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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: My Fantasy Christmas Wish List

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Fantasy Christmas Wish List

Disclaimer: This list has nothing whatsoever to do with the gifts which are already wrapped and under the tree, addressed to yours truly.  It doesn't even have anything to do with reality.  This is merely a wish list.  In no way do I expect to receive these items, and in no way does their presence in the back of my mind detract from the presents I will be receiving - presents which I know I will love very much.

I'm not the sort of girl who requires fancy things.  Not at all.  In fact, it's probably for the best that I have few fancy things, seeing as how I'm not exactly the most - what's the description? - coordinated and well-organized person in the world.

In other words, I break things and I lose things.  The fact that my iPhone has survived, intact and unscathed, for over a year is a feat unbeknownst to mankind prior to now.  For real.  I think I went through 3 iPods in 2 years (service plans are a good thing).

So no fancy things required, and quantity of gifts is not an issue either.  Seriously.

Throughout my life, I have found that it's more fun to want things.  To drool.  To, dare I say, covet.  Because once I have everything I want...well, I have everything I want.  Big deal.  Now what to do with it? And there's the rub. 

It's much more fun to want things than to actually feel obligated to use all of the wonderful things I have.  Think about it.  How many items have you purchased or received, convinced at the time of their incredible importance in your life...only to see them waste away, covered in dust and the occasional cobweb? I have.  More times than I care to admit.

With that in mind, here it is.  My Fantasy Christmas Wish List.

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Pasta Press Attachment

Oh, the things we would do together, you and I.  The adventures we would have.  The pasta we would make.  The joy we would bring.  Rigatoni flying every which way. 

You have no idea of the imaginary damage I would do with this simple attachment.

And while we're at it...

Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer

Let me immediately state that my stand mixer has served me well for 2 1/2 years (it's still a baby!).  Every recipe I've ever posted which requires beating, whipping or kneading of any kind has been tackled by my trusty stand mixer.  We have a beautiful relationship.

But.  I drool copious amounts of drool when I see this artisan mixer.  It's on my wish list for 2 reasons:

1) It's bigger than mine, and has a handle on the bowl.
2) It's red.

No one ever said that wish lists had to make sense.

Just about everything on the Wilton website

See, in my head I'm quite the little baker/decorator.  I'm, like, the Martha Stewart of my block.  I spend my spare time finding new and innovative ways to decorate cakes and cookies, and then I set them up for display in my front window in order for my less gifted slacker neighbors to hate me and my ridiculous productivity.  Therefore, it's clear that I need a whole arsenal of baking and decoration tools at my disposal.  Wilton cake pans, Wilton piping tips, and not to mention the Wilton books on how to actually decorate things. 

Not that I need to learn how or anything.  Because I totally don't.  I just need the inspiration for new awe-inspiring projects.  In my head.

A double oven
Again: It just makes sense.  Wouldn't holiday entertaining be much simpler if I could cook with two ovens at once? It's simple mathematics, people.  2 ovens get twice the cooking done in half the time.  I think that, right there, is reason enough for me to knock some space into my kitchen wall and plop one in.

This is just a small sampling of the items on my miles-long list of things I would not exactly hate waking up and seeing every day.  Hmm...notice a theme here? Well, there are less tangible (and less kitchen-oriented) wishes on my list as well.  Like wishes for employment opportunities to open up for more people, for fewer hungry families in the world, and for all of us to start caring about each other a little more because, after all, we're all the same.

How about YOU? What's on your ultimate wish list?

And here's a bonus question: Have you ever received/purchased a really wished-for item...which you hardly ever used? Tell me about it!

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Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

Jen, I enjoyed both your wish lists, the tangible and intangible. I always want more for the kitchen. I am out of room but I still want more. I guess the only major thing, I want is an ice cream maker. The funny part it that I probably wouldn't use it often.

December 2, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Yep, I know what you mean - I was dying for a yogurt maker for the longest time, and after that it was a canning set. I know they'd go to waste!

December 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Blogger Holly said...

I like your wish list. I really want a new stand mixer - mine is 13 years old, but has only been used for 5 works but I want the Rolls Royce of mixers and now that I cook I can ask for it.

I coveted a diamond fleur de lis necklace and I finally got it and I do LOVE it, but with kids and my current (non-working outside the home) lifestyle I do not wear it as much as I would like.


PS-Your questions about my writing first books ere sheer luck - sold quickly, like within weeks...sets the expectations high. After that is slowed down, but I would say withing 1-2 years I was considered an expert but I networked and did homework and knew everything that was current.

December 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Holly - thanks so much for answering my question! At times it's easy to think of someone's success as "overnight", when clearly it's not.

December 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love our KitchenAid mixer!! Definitely something to save up for if you bake a lot, or not even a lot. We got ours for our wedding. I would love a double oven. I was thinking about that the other day. =p

I never ask for anything for myself, ever...not even when I was a little kid. I just don't like a lot of stuff I guess. Even now, I hate shopping. I know, sad. But...

My ultimate wish list item isn't even a thing, I would love a vacation. I haven't been on a real one since our honeymoon to Hawaii, hey, I've never even been out of the country. Again, sad. Oh well. I love living here in the Bay Area though. =)

December 4, 2010 at 4:13 AM

Blogger Joann Mannix said...

Your fantasy gifts are so much different than mine, Baker Girl. I dream of Christian Louboutin shoes and sparkly baubles and unlimited certificates for Itunes and Barnes and Noble. And perhaps, Fabio of Top Chef or Marc Ruffalo or the best, Bono, popping out of a cake, all for me.

December 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Blogger One More Equals Four said...

O, I would love, love, love a stand mixer...of any kind! I have always said I wanted one but just can't justify the cost...ya know, when I have to feed the children and all. I would totally love the Wilton stuff, too...maybe we could open a little bake shop hold all the delicacies those two ovens would produce!

December 5, 2010 at 3:58 PM


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