March 27, 2010

Spoiled. Rotten.

Not food, mercifully! Just lil ol me. For my sweet, thoughtful momma has hooked me up with the ultimate home-cooking luxury...


I have wanted one of these badboys for probably 15 years. It's something I doubt I would ever have bought for myself. Courtney was writing about hers not long before Christmas, and I guess I got to raving about it when I was home for the holidays.

I'd totally forgotten that conversation until my phone rang, about midnight last Sunday. I ran to grab it, because shit man. A call at that hour usually means somebody's either hurt or needs bail money. Not this time!
MOM: Honey, can you turn on QVC?

ME: Uh, hang on. Doug's watching the basketball. I may have to negotiate.

MOM: Tell him Momma says this is important!

(Negotiations ensue.)

ME: Ok, I have it on... Wait... Are you kidding me...?

(Mixers gleam in the studio lights, like heaven on a counter top.)

MOM: Are those the mixers you were talking about?

ME: (dreamily) Yeah...
I've used the phrase blown away before, but never was it more appropriate. She put the smackdown all my, "Honestly, Mom, I really don't need it," objections, even though they were true. I've gotten along a-okay all these years, but OMG I sure did want one. And now it has arrived. I feel extremely, unspeakably grateful.

So! Let the baking commence! I am celebrating with a project right out of the owner's manual: Quick Yellow Cake.

I will never mess with Duncan Hines again.

When Doug got home, he got to use it too, for his legendary homemade frosting. The recipe comes from the Hershey's cocoa box:

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The box says melt the butter, but he has better results just bringing it to room temperature. Stir in the cocoa, then alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add a small amount of additional milk, if it gets too thick. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups. 

Also? I had to run out and buy vanilla ice cream. I mean, obviously.

You'd never know it's not my birthday.

At risk of gushing past the point of appropriateness, I wanted to throw this in too. See, when the UPS guy delivered the mixer, he brought two boxes to the door. I assumed the smaller one was the mixer's cover. Oh but no!

Surprise! I told you. Spoiled. Rotten.

I've also never had a proper tea kettle before. Since my college days in the dorms, I've used a Pyrex measuring cup to boil my water in the microwave. I feel so fancy now!

Thank you, Mom.


  1. oh wow. she's purty!! I just bought one for my mom because a friend of mine (who owned a cafe) had a few for sale ($89 and it was only used once!!) A steal if you ask me! :) I LOVE mine!! Your cake looks sooo delicious!! mmmm.

  2. Misty, I too am a recent owner of said mixer. LOVE IT. Although, it seems I'm not using it as much as I should. It's 5:35 CST and I'm going to make something tonight. You've inspired me. I'll even take photos! Thx Misty!

  3. I love my Kitchen-Aid and by the looks of it you are loving yours too!!! Soon enough you will want attachments to that bad-boy! I have the pasta and ice cream attachments, and it's the shiznit! Happy cooking!!

  4. At first I was going to give you a resounding "BOO" because your first try was a boring cake. But then I saw that frosting layered on thick.....YES!!! Kudos to hubby.

  5. I love you pregnant lady, but please. Step away. From the cake. :) :) :)

    Casey, you know what you can do with your "boo." I was proud of myself. Had all the ingredients in the house for that cake, and totally had to man up to get over my baking anxiety.

    Courtney & slp, thank you for not sucking like Casey.


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