Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Mixer Died

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Well, I apologize for leaving everyone in the lurch for the past two weeks! Since my last post I: had company, prepared for and hosted my husband's change of command reception, baked for a bake sale, baked for Thanksgiving, killed my mixer, went home for Thanksgiving, killed my diaper bag, and today have been without running water during my normal dinner prep time (hello pizza delivery, also very thankful for the water bottles I had filled and stored in my pantry).

In all the hub-bub of getting ready for a bake sale and Thanksgiving  I officially killed my mixer. Apparently (despite appropriate cool-down times) one batch of cookies, two batches of cinnamon rolls, and six large loaves of bread was the exact recipe for mixer failure. I had briefly exited the room (as I usually do) while it was "kneading" (in quotes because I recently realized it sucked at kneading) and re-entered the kitchen to find smoke billowing from the back of the mixer. The old mixer is still sitting under my carport as I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. While I loved my Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer and would still recommend it to someone with light mixing needs I would highly caution anyone who bakes bread from purchasing this machine, especially if you use whole wheat flour (which is when mine began smelling funny while operating). My new mixer is supposed to be arriving tomorrow. It is a Kitchenaid Professional 600 and I'm so incredibly excited about it! I've felt like I've been missing a friend over the last week and I know my family is confused over the distinct lack of baked goods in my kitchen. I had been going back and forth between the Kitchenaid Professional 600 and the Bosch Universal Plus as the Bosch seemed to better serve my bread baking. However, eventually I decided to give Kitchenaid another shot. (It helped that I already have some of their attachments and am familiar with the way their machine operates.) I will say that if this machine goes kaput as well I will be a Bosch person for the rest of my life. Let me again reiterate this is due to my bread making requirements and nothing else as my Kitchenaid Artisan did a phenomenal job with everything else I ever made in it.

Upcoming posts include my cinnamon roll recipe and (because I had a hard time finding anything) information about a Company Change of Command reception.

I hope this finds you all well and that you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

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