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Ending Hunger, One Bowl of Oatmeal at a Time (updated below)

Ending Hunger, One Bowl of Oatmeal at a Time (updated below)

January 12, 2009

Every single morning Miles, my newly turned 4 yr old, eats instant Quaker oatmeal. Every. Single. Morning.

Even if I am making something else for breakfast like waffles or pancakes or omelettes (oh, shut up it does so happen) he insists on having his bowl of oatmeal first. “Just a widdle snack!” he says.

So when I was contacted about blogging about Quaker oatmeal and their campaign to end hunger, I thought how could I say no. Their goal is to give 1 million people a healthy bowl of oatmeal. That is a lot of people. And a lot of oatmeal. Probably as much oatmeal as I buy in a year.

For participating I have been given 2 coupons to give to two commenters for some oatmeal, as well as a case of oatmeal to go to my local food bank. I’ll pick two people at random from the comment section to send the coupons to. They are going to send them to you directly so you don’t have to wait for me to mail them to you. Because that would happen, uh, never.

But the best part? The reason I said yes to doing this, the blogger that gets the most comments on their post will receive $5000 for the hunger charity of their choice. So leave me a comment. I want to win because I am competitive like that.

Join the Facebook group and upload a photo of yourself with the Quaker Oats man, if you want. But, uh, you can’t deface him in anyway. Or do anything nasty with him. Not that you want do anything to the wholesome Quaker man, just sayin’. Download your own Quaker Man here.


He blows so hard that often the oatmeal goes flying across that table/. I can not tell you how much his siblings LOVE that.


What? What??? I’m just tryin’ to enjoy my oatmeal.


Mmmmmmm, no I will never grow tired of eating oatmeal for breakfast. How dare you suggest such a thing!


It’s like heaven in a bowl. Even if my mouth gets stuck together like glue.


Maybe one day I will branch out from the Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal. But not today. And probably not tomorrow either.


Wouldn’t it be great if all children, everywhere, could push back from their breakfast table, full and content?

Updated: Apparently when I agree to do things I should read better. The comments that count toward the $5000 for charity have to link to your facebook photo with the Quaker Man. Gah, I know. I know.

Posted by Chris @ 9:49 am  

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  1. Frugal Carol says:

    Yeah you!! I hope you win! Don’t pick me to win the free coupon though… we do not like oatmeal!

  2. Janet says:

    I love oatmeal…my son, not so much! Your pictures of your son so totally enjoying his oatmeal are great, I hope you win!

  3. Mardog says:

    Oatmeal for hunger, yes!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Ah, Miles sounds exactly like my nephew, always a bowl of Maple and Brown Sugar, Quaker Oatmeal for breakfast. I wish my kids would eat oatmeal, but only my husband will. What a great idea to donate to the foodbank.

  5. Kathleen says:

    I love the photos…my daughter prefers Apples and Cinnamon! It’s one of the few foods she will eat….and ONLY Apples and Cinnamon.

    Great cause!

  6. Keri says:

    I’m the 1st?! Wow! This is a great project! =)

  7. Sara says:

    We LOVE oatmeal - though my husband calls the instant kind my “candy oatmeal”. He prefers the real rolled oats - and so does my one-year-old! We eat oatmeal 2-3 times a week for breakfast, and she eats more than I do!

  8. Sally says:

    Mmm, oatmeal, I like mine with cranberries and honey.

  9. Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck says:

    My two older kids LOVE oatmeal, so we cold definitely use a coupon for some more. Fingers crossed that you win this contest, and that I get a coupon for some oatmeal! :)

  10. Aisha says:

    Whoa, when did Miles go and grow up?

    I hope you win!

  11. Sarah says:

    Yeah for Quaker! My daughter went through an oatmeal stage when she was 3. She branches out now, but my husband would gladly eat it for breakfast every day, although he likes the 20 min. Quaker oats.

  12. JulieBee says:

    I want you to win too because I LOVE your site!

  13. Haley says:

    I looove oatmeal. When I was in high school my dad said that he would cook me real oatmeal every morning before school as long as I would eat it. I like regular–not quick cook oats with brown sugar, a dash of salt, and a little milk.

  14. Heather in MN says:

    We eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast at our house. My 3 year old is just like Miles, he does not stray from oatmeal for breakfast. ever. Good luck on the contest!

  15. Alise says:

    GOOD LUCK!! Hope you win to donate to charity of your choice. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Rebecca says:

    This is awesome! I’m happy to support any means of ending hunger. plus oatmeal is my favorite breakfast too.

  17. Tiffany says:

    I have 2 kids that like oatmeal…and my oldest eats it.every.single.day.I tried to feed her frosted flakes this morning and she chose not to eat instead.We are lucky though that she will eat about any flavor except plain and just mixes a packet of plain together with a flavored one and eats it up that way. She though will not eat the oatmeal in places like cracker barrell.she says its nasty. Way to go Mr.Quaker she is stuck in love with your instant oats.LOL

    Hope you Win!!

  18. leatitia says:

    Miles is the cutest. One more comment!

  19. mosker says:

    Yeah, I have to agree with Miles on this one. I’m usually not awake enough to think about what I should have for breakfast and I almost always have oatmeal.

  20. DramaMama says:

    LOL - I used to be like that w/Cheerios! But I do love oatmeal too =) I hope you win!

  21. bessie.viola says:

    These pictures are beyond adorable. My husband, too, eats a bowl of the instant (also maple/brown sugar!) each morning. But he can be swayed for pancakes. :)

  22. exile on mom street says:

    We do a lot of bonding with the Quaker man around this kitchen…

  23. Elisha says:

    I eat Quaker Oatmeal every single weekday morning for breakfast. It’s greatness. Hope you win the contest!

  24. Meg says:

    Delurking to help you earn that $$ for charity! Both my kids ate oatmeal every morning from the time they started solid food. Both seemed to tire of it at about age 3, but it’s coming back into favor now. And I LOOOOVE oatmeal, mmmmmmm, warm and gooey!

  25. Jess says:

    I hope you get the most comments!

  26. Beth says:

    Good luck! And OMG - how cute is Miles? These pictures really show that he is not a baby anymore.

