Monday, May 7, 2012
When I was a kid my mom was a stay at home mom. She was pretty serious about us making good eating choices for breakfast. She would make eggs and toast, oatmeal, maybe yogurt, or my personal favorite ham and cheese scramble. But we always ate breakfast!
On occasion my mom would serve us up a fresh bowl of cereal. Cheerios, Raisin Bran or maybe Kicks. On really special occasions we would have Basic 4, a health combination of bran flakes, almonds and dried fruit. We ate serious cereal.
It's not like I never ate a bowl of Lucky Charms or Coco Puffs. They were just very rarely bought when I was a kid. So naturally when I grew up I never went through the college aged "cereal" phase. My roommates in college would kill a box of Lucky Charms in a few days. Cereal for every meal and dessert.
Then I married Joe.
He LOVES cereal.
Joe is the kind of cereal eater that will down a box of Lucky Charms for dessert! That's right, after a full meal, Joe will eat 3 huge bowls of sugar cereal.
Needless to say I blame Joe for my addiction to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I didn't even know this sugar masterpiece existed! It is the perfect dessert! Obviously it is great for breakfast and it has been known to cure a hangover.
While at Costco, Joe and I were cruising down the cereal aisle. Normally we can find oatmeal, Cheerios, Special K, and a few Korean brand cereals. (think Kellogg's knock offs) All of a sudden I can not control myself and I literally shrieked with joy, slightly running/skipping down the aisle! Right in front of me is the biggest stack of Cinnamon Toast Crunch that I have ever seen! Not just the big boxes but a big double box! Two huge bags of delicious, cinnamon/sugar toasted squares!
As I grab for a box, hugging it with pride, a middle aged Korean man chimes in with;
"Looks like you hit the jack pot." said the middle aged Korean man.
"YES! This is my favorite cereal, and they NEVER have it here!" Me, placing my precious box of sugar, I mean cereal into our cart with a huge grin.
As I turn to walk away, the Korean man grabs a box of Cheerios that was in his cart and places them back on the shelf, and in its place he puts a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
I hope he enjoys his Cinnamon Toast Crunch as much as I do.
Joe and I knew moving to South Korea meant that we would have to make some sacrifices. It meant that we would miss birthdays, family, driving our own cars and Target. Ok...maybe I am being a bit dramatic. But I REALLY miss going to Target and picking up the few things we need and two dozen things we don't need. :)
I had mentioned a few times that I really missed crushed red pepper. I like to put in on my pizza, a little in my spaghetti sauce, add a pinch in my salad. I like to add a little spice to almost anything.
One night a few weeks ago Leah and I went into Seoul to shop and get pedicures with our friend Jenelle. All the while the guys decided to get together to drink beer, eat pizza and play video games.
As the story goes, Joe and Josh went to pick up some beer and pizza. While they were waiting for the pizza to be done, out of the corner of his eye, Joe saw that little station with napkins, little Parmesan cheese packs and, you guessed it, crushed red pepper packs. He proceeded to fill a plastic grocery bag with every last pepper pack!
Sorry ladies he is taken. I. Love. My. Husband! He's the best.
I have been happily enjoying crushed red pepper thanks to my husband and Pizza Hut!