Tetris

Nintendo Nostalgia: Tetris

We all know the story of this game. Several different odd-shaped blocks fall from the top of the board, and you had to rotate them, move them left or right to get them to drop into position to complete a line and make it go away. If you weren’t quick enough or smart enough to do that on a consistent basis, your board would be full and your game would be over.

My first experience with the game came with the launch of the Game Boy.  A local department store had the Game Boy demo set up in their electronics department.  Every weekend while my mother would do her shopping, I killed time playing Tetris on the demo machine.  It wasn’t long until I had enough money saved up to buy the game for the NES, and then a much bigger, and full-color version of the game was mine.

It was so simple of a game, even an adult could play it too!  And that’s exactly what happened at my house, and why this game is so high up the list. My father never would play video games. He didn’t even like to sit and watch me play a game. So when he saw how easy Tetris was, he wanted to give it a try. For months afterward, we would play it together, seeing who could get the highest score and the most completed lines. He would even be the one most times to suggest us playing. Those times spent with my Dad, doing something that I loved are ones that I’ll never forget, and Tetris gets a high spot on my all-time list because of it.

Swiss Miss Lucky Charms

Swiss Miss and Lucky Charms are Creating a Magically Delicious Treat

On chilly nights, nothing beats a piping cup of hot cocoa to truly warm the soul. While Swiss Miss is one of the most iconic brands of hot chocolate out there, we were pretty surprised to discover that they’ve yet to do an official collaboration. Until now, that is.

Swiss Miss has now partnered up with Lucy Charms to release a new line of Lucky Charms Hot Cocoa.

The new hot cocoa boasts all the iconic Lucky Charms marshmallows you’d typically find in the cereal box including hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, unicorns, rainbows, and red balloons.

You can find the new Swiss Miss x Lucky Charms collaboration available now at participating grocery stores nationwide.

I’m sure there’s a magically delicious pun somewhere, but until that arrives in the old noggin, I’m just stoked to be able to enjoy being a kid again. Even if it lasts only as long as a cup of hot chocolate.

Elvira Is Joining Scooby-Doo For a New Halloween Movie

It looks like Scooby-Doo fans will have a special treat this Halloween. Warner Bros. Animation is preparing a new DVD and digital release feature titled Happy Halloween, Scooby Doo, in which the ghostbusting team meets none other than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson) and Bill Nye the Science Guy of all people! They will be battling famous Batman villain The Scarecrow in this haunted adventure.

The 2D-animated movie is written, directed and produced by animation veteran Maxwell Atom, who is best known as the creator of The Cartoon Network’s Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne and exec producer of Disney Channel’s Fish Hooks. The project features the popular voice cast for the series which includes Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley.

Here is the movie’s official synopsis:

“With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanterns, and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!”

Forgotten Food: Morning Funnies Cereal

If you’ve ever read much of what I’ve written, you should know by now that food is one of the more nostalgic things in my life.  I can tie so many great memories to different foods, meals, and restaurants that I could probably do this whole blog focusing just on food.  So in keeping with that tradition, I want to talk just a minute about one of the great loves of my life…cereal!

Unlike so many girls who broke my heart in my teenage years, cereal rarely ever let me down.  Sure, there were the ones I picked on looks alone just to find out there was no substance inside, but we’ve all made that mistake a time or two.  But for the most part, cereal was always there when we needed them.  Well, until they were pulled from the market for various reasons.  But enough about that.  Let’s get on to a cereal I was in love with at one point in time.

Morning Funnies Cereal was produced by Ralston Cereals in 1988 & 1989. It was a super sweet cereal, bright in color and shaped like smiley faces.  The taste and shape wasn’t the hook for this cereal though…..the box was. I know what you’re thinking.  How could a box be better than what was inside?  Well, because the box featured comic strips on the front and back panels!  In addition, the back of the box featured a full-size flap that opened up and featured even more comics on the inside!  It was nirvana for comic strip lovers. The company actually won an award in 1988 for “innovative packaging” for the fifth-panel design.

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