  27. Mish says:

    What an adorable face!! I hope you win!

  28. Carrie says:

    I hope you win! I agree with Miles, nothing is better than the maple and brown sugar. That one is my favorite too!!

  29. Janssen says:

    I just totally adore Miles.

  30. Katie says:

    I hope you win!

  31. Crisanne says:

    My husband and son are the oatmeal eaters in our family. They don’t eat it every day or anything obsessive like that :), but it’s nice that they have something special for just the boys.

    I do hope you win!!

  32. manogirl says:

    I’ve never liked instant oatmeal. Regular oatmeal, though, that’s a different story. That stuff is addictive.

  33. Mom on the Run says:

    My son is 5 and might be coming out of his oatmeal stage. He was partial to Banana, but would settle if only apple cinnamon was left. I hate the fact that oatmeal hardens immediately when it hits the table.

  34. Kathy from NJ says:

    I buy the store brand (half the price) and my husband has it every day. I do not eat lumpy food.

  35. Carol says:

    Your son and my daughter have something in common!

  36. Jennifer D says:

    My son eats a bowl of “O” cereal every morning as an appetizer. I know where you’re coming from. Hope you win!

  37. Meg says:

    Miles should be the new Quaker Oats spokesperson :)

  38. Adelaide Aime says:

    With all the talk about overweight Americans, we often forget that for a significant number of kids the world over the problem is not too many calories, but too few.

    Thanks, Chris, for poignantly highlighting this important and timely issue.

    Hope your blog wins the comment race!

  39. Kristin says:

    Commenting for competitiveness - that is something I can get on board with. Love your site - visit every day, even if I don’t normally comment. Makes me really want to be a mom some day. Oh come on now, don’t look so shocked.

  40. Hoosiermama says:

    Yay Quaker! I’m happy to do my part to end hunger. I have oatmeal every morning, and it’s been especially tasty on these bitter cold mornings we’ve been having lately.

  41. Wiserun says:

    I eat oatmeal almost every day, but, I regret to inform you that I eat the Raisins and Spice variety. With brown sugar added. :)

    Good luck!

  42. Jennifer says:

    We have the same table and same dishes. And we love oatmeal. Hmmm…..I hope you win!

  43. Heather says:

    Oatmeal rocks in my house! Love this campaign.

  44. Marianna says:

    I’m in York, England so I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t send me oatmeal even if you offered, but I understand competitive and I’m anti-hunger (the size of my belly confirms this) so I thought I would do my part in pushing the comments up!
    I check here daily and love your blog. Just saying!
    Marianna x

  45. Kari says:

    Good luck to all of us! My kids love oatmeal, too, though don’t eat it every day. Love the photos.

  46. Dawn - H Texas says:

    I always feel like such a great mom when I can get at least one of my five children to eat oatmeal.

  47. Ginny says:

    Great cause! My husband and I like oatmeal a lot! For me –the quick oats. For him–traditional. The kids wouldn’t know if they liked it since they have never tried it. Oatmeal is a classic! Hope ya win!

  48. Peggy says:

    What a awesome thing Quaker is doing!! I hope you win!!! Tell your son I am almost 56 and have eaten a bowl of oatmeal almost every morning since I was 3. I missed a few days when in the hospital. When going somewhere I always take my instant oatmeal with me so I can have a bowl. I love the apple cinnamon. LOL

  49. Heather (AychJE) says:

    Who knew that Miles and my grandpa would have something in common!?!? Grandpa ate Quaker oatmeal every.single.day. For YEARS! Go Miles! That’s healthy, yummy stuff! We do plain with a dollop of butter and some real maple syrup around here :-)

  50. Cindy says:

    Hope you win…

  51. Chaya says:

    That’s a great campaign on the part of Quaker Oats. Hope you win!

  52. Rachel says:

    I hope you win! Our family of four is 50/50 on oatmeal, but that’s what makes the world go ’round, right?

  53. Wendy 2 says:

    Okay, I want you to win. I don’t like oatmeal, but I guess hubby does, so if I happen to win, I will give him the coupon. What an awesome campaign.

  54. emily says:

    My little guy (about to turn 3!) loves oatmeal, too, though he’s not quite as insistent on it as Miles. My favorite is how he calls it “oak-meal”. “Mama, can I have some oak-meal for breakfast?”

  55. kelly says:

    Ironically, I was eating my morning bowl of oatmeal as I read this post. Quaker’s original instant…because I am a control freak and like to add my own brown sugar.

    I recently bought a 22 pack at Target for $4.99. You know, cuz 12 just isn’t enough.

  56. SM says:

    My kids love oatmeal! Most of the time it’s just the instant stuff, but I like to make the “real thing” once in a while. Don’t know why I bother, though, they just cover it in brown sugar until it tastes like instant!

  57. Jennifer says:

    He’s such a gorgeous kid. My own child has just delved into the world of oatmeal, and I’m thrilled. Otherwise it’s been Nutrigrain bars for breakfast for the past 2 years.

  58. Barb says:

    Such a worthy cause. And an adorable child.

  59. Barbara says:

    Delurking here to help with this great cause. Love those photos of Miles! I wish I could get my kids to eat oatmeal - look how content he looks at the end. I’d eat oatmeal if he was selling it to me! :)

  60. shannon says:

    My DH eats a bowl of oatmeal every morning as well - luckily he no longer blows any of it across the table!

  61. Evelyn says:

    I prefer the instant stuff myself :)

  62. Nicki says:

    Here’s my comment for your statistics. But don’t you send me oatmeal - I had to eat that stuff all through my childhood, sometimes even just soaked in plain water, without anything else. Brrr.

  63. Mandee says:

    I’ve become a recent oatmeal convert. The only time I remember having it as a kid was at my friend Randall’s grandmother’s (they called her Muff. How great is that?) house the morning we took the SAT for the first time. It was AWFUL, but I knew I had to choke it down. That experience scarred me, so I’m just now coming around again.

    I can’t do the instant packs because they are too sweet, but I’ve started making individual portions some mornings before work and they are great. Especially when you stir in just a little peanut butter.

