Panda Puff French Toast

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The Husband cannot make a decision to save his life.  He will stare at a menu for five + minutes (even if there’s only two vegetarian options) and he looked at engagement rings for six months before settling on one.  He’s indecisive.


On the other hand, I am very decisive.  I make a decision quickly and stick by it.  That doesn’t meant that it was the best decision – I just make a decision.  Any decision!  


However, this combination actually works out quite well because the Husband hems and haws for a bit, I can tell that he really thinks that A is a better choice than B  but doesn’t want to say it aloud yet, so then I say, “You should pick A,” and he does.


Which is why when the Husband and Isaac went to Blockbuster by themselves last night, I knew we were in for a doozy of a movie selection.  No offense, boys.


Here’s the story, as they told it.


They were standing in Blockbuster and had two choices:  Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader or The Kids are All Right.  They looked up them on Rotten Tomatoes and saw this:




However, Isaac said he really liked fantasy movies, and the Husband agreed, so they bumped Chronicles’ rating up 20 points, to 70% .   They debated back and forth which would be a better choice, and of course, the Husband couldn’t decide (even though I know he refuses to watch movies rated less than 75%), so he suggested they flip a coin.  All they had was a credit card, so they ended up flipping a VISA.  The Chronicles won.   Apparently, at this point, a ‘really hot girl’ down the aisle started to laugh aloud at them. 


Anyway – of course, Chronicles was pretty bad.  Not a good movie at all… not even a good kid movie, in my opinion.   All I can say that the graphics were good.


In honor of being indecisive and getting’ stuck with a kid movie, we brainstormed and cooked this amazing kid breakfast:  Panda Puff French Toast. 


For once, there was no debate:  this breakfast is definitely a winner!




  • 1/2 cup Panda Puff cereal, or other kids’ cereal, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 – 3 slices bread (I had three because the Glutino slices are miniature)
  • Syrup
  • Fruit for topping




  • Heat and grease griddle to medium-high,
  • In shallow bowl, beat egg.
  • In separate bowl, spread out crushed cereal.
  • Dip both sides of bread in egg, then cereal, and then place on hot griddle.  Repeat with other slices and cook until golden brown on each side, 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Serve with syrup and fruit.


Oh yeah.


Kids’ stuff isn’t always so bad!



  • Beth (Well I'll Be) July 13, 2011, 10:50 am

    I love the Chronicles of Narnia! The books are incredible and of course the movies never live up to the books, but I enjoy watching a story that I’ve read. p.s. Who actually goes to a Blockbuster store anymore?!? The ones here are all closed.

    • Caitlin July 13, 2011, 10:51 am

      Hahah for real. I didn’t even know we had a Blockbuster account anymore until last night.

      • Allison @ Happy Tales July 13, 2011, 3:47 pm

        Ryan and I just figured out that Blockbuster on East is actually CHEAPER than Redbox, now!!!! 99cent movies?! Um, yes please.

  • Charlie July 13, 2011, 10:52 am

    Dipping french toast in kids’ cereal is such a great idea! Have to try :).
    Blockbuster closed all its stores here, I thought it was bankrupt.

  • CJ @ July 13, 2011, 10:52 am

    Oh my gosh that looks delicious!!! French toast is probably my favorite breakfast ever! I love all your recipes for different variations!

  • Casey July 13, 2011, 10:53 am

    That looks awesome, Caitlin. 🙂

    Haha fun story for a humpday morning! My BF is the worst at picking out movies–he deems 90% of movies “romantic comedies” which means there is no chance we’re watching them–even if it’s really an action movie with a hot girl thrown in, it’s a “romantic comedy” to him. Boys.

  • Natalia July 13, 2011, 10:56 am

    Haha how do they NOT know about The Chronicles of Narnia? Especially with the husband being British and all…

    The fact that GF breads are really so much smaller in size compared to gluten breads is one thing that gets me every time. The prices are more expensive, the sizes are way smaller 🙁

    • heather July 13, 2011, 5:02 pm

      I was going to say! How does a Brit not know what the Chronicles of Narnia is?

