Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Like Cereal--It's Grrrreat!


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Much of what moms write about being moms is completely irrelevant to me because they never mention cold cereal. Oh, they talk about breakfast all right–but they talk about it in terms I do not understand, terms such as “steel-cut oats,” or “whole-wheat pancakes.” And they consistently avoid phrases like, “What is considered a decent hour to crack open my first Diet Coke?” or “How many more minutes until bedtime?” which mean something to me, personally.

Oh, I know you see right through me. I act nonchalant in order to seem cool and edgy. Like I just don’t care! But I do. I care so much. I do want my kids to eat healthy food. Newsflash: cold cereal isn’t the devil. It’s good for you! Enjoy it. Appreciate it. Admit it. Embrace it. Revel in it. Flaunt it. Do you want to know how Caroline Ingalls feels about cold cereal? She wishes.

Some of my best and earliest memories are of cold cereal. I loved the commercials. I loved all my little buddies like Tony the Tiger and Lucky the Leprechaun. I was a strict moralist growing up. I felt like Coco Pebbles were bad–junk food, if you will, while Coco Puffs were totally acceptable (even though Sonny the cuckoo bird was an unsavory character, unbalanced and pathetic–to be pitied and avoided). I thought all versions of Pebbles were kind of bad. Like the people who got Happy Meals would also get Pebbles. (We NEVER got Happy Meals.) And who could resist the classic quest of an unlikely hero: Silly anthropomorphic rabbit, even though you walk upright and talk, Trix are for kids. Remember how we got to vote on the box whether he could get some Trix or not? They gave us a voice.

I loved how they said the cereal was part of a complete breakfast including toast, milk and juice. Milk and juice! That was my dream–to say nothing of the dream that one day Snap, Krackle, and Pop would materialize. Dudes! You really can hear the cereal. It’s magical.

Like I always say (seriously I ALWAYS say it), “Cold cereal is good because you just can’t eat an Egg McMuffin with cheese every day–even if you want to.” I hate to sound judgmental (seriously I NEVER judge) but depriving your kids of cold cereal is basically child abuse.

 That's me on the left. Any guesses as to the identity of the person on the right?

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108 comments:

  1. I love that picture... are you blown away by how much Ellen looks like you?

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  2. totally waiting to see who the "mystery" person is!

    love cereal, seriously.

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  3. I only mention this nightmare, which I have only ever divulged to my husband, because you talked about all the cereal characters of our youth. When I was a kid, I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and while peeing I saw a spider on the floor. So I squished it with some tissue and then went back to bed. And then I had a dream where the Trix rabbit (Silly, is it?) was annoying me and was kind of a bad bunny. So you know what I did in my dream? I killed the silly rabbit by taking his cartoon ears in one hand and pushing his head away with my other hand. I killed him.
    I woke up crying and even though you may be sniggering at this childish dream, it freaked me out for years that in my dream I could KILL a rabbit when I was in a dream-rage.
    I Killed Silly.
    I should stencil that onto a shirt, but I'm not very good at stencilling.

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  4. So I wouldn't mind winning 100 bucks. All we eat is cereal at my house.

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  5. I remember loving and waiting anxiously each time they introduced a new marshmallow object into Lucky Charms. I distinctly remember the purple horseshoe joining the cast of yummy objects.

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  6. I remember the purple horseshoe intro, too!! It had been so mysterious, and was such an exciting reveal.

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  7. Cold cereal is just about the only food item you will ALWAYS find in our house.

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  8. I just discovered that if my kids won't eat the box of cereal that I bought, (sometimes because it is the store brand and just tastes off) I can make it into marshmallow treats and they will eat every last bite. Funny how kids are like that.

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  9. I think Beth needs to win this week--that was a brave confession. She can use the money for therapy.
    There's an old joke that I can't remember anymore but I'll never forget the punchline: "Silly Rabbi, kicks are for Trids."

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  10. Look, I just want the $100. I've got stuff to buy. Cereal is fine and all that, but it doesn't replace diet coke or white bread with butter and sugar on it. Just sayin'.

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  11. You failed to mention that cold cereal is also a delicious DESSERT! Hello? What mother doesn't stand leaning agaist the kitchen counter reveling in the silence of sleeping children savouring each wholesome and crunchy bite of _______? The best reward for the thankless yet rewarding job of motherhood.

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  12. I grew up in the house (you know the one) where we always had good sugar cereal. When our friends came over all they wanted to do was eat our cereal and we were like, "What's the big deal? We always have Fruity Pebbles." I guess we had Happy Meals too. Maybe you don't think I deserve a $100 now...

