Cereal For Dinner

Cereal is something that always reminds me of being a kid again. It was such a wonderful simple pleasure and being allowed to enjoy for dinner as well was a truly memorable experience. Those kind of experiences that feel a bit naughty and yet are oh, so right.  Of course, choosing the right cereal was an extremely important task back then. Sure, the flavors mattered and, of course, the number of colors present, but the real decision-maker was the prize inside. I still remember my mother asking me, “Really? You’ve never like cocoa cereal before. Are you sure?” Oh… I was sure. Inside that box was the most amazing treasure one could ever hope to receive. Well, at least, in that particular moment, and when meticulously compared to all the other options present that day. Yes, it had to be that one. My mother was a saint for being willing to stand in the cereal aisle for so many wasted minutes while I perused each and every offering. I can only hope she realizes it was totally worth it.

I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to repeat myself with these stories, like that uncle at a family reunion. Though, many of you probably weren’t around when I started all of this so you might have missed some things. If that’s the case, then I should direct you to these musings on Raisin Bran as well as my thoughts on cereal for dinner. Mostly because I’ve no idea what else to say about this topic in this immediate moment. I’ll regale you instead with what’s happening right now. Philippe made apple cake and just served me a slice. I have just a sip of wine left over and the entire experience is wonderful and overwhelming. It’s like adult cereal. And yeah, it’s really that good! And just when I thought my rambles couldn’t be any more rambling, this happens. But that’s exactly the way I think life should be lived. Finding the fun in every little second, no matter how stupid it seems. This is how you can turn every ordinary moment into extraordinary. Just get caught up in it like a child. You’ll never be sad again.

And also, I should note that if you happen to pay attention to the menu for this site, you’ll see a new link called “Shop.” I’ve not launched a brand new line of products… just yet… but I have created a shop of all of the products I use and love. Why? These are affiliate links so if you happen to buy something, I get a little commission, and you don’t pay a penny more! This is an effort on my part to help Doodlewash continue to grow and thrive. It’s no longer a blog, but a thriving community of watercolor artists. Each little feature I’m adding that you request costs money, so this is a way to hopefully offset some of those fees. Thanks a million for your support! Not simply of me, but of an idea that’s so much bigger than me. The thought that we, together, can make a community that’s built for artists by the artists themselves. It’s been my dream to build this from the beginning, but the precise community that I’m building is your dream in the end. You’ve walked the paths and I’m simply building the sidewalks to accommodate them properly. For Doodlewash Club, I want it to feel like we’re a bunch of kids again, having a blast, and getting to choose the best prizes. Like those amazing days, not really so long ago, when we felt the thrill of having cereal for dinner.

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34 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I don’t know how you manage to think of something to say every day, and even if you discuss the same thing, I bet you put a new spin on it. Hooray for the shop. Now I was just thinking today, that I HAD to stop buying art supplies. But I HAVE to support Doodlewash don’t I? How can my husband object to funds spend for art supplies that help fund this site. I mean …winner, winner!

    • Suklin Chang 2 months ago

      That’s true. I thought of the same thing. Charlie has lots to say and I can relate very well since we might have gone through the same childhood.???

  2. Teri Casper 2 months ago

    I love your attitude of fun! That shop sounds way too interesting 😄

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Teri!! 😃💕 Yeah, I got super excited and purchased lots of costly features. I figured I shop was a must so Philippe doesn’t divorce me! LOL

  3. I used to love cereal for dinner too! And I’m addicted to art supplies! There is no need involved anymore. It is all about want.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yay to that! 😃💕 hehe… yeah…. art supplies are a rather healthy addiction though. I support you! Lol

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    You continue to grow opportunities here at Doodlewash, Charlie. You have an amazing vision for creating a safe place for artists to share. I’ve enjoyed following you for more than a year, each day a few minutes solace of art and thoughts. As for breakfast for dinner – oh yes, the best idea ever!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks, Shari! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m really trying to create something unique and special. It’s rare to find places that are this inclusive and so needed!

  5. Linda Murray 2 months ago

    What a delight when I read your comments, Charlie! Breakfast for dinner-yum! That has worked for me, too. Same as popcorn, for dinner. I just call them my lazy nights. It’s too funny because hubby and I were just discussing the memories of all the different cereals when we were growing up. And yes, our choice was based on what prize was offered in that box at that particular time! It was a battle with 3 brothers and me, being the only girl, with who got the toy. Oh, the good old days. Thanks for the trip back in time, Charlie! Love your painting 😁

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda!! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled this brought back good memories!

