2 1/2 minute Cream of Wheat, 3 Hour Pancakes and a Happy Mom

I’m not sure if overfriendly, talkative grocery employees are just part of being in the South or the fact that I usually buy a boatload of food, but the cashier or the bag boy/girl usually strike up a conversation about the food I am buying.  Have you ever had that happen?  Store employees commenting on your food choices?  It happens to me all the time?? 

Recently, the nice cashier lady was scanning my groceries, the bag boy was picking up the food items and commenting….  He gets to the box of cream of wheat that I bought and said, “Ohh, Wow, Cream of Wheat.  I love this stuff!  The checkout lady says… “Yeah, me too.  The only problem is that it takes way to long to cook.  I don’t ever have that much time.” 

My daughter thows me a “Is she serious?” look.  The ironic thing was that I was buying the cream of wheat as a “quickie” breakfast.  After all, the box does say it takes 2 and a half minutes!  Maybe I don’t know how fast breakfast can really be?  Maybe I torture myself unnecessarily with hours and hours of cooking?

The cream of wheat conversation lasted few minutes as we delved into how we like our cream of wheat:  sugar and butter, maple syrup and strawberries… peaches and cream  …etc… etc. 

We left the store with our groceries and commented how funny it was that we considered Cream of Wheat a fast convenience food when others considered it time consuming.   Anything is quicker and more convenient than our 3 hour breakfast last week when I decided to make a new pancake recipe which I had to quadruple!  Those were good pancakes…but the time and cleanup were the price I paid for such delicious food!  My tip was the rave reviews from the 8 bellies who appreciated all the time and effort to prepare such a yummy breakfast. 

Cooking is time consuming.  I often have to correct my incorrect thinking when I’m tempted to think I’m  “wasting my time” cooking, cleaning and serving.  It’s a never ending, messing job around here but it’s vital to the health and well-being of my home.  

Whether it be making 2 and a half minute Cream of Wheat or 3 hour pancakes, I’m constantly putting myself back on the path of striving to be a happy mom whose heart takes great delight in the time consuming work of homemaking. 

Happy Homemaking Today!


3 comments on “2 1/2 minute Cream of Wheat, 3 Hour Pancakes and a Happy Mom

  1. Too long to make!!! WOW! Convenience food is taking on a new definition. 🙂
    What kind of pancakes did you make this time?

  2. The cashier was probably thinking of the old-fashioned Cream of Wheat that takes about 10-15 minutes to cook. It does taste better than the quick-cook type, but you have to stand at the stove and stir.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Do you know if it is in a red box too?  I’d be interested in trying it out. 

      There is a huge difference in the instant stuff (like instant grits) and the regular stuff— We like the longer cooking stuff over the instant. 

      Thanks Mimi—  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year….

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