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  13. I grew up in the house where the only sweet cereal we had was honey nut cheerios. Although I did manage one time to convince my mother that we had to try the Cabbage Patch Kids cereal because it had more nutrients than Cheerios. Now that I think about it, I should've aimed higher like for Apple Jacks instead of Cabbage Patch Kids but I was a sucker for the advertising.
    And my most fervent wish as a kid was to have Snap, Krackle and Pop and Mrs. Butterworth come to life. I thought that would be so much fun.

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  14. I was just commenting the other day about how kids these days have it sooo easy. I mean we had to rifle through that cereal to find the prize, now they just put in between the plastic bag and the box...what? And sometimes the prize wasn't even in its own little packaging. Like you had a compass with cereal dust all over it.

    I grew up in a home where pre-sweetened cereal (my mom called it that) was few and far between (not unlike Happy Meals) and I couldn't wait for the autonomy to purchase my own box of Count Chocula. Finally when I had a chance those jerks at General Mills changed the formula! All those years of watching my best friend's brother chomp down that delectable-looking Count Chocula and now it's just puffy chocolate balls and those dehydrated marshmallows.

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  15. I'm definitely trying to be the steel cut oats mom, but then I realize I go to work to relax. The answer to how early can you have your first diet coke? After at least one glass of water unless it's Sunday or someone is sick.

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  16. My kids love Fruit Loops.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  17. We love Special K's fruit and Yogurt cereal.

    betweenthelines-kam@hotmail.com

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  18. I don't really li,e cereal but my kids love it. Who am I to deny them while being lazy?

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  19. I married a cereal snob (i.e., doesn't consider cereal breakfast), but I totally converted him by never ever cooking breakfast ever. Here's to cereal!

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  20. This cereal story is all true and haunts my siblings and me to this day:

    One crazy family holiday my parents borrowed a really sketchy tent trailer, loaded 5 kids under 9 years old into a Scrambler and set out from Alberta to Utah. (The youngest riding on mom's lap in the front seat and the other four monkeys in the backseat beating the crap outta each other. Side note: my parents were crazy).

    One night we stayed at a campground in Yellowstone Park. That night two big events happened:

    (1). Mt. Saint Helens erupted and left ash all over the car. That was cool.

    (2). Someone broke into every car in the campground and robbed everyone. This jerk stole many things from our car, but the thing that horrified us the most was that he stole our Honey Nut Cheerios which was a major heartbreak. We never had "good" store bought cereal and we were devastated.

    Dad tried to make us all feel better by driving the car slowly and then letting it rip so that all the ash went flying off the car, which was pretty cool. But none of us ever got over the loss of those Honey Nut Cheerios. We still talk about it 30 years later.

    If I win the $100.00 I will buy all my siblings a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Well, except my youngest brother. He wasn't born yet and didn't have to live through that horror. He can buy his own.

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  21. Cereal helps me be a better mom. If I had to make something else I would be super cranky.

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  22. My sons could both eat cereal for every meal of the day!

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  23. Cold cereal is the best go-to dinner when mom is too tired to cook!
    My kids can eat Froot Loops like there's no tomorrow!

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  24. I don't love cereal but I do love your blog.

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  25. I think I deserve the $100.00 because after a childhood deprived of cold cereal (we couldn't afford it 'cause with 11 kids we'd have gone through more than a box a morning) I now feed my kids cold cereal almost every day.

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  26. Rice Krispies - loved the 'snap, crackle, pop' as a child. AND love to make the treats for snack/dessert.

    walkingmissmolly@gmail.com

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  27. My favorites are Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  28. I just got home from vacation where I got to eat Froot Loops...yum! :) And the colors are so pretty, too!

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  29. I've always wondered if it's possible for any other family to eat more cereal in a week than we do? Love to read that there are so many of us out there. It's very liberating.

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  30. I am a closet Captain Crunch eater. I Love, love, love cereal!

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  31. We ate Frosted Flakes as a child and so that is my favorite Kelloggs cereal.
    Thanks for a chance to win
    kmassman gmail

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  32. I grew up in a home with 8 kids, so whenever my mom bought "good cereal" (ie. anything that had sugar and wasn't malt-o-meal generic bagged cereal) we would set our alarms to wake up early to eat it before it was consumed by the other brothers and sisters.

    There just isn't enough Cap'n Crunch in one box to feed 8 kids.

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  33. I can always go for a bowl of lucky charms...

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  34. My favorite cereal growing up was Cinnamon Toast Crunch! My sister and I would always beg my mom to buy it at the grocery store and every once in a while she would give in. Now I realize why she did not want us eating it every morning – it is practically sugar in a box, but so DELICIOUS!