  64. Amy says:

    I can honestly say I have never eaten oatmeal. So I do not know if I like it or not.

    Is it me our has Miles really grown into a little boy here lately. I keep thinking that he was a baby like just last week. He has a little boy face now.

  65. michele says:

    I think it is funny how kids get on one food kick and eat it for a long while, then don’t want it again! that is how mine have done it anyway. Hope you win the 5000, which charity will you send it to?

  66. Kris says:

    Like your son, I too am a creature of habit. Oatmeal for breakfast Every. Single. Day. I sometimes forget how lucky I am that I can count on pushing back from the table satisfied after every meal.

  67. Gillian says:

    Love your pictures!!
    I hope you get the most comments, this is such a great cause.

  68. hollygee says:

    I have oatmeal for breakfast often. Of course it isn’t Quaker, because I have to buy whoa!expensive gluten free oats.

  69. Petey says:

    Mmmm. I love oatmeal. I am partial to the fruit and cream varieties.

  70. Gwen says:

    Oatmeal rocks, Miles is adorable, and I hope you get the $$ to send to your fav. charity. Happy monday!

  71. Laura says:

    We have a differnt problem in our house. My son likes to mix 2 or sometimes 3 cereals together for breakfast!

    Don’t pick me for the coupon - I don’t think it will be valid in the UK!

  72. Jessica says:

    I like the maple & brown sugar best too :)

  73. Abbey says:

    Miles is just the cutest little guy. He even makes eating oatmeal sweet.

  74. Diane says:

    While I don’t eat it every day, like Miles I’m a maple and brown sugar fan. Though I don’t use the packets, I use the good old fashioned round cardboard box (quick or regular - takes about the same time in the micro) and add my own sugar and syrup.

    A friend gave me a sampler of four different types of Vermont maple syrup for Christmas - how cool is that?

  75. Emily says:

    What a little sweetie :)

  76. PastormacsAnn says:

    I’m commenting because I want you to win. (because I’m supportive like that.)

    Five out of nine people here like oatmeal, which is actually a pretty good ratio. Since nine out of nine people liking something would cause hell to freeze over. But we make the old-fashioned kind not the instant. Still we would use the instant if we won it. Because really, who turned down free food?

    Great cause. Quaker’s doing something right.

  77. Heather says:

    No oatmeal eaters here. Good luck to you!

  78. Mari says:

    Love your blog! Hope you win.

  79. LCM says:

    How cute! I’m with Miles, I love oatmeal too!

  80. Naomi says:

    Good luck! Miles is a little cutie.

  81. Kristine says:

    I used to only eat brown sugar and maple syrup instant oatmeal. Now I make it from quick oats and only eat brown sugar and not the maple syrup. Although not often.

    I hope you win.

  82. Liz says:

    I love me some oatmeal!

  83. Meg says:

    YAY oatmeal! Sophia’s totally in an oatmeal phase, too…

  84. Marianne says:

    What a wonderful cause, I hope you win!

  85. Emily says:

    Oatmeal is such a wonderful breakfast, especially when it’s freezing. And I’m excited for Quaker’s effort to fight hunger.

  86. Jen says:

    Grandma used to eat oatmeal every day. My kids eat oatmeal. Me, not so much. But ending hunger is a VERY noble goal. I’m all for it!

  87. Amanda from Maine says:

    I have to agree with Miles…..

    If I could I would eat Quaker Instant Raisin and Spice Oatmeal every morning…..

    I LOVE it….So all the best Miles to your lifelong Oatmeal habit….

    There should be an award if he does keep eating it for many years to come…..

  88. Mymsie says:


  89. TodayWendy says:

    Go Quaker! Their instant oatmeal is my breakfast of choice for camping trips. Just add hot water, and it keeps you going for hours.

  90. Lynn says:

    Both my kids love oatmeal! But my ds will only eat maple brown sugar and don’t even think of sneaking in a raisin or fruit because he will find it.

  91. Courtney says:

    Hope you win!!! Oatmeal is great for a cold mornings. My son loves to smash up graham crackers into his.

  92. salsaqueen says:

    Now I want Oatmeal! Plain old Original, cook it on top of the stove, non-instant Oatmeal. Just like with my Cheerio’s and Oreo’s, don’t mess with my Original oatmeal!

    Miles just keeps getting cuter…if that possible.

  93. nancy says:

    Breakfast of champions. Bellies all around the world full with breakfast truly would be about as good as it gets. Good luck!

  94. Sagey says:

    That is so awesome of Quaker!!! I love their Natural line.

  95. bekah says:

    I love oatmeal and so does my daughter. Wish I could get my boys to eat it. Then I would feel like a short-order cook in the mornings.

  96. Tina says:

    My dad is now staying with me. I have to hide the oatmeal because he would eat it all day long otherwise. Right now it’s two packets for breakfast, two for lunch and one for a snack in the afternoon. I try to tell him that he needs a little variety for a balanced diet but, he will hear none of it. At 80 you get to eat whatever the hell you want I guess. Yeah 80! Needless to say, we buy it by the case at my house.

  97. Beth says:

    Maple and Brown Sugar ONLY for my 4 yr old–sometimes 2 packets make it complete for him, or a packet for mid-afternoon snack, or late morning because he’s a “widdle bit hungwy”. Sometimes, unfortunately, I add too much water, and then I’m instructed to add more oatmeal. He eats it in about 30 seconds flat.

  98. Lorraine says:

    I just finished my own bowl of Maple and Brown Sugar as I was reading this post! Wonderful!

  99. Sharon says:

    I have an almost 3yo eats oatmeal every day too. If I win a coupon I’ll buy some and donate it also.

  100. Amy says:

    My 3 year old son loves oatmeal too, eats it almost every morning. He loves the “brown kind” - maple and brown sugar. I think this is such a wonderful think that Quaker is doing.
    **On a side note, I read your blog often, but this is my first time commenting. Your children are adorable and I always enjoy reading what you write.

  101. Katrine says:

    Good luck! I hope you win! I love a good bowl of hot oatmeal, yummy!

