Cereal and Bacon

by Sara on April 17, 2013

Before beginning this post,  I want to take a moment to reflect about the Boston tragedy. No words can fully express the sadness in my heart, and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and grief that’s blanketing those who were affected. I’m praying that God fills hearts with comfort, bodies with healing, and souls with peace during this tragic and uncertain time. The heroic acts of goodwill and courage demonstrated by those who helped the victims is a testament to the fact that there’s more good than bad in the world, and that good always wins.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Boston. <3

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Since arriving in Boise, I’ve been at war with my mom—a HEAT war!

She likes the to set the thermostat at a “crisp” (ahem, freezing!) 67 degrees, while I prefer a warm (ahem, comfortable) 74. After battling for fourteen days, we finally reached a temperature treaty over the weekend, and agreed to keep the house set at 71. It’s not as warm as I’d like, but it’s tolerable. 😉

However, the heat still drops to 67 during the night, which means that when I wake up in the morning—my body stiff as an icicle—I turn to copious amounts of coffee and hot hearty breakfasts to warm up.

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Yesterday, however, was an exception because I had some taste-testing to do. :)

While strolling the aisles of Whole Foods on Monday, I stumbled upon this.

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Errr, thats a lie. My stumble was totally intentional. Snackimals Cereal has been popping up on blogs lately, and curiosity finally got the best of my inner cereal-loving child (remember my BFF’s Trix the Rabbit, Tony the Tiger, and Lucky Charms Leprechaun??), so I had to get in on the crunching action myself.

I stood in the cereal aisle deliberating between Cinnamon Snackimals or Vanilla Snackimals (life’s stressful decisions!) for what felt like 10 minutes (it probably was), but finally went with the vanilla because I figured I could always add cinnamon later.

Fast forward to yesterday morning. I woke up feeling like Frosty, as usual. But not as usual, I woke up craving cold cereal. More specifically—you didn’t see this one coming—Vanilla Snackimals cereal.

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So I cranked up the heat to summer-like 78 (ssshh, don’t tell my mom!), poured an epic bowl of cereal, splashed it with Silk almond milk, and enjoyed a COLD breakfast in a toasty house.

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Cereal party!

IMG_3593Snackimals, Brown rice crispies, Honey Rice Puffins

I can’t remember the last time I ate cereal with milk; I usually opt for Greek yogurt because it doesn’t turn the cereal soggy. However, since I was dealing with milk this time,  I shoveled the entire bowlful down in under three minutes.

The fast-eating strategy worked: it was a no-soggy-bite success! 😉

Do you like your cereal crunchy or soggy?

My morning meal brought back memories of the breakfasts I loved as a child. I’d only get to eat sugary—aka FUN— cereals during the week my family spent at a camp in the California Sierra Nevada mountains. We’d eat breakfast in the old dining hall every morning, and even though I loved the unlimited access to hot steamy scrambled eggs and buttery toast, I’d usually sprint to the cereal table. If I was lucky, I’d get my hands on a mini box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (my favorite!), otherwise I’d settle for Frosted Flakes or Fruit Loops.

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The other thing I loved about breakfasts in the camp dining hall was the bacon. Oh, the bacon.

Crispy. Greasy. Perfect. Like sweet cereal, we rarely ate bacon at home, so I made sure to get my fill during that week. I’d pile my plate high, but never finished it all because my eyes were always bigger than my stomach.

Apparently that’s no longer the case, though, because I finished all the bacon last Sunday. 😉

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My mom and I were feeling brunchy, so we made plans to meet her manfriend Dave (manfriend is her word, not mine 😉 ), his son Andy, and their friend, Megan, at one of Boise’s newest hot spot restaurants.

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Bacon is all about the B’s: breakfast, bistro, bloody mary’s, and of course….bacon!

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We ordered at the counter, where the drool-inducing glass case featuring giant sugar-topped glittering muffins, pastries du jour (homemade strawberry Pop Tarts!) and specialty cakes beckoned.  But it was the bacon that really caught my attention.

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Bacon’s signature strips are flavored with both chile and sugar, but the other varieties offered include the Kurobuta with thyme, sage, and rosemary; apple-smoked turkey; spicy hot; tempeh; pancetta, candied and—get this— chocolate!

I ordered a maple-rosemary strip, a candied strip, and a spicy-hot strip.

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All three were perfectly crisp. My favorite variety was by far the candied strip, because it was simultaneously salty and sweet-–the ideal flavor combination, in my opinion!

