Oh yes that’s right. I finally finally finally got myself a proper stand mixer. A Breville BEM800XL Scraper Mixer Pro 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer to be exact! And oh yes, I really did name her Xena: Warrior Princess, because she is fierce and sexy. Do you think I’m thankful and happy and ready to do a celebration tap dance on the rooftop? Well if you said yes to the former and no to the latter, then you’d be right! But I’m even more thankful for the reason I received this mixer.
As you may know, I hosted a nation-wide cookie swap through my blog earlier this month. Since I never did an an update, what you don’t know is that we had 72 participants and we swapped a total of 3,574 cookies. Each person was only required to mail a dozen cookies to three people each (that’s 36 cookies per person) but we averaged more like 50 per person this year. That is partly because our group just loves to bake and share generously, and partly because we had an extra incentive.
One of our swappers, Marcia L., told us about Cookies for Kids Cancer, a nonprofit organization started by a mother of a young son who died of cancer to help raise money for pediatric cancer research and support families going through what she did with her own son. The organization is geared to help you raise money for pediatric cancer by hosting bake sales and cookie swaps.
After learning about Glad’s matching program through which they would donate $1 per cookie swapped, I registered our swap and people went crazy with the swapping! Marcia herself sent the most, with a total of 280. She swapped with 15 people, and then volunteered as a “Cookie Angel” and sent cookies to a couple people who did not get their cookies. She definitely was our star swapper, though we had many who went above and beyond (shout out to Eileen, Debbi, Shannon, Selby, Paula, Linda, Cynthia, Laurie, Eliza, Tamara, Sonya, Jessica, Jolie, Kathryn, Marlo, Kathleen, and Amber!), taking on extra matches and becoming cookie angels for those who got stuck with a dud swapper (thankfully we only had three this year, half as many as last year. Progress!).
After I counted our total and reported it to Glad, Marcia informed me of a perk for the hostess that I hadn’t been aware of when I signed up our swap.
I guess you can’t even tell I was excited can you? LOL! Besides the wrong ill-fitting mixing bowl on my old mixer, it also had a beater that constantly fell out and had to be pushed back in. In that video of Dennis making my birthday cake, if you fast forward to 1:52, you will hear the loose beater clacking against the other beater. That went on for five minutes (Dennis thought that’s how it was supposed to sound-lol) and I gladly cut most of that footage. So yes, to say I was thrilled is really an understatement. I have wanted a proper mixer for no less than five years and just by doing something fun that helped pediatric cancer patients, I got my mixer. Wow.
I’m so thankful for Marcia who told me about the Cookies for Kids Cancer organization. I’m so thankful to all my swappers who did a little extra to help raise more money through our swap for pediatric cancer research. And boy am I ever thankful to all the aforementioned people, Breville, and Cookies for Kids Cancer for making it possible for me to finally realize my dream of having a quality stand mixer. I am so happy about this whole situation, it’s just a continuous circle of giving and helping!
Here’s a short video of me testing out my mixer for the first time and of course I initiated it with bread dough (I made my favorite Honey Oatmeal Bread). It handled it great and was so quiet, it didn’t even wake Dennis when I started it up at 3 am. I’m a happy girl. :)