  102. t in hd says:

    Oatmeal is one thing I can *always* eat, even in the worst throws of morning sickness or stomach flu. The ultimate comfort food that *never* upsets a tummy, even one that already feels like hell. Miles is one clever kid. (Yikes, four years??? Seriously? You were barely preggers with him when I started reading!)

    We too only use the “old fashioned” kind, not instant. “Instant” kind of makes me laugh, actually. I mean, how much more instant can a food get than oatmeal!?!? LOL

    Don’t bother selecting me for the coupon win. I couldn’t use it over here anyway. I’m not even sure we have Quaker over here.

  103. Toni says:

    A boy can’t go wrong w/ Maple syrup and brown sugar! Thats what I prefer too!

  104. Ashley Lane says:

    Just a lurker, but wanted to comment to help you out. Good luck!!!!!

  105. Stacey says:

    What a lovely contest idea! My kids love oatmeal too, although I think they kill the nutritional value by eating only the kind with the sugar-laden dinosaur eggs. But there is always a box of oatmeal in my pantry.

    Now go on and win that 5K!!!

  106. Stacy says:

    I like my oatmeal in cookies. :)(I dont need the coupon either, I already have a stash in my pantry at home)

    thanks for sharing your photos and family!

  107. Veronica says:

    Go oatmeal!

  108. Michelle says:

    Miles is really cute ! We have 6 kids here that like oatmeal.I used to buy the instant little packets,but now I buy the quik oats and they add there brown sugar whatever else they want to it. Most eat it 2-3 times a week.

  109. Karen says:

    We too start almost every day with a hot bowl of “my meal”. (But my guy is only two. So that must be repeated at least 42 times or until the “my meal” is on the table.)

  110. Trish says:

    I love Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal. But I can’t get my 4yo to touch oatmeal. I need Miles to come over and convince my daughter that it’s good stuff.

  111. Kris says:

    Yay for Quaker Oatmeal! Yay for $5000 to charity!

  112. MomMonster says:

    Delurking to say I make a lot of oatmeal here too, yep, maple and brown sugar(is there any other kind?) I’d love to win a coupon! p.s. your blogs rocks!

  113. Grace says:

    My son LOVES his oatmeal as well. Just a little cinnamon & brown sugar and my little man is good to go. Nice to hear that other little boys love their oatmeal EVERY SINGLE MORNING as well!

  114. Carrie @ Three-Girl Circus says:

    I can’t stand oatmeal and have a three year old who also eats it EVERY morning! EVERY morning. I’ve tried several times to talk her into something else and nope, it’s always oatmeal.

  115. bobbi boe says:

    The photos are priceless and the cause even better!
    Oatmeal for hunger!

  116. Ann from St. Peter MN says:

    Here ya go - hope you get the most comments! Don’t choose me to win, either - I abhor oatmeal! Sticky lumps of crud in a bowl…

  117. Lady of Perpetual Chaos says:

    We eat a lot of oatmeal around here too. Hope you win!

  118. Carolyn says:

    Love oatmeal!

  119. ftwrthdavis says:

    I love your blog. Just sayin. Hope your charity gets the cash.

  120. Jamie AZ says:

    What a great opportunity for you, Chris, especially since Miles is so in love with oatmeal! It’s never been a big hit in my house, but hubby will eat it. Wonder if my 5 and 7 year olds would like it as much as Miles?

  121. Natalie says:

    I see no reason why Miles should branch out from Maple and Brown Sugar–It’s my fave, too, Miles!

    Hope you win, Chris!

  122. amanda says:

    hey- this is classic. you’d think something so sticky porridge-ish would *not* be something a child would eat, day after day after day…but alas, my cousin’s girls that i take care of request it daily. and their glee is just the same each time. as if they simply just *recalled* how truly delicious it is. maple and brown sugar is our choice too. least favorite part: forgetting to soak the bowls, afterward. tiny stone pebbles. not so easy to remove!

  123. DropEdge says:

    I am a big, big fan of steel cut oats. Like your son, I eat them every morning with raisins and a smidge of blackstrap molasses.

  124. Brandy says:

    I have an oatmeal eater also!! Thankfully, though, it is not everyday. Miles is just adorable!

    Good luck, I hope you win! Do you know what charity are you going to give it to if you win?

  125. Danielle says:

    My daughter eats it everyday for breakfast too. Although once in awhile she will go through a ‘toast’ phase, it never lasts for long. Hope you win!!!

  126. jolyn says:

    Here’s to a good cause!

  127. eko (elizabeth) says:

    We LOVE oatmeal! I so love these pics - he’s the “Mikey” - named Miles of course, of Oatmeal!

    I am making a new recipe I just got for Alton Brown’s recipe - if it turns out (which means if I alone do not end up eating it) I’ll come back and leave the recipe.

    I hope you win, I KNOW you will!
    Thanks Quaker, that is SO generous and right!

  128. Amy says:

    My family loves oatmeal. I like it best baked in Chocolate Chip cookies, but a bowl on a cold morning… nothing better.

  129. Keyona says:

    Yum. That’s funny I’ve been with my husband for 9 years and he also WILL NOT branch away from the Brown Sugar flavor. I eat the Fruit and Cream kind. Yummy. Hope you win! (me too)

  130. Heather says:

    We go through a lot of oatmeal here too. But my son’s favorite is Cinnamon and Spice. He eats other things now too, but for a while he was eating it every single day too. Hope you win!

  131. Tiffani says:

    I am the same way. I eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast. Just not the same flavor. lol. That is too cute.

  132. eko (elizabeth) says:

    Lands, I can’t leave a comment without mistakes to save my life! I am making a cooked oatmeal, via Alton Brown! I hope it turns out and that I am not the only one eating a whole pot. Oh well, it counts for another comment for your total, SO not trying to cheat. :P Sheesh!

  133. Jackie says:

    I hope you win. My kids love oatmeal. I think it’s the way I make it, always adding in different things such as fruit, honey, sometimes hiding a Hershey kiss in the bottom of their bowl.

  134. Bobbie says:

    Five thousand dollars will be a great contribution! Good luck!

  135. Sue says:

    I hope you win, too!

