This past weekend my entire family gathered at my parent’s house for our yearly “Remix”. This unique family celebration came about because we were all in need of a weekend full of laughter, lots of sugar, and little sleep somewhere between our Christmas celebration at Labor Day and our annual camp-out over the 4th of July.
Since we invented the holiday, we decided to invent our own traditions too – and thus our annual Iron Chef competition was born.
The secret ingredient is announced in advance and everyone is welcome to bring as many entries as they wish.
This year’s secret ingredient was cereal.
As always, there were many amazing entries –
My sister Sandy’s kids went above and beyond to create a masterpiece. Surely you remember the Rice Krispie sculpture of William Tell from three years ago?
This year they made a giant cereal bowl out of cereal complete with a cereal spoon!
Oh no! These kids decided that a special bowl needed a special cereal – so they invented 2 kinds.
The first was Uncle Rod’s Adventure cereal. Uncle Rod loves cereal. Especially sugared cereal. Since his favorite part of the cereal is the toys inside – they decorated an empty cereal box and filled it with plastic baggies full of plastic adventure toys!
But the second kind of cereal was my all-time favorite. Why? Because they named it for me!
It even had my picture on the front!
But the best part was what was inside!
I opened the recycled cereal box and pulled out a plastic bag that looked like it was full of Cheerios. But – as I kept pulling, I discovered the cereal was just a disguise.
The bottom of the bag was full of mini chocolate candy bars!
One of the kids called out, “Because Aunt Melinda is always hiding her chocolate!”
Those kids know we too well!
Not that I would ever dream of hiding my chocolate at the bottom of a box of organic cereal! 🙂
But I did keep the box – just in case!