For my entree, I went with the Egg White Mediterranean Bake, which was filled with spinach, basil, roasted red peppers, pepperoncinis, capers, and feta cheese, and topped with salsa fresca.

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Oh my heavens it was delicious. I need to recreate this at home.

My mom ordered the Bacon Gorgonzola and Apple Quiche, which was more like a tall tower of egg and bacon!

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She owned that thing!

We made sure to sneak in several extra servings of liquid veggies—you know, to keep the meal balanced.

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Overall, brunch at Bacon was a huge success. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, I would have gone running for the treadmill at the mere mention of bacon—one of the foods I’d adored as a child, but deemed off-limits when I was a strict adherent to the clean-eating-only kick.

My inner bacon and sweet cereal-loving child is certainly glad those rule-living days are over because, while neither are everyday foods for me,  they’re ones that I’ve been happy to welcome back at breakfast—or any time of day—from time to time. :)

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This post was part of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jenn!

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 HUGS <3

I want to know…

Do you ever have “temperature wars” in your house?

What was your favorite cereal as a child? What’s your favorite cereal now?

Soggy cereal or crunchy cereal? Do you/did you drink the milk or not?

I never drank the milk when I was young, unless it has soaked up the sugar from sugary cereal. If that was the case, I’d CHUG it!

Which foods did you LOVE eating as a child, but you’d feel guilty or semi-guilty about eating today?

I can think of so many! Kraft macaroni and cheese, white bread, Hostess creme-filled cupcakes….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • http://twitter.com/healthlovechoc Gina Topley

    Haha I am exactly the same way with my parents when I stay at their house. They like to keep the house at 66 max and I am used to cranking up my space heater and keeping my apartment had a toasty 75-ish so we always have to battle it out. My latest solution was bringing a spare space heater home with me the last time I went and keeping it in the spare closet. That restaurant looks fabulous, I can’t imagine a brunch restaurant centered around bacon, it’s like a piece of heaven! And I NEED that candied bacon! I’m glad you enjoyed that meal guilt free girly :-).

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’m a HUGE fan of space heaters, too! I have one in my room in DC because we keep our house coooold!

      Want to come meet me for a very bacony brunch? I’ll show you around Boise if you’ll take me on a restaurant tour of the South Bay! xoxo

  • http://www.starsystemz.com/blog Courtney Violet Bentley

    Your eats look amazing! As a kid I was all about cheerios, Mac and cheese and chicken fingers with ranch..nowadays I am a clean green machine :-). Since going through my lifestyle changes its hard too go back and eat all of that and I am dairy free as well so Mac and cheese is something I really have to let go and vegan Mac and cheese is never the same…I enjoy my cereal soggy especially so I can slurp up all the leftovers after the crunch is gone. Bacon….yum…. What a neat spot for brunch :-). Hope you have a great week love + shine Courtstar

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I totally agree–vegan mac n’ cheese has nothing on the real deal! I ordered some “cashew cheese” pasta dish at a restaurant once, and was kind of disappointed. Oh well! Have a wonderful Wednesday, Courtney!

  • Khushboo

    I am sure I’ve said it before but your posts always make me smile, Sara…I am SUCH a cereal fiend! Like you I usually eat it with yogurt yet the rare times I do eat it with milk, I vow that I need to do so more regularly. My only qualm with the latter is the speed at which I can down a bowl…it’s gone before I know it!

    My favorite cereal as a kid was Cinnamon Toast Crunch although I did love Frosties & Coco Pops- especially the sweet milk at the end! These days my favorite seems to be Bran Flakes with sliced strawberries, cinnamon and walnuts…mm! Continuing on with the reminiscing, I loved Lunchables as a kid. Although I am not sure I would feel guilty per say if I ate it now, I don’t think it would taste as good as I remember…I think my palate is a bit more refined these days ;)!

    Bacon sounds like an amazing brunch spot. I am not a bacon-eater myself but between your egg dish and your the size of your mom’s quiche, I know I’d love it! Happy Wednesday!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I used to love Lunchables as well! My mom never bought them *unless* it was a field trip day at school, and she needed to pack a very portable, no-tupperware lunch. I’d get SO excited on those days! I haven’t had one in YEARS, but like you, I’m guessing it wouldn’t taste quite as delicious as I remember. 😉 xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/FitSwissChick Lucie Pfaendler

    The brunch looks to die for. That quiche?? I never saw a huge quiche like that!! Hmmm, we weren’t allowed to eat sugared cereal when I was a kid, so we only had the choice between oats and plain corn flakes. Boooh. When Mom was away I would cover my oats with several tbsp of sugar :-) and I love it soggy! Gross I know, but I need it like that :-)
    When I was a child, I was in Love with Lasagne, and choco-bread-sandwiches (white bread roll with a chocolate bar in between). Today it’s a real challenge, but ut tastes just as good!
    Sending Love and war weather your way!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh my gosh, choco-bread sandwiches sound amazing! I would have loved (and still would) those, too! Happy Wednesday, Lucie!