  136. carol says:

    My grandma used to make me “rolled oats” for breakfast when I spent time with her. I loved it. She put evaporated milk and brown sugar in it. It’s a completely different texture and flavor than instant. She’s the only one that would make it for me.
    I still put milk and brown sugar in my oatmeal, and eat it with a piece of toast. Love it.

  137. Lisa says:

    MMMMMMM - oatmeal! I hope you win the $5000!

  138. Lisa says:

    We don’t need the oatmeal coupons, but I hope you win the money to donate! Good luck!!!

  139. Bridget says:

    I love oatmeal! And my college mascot was the “Fighting Quaker.”

  140. Debbi Alioto says:

    I only like oatmeal in cookies, but my kids go through it like crazy. Hope you win!

  141. Randall says:

    Certainly a great reason to leave a comment! We’re a big oatmeal house too. I love the old fashioned oats and my husband likes the instant with lots of milk.

  142. crockpot lady says:

    just leaving a comment.
    no need for the coupon.

  143. Peg says:

    I’m commenting just to add to your count. I love oatmeal and sometimes have it for dinner, cause I’m lazy like that!

  144. Sarah says:

    Oatmeal in our house is loved cyclically - we either eat it every day for breakfast or don’t eat it for several months. I have a stash of it at my desk at work so that if I run out of time in the morning, I can make it at work. What could be better?

  145. Christina says:

    I love oatmeal! My husband used to like it more, but I fixed it too often. :) In fact, I am cooking oatmeal for breakfast as I type this. So what if it is almost ten? My kids both had “widdle snacks” of yogurt earlier.

  146. Marti says:

    Mmmmm. Maple and Brown Sugar is my favorite too.

  147. Jennifer says:

    Mmmm. I have always loved oatmeal. I have fond memories of my mom making it for me for breakfast growing up. Even when I was in high school and old enough to make it myself. It was bonding time for us.

  148. Earth Girl says:

    At 19 my little one still eats oatmeal for breakfast and for snacks. Instant oatmeal, that is. He rejects the steel-cut oatmeal I make from scratch, even with his favorite seasonings

  149. Nicole says:

    My almost 3 year old eats quaker oatmeal every am….he likes the cinnamon apple and the maple and brown sugar.

  150. MamaC says:

    Delurking for your comment count, lol.

    We love the oatmeal around here. I brew caff-free apple cinnamon tea (with raisins thrown in to soften up) and use that to make quick cook oats for my lass. I make a week’s worth in jars and just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds each morning. (In the summer, I used peach tea and pieces of dried peaches, and sometimes I make my own with Indian Chai tea instead - mmm, caffinated oatmeal.) Voila!

  151. Lilly says:

    Sorry, can’t do the facebook thing but gotta say that Miles is still the cutest kid ever! and my cute kid just finished his own bowl of quaker oatmeal…

  152. Anna says:

    OMG! I HATE oatmeal, in any shape or form. Even cookies. I consider it a special form of child abuse! But, since I am all for feeding hungry people I’ll comment anyway, maybe they *gulp* like oatmeal.

  153. Marie says:

    My son loves Strawnerries and Cream oatmeal. Miles is just so darn cute !!

  154. Garnigal says:

    I’m 32 and I haven’t branched out from Maple and Brown Sugar either - stick to your guns, Miles!

  155. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Wow! I’ve never seen so many comments, Chris. Way to go Quaker Oats company, feeding the hungry kids around the world. We love your oatmeal . . . the original rolled oats, with lots of brown sugar and walnuts sprinkled on before adding the warmed milk. . . a great way to start the day!

  156. Kathy says:

    Hi There!
    I found your site about 2 years ago, read through all of your archives and check your site daily for a new story. You make me laugh- how do you do it with 6? I have 2 and feel like I am losing my mind sometimes.

    Anyway- I have a now 4 year old boy (Birthday: Jan 3, 2005) WHO EATS MAPLE AND BROWN SUGAR everyday!! Love it!

  157. Kim N says:

    My family loves oatmeal. My kids are picky though and won’t eat instant. (darnit!)

  158. Sarah says:

    Great cause, great oatmeal!

  159. Becky says:

    My almost four year old is addicted too. So are his brother and sister. I love it. So easy and I dont have mommy guilt. We always have to make at least two packets a kid. They are all sure maple and brown sugar is the ONLY flavor too. Apparently apple and cinnamon is of the devil.

  160. bex says:

    we LOVE oatmeal in my house! sometimes i think we might have the lowest cholesterol in my subdivision.

    miles is adorable - and what a good sport! sometimes my kids get tired of me snapping away photos while they are doing something. my four year old says, “mom, i let you take two, now leave me alone!”

    then i feel guilty, like i’m a paparazzi or something.

    hope you win!

  161. lurky mommy says:

    I hope you win! Oatmeal rocks! The kids in our house love maple and brown sugar. Your family is beautiful-just found your blog and I will be back!

  162. Liesl says:

    Seriously, he won’t have any cholesteral issues! . . . and he will always be able to make himself something for breakfast! BTW, I LOVE oatmeal - I have it for super atleast once a week! (I obviously don’thave to cook for others and can get away with it!)

  163. Vicki says:

    I hope my comment helps…eventhough i don’t have Facebook

  164. Tena says:

    I agree with Ganigal and Miles … Maple and Brown Sugar only. Yum.

  165. Tater Mama says:

    I don’t know how Miles could be any cuter!

    Our son loves oatmeal, too, and when he eats it he eats a ton! :)

    Good luck!

  166. Lauren says:

    Love your blog, love oatmeal! Hope you win.

  167. carolyn says:

    my guys love instant oatmeal…even if my husband whips up bacon, eggs and home-made waffles! One of them inevitably asks for instant oatmeal! I’ve stopped fighting them on this b/c I think it’s probably better for them than a processed granola bar…can’t get them to like home-made granola bars for the life of me!

  168. Jenja says:

    I am always all about the peaches and creme oatmeal, and now just for more overload, my daughter cools it down with a little coconut milk…..

  169. Pam says:

    I hope you win.

  170. Joan says:

    “Just a widdle snack!”
    I love that comment, just so cute.

