With the industrial revolution, America lost its taste for homemade. Goods could be produced more cheaply by machine and were shinier, seamless, and dare I say it, without much character. I’m pleased to report that while most households still buy everything at the store, the movement toward homemade is experiencing a bit of a revival.
It beleaguers my mother to no end that I prefer to make at home what could easily be bought at the store—gift tags, whipped cream, and fancy cakes—but I like to do it, even if the cost savings aren’t terribly significant.
My current obsessions include making gourmet cupcakes and creating homemade solutions to organizational challenges like my need for a storage solution for holiday gift wrap. I also recently finished making my own light tent (the one you see in my recent Barbie photography post) which saved me a ton of money and which I’ve already used several times to take pictures of cupcakes.
On the less good homemade front, I’m the the throes of a fight with my stand mixer. Over the holidays, the motor on my trusty Sunbeam stand mixer gave out. I’d wanted to upgrade to a KitchenAid for some time before that but couldn’t justify the purchase, and was secretly a little pleased when the Sunbeam broke. Off I trotted to Macy’s to check out the after-Christmas sales, picked up a mixer on sale, and hauled what seemed like 100 pounds through the mall and back home. Upon walking through the door and checking out the Internet, I found that I could get a professional-level KitchenAid for a cheaper price than I’d just paid for my standard mixer, and so, I packed said mixer back up and returned it to the store.
The fancy, schmancy pro machine with all the bells and whistles arrived from Amazon this Friday and upon unboxing it and using it once, I discovered that it’s damaged and doesn’t quite work right. Today’s project is to pack it back into the box to be dragged to the UPS store on Monday. I really, really hope that the replacement they send will actually work and I can get back to baking.