Thanks for your well wishes after my Saturday drama. My hip is mostly okay, even after a gym workout today. I tried to focus mostly on upper body, but I did try some lunges with weights. First set, fine; second set, twinge. So I stopped doing them. (Awww!) Still had a great workout, though, and only a twinge here and there remaining. I think I’ll continue to baby the hip this week to be safe.
Okay, so. Yesterday’s post was soooo long that I decided to save my happier Saturday event for today. Though not nearly as dramatic, it deserves its own post.
Saturday a.m. was warm and muggy, and as I mentioned yesterday, I had a hip twinge going on. Not the best setting for going to yard sales, but I was not to be deterred. Several of the ads listed books, and I’ve been on a reading binge lately.
The first sale was good. I found a pretty and nicely-framed print, a book (Rigged by Ben Mezrich), and a ream of neon copy paper–all for $5. Yaay!
The next three sales were busts, and I was ready to give it up for the day. There was one more sale, near my neighborhood, which had listed books in their ad, so I decided to swing by there on my way home. I’ll admit to some judginess as I approached the sale. For one thing, the neighborhood was kind of ratty, and for another, this particular sale was one of those ultra-small sales with two card tables and some stuff piled on top of the car trunk. But I felt kind of sorry for the man and woman standing out there because no one else was stopping, and there were those books to consider…I stopped. (I’m such a softie!)
For my generosity, I was rewarded with my greatest yard sale find of all time*:
That, my friends, is a Kitchen Aid K45SS 4-1/2 Quart Stand Mixer – Classic version. Retail Cost: $300 at Macy’s, although it was on sale recently for around $250. I know this because I almost spent my hoard of Macy’s gift cards on it.
This mixer is an older model. It belonged to the seller’s mother, who was a prolific baker. Mother passed on, and although the mixer works fine, the daughter isn’t using it. Husband observed that it had provided many a fine baked good from his late mother-in-law. He even rubbed his belly fondly when he said it.
I spent some time
caressing it checking all the parts and switches to give myself time to think it over. My unemployed status, along with my intent to declutter, requires that I think through a purchase more carefully than I used to. I’ve wanted a stand mixer since last Christmas, when I got in touch with my inner baker and had so much fun creating treats for friends and family. I’ve also been wanting to try baking my own bread, without spending hours mixing it. Most people I’ve spoken with say the stand mixer’s dough hook makes the whole process go much more smoothly.
My only hesitation was that it was something I didn’t have to have. Those mixers are big and heavy, and I probably would only use it a few times a year. On the other hand, I did just outfit my pantry with a chrome shelf unit, with an entire bottom shelf for appliances. And there was space available!
After careful thought, I decided that I would only buy it if it was a ridiculously low price like $20.
I asked the price. $25.00. I guess something showed in my face, because the woman said, “You know, you were so nice to stop, I’ll let you have it for $20.00.”
As the saying goes, “O-M-G!”
So now I am the owner of my very own stand mixer! I’ve polished and shined and turned it on and off a dozen times. I would’ve preferred the red version, but for a savings of over $200, this one is perfect!
What I have not done yet is to actually mix anything in it. The downside of this acquisition is that most of what I wanted to make with it falls in the category of baked goods. And I have a wee problem with baked goods. I do have a recipe for whole wheat bread I might try later this week.
I won’t use my new joy-toy for anything decadent until later this month, when I’ll be supplying cake balls for my parents to take to their next Ronald McDonald House outing. (Yes, they were so successful, I’ve been asked to make more! That never happens!)
Sometimes I think I must be the luckiest person in the world.
In sharing my appliance joy, my mom and I were laughing about some of my past cooking efforts, all the way back to my first appliance:
Who knew you could bake a cake with nothing but a teensy box of mix, a whole passel of add-on accessories, and a 60-watt light bulb? No doubt, this appliance kicked off my lifelong love of sweets!
Ah, memories. Feel free to share your own appliance faves or recipes or memories in the comments. Any recipes would also be appreciated, especially if they require a dough hook!
*I’m not sure if it’s the actual “greatest find”, but it beats anything in recent memory.