  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    It’s funny how I used to think of bacon as being fatty and unhealthy, and now I consider it 100% clean!! Haha that brunch looks amazing. I now have a serious craving for bacon!

    Rob and I always fight over the temperature haha. He overheats easily so doesn’t like having any heat on EVER. My Australian blood can’t handle freezing temperatures so we reach a compromise… usually involving me waking up with all the blankets on my side of the bed!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Haha, I have a feeling that I’ll hog all the blankets when (if) I’m married, too! I like to be really warm when I sleep, even though they say it’s better to sleep in a cool room. xoxo

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Haha I can totally relate to the temperature wars. Whenever I visit home, I’m always battling over the thermostat with my dad because he keeps the house so cold! We’re going to have to come to some kind of truce for next year when I’m living at home for my internship… and by “truce”, I mean we’re doing things my way. 😉

    Your brunch at bacon looks amaaaazing! I would have been all over that candied bacon too. Ever since I tried bacon cheesecake and sticky toffee bacon cake, I’ve been obsessed with the combination of bacon with sweetness.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh my gosh, bacon cheesecake?! That sounds like something I’d LOVE! I’d love to visit the place you tried it! Or maybe recreate it at home? 😉

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Haha I had temperature wars with my parents too! They both prefer the house to be a little bit colder, so I’m pretty sure that the day my dad installed a gas fireplace in their living room was the happiest day of my life. I spent most nights on the couch closest to it with the heat absolutely blasting!

    Your brunch looks amazing. I need to get the boyfriend out there…he absolutely adores bacon. And, umm, I do too. Something that I would not eat for years, but like you, I’m so glad I’m past that. Because bacon is fabulous. Although, I’m intrigued by those homemade pop tarts you mentioned!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ooh man, I wish I had a gas fireplace–love those! I totally would have gone for a homemade Pop Tart had they been GF because they looked so so good. I’ve been thinking about trying to make them at home, but all the recipes I’ve found are way too complicated! I’m holding out hope that Kellogg’s will do the work for me. 😉

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    I used to have temperature wars with my parents. I would sneakily turn up the heating when they weren’t looking. Now though I’m like the heating nazi in my house with Ben. He tries to turn it up but I’m like “no, save money” Oh how times have changed…
    Oh god I HATE soggy cereal. In fact I have never liked cereal purely for that reason. It’s just not my cup of tea…or choice of breakfast as it were!
    Oh my goodness, that bacon. That looks like a fantastic restuarant! I love how individual it is. Sounds really good. I think I’d go for the candied bacon for deifnite. Whenever I was in America I’d always drizzle my pancakes and bacon with LOADS of syrup. Yum.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh, I know–syrup on bacon is SO delicious! I don’t like it on my pancakes, but bacon is an entirely different story. I could eat it every day!

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    I’m sure happy those rule living days are over for you too sis 😀 I couldn’t be more proud of you!

    I really didn’t like cereal when growing up, I pretty much always had eggs on toast, but the few I did like were:

    rice crispies with chopped up banana

    CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH JUST LIKE YOU 😀

    Honey nut cheerios

    The reason i didn’t like cereal was totally because of the sogginess! SO GROSS! But now that doesn’t bother me hehe!

    The main staple in my diet as a child was KD and I know I’d be hesitant to have it TODAY which means all the more reason to have it right?

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Definitely!! A few months ago, I treated myself to a very rich GF macaroni and cheese, and it was SO SO good! I chose not to think about nutrients or macros, and just enjoyed the meal for what it was–delicious cheese and pasta. Mmmm. 😀

  • http://twitter.com/ThisItalianRach Rach

    Maple rosemary bacon?! What a brilliant idea! Also, my mom likes the house to feel like a refrigerator while I prefer it much warmer. Every time my sister and I are at our mom’s house we are ALL wrapped up in blankets even in the summer, haha!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’m the same way in the summer! Air-conditioned building always make me so cold! In fact, I’m often colder in the summer than I am in the winter! xoxo

  • http://profiles.google.com/melissamiller7 Melissa Miller

    Crunchy ALL the way.
    A trick: Pour the cereal in AFTER the milk.. it helps!

