Now, this is what I call a good holiday present!
It wasn't a surprise, since the daughters wanted to assure that I or My Beloved didn't go out and buy me the same thing, but it really is a delight.
I have wanted a KitchenAid mixer since God was a child, but I never quite got up the oomph to buy one for myself. I just kneaded and whipped the old fashioned way, eschewing recipes that called for very much of either of those activities. For example, I have always wanted to try making a Bûche de Noel but the thought of all the beating necessary to make the cake batter smooth and ribbony - well, I settled for store bought bûches with their too-sweet icing.
Now, I'm liberated, able to tackle just about any kitchen task. Empowered, that's what I am. Isn't that the definition of a really great holiday gift?