  • Penny July 13, 2011, 10:58 am

    I generally really like family friendly movies, but I just can NOT get into Narnia. Saw the first, didn’t like it, never cared to see the rest. Now…… Harry Potter forever!!!!! Total Potterhead head here. 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 13, 2011, 11:11 am

    Next time you should totally hit up a Red Box- $1 makes it easier to pick a movie because who cares if it’s bad- only $1!

    I like some fantasy movies… mostly Harry Potters 🙂

  • Callie July 13, 2011, 11:12 am

    I love kids cereal. 🙂 That toast looks so good.
    Haha. Sorry you had to be stuck with Narnia. I never liked the book or the movie.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 13, 2011, 11:13 am

    That sounds SOOO good…I love french toast with a crunchy crust 🙂

  • Nadine July 13, 2011, 11:13 am

    “The Kids Are Alright” was also pretty bad, in my opinion! That was a no win situation…

    • Eliza July 13, 2011, 6:28 pm

      I thought the same thing!

  • Nicole July 13, 2011, 11:14 am

    Isaac picks bad movies.

  • JenATX July 13, 2011, 11:15 am

    haha what a great story! my roommate is indecisive as well, which is why i REFUSE to go to Target with her (or any other shopping really). She’ll make you analyze every purchase and doesn’t even end up buying most of the items we spent hours debating about.. argh!

  • Marge July 13, 2011, 11:16 am

    That picture of you two is so cute!

  • Rebecca July 13, 2011, 11:18 am

    I LOVE NARNIA. And I’m 20. 🙂 I grew up with the Chronicles and have adored them since I was like four. My Senior Lit research paper was on what inspired Lewis to write the Chronicles, actually. 😀
    But Dawn Treader sucked compared to the book and the previous two movies. Fox failed. Disney did it better. They’d better stick more closely to the books with the rest of them or I may not watch them. 🙁

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 13, 2011, 11:19 am

    I love the Narnia books so even if the movie is terrible I don’t care — the books are so wonderful.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 13, 2011, 11:21 am

    I’ve never heard of Rotten Tomatoes before, neat-o!

    I need that french toast in my life, it looks delicious.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) July 13, 2011, 11:22 am

    Sometimes it takes me awhile to make up my mind but once I do, there’s no changing it!

  • Kiran @ July 13, 2011, 11:24 am

    A great laugh on a hump day! Guys are indecisive in general, me thinks (my hubby is the same) 😀

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 13, 2011, 11:26 am

    HAHHAHA hilarious story!! I love how they had a points system going on too… that’s very guy-like! I’m like you – usually pretty decisive!

  • Maria July 13, 2011, 11:26 am

    Cereal AND french toast in one? You are my hero.

  • Brittany July 13, 2011, 11:29 am

    Hahahahaha. My boyfriend and I went to blockbuster a while back in search of a movie. It took us at least a half hour debating the merits of different genres, movies, actors, etc. When the blockbuster employee realized what a hard time we were having he came over to help, which of course wasn’t helpful–we mostly enjoyed the silly banter and conversation that came about via our disagreements. (I’m pretty sure he came over just to be entertained by it.) I’d describe the scene as something out of Gilmore Girls–you know how Rory and Lorelai talk really fast back and forth? No? Just me? Ok.

    I actually don’t even remember what we settled on in the end…

  • Margaret July 13, 2011, 11:34 am

    I read Narnia in college and not in my young adult lit class. They really are not kids books even if I read them the first time when I was six. That said the movie wasn’t all that awesome.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 13, 2011, 11:34 am

    Very creative french toast!

    lol on the husband. My fiance is totally the same way only with big decisions though…it takes me forever for little decisions but big decisions I just kinda jump into it. It makes no sense!

  • Jen July 13, 2011, 11:36 am

    All I can say is YUMMMMM. Panda Puffs are awesome. Oh, and never let men pick out movies by themselves!