  • http://twitter.com/AshLWiseman Ashley

    There are definitely temperature wars in our house. :) My husband loves it cold, and I love it on the warmer side. I’ve toughened up a bit since we got married though, so we compromise better than we used to!

    I love Barbara’s Bakery Puffins cereal… I need to try this Snackimals cereal! I’m not a fan of soggy cereal. I prefer mine crunchy!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I have a feeling I’ll have to toughen up when I get married, too! It seems like most men like it cold…Maybe I should make that a criteria when I start dating my next boyfriend…”Are you cold blooded or warm blooded?” Haha

  • Lillian_SeizeTheLatte

    OMIGOD. Cereal and bacon in the same day sound amazing! (I love both cereal and bacon to the moon and back, so the mere title of this post made me do a happy dance.) The fact that there’s an entire restaurant devoted to bacon makes me think I should book a trip to Boise soon. Foodie tourism? Yes please. :)

    My temperature wars are with my blast-furnace-on-legs husband, who likes the house to be frigid at all times because he radiates heat better than any space heater I’ve ever encountered. I, by contrast, have spent my entire effing life being cold. This means we keep the temperature set waaaaay too low for my liking, but since I can always pile on more layers (whereas he can only peel off so many before he’s schvitzy and scantily clad), this was the best treaty we could reach. If I lived somewhere warm where I could go outside to thaw, this might be a better situation — but alas, DC just keeps me cold. Brrrr.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Umm, I’m totally in favor of a foodie tourism trip to Boise! I’ll meet you for a bacony brunch ANY time! <3

  • Dave

    I must add that bacon ,an olive and a pepper was added to the usual Bloody Mary celery stick. It was amazing.

  • Natalie @ Lift,Sleep,Eat

    Wow a restaurant with that much bacon..looks amazinggg! 😀 I saw that snackimal cereal when I was in L.A…I was so tempted but I didn’t have room in my case snif!! Eating cereal with milk definitely has to be a quick process; nothing worse when it goes all soggy! Yack!! 67 degrees is boiling hot in the UK haha, I’d probably be walking around yours in shorts and a tshirt lol..weird how our bodies get accustomed to different temperatures!
    As a kid I LOVED pizza fingers & chicken dippers + turkey dinosaurs + potato smiley faces..so many cute things..haven’t had any in yearsss though; I have friends who occasionally have a “kiddie” meal where they’ll literally just buy loads of stuff they loved in their childhood and have it for their dinner one night.

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    What cereal DON’T I like? I’m pretty sure Honey Nut Cheerios were always a good go-to, but even as a kid, I always wanted to try whatever was ‘new.’ We went through Blueberry Morning phases, and when Raisin Bran Crunch first came out, I remember wanting that all the time. Cracklin’ Oat Bran should really just be called crack, and Raisin Nut Bran was delicious simply for those little nutty yogurty thingamajigs. Of course, Lucky Charms is probably the all time favorite. We never had just one type though, as ours is a family of ‘mixers,’ meaning there are always multiple boxes open at once!

    Holy bejeezus, that restaurant is enough to make me give up on vegan [slash] vegetarianism.

  • http://twitter.com/SloanePitman Sloane Pitman

    My sister and I BATTLE with the thermostat. She’s so hot blooded, and I’m always freezing. I ended up having to get a space heater for my bedroom this winter, and like you, did copious amounts of coffee, oatmeal, and tea for breakfast while wearing lots of layers.
    I love cereal. Seriously I haven’t met a kind I didn’t like. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was my favorite growing up, and I also loved Cap’n Crunch! Lately I’ve been on a kashi/honey bunches of oats/cheerios kick. I mix em all together and melt some almond butter and slice a banana to put on top. So delicious. That Bacon place looks killer (if not only for the bloody mary’s!) Have a great week, gorgeous!

  • runwithspoons

    I’d have to say that one of the best parts about living on my own is being able to set the thermostat to whatever temperature I want. Despite being Canadian, I’m a complete wimp when it comes to the cold so I need things to be nice and toasty at home.

    And I can’t even tell you how much a post [half] devoted to cereal makes me smile. I absolutely adore the stuff, and while I haven’t really come across many cereals that I don’t like, I’d have to say that my favorite right now is either Kashi Cinnamon Harvest or Cinnamon Toast Crunch – this girl likes her cinnamon 😉 I usually like to eat my cereal with yogurt for breakfast, but if I’m just snacking then I’ll use milk sometimes because I find it just makes the cereal taste a lot different… in a good way. That and sometimes soggy cereal is just the way to go.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I think crunchy vs soggy depends on the cereal for me! I usually like crunchy but some cereals, like Captain Crunch, I love super soggy! Ah now I want cereal!

