipes turned out very good! Thank you!
 
Sep. 1, 2011 8:49 am
*Mike Harvey* Glad you like the recipe. *All* I think tonight's what's for dinner will be "reservations" as suggested by lucylove. Thanks for stopping by folks.
 
 
 
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Born in Mexico...raised a California girl, I'm always trying to find my roots with my cooking. I have a big family with my mom as matriarch and master cook. So I have some big shoes to fill.
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I love cooking food that my mom always made when we were younger. She doesn't really have any recipes, so it's a challenge. Every time she cooks, it's a unique experience since variations on ingredients are never the same. I also love Mexican food El Paso style. I would like to dabble more in Italian and Filipino dishes. My all time fav is BBQ and down home Southern comfort food.
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I come from a Mexican Family. Family gatherings center around the kitchen and dinning areas. I love having family around the kitchen cooking, sitting around the dinner table talking, laughing,joking, drinking and eating.
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Mastered flour tortillas in 2013!!!
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That I mastered flour tortillas in 2013...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week.
 
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