  • Erica July 13, 2011, 11:37 am

    Love this, hahah! The first Narnia movie wasn’t half bad, but I heard the one you watched was pretty awful. I love this idea – I saw a recipe on Foodgawker for Cap’n Crunch french toast and I kind of wanted to try it but this seems slightly healthier (maybe GF makes me think health, LOL).

  • Kim @ Life Analytical July 13, 2011, 11:37 am

    I can be in and out of a video store in five minutes, TOPS. I dated a man who could spend an hour wandering back and forth over and over again. He would eventually pick four or five movies, we’d bring them home and watch mayyybe two, and then I’d eventually return them all after we racked up a ridiculous amount of late fees.

  • Natalie S. July 13, 2011, 11:37 am

    Bahahaha that’s awesome. I hate it when my boyfriend can’t pick a meal at a restaurant! Then he asks me for my suggestion, and picks the opposite one. Why even ask?! Sigh… boys 😉

    You should have watched The Kids Are All Right… it’s pretty good. Definitely better than Narnia!

  • Natalie S. July 13, 2011, 11:37 am

    Bahahaha that’s awesome. I hate it when my boyfriend can’t pick a meal at a restaurant! Then he asks me for my suggestion, and picks the opposite one. Why even ask?! Sigh… boys 😉

    You should have watched The Kids Are All Right… it’s pretty good. Definitely better than Narnia!

  • hippierunner July 13, 2011, 11:38 am

    Aw you totally missed out on The Kids Are Alright. It’s a great movie! My best friend and I laughed our heads off in the theater and Mark Ruffalo is sooo hot! And it was filmed in a neighborhood near me, so that’s always fun. 🙂

  • Allie Q (Fit Geek) July 13, 2011, 11:40 am

    Blockbuster. Whoa. You just took me back to like, 2002.

  • Sophie July 13, 2011, 11:42 am

    I’m rubbish at making decisions too!
    My boyfriend tends to get a bit frustrated with me always saying I don’t mind 😛
    That breakfast looks tasty!

  • Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream July 13, 2011, 11:43 am

    Adorable post! And idea 🙂 It has never occured to me to dip french toast in crushed cereal… yum!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 13, 2011, 11:45 am

    Love this post – the story is so cute! And an absolutely genius idea for breakfast too 🙂 mmm… xyx

  • Mary July 13, 2011, 11:48 am

    Oh man. I wasn’t a huge fan of the lion the witch and the wardobe when I had to read it a million times in school. didn’t they ask for help at blockbuster? haha!

    french toast looks awesome!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 13, 2011, 11:48 am

    Haha such a good story! My hubby is the same way although he likes to think he is indecisive. He is that person who sits in drive-thru for 20 minutes picks a meal, orders it, and then as he is pulling up to pay says “aw, I wish I got something else…” Drives me nuts! Haha

  • Raya July 13, 2011, 11:51 am

    Bahahahaha, I love this!!!! The other night a bunch of girlfriends and I had an old school sleepover, complete w/ girly movies, pizza, etc. I’ve been eating vegan so I didn’t want in on the pizza, but two of my friends spent a good 30 minutes in front of the Domino’s website debating what kind of pizza they should get. Thin crust? Hand tossed? Then a debate ensued over the difference b/w those two crust. Then, Pineapple? No, maybe just pepperoni…err..sausage…errr….Finally I had to tell them “It’s JUST PIZZA!!!” Lol. Good times.

  • Rachel July 13, 2011, 11:55 am

    oh man, The Kids are All Right is such a great movie! you missed out! never send a man to do a woman’s job 😉

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 13, 2011, 11:58 am

    Men, haha! My husband loves those fantasty movies too and refuses to ever believe ratings. We waste a lot of $ seeing bad movies!

