Sometimes a mixer is just a mixer

Look at this amazing birthday present I got!

The granddaddy of all mixers

If you are as excited as I am, you might be a lady who once put a KitchenAid stand mixer on your wedding registry, or you are a lady who dreams of someday putting a KitchenAid stand mixer on your future wedding registry.

I have long believed KitchenAid stand mixers to be for married and soon-to-be-married grown-ups; You can imagine Kevin’s surprise when I explained the unintentional subtext of his birthday gift to me.

When I worked at Macy’s, I was at all times within 15 feet of a giant display of KitchenAid stand mixers of all sizes and colors (the colors!) and during slow moments, I’d visit them and picture my future color-themed kitchen. Empire red? Midnight blue? These are the silly (but entertaining) thoughts I kept in retail, post-holidays.

All of my friends and family members asked for one when they got married. This item was present on every wedding registry we processed at Macy’s. People came in frantically asking if we had a specific color in stock. But did they want 4.5 quart or 5 quart? Any additional attachments? Did you know you can make eight kinds of pasta with that thing?

I looked forward to putting a canary yellow mixer on my someday wedding registry and made mental notes of sunny, matching kitchen gadgets as they came in to the store. Brides came in and exchanged mixers for other mixers and bought juicer attachments with gift cards they’d gotten as gifts for their weddings.

KitchenAid stand mixers became synonymous with marriage in my brain. I said something to this affect when Kevin surprised me with my brand new, 4.5-quart white mixer on my birthday — and he disagreed a lot.

I thought maybe it was just me, but the Facebook comments I got in response to the picture I posted of my beautiful new kitchen best friend solidified what I’d believed.

“Oh yeah,” my friend Laura told me later. “A KitchenAid stand mixer is baaaasically a diamond ring.”

Poor Kevin.

I was stunned when I saw it, and my first question may or may not have been if it would be possible to exchange it for a yellow one. (I am a terrible person. It’s white, so it matches everything.)

I am gonna make sooo many cupcakes with that baby. He also got me a cupcake carrier but somehow that got overshadowed.

Thanks to Kevin for the most awesomely surprising birthday present ever. Thanks also to my roommate Christina for these adorable owl glasses:

“I kind of cheated, because it’s also an early housewarming present,” she told me.

My inventory of kitchen equipment just sky-rocketed this week.

2 thoughts on “Sometimes a mixer is just a mixer

  1. I have to disagree to an extent. Although I think the Kitchenaid mixer is an adult thing, I bought Ryan one years ago. We’d probably been dating two years or so and it might have been an anniversary gift. But Ryan is also super into cooking, so it was a logical gift. We have that pasta attachment and I think we used it once because fresh pasta is frankly kinda weird tasking. We do use the meat grinding attachment all the time, though because we like ground chicken. Don’t put lamb in it though, it can’t handle it!
    Congrats on your mixer. You will love it.

    • Ha! This is good advice. I’ve never made pasta before, so maybe I’ll skip that attachment. And I can’t wait to hear the story of how you found out about why you shouldn’t put lamb in there meat grinder attachment.

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