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Haha, I feel you on the thermostat! My whole family like cooler temperatures and I’m all about the heat! It drives them nutty most of the time.
    I’m actually not the biggest cereal fan, I like oatmeal and kashi cinnamon cereal, but that’s about it. No clue why that is! Guess it just doesn’t fill me up enough. And I hate (all) milk taste/texture with a burning passion. Unless it’s mixed with cocoa powder or put into baking.
    And yay to not living by rules anymore, I’m currently trying out that route and it’s really tough to change that thinking pattern, but I’m going to keep on trying!
    Love you!xox

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Ok, snackimals makes cereal now?? That is amazing and sad at the same time because it’s not GF! I was just talking with my mom about cereal the other day! I actually gave up eating cereal with milk a few years ago and now occasionally will have dry chex when my tummy hurts but generally don’t eat it. But my freshman year of college, Special K Vanilla Almond was my jam! I used to blow through boxes of that stuff. And my sweet cereal fave as a kid was Lucky Charms, but like you, I never got the chance to eat it. And I can’t believe there is a bacon restaurant! I have to admit that kind of freaks me out since I love pigs and don’t eat pork products but it sounds like it was a fun brunch! So glad you are letting yourself have stuff now 😉 xoxo

  • Feeedingbb

    I have temperature wars with my mom too. Like yours she likes it low and drops it down over night! All your eats look delicious, I am loving the way that egg white bake looks!

  • http://twitter.com/CookingQuidnunc Cooking Quidnunc

    ok that bacon place looks like HEAVEN!

  • Sophia

    My heart and prayers go out to all of Boston- it was truly such a cruel and inhumane act. My family didn’t have a lot of cereal but I did like sultana bran flakes and bran straws lol I was odd apparently. We had toast, crepe, boiled egg or porridge more often but I need and still enjoy crunch in my cereal :) That bacon has made me curious- I’ve only had prosciutto and I’ve never seen crispy bacon before! Love Sophia

  • Kim Lee

    I’m with you and I’m always cold! Bacon looks like an absolutely amazing place with some amazing food…wish there was one near me!

  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel

    is it weird I don’t like milk in my cereal? I rather just eat it as a snack …

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLoves2Run JessieLovesToRun

    Ha Ha Ha, I couldn’t help but laugh at the story w/ the thermostat. My mom is the EXACT same way as yours, and I am the exact same way as you! Every time I visit my mom already knows it’s about to get a bit too warm for her liking =)

    & I think I would visit Boise just so I could eat at that awesome restuarant.

    Favorite Cereal: Anything fruity
    I despise soggy cereal, which is prob why I only use a tiny tiny bit of milk

  • Sally

    I’m glad our wars are just about temperature! haha! I’m blessed to the relationship I have with you! As always, I loved reading this post. So fun!! xo

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin

    For cereal, it definitely depends on the type – sometimes I like it to sit for a while and get mushy and sometimes like it super crunchy! I looooved cinnamon toast crunch as a kid but would HATE when it got soggy!

  • coco

    I have this temperature war with everyone in the house but since I’m the “boss”, I put it as I wish. hahah..!

    I like crispy cereal so always with milk or yogurt to be eaten right away.

    I don’t have memory of childhood food… yes, I know… depressing.

    I want some bloody mary now!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kissmybroccoli Heather Powers

    Confession: I was about to bow down to your bacon genius when I first saw your cereal bowl pic because I mistook the brown rice crisps for crumbled bacon! I was like daaaaaang! Lol I seriously would have been ALL over that candied bacon strip! Love me some sweet and salty action! YUM!

    I live alone so I always keep my casa at about 74, but the man-friend always complains whenever he’s over…and I always complain when I go to his house! Doesn’t matter what the weather is like, every time I go over there, I always pack my sweats, a hoodie, and wool socks! Bahaha!

    Favorite cereal as a kid was Lucky Charms. Favorite cereal now? Oh man, that’s a toughie…it would be hard to decide between Life, Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls (which are basically the same thing), and Cascadian Farm’s Heart Morning Fiber (sounds like old people cereal, but I promise, it’s delish!)

    My cereal HAS to be and STAY crunchy…which is why I usually opt for yogurt instead of milk, but as a kid it was always the moo juice and I always lapped up that bowl afterward!

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