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  35. We lay waste to cereal in this house. Only four people live here but we have to restock our mulitiple boxes of cereal once a week.
    If I win, the $100 will just go to more cereal.

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  36. I loved fruit loops as a kid now I like special K with berries.
    hutchyhutch87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. KELLOG'S corn flakes was the only cereal I would eat as a kid. My husband likes to mix 3 or 4 types together so we have a box of cheerios and rice crispies and more on our pantry shelf.

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  38. We used to always have raisin bran, since my mom loves it, but my fave was frosted mini wheats with frozen blueberries and soy milk!

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  39. Frosted Mini Wheats are good drenched in milk

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  40. We love Frosted Mini Wheats, especially blueberry and strawberry! :)

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  41. Cute pic. A sibling? I love Cornflakes the most!

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

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  42. i totally believe cereal is a healthy breakfast for my son
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  43. For as long as I can remember, Frosted Mini Wheats are one of my favorites. I think I've passed on my great sense of taste to my family.

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  44. I can’t help it….I love the kids cereals still! For my favorite, it’s a toss up between Fruit Loops and Honey Combs. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  45. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/22199412494

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  46. I've always loved Frosted Flakes since I was a kids :)

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  47. Look, I'm with you on the Pebbles thing. Cocoa Pebbles? Gross. Fruity Pebbles? Gross, with a weird texture, and a weirder aftertaste, and they did something truly weird to the milk. But then you go straight to Cocoa Puffs, without mentioned the pinnacle of all cocoa cereals, the apex, and acme, the chocolate cold cereal nirvana: Cocoa Krispies. There is nothing better. Especially at summer camp. Those things are *good*. I can't believe you wrote a post about cold cereal and didn't mention them. Are you mentally okay?

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  48. You're adorable in that picture. And you crack me up with commenting about child abuse and cold cereal.

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  49. Is the person on the right named Coco?

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  50. Such a great pic!

    Thanks for the give-away,
    Jen

    jennifer.gilmore@gcmweb.org

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  51. Special K- red berries or vanilla almond. Yum-o!
    annie@thepurcell.com

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  52. awww that's so cute. who's the one on the right >.<?
    i didn't eat much cereal while i was growing up, but i loved eating it in college, it's fast and tasty, i love the Kellogg's Special K cereal.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  53. We always had cereal for breakfast. We loved most of it.

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  54. My all time Kellogg's favorite is Frosted Flakes...yum-o!

    Jenni Carlisle
    carlisleclanconversation@hotmail.com

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  55. I laughed so hard reading Beth's comment. I'll embroider it on a shirt for her if she wants!

    We're not big on cereal in this house - I don't want my kids hungry in school before they can go to lunch, but we DO love Rice Krispie Treats.

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  56. My own & my family's very favorite Kellogg's cereal is... Crispix.

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  57. Why bother cooking when you can just eat cereal. That seems to be the unspoken motto in my home.

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  58. Thank you! Cereal is the best breakfast. Love it.

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  59. I don't cook much, cereal is pretty much a daily ritual in my house, even have it as a snack or dinner (i know, need to cook more!)
    carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  60. We eat lots of cereal in my house, Rice Krispies are a favorite.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  61. We pretty much ate cereal every morning growing up and what's so bad that we used canned milk for some reason diluted with water..now that was punishment
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  62. I love cereal and eat it almost every morning. My favorites are Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, and Frosted Flakes. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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  63. Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats Cinnamon Streusel is my favorite, but I also really like Raisin Bran.

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  64. Hi - My favorite cereal is Raisin Bran. Love those 2 Scoops! I also like frosted mini wheats, just don't let myself buy them very often. Thanks! Tina

    Contact(dot)thebooklady(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I shouldn't try to enter contests this late at night...I cracked up when I read, "That's me on the left. Any guesses as to the identity of the person on the right?" Not funny, I know. I came up with all sorts of clever responses--but it's against my better judgment to try to write anything now.
    Reading the other comments, I've decided that I must be a lot older than everyone else here. but that's okay.
    We didn't eat cold cereal for breakfast when I was young because my step-dad cooked breakfast every morning. We did, however, my Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats quite often. Still am making and enjoy them.
    My husband and kids love all the sweetened Kellogg's cereals. I like Kellogg's® All-Bran® Complete® Wheat Flakes cereal (with milk, but not for breakfast) and dry Crispix (as a snack).
    aleq13@gmail.com

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  66. Love the Special K with Red Berries... although this got me thinking about the "naughty" cereals like Captn' Crunch and Apple Jacks... mmmm
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. My kids favorite bed time snack and cereal is Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  69. We love Special K strawberry and Cinnabon! Thanks!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  70. Cute picture! Love Kelloggs. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  71. Hahahaaa! This has me cracking up!

