As we prepare for our influx of out-of-town guests for the big eclipse next month, Dad and I have been thinking about what to feed everyone and what to do with them before and after the big event. My little southern city is allegedly expecting 600,000 visitors to pour into town. I told one of the visitors to my house that she can no longer come because it is rumored that I can rent my house for big bucks. The heck with the friends.
I decided that I want to take it one meal at a time, beginning with the most important meal of the day. This is easy: eggs, fruit, muffins, yogurt, cereal, coffee, tea, and juice. Maybe I will pull out the old waffle maker too.
Cereal is an interesting breakfast-food, which has undergone many changes since I was a kid—before the days of Count Chocula, Honey Nut Cheerios, Franken Berry, and Chocolate Lucky Charms.
When I was a wee one, I remember sitting down to a bowl of Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes, then grabbing the sugar bowl, and sprinkling my morning nourishment with a very generous spoonful of the sweet stuff. Grandma never objected. The best part was drinking the heavily-sweetened milk at the end of the meal.
I also recall sitting down to a bowl of sweetened bananas and milk. The recipe was quite simple:
Slice 1 banana into a bowl
Sprinkle with a generous spoonful or two of sugar
I also admit to enjoying a healthy bowl of Frosted Flakes or Post Alpha-Bit Cereals, but my main morning staple was the self-sugared cereal. This was so much better than Frosted Flakes, since I could add as much sugar as I desired instead of what Post thought was sufficient for a growing child.
Personally, I think that most kids enthusiastically ate their breakfast cereal because of the prizes in each box. I specifically recall the tattoos in my Frosted Flakes and Kool-Aid packages in my Alpha-Bits.
Now you get nothing but the cereal!