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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Food Quirks

My food quirks might be a problem. I don't think I can ever yell at Nico for his weird obsessions with certain foods. I am the pickiest eater. I think I have always been. My dad used to hate going to McDonald's because I would only eat a plain cheeseburger and he hated waiting while they made it. I only like cheese pizza so when we are out ordering, I am the pain in the butt reason why we have one that is half whatever and half cheese. I hate when people say, "Can't you just take the pepperoni off?" Yuck. That taste seeps through. Anyway, I am picky but there are certain foods that are on my "have to have" list.

Scrambled eggs (1 egg and 1/4 egg beaters) with a little bit of cheese.
Green Tea
Nachos with Baked Tostito chips and Target brand reduced fat cheese (BEST reduced fat cheese. It melts like regular cheese)
Swanson's Chicken broth, Minute Rice Microwave Cups and Asiago Cheese (fastest bowl of soup that tastes like my mom's homemade)
Lean Cuisine's Spinach and Artichoke Panini (I know they are going to come out that this isn't as good for you as they say because it is so good.)
95% Fat Free Microwave Kettlecorn (I know they are going to say this is full of fat someday)
Apples and Chunky Peanut Butter

Quirks that fade in and out:
Turkey Melt Sandwiches
Celery and Cheddar Cheese Spread
Kellogg's Vanilla Almond Cereal
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies (only because if I make them, I eat all of them so I don't make them very often)

Quirks that once were but were discontinued or too hard to find:
Wild Cherry Clearly Canadian
FrankenBerry Cereal
Swiss Creme Soda
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate (but only Marshmallow Lovers). I can get this at regular stores but my Target stopped selling it.

The three reasons and latest obsessions for why I think this might be a problem are:

Strawberries and Baker's Dipping Chocolate
Starbuck's Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Black Cherry Propel (which is hard to find in the six packs)

Yesterday it became very clear that I am obsessed with these three. I practically burst into tears when Leo surprised me with a Starbucks (and went out of his way to get it for me) after the night I had. It was so freaking good and I instantly felt like I could tackle the morning and all it brought with all of the kids here and on no sleep. Then I lit into Tommy because he and his friend snuck some of my Propels in the basement with them. I have about 100 juice boxes and 10 cases of pop but instead they sneak those. I asked Tommy why he didn't ask first and he said, "Because you would have said no." Nice. After the lecture about if you know my answer would be no, then don't take it because when you get caught, you'll be in trouble, I realized I am that weird mom of our friends growing up that wouldn't let us have the good stuff when we went over to their house. Yikes! When did I become her? You know that friend, right? You'd go to their house and they would never have good snacks (I do have good snacks though. You can ask anyone that has seen my pantry.) and when you'd finally find some, they'd say, "Oh, those are my mom's. We can't have them." So, has this realization made me want to share my black cheery? No, way! I am just going to buy the easy to find berry ones and give them those. Look, I gave up Coke about a year ago and I hate the taste of water so black cherry Propel is the only thing I drink (unless you count wine, vodka or margaritas). You know it is a problem when after two days of not having them, you run out to Target at 8:30 on a Saturday night to buy strawberries and chocolate. I'm pretty sure they are the reason that I'm afraid to get in a bathing suit in a week and yet, they are like my little treat at the end of the day. Kind of like a reward for everyone still being in one piece.

This has me I the only one that is like this? Leo isn't at all and the only thing I remember my mom being like this with was Shoestring Potato Chips. I the only one willing to admit to it?


At March 20, 2011 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Heather Lynn said...

Rest easy my friend, you are NOT alone! First let's adress the Clearly Canadian...what happened to that nectar of the gods??? That stuff ROCKED! Mountain Blackberry was my obsession, but the black cherry was to die for too. I had to go digging, here is a list of distributers, maybe you can find some. I am going to hit up the local "Big Lots" with high hopes.

My DD also has to have cheese pizza and too claims if you pick it off it still tastes bad. However, I understand that theory (as much as it chides me to have to get her her own pizza because she is the only cheese eater) due to the fact that I cannot stand to have pickles on my burger. NO, you can't just pick them off because they leave pickle juice! I do like pickles, just not on my burgers.

I also love a BLT on a biscuit with nacho cheese. Yes, you read that right. Worked for a chain in West Virginia that did that and they were A-MAZ-ING!!! Seriously...yummo. No one will try them, they think I am crazy. Their loss.

When I eat Fruit Loops (which I love) I eat the same colors only on the spoon. Can't mix. LOL

I am sure there are more, but that is the jest for now. You are not alone. Maybe a little whacky, but not alone. ;)

At March 20, 2011 at 7:08 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I LOVE it!!! I hope more people comment so we aren't the minority. I don't think there is a Big Lots here.

At March 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Caramonster said...

Everyday on my way to work I must have a Sausage McMuffin and Lg. Sweet Tea. Never get sick of it and am missing it on Fridays during Lent.

When I pack a lunch for myself its frequently Peanut Butter and butter with a sprinkle of sugar on top. But only if the bread is super fresh.

Never ever jelly. Don't like jellied fruit anything, jelly,
fruit pie, kolackys,etc.

So many more... You are not alone.

At March 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I really love hearing all of these because I love that I am not alone. Every Target trip is a Caramel Hot Chocolate. Even if I already had one, it is hard to pass up.

At March 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Jen Rae said...

I LOVED black cherry clearly canadian! What a blast from the past. I can't pass up a latte, especially from Panera (or Starbucks) and their pecan knots were an obsession for a while. Chocolate kisses have been the death of me why do I keep buying them? Because I can't resist the festive packaging...I need to stay away from Target!

And since I don't live in the Chicago area anymore, I do have some items that I MUST have when I come to visit...

Portillo's Italian Beef (w/ sweet peppers & hot peppers on the side) and their french fries are the absolute best (even cold) with a side of bbq sauce.

Pizza - spinach stuffed or most any regular crust pizza (Rosati's) and cheese is always a top choice, but I do like Rosati's sausage & green pepper.

The last time I had Portillo's twice and I was only there for the weekend!!!

At April 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I LOVE that I am not alone in my food obsessions! Thanks, Jen for commenting and I don't think I could live without good pizza (Lou Malnati's is my favorite).


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