    "I hate to sound judgmental (seriously I NEVER judge) but depriving your kids of cold cereal is basically child abuse."

    I love a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats in the morning. :)

    ja9elizabeth at yahoo dot com

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  72. My kids have cereal almost every morning here.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel.net

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  73. I love Apple Jacks. My son always took all of the charms out of Lucky Charms and smushed them together and then ate them. I had forgotten about that.

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  74. well our favorite for years was & still is Kelloggs Frosted Corn Flakes,and thats for 50 yrs now, enjoyed in cold milk and just like mom did i use it for a great sweet dessert bar called peanut butter corn flake cookies so good, thanks
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

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  75. I grew up eating a lot of cereal, even as a snack after-school, and my kids have followed suit. I met my 2nd husband 15 years ago and he used to come over after work and always helped himself to a bowl of cereal for a snack. He always says he married me for my cereal ;) If I had to chose a favorite Kellogg's cereal is would be Honey Smacks, I've been known to eat them straight out of the box with no milk.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  76. I loved the regular Kellogg's corn flakes with rooster on it. It was a favorite as a child and as an adult
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  77. We love Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops and Special K

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  78. I’ve loved Frosted Flakes since I was a kid, and they’re still my favorite.

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  79. My favorite is Special K Blueberry and instant Oatmeal. Thanks for the contest.

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  80. Frosted Flakes is my favorite cereal. Though I do enjoy rice krispie treats!

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  81. ALL I EVER HAD TO EAT WHEN I WAS A CHILD WAS "COLD CEREAL" SO I USED TO HATE IT, KINDA LIKE EATING AN EGG MCMUFFIN DAY AFTER DAY. I'VE GROWN OUT OF MY HATE THOUGH AND NOW I PURSE MINI- WHEATS! LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  82. Yum, Egg McMuffins are a favorite of mine. But most days we eat cereal at our home. I’m a Kellogg’s Raisin Bran or Special K girl, but my husband and daughter are huge fans of Frosted Mini Wheats.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  83. I love Rice Krispies. I loved them when I was a kid and still do today! And nothing beats homemade Rice Krispy bars! Yum!

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  84. Kelloggs Cornflakes and Apple Jacks for sure! crunchy and delicious :)

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot]com

    I'm guessing a sister? :)

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  85. Cute picture! I never ate much cold cereal as a kid, but now I eat it all the time, especially Rice Krispies.
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  86. My kids would eat nothing but cereal if I let them. They like Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes.
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  87. My girls love cereal. With milk, without it, made into bars or even all mixed together.
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  88. I love Raisin bran!! I even remember fighting with my sister as a child over who would get the last bowl. :)

    hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. I love cereal. All Bran with yogurt bites!
    mommycreations(at)gmail.com

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  90. LOVED cereal as a kid, and passed along that love to my son - his favorite breakfast is still a bowl a cereal with a banana sliced into it.

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  91. I still think it's exciting as an adult that it is okay to sit down with a giant bowl of Fruit Loops and eat it whenever I want

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  92. I'd love to win, thanks!
    braundk at comcast.net

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  93. The only cereals I remember having in our house when we were children were Kellogg's corn flakes and raisin bran. Still love them.

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  94. I love Raisin Brand..and don't care for the sugar cereals. I think that's your sister.


    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

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  95. Such a cute pic!!

    I’m eating healthier now, so I love Kellogg’s Special K with strawberries or Kellogg's Cornflakes and I slice bananas and put in it! Yum!

    BUT, I still love a good bowl of Fruit Loops every now and again lol YUM! brings back childhood memories of my brother and I watching cartoons on Saturday mornings(What would kids today do if they didn't have a 24 hr. cartoon network?haha)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. HaHa life is too short to fold fitted sheets and eat bran everyday huh!! My favorite now is Smart Start but when I was younger and much less plagued by expanding thighs I loved HOney Smacks!!
    kessandcrystal(at)aol.com

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  97. regular Kellogg’s corn flakes
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  98. I loved the regular Kellogg’s corn flakes with rooster on it. It was a favorite as a child and as an adult
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  99. I loved the regular Kellogg’s corn flakes with rooster on it.
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  100. Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes have always been my favorite!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  101. No idea who the mystery person is. But I do agree that depriving kids of cold cereal should be a crime!

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  102. My kids would starve without their cereal so i agree it would be child abuse:)

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