But, before I get to that... a story.
Recently, I was given a sample of Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl bread. Yes, it was yummy (DH even ate it for dessert!), but that is not the be-all-n'-end-all of this tale....
You see, the bread was so good, we knew we were going to get more. And, we were going to get that first loaf with the "full value" coupons we had also received! Oh! the excitement! They were placed with care on the shelf above the counter, right next to the pantry (yes, this detail will matter).
Then, one day last week, remembering the recipe attached to the coupons, I picked up the parcel. As I grabbed the waffle toast recipe, a terrible, terrible thing happened: the coupons slid out of my hand and magically aligned with the crack between the counter top and the wall, and they fell in!
They were.... gone!
For a moment, I will not kid you, I was shell shocked. Yes, over raisin bread coupons. I stared at the space in the wall, stupefied.
Once I got my wits about me again, I grabbed a knife, and wiggled it down the crack, hoping to grab onto them and slide them up. No luck. I found a small gap near the base of the cupboard and tried the knife there, same thing. Then, thinking of the little paper clip that held them together, I put a magnet on a string (not just any magnet - DH's favourite bottle opener magnet), lowered it down through an opening I had found on the inside of the cupboard (up near the top where the counter met the base unit), wiggled it around, thought I heard something click, pulled it up, hoping to see the glorious free-bread coupons.... and snapped the
Somewhere around this point, I got all Scarlett O'Hara and figured I would think about it again tomorrow. But, wouldn't ya know, DH noticed the recipe on the counter and asked: "Where are those coupons anyway?"
Oh, the dilemma I was faced with! Do I say "don't know" or "in my bag" or confess the entire awful truth??
I chose the morally correct option, and I even admitted the bottle opener fiasco up front too. He said "Are you serious?".
Now, if you ever wonder if a man and his wife are well matched pair, hear this: DH did not tell me I was cracked for spending my afternoon pondering how to rescue the coupons, no siree, he dived right in and started going through various "have you tried's"... he checked the base of the cupboards, and the other side of the wall (which was inside our pantry). DH figured that removing the baseboard in the pantry was the next thing to try because it was pretty much hidden from view. And yes, after supper he did remove it... only to find that the paneling and baseboards there are all perfectly finished and there is no "space" like we were hoping for that would allow us to retrieve the coupons (and magnet).
So, we went to bed discouraged and dreaming of raisin bread coupons... and yes, our bottle-opener-souvenir magnet...
A few days passed, the coupons still on our minds...
Then Saturday AM, after breakfast, I noticed DH was puttering over by the pantry, and longer than it usually takes him to sneak a few of "his" cookies. I went over to find him with a flashlight and crowbar, trying to pry back the baseboard of the cupboard. "I can see the reflection of the magnet", he said. "It's right there, and I think the coupons are still right next to it!"
Oh! The excitement we had!
"Get a pair of tweezers", I said. The normal pair proved to be too short to reach and grab the magnet, so DH went to find a longer pair he had in a tool box somewhere. Well, I wasn't going to just stay there crouched on the floor and do nothing while the coupons lay there, a foot a way from me awaiting their rescue! I grabbed the crowbar and went at the baseboard. Man, it was on there good! I used so much pressure I slid up to the cupboards....
Then finally ... "pop" ...the baseboard flew off and hit the wall, attracting the boys' attention. One of them came over and asked, all Isabella like, "Whatcha doin'?". DH came back with the tweezers, but they didn't work. We were desperate now. So close! He scoured through the kitchen drawers randomly suggesting various instruments. Finally, he held up a big salad serving spoon and asked me if it might help. "Yes, I think it might, the way it curves", I said... I slid it in, then pressed it along the board where the coupons were and ... Hallelujah! They were all rescued when I pulled the spoon back out!
At this point I looked up at the boy who was still waiting patiently to have his question answered and said: "Getting bread coupons"...he looked at his father and then back to me and we all burst out laughing...yes, we busted the house for bread coupons...... But Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl bread IS THAT good! :-)
And now, lovely readers, if you are still with me (and hey, no hard feelings if you now think I am cracked - I've known for years ;-).... here is the fabulous recipe I wanted to share with you for your Easter brunch:
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
6 -8 slices Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread
1 tbsp butter
- Heat traditional style waffle iron.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla in a shallow dish.
- Dip raisin bread in egg mixture one slice at a time.
- Place in waffle iron, close and grill until golden and baked through, about 3 min. If you don't have a waffle iron, place soaked bread in lightly greased skillet over medium heat for about 3 min each side until golden and cooked through.
- Makes 6-8 waffle toasts. Serve with fruit and cream or syrup to taste!
How the kids can help: measure and pour ingredients, whisk together the first 4 ingredients, dip bread in egg mixture, plate food and decorate with fruit (make an Easter bunny - almond teeth, strawberry nose, kiwi eyes and cantaloupe ears :-)
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products for free. As always, the opinions stated are my own and were not influenced by the items received.