Sunday, June 29, 2014

KitchenAid Decisions

This past Mother's Day, I got a gift that I have been lusting after for years.

A KitchenAid stand mixer.

Everyone I tell about this falls into one of two categories. Category one is people who got a mixer for their bridal shower and never used it, or people who didn't even register for one because they knew they'd never use it. Category one people cannot believe that I used a Mother's Day gift opportunity on this. They stare at me and say "oh...did you want one?" or "I never use mine" or even "Wow, I would have been so mad!"

Category two people either react with enthusiasm that I have entered the club, or with jealousy because they want one too. They start sharing recipes for bread and pasta and cookies. They give me tips for accessory add ons and how to keep it clean. They ask what color I chose and if I'm loving it as much as I hoped I would.

And I do love it just as much as I hoped I would. Sure, I could have survived without it. But now that I have such an enthusiastic sous chef, we've gotten into making bread. I'm experimenting to get the sequence down to get the perfect airy loaf (although the imperfect loaves are pretty darn tasty too). I've been paying attention when watching the Pioneer Woman making cakes and whipped cream and all kinds of tasty dishes. I am now a huge fan and I don't regret making this my gift request in the slightest.

Now, I did exercise some practicality. In our online research, Adam and I didn't see any big benefit to the color models, except for the obvious "but it's so pretty!" factor. The white model was on sale, so that's what we went with (although Madison made a strong last minute push for pink). But I have to admit, as we researched, I was drawn to the raspberry. I know it doesn't make the bread any airier, but it is just so pretty.

And now...I get to help give one away, and make your kitchen pretty.

If you win, I will totally trade you a slightly used white one. No, I'm kidding. I love my mixer and my family picked it out for me. But I DO love that color.

Here are all the details...and let's trade recipes! What is your favorite thing to make in your KitchenAid mixer, or what would be the first thing you would try to make? 

#SummerDreams KitchenAid Decision Sweepstakes

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom

High performance meets designer style with the KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer. Finished in a smart, jewel-toned color, this tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer boasts 10 speeds and a 325-watt motor that keeps up with you in the kitchen. Whip up everything from homemade cookies to mashed potatoes in the mixer's glass bowl, which includes a spout and measurement markings for convenient pouring and prep. Features:
  • Includes stand mixer, glass bowl, burnished flat beater, burnished dough hook, six-wire whip, and use-and-care guide
  • 325W motor
  • 10-speed slide control
  • 5-qt bowl with comfort handle
  • 59-point planetary mixing action allows for quicker, more thorough mixing
  • Power hub for additional attachments
  • Non-hinged hub cover
  • Yields up to 4-1/2 bread loaves, nine dozen cookies, or seven lbs of mashed potatoes
  • Embossed trim band
  • Two-coat color finish
  • All-metal construction
  • Measures 13-15/16"H x 14-1/8"D x 8-3/4"W; weighs 29 lb; 5-qt capacity
Want a second chance to win KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer in Electric Blue? Visit for more information.

One reader will receive a KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer in Raspberry.

Giveaway ends July 17th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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