  6. Sharon Mann 2 months ago

    A yummy cereal bite, well done! I love cereal anytime. Thanks for mentioning your shop. Now I’ll go see what I want and buy!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I love cereal as well!! And thanks, Sharon in advance for your support!!😃💕 It really helps pay for all these crazy features I keep added. 😊 I’m addicted to making this place awesome for artists!!!

  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 months ago

    I liked the lines that you have walked. And i accommodate you simply.
    This is the defth of story .nice.

  8. Thomas Blanchard 2 months ago

    I’m not a big cereal eater but I did enjoy your cereal aisle story 🙂 I’ll check out the shop!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 If you don’t like anything there, just buy whatever you like, of course… It still helps! I just can’t stop adding features to our site!! 😊lol

  9. Amy Lamp 2 months ago

    This was a delightful image to see when I opened the page — love all of those details in the flakes. My favorite was Smurf Berry Crunch. I also liked Lucky Charms, but only for the marshmallows.

    The new shop is great! I’m now totally sidetracked from my to-do list by Jean Haines’ loose and expressive work 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Amy! 😃💕 Yay to Smurf anything!! LOL And yeah… Jean Haines is amazing. She’s definitely one I recommend!

  10. Ellie 2 months ago

    No matter if you repeat a few stories, Charlie! They always come with a fresh twist and a wonderful painting. (And I’m sort of like that doddering aunt who can’t remember anything, anyway!) And thanks for the Shop section!! You know I adore the sepia ink and have been wondering where you get it – waterproof!!! Also, I’ll definitely be ordering several of the books. (You also once mentioned that you took at Craftsy class and learned a bit about perspective and foreshortening. Which was that?) So glad that I get to be a part of this wonderful Doodlewash community. Now I might go have breakfast for lunch. I guess that’s just brunch, isn’t it? ( :

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 And yay! Glad you liked the shop! The class is from Stephanie Bowers … book as well. She said things that I hadn’t known before and I still remember the feeling of thinking, Wow!! Awesome!!

  11. Clare Willcocks 2 months ago

    Add affiliate links to your heart’s content! It’s good to know what products you like, and if people are going to buy them anyway, why not help you earn a little money to keep doodlewash going!

    This is a great painting of your cereal – I’m curious, did you sit there with your spoon in one hand and paints in the other?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks, Clare! 😃💕 Yeah, I figure affiliate links are just a win win since it doesn’t add to the price at all. And my crazy schemes are getting pricey! LOL As for food paintings… they’re always from a photo. I can’t stand to let good food go uneaten. 😊

  12. Kaye Boggs 2 months ago

    shopping? without leaving home? I’m IN, Charlie

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe!! Yay!! 😃💕 Yeah, I agree… that’s the best kind of shopping of all! hehe

  13. Sandra Gilbert 2 months ago

    Ooh, I love cereal for dinner and I so remember all the cool prizes that used to be in cereal. You are right, it was quite the decision to pick the right one. 🙄

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I know, right?! It’s like you had one shot to get just the right cereal with the perfect prize! hehe Fun times! 😃💕

  14. Yvonne Reeder 2 months ago

    Omgosh! Just this week i had started to send a message to You to ask about affiliate links and got interrupted and lost it, never to get back to it. Very cool!!

    Honey Nut Cheerios
    Capt’n Crunch Peanut Butter
    Yummmmmmmy !! 😆

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yay! Thanks, Von! 😃💕 Yeah, the affiliate links really help in keeping all this Doodlewash stuff going, so thanks in advance!! My dreams are getting a little costly… LOL…. but I’m determined to make the best site ever for us all! (and yay to Honey Nut Cheerios! LOVE!)

    • Elizabeth Metz 2 months ago

      Have you tried the (not even remotely healthy for you) Reece’s Peanut Butter cereal?

      Candy in a bowl. Or by the handful, in this house.

      (I can’t even buy Capt’n Crunch PB, or it’s gone in a flash. Maybe I’ll grab some as *drawing reference*….) 😀

      • Yvonne Reeder 2 months ago

        Omgosh – that cereal sounds decadent!! 😍❤️

      • Elizabeth Metz 2 months ago

        Oh, girl. You have no idea.

        It’s like sugary crack. Not even kidding.

        And so, sooooo worth every sugar rush it gives. 😀

  15. Elizabeth Metz 2 months ago

    That texture! ::swoon::

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