Anyone who’s ever gambled knows how quickly $20 can go. One slot machine & minutes later, HHAHAHHAHH. But even outside a casino, $20 bucks won’t get you far. It won’t buy you a tank of gas. It’s barely enough to cover a large pizza. But a week ago, I discovered something under $20 that has given me far greater enjoyment than all of the above (except for a big cash payout, because that would indeed make my day).
Everyone, meet the Cuisinart Sandwich Grill (**hearts & stars**)
Two weekends ago, I left the house intent on procuring two small kitchen appliances. Translation: I was gonna buy a popcorn popper and a pressure cooker. Only problem? I couldn’t find them. I went to Target, Walmart, Sears, Macy’s & Lowe’s, and NONE of them had what I’d been looking for.
In my quest I stumbled upon the little sandwich grill above. He was in the clearance section at Sears, marked down to $17.80 (plus tax). My older daughter, who was with me at the time, came running over when she heard me squealing.
See, I used to have one of these guys. He was a Magic Chef Sandwich Toaster, like the one below
only mine was an older model. No big red circle, just a single orange glow light. The light would alert you to open or close the lid, but it didn’t glow that brightly, so sometimes you’d miss your cue & wind up with a slightly over-done sandwich. But that was okay! Because the nonstick surface inside had the loveliest scallop design, so whatever you were grilling made you feel like you were dining in style, even if it was charred beyond recognition. OOOooooh how I LOVED that thing!
I hadn’t seen one of these in SO LONG. I didn’t even know they still made them. I was SO EXCITED!!! My daughter urged me to buy it – it was only $17.80 (plus tax) and she was so intrigued she wanted to try it too.
We paid and sped home (within the legal speed limit). As soon as we arrived I called to my husband and younger daughter to COME SEE WHAT WE GOT!! My husband (who’d been anticipating a popcorn popper & pressure cooker) seemed a bit puzzled, but my youngest quickly boarded the sandwich grill bandwagon, begging for a toasty grilled cheese of her own.
Do you know what makes kids happy?
Being able to do stuff for themselves.
Do you know what makes moms happy?
Kids being able to do stuff for themselves.
All last week my daughters were home on winter break. Instead of periodically having to drop whatever I was doing and proceed to the kitchen for snack assemblage, my daughters made their own toasty hot sandwiches. They were EMPOWERED. And I was free to continue playing Just Dance 3. Better yet? They weren’t eating crap. Homemade hot pockets = whole wheat bread + provolone cheese. There’s no added fat (like the gobs of butter we use in a pan) and there’s next-to-no cleanup. Just unplug the machine and wipe the nonstick plates with a wet towel. PLUS there’s no waste because who the heck doesn’t LOVE a hot sandwich?! Crust and all, they gobbled them up. And did I mention it takes less than 2 minutes to make a sandwich, start to finish? Oh yes.
Best $18.69 I’ve spent in forever.