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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Cereal

My life in appalachia - Cereal

Remember Tony the Tiger? He helped raise me and Paul. Well not really but for 2 picky eaters cereal was part of our daily diets. Whenever our picky palates refused what was so lovingly laid on the table we were directed to the cabinet above Pap’s tool drawer, where Cheerios and Frosted Flakes lived on the shelf beside the soda crackers. My love affair with cereal may have started when Granny first sliced bananas into my Cheerios to win over my finicky eyes.

Comfort foods are usually dishes we go to when we’re feeling under the weather or have a craving for tastes that make us feel good. For me that means things like: Granny’s soup, soup beans and cornbread, cheese toast, and cereal.

As Paul and I are fast approaching middle age-we’re both still cereal lovers. I eat at least 2 bowls of cereal every day. It’s somehow a great comfort to know if I run out I can walk to his house to get some.

Are you a cereal eater? If so do you drink the milk? I do.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    Rick Shepherd
    October 10, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning Tipper…..As usual, I enjoy your posts to help start my day….Here’s one fo you to try…..I was at Ingles about a month ago, hungry fo some Cheerios…..But instead of buying the regular popular brand, I tried a box of Laura Lynn’s brand Cheerios….I’m hooked, I like them better than the regular Cheerios I was raised on…..I like fruit of all kinds on mine too….Blueberries, peaches or bananas…..Laura Lynn’s has honey in it but once in a while I add real maple syrup….When it’s cold I cook oatmeal and put the same things in it, especially maple syrup, it’s better than honey for older people or if you have gout or diabetes….I do like apple cider vinegar and honey for a tasty tonic daily……Enjoy your day!

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    Lisa Misener
    May 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    My husband has a very passionate love affair with cereal. That’s one of the main staples we HAVE to keep on hand. I’d settle for fried bacon and eggs everyday but my honey has to have his cereal (and milk). I always save the milk from my cereal for my little dog, Tu-Tu.

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    Robert Loftis
    February 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Oh Yeah Tipper.we eat cereal at least onmce a week here.but the milk is gonr when the cereal is gone.none to drink

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    February 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I do love cereal, but I prefer Frosted Flakes with my banana chunks. LOL
    No, I don’t drink the milk, it’s too sweet from the cereal for me. But my son and husband do.

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    February 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I was definitely not a cold cereal kid, intensely disliking the texture as it turns all mushy like wet rags when hit with milk. Instead, from a small child on, I breakfasted for decades (and still do), on toast and coffee. Although I do love bacon, eggs, grits or hashbrowns, biscuits and sausage gravy on occasion (when someone else cooks it – LOL).
    God bless.

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    David Templeton
    February 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    My opinion: Of the dozens of cereals and breakfast foods, Frosted Flakes is the very best of all. And the milk left in the bowl: dessert at breakfast time (of course, I eat cereal at all times … not just at breakfast).
    Breakfast throughout most of my childhood, though, was biscuits and gravy … we were so poor.

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    February 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I always liked cereal. Really didn’t matter although, I liked the kind that didn’t have sugar best. Overheard my wife tell Momma once, “That boy will just about eat anything, he don’t seem to care.”

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    February 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Mom would give us cereal for breakfast once in a blue moon, but mostly we ate it for a snack before bedtime.
    I never did put milk on pre-sweetened cereals, just things like shredded wheat and corn flakes, and I never cared for the sugared milk left over in the bowl.
    I still have a hard time thinking of cereal as breakfast food, and cook breakfast every day. Once in a while I get a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for snacktime though!

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    February 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    My favorite cereal in milk is frosted flakes too. But I often
    have the little bales of hay,
    as long as they’re powder coated.
    My feists have acquired an
    appetite for the mini wheats.
    Just as Martini said “I have to”
    share, they expect it…Ken

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    February 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Bob-so glad you like the Blind Pig and the music. Since the player is from a 2nd party site-I don’t have any control over it-other than picking the songs. Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon!!!

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    dolores barton
    February 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

    We still eat cereal almost daily -one day dry and the next oatmeal. We don’t soak it in milk, therefore, all the milk is gone when we are finished. However, we try to avoid the sugared cerals due to our age, but well remember how great they tasted. Now we look for how much fiber there is. Great memories!

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    February 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

    We almost never got cold cereal growing up. Mother said that’s what made her sister’s kids fat! I always suspected though it was because she didn’t have the money to buy it. I never eat it now, but my daughter ate it a lot. When she came home from bootcamp that was one of the first thing she wanted–they wouldn’t let them have it there– said it would make them fat!!

