Thanksgiving Week and Cyber Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We spent the week at home doing nothing but eating and relaxing and eating some more. 

I did lots of baking to keep everything gluten-free. To help make it easier, I picked up a stand mixer. I couldn’t justify the expense of a Kitchenaid right now (and I stupidly passed on buying Aldi’s Ambiano classic stand mixer a few weeks ago when I had the chance), so I went with a Sunbeam Mixmaster. It has a two year warranty, so I think that should give me plenty of time to see if I use it enough to warrant investing in a higher end machine.

So far, I have used it to make a two loave batch of banana nut bread, a two loave batch of apple nut bread, a two loave batch of sweet potato bread, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, crust for an apple pie, pizza crust, and a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I bought it last Wednesday. If it survives through Christmas with everything I’m throwing at it, I will give it my highest endorsement. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a similar mixer in white:  Sunbeam 2371 MixMaster Stand Mixer, White

The only thing that made me nervous so far was the sweet potato bread. It was super stiff and thick, and I was lazy and didn’t switch to the dough hooks after combining the wet ingredients. Even so, the mixer still managed with the speed increased. Next time, though, I will be smart and use the correct attachments for the task.

We took another batch of pecans to be cracked, and bought another $5 box of bruised apples and a few marked down bunches of bruised bananas. That supplied the nuts and fruits for most of my baking. Unfortunately I don’t have photos of any of that. 

I do have a photo of the apple cider vinegar I’m making from the peelings I saved from the first batch of apples. This is my first time to make ACV, so I’ll hold off on writing a how-to until it’s complete.

Today is Cyber Monday, so I’ve marked down everything in my SubEarthan Cottage Etsy shop by 20%. No coupons needed. ☺

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