  • Natalie @ Adventures in Jackson July 13, 2011, 12:04 pm

    LOVE that cereal and puffins. And Cocoa Puffs. And well, anything with the word “puff” in the name.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef July 13, 2011, 12:06 pm

    i love narnia! but the books are way better. 🙂

  • Jessica July 13, 2011, 12:07 pm

    My boyfriend is really indecisive too…must be a man thing! He researched computers for over a year before finally buying one, and he couldn’t find an engagement ring he liked after looking for over a year so now he is designing his own! When it comes to food, I usually just end up picking something for us or else we’d never eat!

  • Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven July 13, 2011, 12:09 pm

    The Narnia books are my favs, so it dissapoints me that the movies are nowhere near as good! Such a bummer!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 13, 2011, 12:14 pm

    The Narnia books are so wonderful! The movies…not so much. But that is usually the case with most books to movies
    Great recipe too, I am rather obsessed with that cereal 🙂

  • Amber K July 13, 2011, 12:15 pm

    I have refused to watch any of the movies since I love the books entirely too much. Well, technically I watched the first one (which is actually the second book), and just as I thought. It couldn’t even begin to compare. But eh, I’ve watched a lot of crappy movies lately (with free Blockbuster Express codes all over the internet, who cares what I rent? It’s free!!)

    • Rebecca July 13, 2011, 12:44 pm

      Movies are hardly ever better than books, unfortunately.
      LWW was published first, but yeah, I’ve always seen it as the second in the series.

      My dad refuses to watch the LoTR movies because of the character stuff, how Tolkein created characters no one had ever heard of before. He doesn’t want to ruin his pictures of Orks and whatnot.

      If Fox screws up the next Narnia movie as badly as they did Dawn Treader, I might give up on watching them. 🙁

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 13, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Kids stuff is better than not so bad! 😉 That stuff rocks!

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted July 13, 2011, 12:28 pm

    That totally sounds like me!

  • Lauren July 13, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I think having one decisive and one indecisive person in a relationship works well. My husband tells me he is decisive but he always leaves all of the decision making up to me because he knows I;ll end up doing it anyways. 🙂
    That french toast looks banging!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 13, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I really liked The Kids are All Right…even though it made me super angry! 🙂

  • run run rachel July 13, 2011, 12:33 pm

    the boyfriend is horrible at choosing movies. on the up side…i get an unexpected nap.

  • Hillary July 13, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I bet I’m just as indecisive as the Husband! It’s gotten so bad that my boyfriend refuses to make decisions for me anymore. He will sit there and wait for me to make a decision (which can take forever), but will not give in! It’s been good for me, to be honest ; )

    Oh, and I HATED The Kids Are Alright. I honestly didn’t understand what all the hype was about—I felt like I was seeing a different movie than everyone else who said they loved it!

  • JavaChick July 13, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I am a Chronicles of Narnia fan and I like the Voyage of the Dawn Treader book, but I was disappointed by the movie. I think it probably was hard to turn into a movie though, since the book is more a string of adventures than anything.

  • Jacqueline July 13, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Hilarious post. Reminds me of how we all seem to marry our opposites!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 13, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Totally loving that breakfast! I love crunch and that looks like a perfect crunch! YUM!

  • AndreaClaire July 13, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Who doesn’t know that the Chronicals of Narnia is a children’s series?!? And he can’t pull the “we didn’t have them in England” excuse because C.S. Lewis is English.

    I’m one of those people who walks the line between occasionally being annoyingly indecisive and occasionally being incredibly pig-headed and stubborn with my choices. It’s part of the reason why I’ve just accepted that a trip to the video store means I come home with two movies.

    • AndreaClaire July 13, 2011, 12:53 pm

      That should be ‘was English’. The dude’s long dead.

  • Amanda July 13, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Sounds like me and my husband. It works out perfectly most of the time!

    Are Panda Puffs GF? If so, I am so excited! I need to make that!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad July 13, 2011, 12:55 pm

    The Kids Are All Right was pretty weak too, so you didn’t miss much! I’m amazed that you still have a Blockbuster to go to!