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    February 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Oatmeal for breakfast as a child. Having popular cold cereals was a big treat. Now breakfast is Shredded Wheat. I drink some of the cereal milk and the dogs and cat get the rest in their bowls. I “have to” do this because they stare at me while I eat breakfast, waiting for their treat.

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

    We grew up with post toasties and cheerios and i still like them. I also now eat oatmeal with vanilla yogurt and a little honey added to it.

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Well weren’t you the lucky ones! Sugar Frosted Flakes! Growing up we only had “grown up” cereal because my dad ate it too. So when I got married and had the girls, they didn’t get fun cereal either. Except at Christmas when I would buy Dirt his favorite and a box for each of the girls of what they thought would be their favorite.

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I love your blog Tipper, I prefer cherrios, especially with bananas. But Corn flakes with Tony are something I had forgot about!
    Yep! Good ol’ Tony the Tiger!
    I love your vocabulary tests too, I learn so much from you.
    Smiles, Cyndi

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    Ed Ammons
    February 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Ed-I always have skim milk too.
    As a child that’s all there was. Real milk doesn’t come homogenized so when you let it chill the cream separates and rises to the top. You have to skim off the cream to get to the milk. So before modern times skim milk was all there was. Unless you drank it warm, right from the cow.
    Whole milk and even 2% or 1/2 % tastes sweet and sticky to me.
    Besides God made cream to make whipped cream or butter out of. Right?

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Linda-I have heard of cracker soup-but never tried it myself : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Darlene LaRoche
    February 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Growing up as kids, store bought cereal was a special treat ( there were 9 of us kids) and it was the regular corn flakes, breakfast was oatmeal or fried eggs and toast, though on the weekends mom would make biscuits and gravy, fried apples, fried pork chops or ham slices. What I wouldn’t give to have one of mom’s made from scratch buttermilk biscuits topped with her homemade apple butter.

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    Gary Powell
    February 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I often have a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast because they are supposed to be healthy, and I do drink the milk out of the bowl. But I like to eat Frosted Flakes or Golden Crisp, used to be Sugar Crisp, dry as a snack.

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    i am nor a big fan of cereal although we had cheerios,cornflakes. and shredded wheat at my childhood home–and if I did have to eat it I filled the bowl so like Ed it would become soggy but my favorite breakfast as a child and quite frankly I eat it often as an adult was cracker soup? Do you know what that is?

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I prefer cereal as evening snack. Growing up there was only cornflakes and oatmeal with neither my favorite, but my Dad loved both as he had been cereal deprived. I also remember cornmeal mush..a memory almost forgotten.

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    Ron Banks
    February 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

    We always have some kind of cereal around our house. It is a good go to food when you just can’t fiqure out what else you want. I like Honey Nut Cheerios. As a teenager I was a Frosted Flake eater but find them a bit too sweet now. My comfort food would be breakfast as in biscuits & gravy with eggs and bacon, I can eat it anytime. A close second would be oatmeal with brown sugar diced apples and cranberries. Dang I’m hungry again!
    Oh yeah, I always drink the milk too.

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    Uncle Al
    February 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Oh yes, we’re cereal lovers. Had my bran flakes with some blue berries this morning and drank the milk from the bowl when I couldn’t find anymore flakes.
    Also love cheese toast and banana sandwiches.

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

    we still eat these same cereals, corn flakes or cheerios with bananas, we love both. bob eats wheaties, i don’t care for them. love rice krispies but have not had any of them in a while. these three are our main cereal with oatmeal once a day. the other cereals taste good but are to full of sugar.

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    B. Ruth
    February 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I faced a finicky eater one morning…“I said, Eggs?“ NO! “Pancakes? “ NO ! “Cereal!“ NOPE! “Have it your way, but I’m having “doughnut seeds”, as I reached and filled two bowls.. “Those aren’t “doughnut seeds,” said the finicky eater. ”Who told you that?” I said. These “doughnut seeds” make you feel yummy in the tummy , it’s like you ate a 1000 doughnuts! “When I was a little girl, I saved two seeds every day from my bowl, to throw in the yard on my way to the bus stop!” Why? “Because if you are very lucky and the birds don’t get them, they will grow into a doughnut bush! “ You don’t plant them you just toss them, that’s the magic!”…“Did you grow one.“ he said …“Not yet, but someday, because my Grandmothers, great grandmothers cousins aunt, said it happened in her yard! So I keep tryin’ and eatin’ my “doughnut seeds“!…By that time he was eating his Cherrios and laughing, saving two seeds by his bowl to throw in the yard on the way to school!
    We eat Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat and “doughnut seeds….
    Thanks for a great post,

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    Pat in east TN
    February 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I like cereal too, and usually mix two different kinds together, with a banana and maybe peaches and some berries from my garden. As for drinking milk, nope, no way. I just get what I need on my cereal.