  171. Heather says:

    My daughter loves maple oatmeal. She eats it most mornings.

  172. bleachusd says:

    Instant oatmeal is great… in taste and it takes no time at all!

  173. cristan says:


  174. jennifer says:

    How do you find all this? I have 7 as well I need this stuff..Hehe Good Luck.

  175. Cara says:

    This made me grin - almost every breakfast of my childhood was a bowl of instant oatmeal (any and all flavors) and half a bagel with butter. These days the oatmeal isn’t quite such a regular event and I like regular (non-instant) oatmeal with raisins boiled in the water. Or left over peaches. Or a little pomegranate juice. Mmmm, maybe I’ll make oatmeal for dinner!

  176. Krista says:

    I have a kid that would happily eat Apple Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I could really use a coupon!

  177. Jane says:

    He is the most adorable oatmeal eater I’ve ever seen.

  178. angela michelle says:

    We have some passionate oatmeal eaters here as well–they call it “hot cereal.” Really there’s nothing more wholesome than a little one filling their pot belly with oatmeal.

  179. suburbancorrespondent says:

    I’m confused - I’m supposed to take a picture of myself with the Quaker man? Please advise.

    We eat the generic oatmeal. It costs less.

  180. NinjaPrincess says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that I love me some Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal. However, I question Quaker’s claim that they’re passing out a healthy product. 1 packet of M&BS oatmeal contains 13g of sugar. That’s 1g more sugar than a serving of Froot Loops. Ew.

  181. Betsy says:

    My son eats the maple and brown sugar oatmeal every morning too!

  182. Nikki says:

    My 3 boys love oatmeal too! Please put me in for the coupons :)

  183. Gretchen says:

    Adding my comment here anyway. I LOVE Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal. I have never loved a different flavor. I make the kids make their own with generic plain, adding the brown sugar and syrup, but I hide the box of packets for myself.

  184. Jess says:

    Also a huge oatmeal fan here - reading this post makes me want a bowl right now! I love it with cranberries, walnuts, and brown sugar.

  185. liv says:

    awesome awesome awesome! i hope you win!

  186. Danielle says:

    holy cute! and how hilarious about the flying oatmeal. :)

  187. Nextcommercial says:

    Would’ntchya know? This is the ONE day, I can’t come up with a clever or witty comment.

    I DO love quaker instant oatmeal though. Just the regular kind, not the flavored kind. A few months ago, Frys had it on sale AND I had a coupon. I was giddy! My daughter walked away from me as I pranced to my cart with my arms loaded with quaker instant oatmeal.

    Did you also know that Prevention magazine says that Quaker instant oatmeal can improve your sex life? It was totally worth a try too! Now if I can only get my husband to eat it.

  188. cristen says:

    made me want some oatmeal. or some of your homemade granola–even better.

  189. Katie in MA says:

    Is it just me, or does Miles just get cuter in every photo? Good on you for ending hunger, one small boy..er, bowl…at a time.

  190. ~annie says:

    Don’t need any coupons, but if it helps get your Food Bank a case of oatmeal, here’s my comment.

  191. Tina says:

    We love oatmeal too :) We buy plain though.

  192. Ruth H says:

    Sugar and carbs are two different things. Oatmeal has carbs but they release more slowly into the bloodstream. Check it out with a google search. Oatmeal is a good breakfast for diabetics. Carbs are what you need to watch in cereal. Sugar is a carb but…
    Anyway, good luck Chris. I don’t need any oatmeal, I am the only one who eats it at my house. Hubby doesn’t eat cereals AT ALL.

  193. Laura says:

    I have to admit, I love oatmeal too. The bad thing is that it is a little hard to find where I live, so I think getting a coupon would be amazing :) Yes?

  194. Annie says:

    Miles has some hair!! Is he going to have flowing locks like The Blonde Smiley One with Dimples had?

  195. Kristin H says:

    Hey Chris! I’m a huge fan of your site…and equally a huge fan of Quaker oatmeal. My 3.5 and 1 yr old eat oatmeal nearly every morning, as well. It’s best with sliced bananas, cooked on the stove!

  196. Sadie says:

    My 5 kids love to eat oatmeal for breakfast, so this would be a great win for us! So… now this other stuff - I’ve printed out a picture of the Quaker Man… now, we take a picture with it, upload it to Facebook, and send you the link? Please email me if I’m wrong, I don’t want to mess up your count!

  197. Ms. Huis Herself says:

    My husband has always loved oatmeal, and adores it even more after we lived 2 years in Ireland where I think he ate it nearly daily. He’s been passing this love of oatmeal down to our 4 year old, and fairly recently, to the 20 month old.

    Me? I’m eh on it. Put enough cream & honey on it though & it’s yum! At one B&B we stayed at in N. Ireland, she even put Drambuie on it - extra yum!!! What a great way to start the day, but I wouldn’t recommend it for Miles! ;)

  198. Shelley says:

    I’ll leave a comment for you, but I don’t need the coupons. My six year-old daughter loves the Maple and Brown Sugar Variety, so when it goes on sale and I have coupons, I stock to the rafters. I probably have 10 boxes in my pantry right now. Hope you win!

  199. EmmaNadine says:

    Oh, I would love this. Winter lasts forever here and oatmeal in the morning is great.

  200. Mandy says:

    My kids would eat oatmeal morning, noon, and night if I’d let them, which I won’t… something about needing vegetables and all that!

  201. Jean says:

    Hope you win, Chris. Great cause.

  202. D says:

    I LOVE Oatmeal. Yay for Quaker Oats for helping stop hunger!

  203. Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas says:

    I WISH I could get my kids to eat oatmeal!

  204. Rayne of Terror says:

    We are definitely a Quaker Oats eating house, especially the new SImple Harvest instant. Yum!

  205. Lisa says:

    Awesome! My daughter who is special needs eats oatmeal EVERY SINGLE DAY as well! She just loves it and has for the last 15 years or more…..It is definitely good stuff and good for you too! Thanks Chris!

  206. jc says:

    I love oatmeal cookies! Miles is adorable. I’ll bet he uses the same spoon and bowl too.

