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    My More-Than-Awesome New Toy

    February 7, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    My old stand mixer has gone the way of our wedding sheets. According to my blogging records, I used this mixer over a year after it began to break. But, unfortunately, one break eventually puts stress on other parts, which causes another part to break, and so on and so forth.

    Because we knew the mixer was on its last leg, our Christmas money was designated Mixer Replacement Fund. Of course, we had to decide what sort of replacement to buy. We knew we couldn’t {shouldn’t, anyhow} buy what we had before. It had been perfect for a family of two, but as our family grew, the bowl seemed to shrink, and the incredible amount of mixing I do seemed to call for something a bit more industrial.

    I have always thought I’d buy a Bosch. My parents have a Bosch. They bought it when I was a child, and it’s still going strong! And Bosch makes those cool mixers: lots of attachments, large bowl, easy clean-up, the works.

    But then I saw this:

    Cuisinart 7 Quart Stand Mixer

    This was just as cool as a Bosch, but with a bigger bowl. The deciding factor, however, was the far better warranty.

    And now, this baby is in my home, gleaming on my counter, waiting for me to prepare tonight’s meatloaf.

    Make that a giant meatloaf.

    This mixer is cool. It’s awesome. It’s more-than-awesome! It’s my own Proverbs 31 maiden.

    Oh! I almost forgot! We have Christmas money leftover! We used a 20% off one item coupon, plus a $100 giftcard {courtesy of our credit card company}. In the end, even with tax added in, we paid over $160 less than the list price.

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  • Reply Brandy February 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm


    My mixer and your gluten-free pizza dough might have to become good friends!


    The mixer didn’t come with the grinder attachment, so I must admit I only mixed up all the ingredients with it. What I discovered is that I could easily double the (already large) recipe and it would all still mix fine, so I think meatloaf is my new take-to-a-needy-family dish!

    I have never ground my own meat. Do you do that? Do you prefer it? Just curious…

  • Reply Dana February 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Did you grind the meat….or just use it to mix the meatloaf ingredients?

  • Reply Kimbrah February 7, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I must admit that I am jealous πŸ™

    Congratulations to you on the new mixer. I can’t wait to see it in person and get to really inspect it. πŸ™‚


  • Reply Brandy February 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    The old one was a Sunbeam, and, honestly, it probably would have lasted a long time for most families. I use my mixer all the time, so this was probably 15 year’s worth of use for most people. πŸ™‚ This particular model (which we received as a wedding gift) had two bowls (one large, one small), regular beaters, and also dough hooks. I don’t remember the cost, but it was less than $100, a good deal, I think.

    Stand mixers are great when cooking with kids. Especially with cooking with lots of kids. Little ones. Ones that need lots of supervision. πŸ™‚

  • Reply rebecca February 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    That is awesome. Please let me know how you like it once you have used it awhile. I STILL don’t have a stand mixer at all, and it makes baking kind of hard (especially when I want to do cakes). I am always looking for the one that will work the best and be the best deal.

    Would you mind sharing what brand your old one was?

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