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Tipper I’m a Frosty Flake man myself, and when we were growing up cereal was a real treat , oatmeal was the norm for breakfast at our house and I drink the milk too, and eat my bananas last with the milk. thanks for bringing back memories.

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    Karen Larsen
    February 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I do like cereal (not the love affair you have with it!). This a.m. I put dry Cheerios over vanilla yogurt and sliced a banana on it and drizzled some real maple syrup over top. I do this same routine with dry oatmeal oats instead of Cheerios, too.

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    Joe Mode
    February 15, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I have eaten organic oatmeal at work for years now. Simple and quick.

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    February 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

    My favorite cereals when I was growing up were: Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Cheerios. I had to have bananas sliced into all of those cereals or I would not eat them. My dad always liked Corn Flakes, so in my head, I always considered them to be an “adult food” and I would refuse to eat them! i always refused to drink the milk after I finished eating the cereal because the little bits of cereal floating in it grossed me out. Weird, I know.
    Even though I do still like cereal, I very seldom eat it now.

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    Ed Myers
    February 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I was the weird one of my family (in many ways), as I always preferred my cereal without sugar and with skim milk, the latter because it didn’t leave the sour taste on my tongue that richer milk always did.
    Now, for breakfast, I often have the standard of standards…Cheerios…or steel cut oats simmered with fruit and milk.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Tipper, I like cereal but it isn’t usually one of my comfort foods. When I eat cereal I like to mix two kinds, maybe raisin bran and granola. Then I put some sugar, fruit (apple, banana, etc) then some pecans on top then the milk. It’s a production. lol
    I try to eat it before it gets soggy cause I like it crisp. This may be more information than you wanted but it’s the way I do it.
    My comfort foods are mashed potatoes, eggs, peanut butter and ice cream.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    February 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Hey Tipper: I just finished a bowl of Puffs cereal with lots of milk but NO BANANA TODAY! Only on the days I swim (MWF)do I ‘treat’ myself to dry cereal. Other days it might be HOT OATMEAL – which was my mother’s favorite breakfast in ALL seasons!
    I HOPE SPRING IS COMING TO WARREN! The Robins arrived in my backyard yesterday! I wish they ate moles instead of worms! Yuk!
    Eva Nell

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    Mary Shipman
    February 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

    My grandfather always ate Cheerios for his ‘second breakfast’ after the milking and other chores were done. We had a bowlful too. That is the only ‘cold cereal’ I remember growing up. I still keep Cheerios on hand. Like Ed, I want mine soggy and I do drink the milk.

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    Mike McLain
    February 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I normally have Cheerios on workdays and I do drink the milk out of the bowl.

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    Patty Hall
    February 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Yes, I grew up on Cheerios and CornFlakes! I love a big bowl of Corn flakes with bananas, fresh or canned peaches,even walnuts and raisins! And Idrink the milk. When I was pregnant with one of my chldren, can’t remember which, I craved corn flakes and fruit cocktail. I would sit down with a large bowl full most every day. I don’t like the sugary cereal and I dont’ add sugar to the Cheerios or Corn Flakes. Now I’m hungry and I have neither!

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    Donna W
    February 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Cheerios and banana: One of my favorite breakfasts, and I do drink the milk. When I was a little kid, I thought “Cheerios” meant any kind of cereal. My husband does not care for cereal at all. I guess that’s because his mom never bought it.

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    Ed Ammons
    February 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I don’t always eat cereal but when I do I eat El salvado con pasas. I cut a banana in the bowl first. I eat my way around the bananas so there are some left when I drink the milk. Gives it a banana flavor. I never have cereal for breakfast and I like mine soggy.

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    Jessica Puckett
    February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Oh yes Tipper, I love cereal as well! I drink the milk too! Growing up, it was usually Cheerios or Cornflakes. As an adult, my favorite is Cocoa Krispies. Now, I buy a whole variety of cereals for my growing boys and teenage daughter who out eats them all. Usually it is whatever is on sale because they will go through a box in about a day. But, I always keep my Cocoa Krispies hidden under my bed. That is my special treat for myself, and I usually eat it at night. This makes me think of a story I wanted to share. Once, the smallest of my big brood was sick. As I sat with him in my lap, I asked him if there was anything he would like his momma to make him to eat. He replied “A bowl of that chocolate cereal under your bed.” I couldn’t help but laugh. Of course I made him a bowl, and one for me too. The sweetest thing about it was when I asked my oldest son the next day if he knew about my secret cereal. He grinned and said,”Yes momma, we all know. But, you never get nothing for yourself, so we would never eat it.” Over the years, it has become the source of many jokes in my family now, the chocolate cereal under my bed 🙂

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