Last year at this time, if I wanted to bake a cake, I had to break out the spatula and do it the old fashioned way, by hand. Creaming butter and whipping cream was always good, because it counted for at least ten minutes of heart pumping cardio and helped tone my arms quit nicely. Down the road however, as my baking endeavours became more numerous and more challenging, I had to go out and buy a hand mixer.
It was a pleasant addition to to my kitchen, though it did not come without its own set of problems. The low setting was not low enough and when creaming butter, much of it end up splattered on my, already very dirty, kitchen walls.
Also, it complicated things to have to hold the mixer with one hand and the bowl with the other. I can't tell you how many times I found myself jealous of our lanky armed primate with his prehensile (gripping) tail.
What I am trying to say in this round about way is, I'm over it. I'm through mixing by hand, if I need a workout I'll go to the gym, and, I am at the end of my rope with the hand mixer. That's why, when I saw this Factory-Reconditioned KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer listed on Amazon for half the original price, I decided to splurge. And just look at her! Isn't she a beaut, so sleek and so sexy in her shinny black coat? Now all I have to do is decide what I'm going to bake.