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O Cap’n, My Cap’n

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Well, readers, another Tuesday has come and gone and what do I have to show for it? A bowl full of milk and a plate full of bread crumbs.

Yep. Last night’s dinner was a bowl of Cap’n Crunch and a couple pieces of toast. *sigh*

What can I say? The sink full of dishes awaiting me in the kitchen, the fact that I’d put in a 16 hour day and the lack of groceries in my fridge pretty much sealed my fate. Not that there’s anything wrong with cereal for dinner – in fact, it’s often been my go-to meal when life gets too crazy to figure out what ingredients should go together in a pan. But that was B.J.C. (before Julia Child) – I can’t imagine Julia Child ever came home from a long day of government work, turned to Paul and said, “What do you say, dear? How about a nice bowl of Fruit Loops?”

Growing up, we didn’t really have “kid cereal” in our house. It was stuff like Raisin Bran and Shredded Wheat – maybe a bowl of Cheerios with some raisins on top. I can remember my first year in college, standing in line at the on-campus convenience store in the student center with a box of Lucky Charms clutched to my chest. Some kids didn’t know what to do with the newfound freedom of campus life – smuggling beer (or worse) into their dorm rooms, staying out past curfew, attending wild frat parties. For me, it was buying my own box of Lucky Charms. (Look out, world! Who knows what that girl with the cereal is capable of!)

How long has it been since you’ve eaten kids’ cereal? (And if you only ate it because you HAVE kids, then it doesn’t count.) Let’s test your knowledge, shall we? Here’s a little test I like to call:


Can you name the following mascots AND which cereal they represent?











Simply leave a comment with your answers (all comments have been hidden so nobody will see your answers but me), as well as your favorite kids’ cereal. The first person to get all answers correct will win a box of their favorite cavity-causing sugary goodness. Cut-off for entries will be midnight tonight (central time). (Hey, this could mean you’ve got dinner covered for the rest of the week!) Good luck!


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3 Responses to “O Cap’n, My Cap’n”

  1. Emily says:

    Sounds like our college experiences were similar! No cold cereal growing up but I more than made up for it at every meal in the dorms. Mmmmm…. Now I allow the kids to have it as dessert. Definately get why it wasn’t an appropriate way to start of the day. Loved catching up on the posts!

  2. Mary says:

    You really dug deep for a couple of these!!!

    1. Tony the Tiger–Frosted Flakes
    2. Toucan Sam–Froot Loops
    3. Dig’Em Frog–Sugar Smacks
    4. Sugar Bear–Super golden Crisp
    5. Sonny–cocoa Puffs
    6. Trix Rabbit-Trix
    7. Count Chocula-Count Chocula
    8. Magic Oven Baker-Post 40% Bran Flakes
    9. Buzz Bee-Honey Nut Cherios
    10. Cookie Crook–Cookie Crisp

    As I kid I never ate much box cereal–we always had oatmeal–which I hated(but my baby brother loved–tell you anything?) It was a long time befoe I could eat oatmeal as an adult! Now I like the Cherios Fruit Flavored–tastes like froot loops–but it is cherrios-so has to be healthy!!

  3. Margaret says:

    Well – my fave was Lucky Charms too… I am very Irish afterall. But I also love Cinnamon toast Crunch. I don’t know who 10, 8 and 3 are but I do know I love Choco Krispies… mmmmmmmm

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