  • cathy July 13, 2011, 12:57 pm

    that’s a funny story, caitlin! maybe you need to alternate days for who gets to make the decisions!?!
    DO rent the kids are all right – it’s awesome!
    and those panda puffs are delicious!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 13, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Love the Chronicles 🙂 Such beautiful little children’s books, which of course keeps me reading them even into my adult years. Sometimes it’s just great to get lost in childhood again. I don’t mind the movies. I always think books are better than the film, but they are fun to watch.

    I am also an annoyingly indecisive person where as my husband is very logical but quick in his decision making.

  • Maura July 13, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Please watch The Kids are All Right eventually…so good, I really think you’ll enjoy it!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 13, 2011, 1:21 pm

    haha. I actually love these movies, but I love hte books too. Your b-fast looks GREAT!

  • Aimoree July 13, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Ooh, watch The Kids Are All Right!! It was really good and pretty hilarious. I, however, made the mistake of watching both that AND The Hangover with my very conservative friend. While I loved both movies, I could tell she was very weirded out…

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 13, 2011, 1:36 pm

    My husband gets so annoyed with me when I can’t make a decision. 🙂 The Kids are All Right was a great flick–your husband definitely made the wrong choice! The chronicle books are much better than the movies.

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 13, 2011, 3:01 pm

    My boyfriend and I have this same dynamic. He cannot make a decision to save his life!

  • natalie (the sweets life) July 13, 2011, 3:02 pm

    ha this story cracked me husband and i have very similar decision making styles to you guys 🙂

  • Allison July 13, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Your husband was unaware that The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of books for children? And he’s British?!

    • CaitlinHTP July 13, 2011, 3:15 pm

      I think he thought the movies were like Harry Potter – like, a kids book that is an adult but kid-friendly movie. Not specifically kids’ movies.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales July 13, 2011, 3:48 pm

    PS. I love that they “flipped a visa.” Laughing out loud as I type this.

  • Evan Thomas July 13, 2011, 4:08 pm

    The Kids Are Alright was really good! Not very PG but doesn’t sound like that was a concern. I would HIGHLY recommend it.

  • Caroline Leigh July 13, 2011, 4:21 pm

    you are the french toast queen!

  • Laura July 13, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I love the Chronicles of Narnia, books and movies! I think in order to enjoy the movies properly you really have to have grown up with the books, but the books are wonderful at any age. I convinced my boyfriend to read them for the first time recently and he couldn’t put them down! So maybe try the books first!

  • Nicole (Earth Based Beauty) July 13, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Omigosh! I am absolutely indecisive. It’s quite a problem and the way we deal with it in our house… my husband carries a fifty cent piece at all times with him so that when he’s had enough of my indecisiveness, he flips the coin! Lol, so a lot like you guys but opposite 🙂

  • Lili July 13, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Decisions!! Me and my husband are the opposite though: I’m the indecisive and he’s the one who makes quick decision- and LOL on you choosing A or B for him, my hubby does the same thing for me when I can’t decide. Hahhaa but like you said, I think it’s a good balance 😉

  • Heidi - apples under my bed July 13, 2011, 6:12 pm

    haha love it. The Kids Are All Right is an great movie, you should watch it! Your toast looks might fine. Love the crispiness 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 13, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Ooooo how sinful of a breakfast! yum

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I love that they bumped up the rating 20 points because they liked the genre. LOL!

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit July 13, 2011, 8:02 pm

    I love Panda Puff and the Koala ones too 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 13, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Haha it sounds like you probably shouldn’t put the husband on movie duty again. 😛 The Kids are Alright was really good!

  • Elisabeth July 13, 2011, 11:42 pm

    Too bad they didn’t end up with The Kids are Alright – love love love that movie!

  • Jolene ( July 13, 2011, 11:42 pm

    I read all the Chronicles of Narnia books and wasn’t a fan. I only saw the first movie, and didn’t like that either.

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