When I started my freelance cake work, I decided that I'd use my earnings to buy myself a stand mixer (actually, this may very well be the first gadget I've ever saved up to buy). When I was paid for my work in September, I finally had enough for the mixer - except that now I was short a coupon - you know those 20% off coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond they send through the mail all the time? That would take about $80 off the price! Sigh. I should wait for the coupon. Wait. Wait. Still no coupon.
So, I had been waiting for weeks (4 to be exact) for one of those coupons to come in the mail, and it finally arrived on Monday, and so I went out and immediately brought home my brand spanking new KitchenAid Professional 600 series stand mixer, with 6-quart capacity - that's a whole 14 cups of flour you can put in there!
Yes, I realize it's huge and clunky and takes up all my counter space. But I don't care. This things does wonderful, magical things - no more aching arms hand kneading bread dough, no more standing there for 15 minutes to whip egg whites! I can even walk away for a few minutes to go read the recipe!
I have been happily bonding with my mixer all afternoon - not a hugely high tech piece of gadgetry, but still totally exciting. I made cream cheese frosting (OK, a bit boring but whatever) but next I'm going to make a cake. And bread, to try out the dough hook. And then whipped cream to try out the beater. And many many more...