Things having been a bit lean this year, we decided we'd get a combo birthday Christmas present for both of us, as both of our birthdays are within a month of Christmas. We've both wanted a Kitchenaid mixer for ages, but could never justify the expense. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, I saw a post on here about the sale on Amazon where the big Kahuna Kitchenaid was just over $200 with free shipping, but even that was out of reach with Holiday expenses etc.... We were both disappointed to have missed the opportunity, but life goes on.
Then yesterday my wife found an ad on Craigslist for an Ultra Power model, complete with all the parts and in like new condition for $70. We went and took a look and brought it home! I know a lot of you are thinking "What? It's just a mixer Dude!", but after wanting one for so many years, it really is exciting to have one. We made something like 8 dozen Christmas cookies yesterday, and a batch of "Buckeyes" which are a peanut butter chocolate thing that looks like, well, a buckeye. I gotta say, that thing makes mixing a breeze. I was able to whip egg whites in seriously less than 4 minutes. Next on the list is a batch of Amish bread, then maybe some cinnamon rolls, then Alton Brown's marshmallow recipe, then.....
Thinking about the meat grinder attachment too. I know it's not the ideal grinder, but it's gotta work better than the food processor. Plus I have an old Popiel pasta extruder that makes horrible pasta but works surprisingly well as a sausage stuffer.
Here are a couple pics I snapped with my phone. Didn't get one of the main part of the mixer, but it looks like any other. The cookies don't look the greatest, but they are pretty tasty.