  207. foodmomiac says:

    Hi All! I’m Danielle and I work for Edelman, Quaker’s agency. This comment won’t count towards Chris’ total, but wanted to show you how to do the Facebook link. Here is the picture of my kids with the Quaker Man on Facebook: http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1969/20/84/58028250774/n58028250774_2426915_5508.jpg
    Thanks for all the great Quaker comments, btw!!

  208. tammy says:

    i also love oatmeal i will send emails to everyone to post
    good luck

  209. bouncy czech says:

    i started eating oatmeal 5 months ago after my son was born and i am hooked now.

  210. Sue @ My Party of 6 says:

    I am with Miles - Maple and Brown Sugar is the BEST! Why branch out? I would love a coupon - we eat a LOT of oatmeal. Now I’m off to figure out this Facebook stuff…

  211. Cass says:

    Oatmeal really warms you up for a cold day and keeps you going when things get tough- which is quite often in my line of work! Good luck, hope you win!

  212. Morgan says:

    What a great, healthy breakfast! My kids aren’t so much into oatmeal. Maybe I need to work on that!

  213. Mary B says:

    What a great reason to leave a comment! As always, wonderful photos. Love your blog!

  214. hennifer says:

    I love oatmeal! I wish my kids did. They are so flaky that way

  215. kate says:

    Are oatmeal and porridge the same thing? It’s confusing being Australian.

  216. Brenna Walters says:

    I like oatmeal!

  217. Holly says:

    It’s all about the Raisin, Date and Walnut oatmeal. That stuff is the best.

    I’m don’t have a facebook account, so I can’t help you there, but good luck!

  218. Rachel says:

    We love oatmeal in our house too.

  219. Jeanne says:

    Miles is looking more like a boy than a baby. Sorry. Must be all the oatmeal. Hope you win!

  220. J from Ireland says:

    Over here its called porridge and its the original kind, none of your fancy flavours( which I found really difficult to find over in the US, last oct). 3 out of 4 of my children love it while I think its disgusting. Vouchers wouldn’t work over here but I hope you get your quota.

  221. alisonJ says:

    Oh my land! I have a 2 year old just like this. Bacon, pancakes, French toast? No way–Just the “OMA!”

  222. KirstyB says:

    We love our oatmeal here too…especially my DH…would love to win some to put in his care packages!!

  223. mainiac says:

    Oatmeal! Oatmeal! Rah!Rah!Rah!!

  224. Jesica says:

    My darling 4yo daughter is addicted to cereal. Froofy Petals. But my boys certainly go through Quaker Oatmeal spurts and they can’t eat just ONE package at a sitting. Oh, no. 2 if I’m lucky. 3 or 4 some days. *sigh* Kids are expensive! :)

  225. Annette Burmeister says:

    I enjoy a nice hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, or before bedtime, on cold winter evenings. I also like to make oatmeal bread, oatmeal cookies, and bars with oatmeal crusts. One of those really perfect foods to have in the pantry.

  226. Lori says:

    I love maple and brown sugar oatmeal…that is all I will eat. Good choice Miles!

  227. Amanda says:

    Oatmeal is by far my FAVORITE breakfast choice. I currently have gestational diabetes and have to be very strict about my carb load in the morning. Oatmeal is one of the only things that keeps me feeling full and satisfied. I do the real Quaker Oatmeal. As in on the stove. My daughter, however prefers the Apple and Cinnamon microwave version. Who is gonna say no to a three-year-old who eats oatmeal?

    Which hunger charity are you going with when you win?

  228. Alison says:

    Mmmmm, oatmeal. I eat it almost every day. Quaker Apple Cinnamon oatmeal = manna from heaven. Except I love the old fashioned oats texture, so I mix. Yeah… I *am* that into oatmeal.

  229. kayceebeebee says:

    I love oatmeal. And Miles is soooooooo cute!

  230. Kristen says:

    Delurking to do my part to help you win. And because I love oatmeal. And your blog. Thanks!

  231. susan says:

    love oatmeal. never commented on your blog. hope you win!

  232. amy says:

    When my guy was littler… he too ate it quit often. But… it was called “hot oatmeal” here. I loved how he had to add the hot… as if there is another kind:)

  233. Sheila says:

    Miles is a smart little boy. I eat oatmeal each day…and I read you each day too!

  234. jen says:

    I wish my kiddos would eat that. You’ve inspired me to try it with them again!

  235. Nancy says:

    Ugh I don’t like oatmeal except in cookie form. But I hope you win.

  236. elismsue says:

    Gotta love oatmeal…….My grandmother always made it for us, even if it was evening when we visited. the kind that she said, “This’ll stick to your ribs!” Must have eaten plenty of that, my ribs are no where to be seen. Darn that oatmeal.LOL

  237. colleen says:

    What a good promotion!! My kids love oatmeal for breakfast, as well. They like to add jelly to plain oatmeal to flavor it.

  238. Beth says:

    I’ll donate my free oatmeal to my local foodbank! Not that I don’t like oatmeal, just bought some!

  239. Monique says:

    I’m commenting for you..Miles and Jacques my husband who eats oatmeal:)

  240. Selena says:

    Wow, yep, I could have written that post. My son wakes up asking for oatmeal. Ever.Single.Day. Sometimes, he askes to eat it for every meal. Sometimes I let him. He even blows on the oatmeal the way that your son does and when he finished…excitement! My son is only 2 (since September), so I am sure we have a few more years of this. I don’t mind!

  241. SHAR FILES says:


  242. Baby Favorite says:

    Hell, I haven’t branched out from the Maple & Brown Sugar, either, and I’m almost 41.

    That child of yours could not be more beautiful.

  243. Andrea says:

    first, that is an awesome thing that quaker (and you!) are doing, hope you win! :)

    second, I was totally like Miles as a kid; oatmeal, every day, regardless of what else is being served-it could probably have been ice cream, and i would have wanted oatmeal, and it was definitely maple and brown sugar, with just a smidge of butter mixed in..haha! just made me hungry, thanks chris!

  244. Janet says:

    Way to go Quaker Oats!
    Quaker Oatmeal is not only darn tasty their cylindrical box is really cool!

