Friday, January 4, 2008

Christmas gift

(I know that this post would have been better last week, but life was really hectic with all the travel. And it is still Christmastide according to the church calendar.)

Little known secret: Calvin makes sourdough bread about once a week. To do this, he has been using this mixer from his grandmother. (He also makes kolach/kalac and nut roll. Yes, he is Hungarian.)

The ubiquitous Kitchenaid artisan mixer can be found here.

The thing is, both of us grew up with families that cooked and baked a ton. Both of our mothers have burned out multiple mixers. (For my mom, it was typically during Christmas cookie baking; my family's sugar cookie dough is tough on mixers.)

Sure enough, over the holidays, I made those sugar cookies, and the gears started grinding. (It wasn't even a double batch! No way would this mixer last through kids. No way.) It hasn't seized yet, but it sounds like weekly sourdough bread and holiday cookies have begun to wear it out. So we decided to go industrial strength (like our moms) and put this on our registry.

The big Kitchenaid mixer

Calvin's mom a long time ago said that she would be getting us the mixer for the wedding. But she didn't wait until the wedding; waiting for us under the Christmas tree this past holiday was a giant box.

It was the mixer.

Both of us were so excited about getting this piece of kitchen equipment. I don't think that we jumped up and down when we got it, but that's what it felt like.

I know we can't be the only people who wanted to skip around after getting a mixer. What wedding gift have you received that made you jump for joy?


Jennifer said...

hey ali,
I've now officially started stalking you thanks to xanga, which directed me here. (officially first and last time I EVERY refer to xanga in my lfe) anyway, I also LOVE kitchen gear, and I squealed last Christmas over a knife set, and then this Christmas over a food processor. The knives are sooooo beautiful, and they have awesome red stained wooden handles. Very exciting. good luck with all the planning, sounds intense.

Irbas said...

I know I'm a little late but I JUST found your blog (which is very nice by the way) and I can't wait to get my KitchenAid Mixer! Someone bought it, but I don't know when will we receive it! I am so excited!!!!!