Monday, December 29, 2008

No Registry Needed, Thankyouverymuch!

OK so just about all of my girlfriends are married. Or at least in the "forever" stage of life. Everyone it seems, except me. Which is fine most of the time. I'm used to being single, going to events without a guest, not being invited to events with a guest (though did I tell y'all that I am now refusing to even entertain attending a wedding if I am not given the courtesy of a guest invite? I am. I'm 30. I'll probably, most likely, totally not bring a guest as to not use up your chicken dinner budget, plus I am never dating anyone anyway. But dammit, give me the courtesy of pretending I have the option of inviting a date. Let me tell you that I will be attending your event solo. Or I am just flat out not coming from here on out. I'm simply too old for that funny business.), and being the girl who instead of talking about her hubby or kiddos, talks about her dog and latest craft project. Honestly I don't dwell on being single often. I talk about it with a sense of humor 98% of the time. And the other 2% is usually saved for a vent session with Bestie. But there is one thing that bothers me. That teases me. That makes me green with envy. Williams Sonoma wedding registries!

You see, from the first moment I spotted the Breast Cancer Pink Kitchen Aid mixer, it was love at first sight! Oh how I have coveted her for many many years!! But I could never bring myself to justify spending that much on a kitchen tool that really won't be used all that often. I don't bake a lot. And so much of what I do bake is "old school" anyway. Like I make my pie crust by hand using only a hand-held pastry cutter. I usually cream butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. I mash potatoes with a 30+ year old potato masher that probably came from my parents' registry. I know, I bake as if I am living in the dark ages! My point is that I have had big, huge plans to register for this sweet pink girl the moment a ring finds its way to my finger. But um....no ring means no pink mixer. I'm so jealous of all the mixers that friends receive from their registries. It's not fair. I want a fancy stand mixer too!

A few weeks ago I decided I needed to make marshmallows. Don't ask me why. A bee in my bonnet I guess. So I asked my cousin if I could borrow her stand mixer as I didn't own one. Of course she said yes but then life got crazy. And I never went up to her house to borrow the mixer. Clearly not getting around to making my marshmallows either. Realizing that I didn't have this kitchen necessity, she called my dad and asked if he thought it would be fun to get this for me for Christmas. And would you believe that my dad actually remembered that I wanted the pink one? OMG this fact alone is the most amazing part of the story. My dad has total man brain when it comes to details about conversations and life. So my cousins and aunt all went in together to surprise me with my very own PINK Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas. I had zero idea of what was under the wrapping paper and was in complete shock!! I do not enjoy being the center of attention but wow, they got me good with that surprise! I about fell out of my chair. We don't give big presents like that in my family usually. But never has a gift been more appreciated and loved! I have the best family ever!!



So after sleeping and lounging in best most of the day on Saturday, I finally got around to making marshmallows. I had a ball and never could have done it without the stand mixer. It was my first time making marshmallows (and using a stand mixer for that matter) but will certainly not be my last. Oh there is such a fabulous difference in a bag from the grocery store vs. homemade. The are light and fluffy and so tasty. I made a batch of vanilla and a batch of coconut coated in toasted coconut. I have no idea what I am going to do with two whole batches of marshmallows now but whatever.... She is the prettiest pink stand mixer ever! I'm in love!! And still totally single!

23 comments:

Jennifer said...

I have always wanted one of these also! I am so happy that you finally received one! Have fun baking!

Mags said...

That's an awesome gift from your family. Enjoy all the sweets you will be making with your mixer.

Laura said...

could you share your marshmello recipe?

Preppy Mama said...

Love it!! My MIL bought me mine when I got engaged and I picked yellow! If there was pink I totally would have gotten that one! Enjoy it!! Oh, please share your yummy recipe!!

Buford Betty said...

Oh how FUN!!!! What a fabulous surprise and you will LOVE it! And I bet you'll start making your mashed potatoes in there too. That's what I use mine for a lot. Love, love, love it!

lisagh said...

Heee hee... I got one this year too! Mine is silver and she's so purdy (I understand the love affair, I literally pet it every day!) I haven't used it yet though. Maybe today?

Yours and mine can be friends!

tlm said...

I wrote about this exact same thing not too long ago (single, wanted teh mixer, not getting married anytime soon, etc). And my dad was instrumental in purchasing me mine. Don't you just love it???

Muffy said...

OMG!!!! I am SO happy for you!!! I LOVE that pink mixer!!!!

CRICKET said...

What a great post. I was were you once were - single. It all works out. Love the pink kitchen aid mixer, wow! Happy New Year!

Wila (aka Ali) said...

Oh, how true your words ring, I say! I HATE the no plus one. Just down right rude. As for the mixer...I have the pink one too and LOVE it! You'll use it more than you think you would. :-) Enjoy and Happy New Year!

SAS said...

I too have always wanted one! I didn't register for one because I thought it was too expensive to put on the registry. That is great that you got one! And..I had NO IDEA you could make marshmallows. I am amazed to know you can even make them from scratch. As you can see, I probably wouldn't get much use out of the mixer..I don't know much about cooking! :)

Preppy 101 said...

Wow! Love that mixer! And the color is the BEST!!!

Double TT said...

As someone who did not marry until she was well into her 30s, I am all for getting started with the registry items early. I picked out my Wedgewood pattern and got it for Christmas and birthdays. I was almost done with it when I finally met Mr. Right. And I got the Kitchenaid before him...Love it!
P.S. I agree completely with the courtesy date...especially if you are shelling out money for travel or the "never to be worn again" bridesmaid dress.
PS2: Can you please share the marshmellow recipe?

Preppy Lizard said...

LOVE IT!! Congrats on your oh so cute pink mixer! What a great xmas surprise. I want your marshmello recipe.

adozeneggs said...

Love the pink, unfortunately when I bought mine they didn't have pink. I have 2 black ones. (one is for the bakery) I've been thinking about a backup mixer and will definitely get a pink one!!

Pink Lemonade and Peonies said...

That is a great mixer. You have a great aunt & cousins!!

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh Miss Crocodile, how very cool! We're speculating you will be more in love with your new treasure with each passing day! BTW, we did not marry The Consort until well into our thirties, we *so* know the syndrome of which you speak!

Now we're off to copy the marshmallow recipe!

Grins & Giggles and a Happy Day to you!
tp

Maureen said...

What a great gift - those are the best Christmas presents too. The ones you get because the person or people who bought thought about you and knew it was something you would want.

And as for the invitations without dates - I couldn't agree with you more. That would drive me nuts. Good for you!

Cindy said...

Oh, that is wonderful! And I hear you: I was one of the last ones married at 36. I'll probably be one of the last ones divorced too! Kidding, but I do think there's a lot of wisdom to marrying a little later in life even if that not exactly what you planned.

five tomatoes said...

What an awesome present! I'm also on wedding strike if I don't get the +1 (or Ends doesn't) because we've been dating for four years! Four! That's longer than some of the couples we know who are getting married that don't think we're worthy of a +!

Lori said...

Oh gosh, what a wonderful surprise!! After I started reading, I was gonna comment to "forget the registry and go treat yourself!", but your sweet family beat you to it!! What a special part of Christmas for you! :)
Enjoy!

magnoliabelle said...

Can I just say I love you for this post!!! I so totally agree about the weddings thing! I adore your new pink friend! I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother's Kitchenaid. It's just in plain beige, but the meaning behind it makes up for that. You'll probably appreciate the gift my friend gave me today...I'll post about it tonight or tomorrow:)

Biddy said...

i got my pink kitchenaid for christmas in 07 and nearly fainted. isn't she fantastic?!

congrats and welcome to the pink mixer club!

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