Well, I was trying to save money and thought I would make Christmas hampers for friends and relatives packed full of homemade food items that were tasty and thoughtful. Jamie’s grandparents (my ex’s parents) especially keep telling us not to buy them much as they won’t be around for much longer (!) so I thought they might appreciate a few tasty treats and they can’t tell us off for wasting our money (they do help us quite a bit - they’ve been more supportive over the years than the ex ever has). I’ve been saving jars to package cookies, granola, potted ham and so on and saving recipes from magazines and websites in preparation.
Then, Jamie’s employer (a large supermarket) offer their employees an extra staff discount this weekend starting yesterday. I am allowed to use his discount card too as I live at the same address and he was allowed to nominate one other person.
Sooooo, last night I treated myself to a Kenwood Prospero stand food mixer to help me make all these home baked goodies. I’m sure it will pay for itself in time and it will save my arm dropping off when I do my MSS Cake Breaks every year. Usually my arm muscles seize up from being stuck in one position night after night and I have to force them back into action the next day.
This week alone I have made 2 batches of cupcakes for our local MSS social for our harvest festival auction. I have a spiced apple cake with brown sugar meringue frosting to make tomorrow morning for an elderly lady’s birthday and another cake to make for Jamie’s birthday midweek for him to share with his journalist colleagues.
I’m so excited. I was too tired to get it all out of the box last night and play with it but tomorrow morning I will give it a test drive! It even came with a blender and a food processor and I know people who have had the bigger Kenwood Chef for over 20 years. The Prospero had very good reviews on the supermarket’s website so I decided to go for it as I couldn’t afford a Kitchen Aid.
Wish me luck, I think it’s going to cost me more as I’ll be forever cooking up a storm from now on. Nothing healthy of course but I still have some room in my waistbands