Monday, November 29, 2010

Welcome to the family...

I am so excited today!!! After waiting for years and year, justifying the expense, saving up my pennies, and foregoing extra counter space in my tiny kitchen...

I decided I didn't want to live without one of these anymore.

Rewind to a couple weeks ago, when my hero-of-a-hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said "Nothing."

He said "Really? Nothing?" (I know he was thinking "Yay! I'm going to get off scott-free! I don't have to do any Christmas Eve shopping this year?!)

And I said, "Well, maybe just one thing." (pause for effect...)

"Anything you want..." he answers...

Me: "OK - I think I'd like that KitchenAid stand mixer I've had my eye on for years... "

::: silence :::

Then we saw a great deal on soooo, I get to put it to use for this holiday season! It IS quite the investment. But I hear these things live on FOREVER!

Fast forward to today... I could hear Mr UPS driving up the street... and ran to the front door. I barely got the box inside the door and had to set it down and take a nice loooooooong look at it.

Here's what came in the box... a user manual that also includes recipes.

A spiral dough hook...

A paddle...

Also included (but I was too excited and quit taking pictures): 11-wire whisk and a plastic piece that fits onto the bowl called a "pouring shield".

So, here's all the pertinent details for the new addition to our family....

Name: undecided
Length: 16 1/2 inches
Weighing in at a hearty 25 lbs!

This is a 6 quart bowl. The bowl sits on a lever that moves up and down. Some people like this style, others prefer the kind where the top tilts up. I've never used either... so I didn't have a preference.

Now... time to find a place for it on my itsy bitsy countertop.

...all tucked in nicely between the knives and the utensil holder and I can pull it forward easily for baking purposes.

And here's a fantastic tip: Today someone told me she put her mixer on a placemat... then it's super easy to simply pull the placemat (and mixer) toward you when you're ready to use it! GENIUS! I tell you, I have genius friends!!! (Now - I have to find my stash of placemats and find just the right one!)

Color me happy!!!

(Can you see my reflection???)

enjoy your time in the kitchen...


Debbie said...

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. I can't wait to come by to see it! It's beautiful! What are the details? How many pounds & ounces? Length? Have you guys chosen a name yet?

Sooz said...

WOW Lori.....I am happy for you!

Just to verify...these mixers DO last forever. I had one that had been used in a school cafeteria for 50+ years and they were getting rid of it. I took it home (you may remember seeing it sitting on my kitchen counter on Alvarado Street) and used it several times. It worked perfectly...but alas, when I moved to Oregon I got rid of it. All this to say you made a good choice. You and Lee will enjoy it for MANY years I am sure. Congratulations!!


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