  245. Brandi says:

    Miles looks so grown up in these pictures! You can really see several of your children in him, depending on the face he’s making. My 4 year-old (I think she’s a week or two younger than Miles b.12/18) must have Apples & Cinnamon instant oatmeal, frozen (Kashi Honey Oat) waffles, or Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast. She never deviates in her choice of oatmeal or cereal either!

  246. Jackie says:

    To a good cause…hope you win, too.

  247. Brigitte says:

    Gee, how discriminatory that the commenters have to be technologically-advanced commenters with lots of free time! Phooey on them.

    But now I’m having oatmeal for breakfast, and maybe even making oatmeal cookies today!

  248. Erin says:

    I’ve commented before how much my daughter also loves oatmeal. Every day. Without fail. Oatmeal for breakfast.

    But Miles reminds me of my two year old who wants nothing but cereal. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. He will eat spaghetti for dinner occasionally, but only if he’s had a bowl of cereal first!

  249. peepnroosmom says:

    Wow, that’s alot of comments.
    How can you live with all that cuteness in your house?

  250. maria says:

    I was never a big fan of oatmeal (okay - I used to HATE it) so when #2 son w/a very serious congential heart defect was a sickly infant and we were struggling to put weight on him I was skeptical at best when my mother offered him maple & cinnamon oatmeal. I was shocked when he gobbled it up and then wanted more. For about 6 months he ate oatmeal all the time and finally got on the charts. I’m sure I can credit much more affordable oatmeal - rather than expensive pediasure w/his growth spurt. Now that sickly little kid is a strapping 7 year old.

    #1 son (now 9) has taken on the oatmeal devotion and makes his own breakfast every morning. Oatmeal, waffles and chocolate milk…

  251. Deborah says:

    My husband is the one who eats oatmeal - every. single. morning. We buy whole rolled oats (Quaker, this is one area we do not buy store/generic) and then add our own ingredients - peanut butter, br. sugar, maple syrup, blueberries, cinn, diced apples, etc… yummy. I am getting hungry just writing this.

  252. Nancy R says:

    I’ll have to see what I can do about a photo of the Quaker man…

    Until then, Miles must be a long-lost Hobbit sibling to my 5-year old. She strategically plans out what she will have for her ‘first breakfast’ and her ’second breakfast’ every night before bed.

    She recommends Cinnamon Roll flavor.

  253. Melissa says:

    Good luck!

  254. Mary ~ 4boys4me says:

    My little guy likes to eat oatmeal every morning, too.. Dinosaur Eggs is his favorite but they’re hard to find so he usually settles for maple and brown sugar.

  255. annette says:

    Wow, there are a lot of people who want a coupon! Here I am joining in :) How do you get all these people to contact you to do things like this?

    I love oatmeal and so does my 16 year old son. He eats it nightly for a snack before bed. :) At least he eats something healthy!!!

  256. Lisa Lisa says:

    This is a great post. Miles is adorable! Good luck! Hope you win!

  257. tari donohue says:

    that kid makes me miss mothering, seriously!

  258. Ashley Chandler says:

    I wish my daughter would eat it more often, her preference these days is Quaker chocolate chunk granola bars. At least she’s keeping it in the family. I eat oatmeal often and I’ll keep pushing it on her.

  259. jodi says:

    My kids love to eat the instant oatmeal too. I love that it now comes is the less sugar variety!

  260. Ellen W says:

    My husband and son are hooked on a Montana brand of 7 grain oatmeal, but we’ll eat Quakers’ as well.

  261. karen says:

    I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast too! I used to stick with the apple cinnamon flavor but recently tried the quaker simple harvest one with pecans (and brown sugar?) - delish!

  262. Amanda says:

    We all love oatmeal here! He’s such a doll!

  263. jenn a says:

    hee hee “comment”

  264. Kristin says:


  265. Allison says:

    My hubby is 44 and still eats Maple & Brown sugar - EVERYDAY!

  266. FunnyGal KAT says:

    I loooove oatmeal (although not enough to eat it every single morning). My mom used to try to give us either oatmeal or Cream of Wheat growing up… let’s just say oatmeal was the clear winner (Cream of chicken… good. Cream of mushroom… pretty good. Cream of wheat… bleah).

  267. Becky says:

    I don’t have a facebook picture with the Quaker guy, but I can tell you that my 6 yr old eats oatmeal like your little guy….everyday. He’s a picky eater and quaker instant oatmeal is one of the handful of things he will eat…sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for dinner. I refuse to pack the stuff in his lunchbox though.

  268. Carolynn from Western Australia says:

    OH MY GOD !!!! I haven’t seen sooooo many comments before. I’m afraid I don’t have FaceBook but I certainly hope there are enough people who do to get you the $5000 to give away to a charity.

    I go with Miles, I absolutely love the instant Quaker oats, they are so easy to make. I’ve tried the old fashioned traditional way but only end up with thick lumpy gloop. I generally only eat oats in the Winter here though as in Summer it is waaaaay toooooo hot. Today it reached 40 Degrees Centigrade and is forcast for the same tomorrow. In the last couple of weeks I developed a DVT that goes from my lower left calf right up to my groin, so not only am I now on long term blood thinners I have to wear these wonderfully fashionable thick compression stockings 24/7 for at least 12 months. Great for your Winters, not so great for our Summers. :-)

    Take Care
    Lots of Love Carolynn XXXXX :-)

  269. Nancy R says:

    Hope this works! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=53934&id=506108987&saved#/album.php?aid=53934&id=506108987&ref=mf

  270. Dana V. says:

    Holla. My soon-to-be 6-year-old (that’s a whole lotta hyphens) has had a bowl of Quaker Instant Oatmeal mixed with 4 oz of applesauce every day of his entire solid-food eating life. Sometimes more than one bowl. His 2-year-old sister is the same way. We should have bought Quaker stock!

  271. Dean's Mommy says:

    Miles is such a cutie! He’ll be a real heart-breaker one day…

  272. mama kelly says:

    I wish I could get my 9 year old to eat oatmeal. She not only doesn’t like it - she loathes it. LOL