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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
Bacon is all about the B’s: breakfast, bistro, bloody mary’s, and of course….bacon!
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.
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.
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.
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!
She owned that thing!
We made sure to sneak in several extra servings of liquid veggies—you know, to keep the meal balanced.
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.
This post was part of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jenn!
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….