Yesterday, my Christmas present finally arrived. I can't believe I can say this, but: my kitchen is now equipped with a KitchenAid Professional 550 Plus Stand Mixer.
When I moved to Canada in June of 2009, it didn't take me long to really discover and begin to nourish my love of cooking and baking. By the end of 2009, I had realized how many things I really needed to purchase to upgrade our kitchen. I first saw the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer on display at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I oohed and ahhed over it in all its glory. One day, I told myself.
Finances have never been great, but are starting to look up, and just a week before Christmas I noticed there were several colors of the KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixers in the 550 model which were on sale for a very good price. I mentioned it to my husband, J, as we passed by it. Mentioning a KitchenAid for, I'm sure, the millionth time in the past 4 years. To my surprise, my husband told me that I should finally get one, as my Christmas present.
Of course, my initial reaction was, "You're kidding. Do you see this? The price tag says $330! THREE-HUNDRED-AND-THIRTY-DOLLARS! You do see that, right?" But he assured me he did, and told me I certainly deserved it. Still being skeptical, and feeling uncomfortable about spending that much money, I told him I'd think about it and perhaps get it on Boxing Day instead (which is Canada's Black Friday, in case my American readers are wondering).
I had hoped to see a better promotion for the KitchenAid mixer on Boxing Day, but there were none to be found. On a whim, I decided to check one place online, and they had it. Not only did they have it, but they had it only in the color that I wanted. I can't remember a single big purchase I have even made in the past 4 years, due to how thrifty we've had to be with our income. With the new "Buttercup" color that was recently released for the KitchenAid mixer, I was worried this color was discounted because it is being discontinued. So it was now or never. So, although I did hesitate... I took the plunge. After a rebate, I will have only paid $280 for my dream mixer. If you know KitchenAid stand mixers, you know that's a very good deal!
So here it is, in all its glory... my brand new KitchenAid Professional 550 Plus Stand Mixer in Majestic Yellow. It is majestic, indeed! Now all I have to do is figure out what our first baking project should be together. I'm leaning towards my husband's favorite potato rolls, but I may decide to go with something a little fancier.
Next on my wishlist? A Vitamix. But guessing by the amount of time it took me to make this investment, I'd say that is, unfortunately, at least 4 years down the road!
Tell me: What big kitchen upgrades are on your wishlist?
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