Things I learned tonight…
1. Marshmallow, very sticky
2. I don’t have a mixer quite big and bad enough to make a whole batch of marshmallow fondant
3. I shouldn’t have had my nails done right before deciding to make 10 pounds of fondant, short would be better
4. Marshmallows are sticky
This all really goes back to 1998, the year I was married. I was so loved (heh heh) that I had three wedding showers. My sister got married the same year and she had ONE shower. Sooo… my grandma (who was one of the very few people invited to all of my showers) gave my sister the KitchenAid mixer and me 3 smaller gifts that added up to the cost of the KitchenAid mixer. It is now 12 years later and if my sister has used that mixer twice, I would be genuinely shocked. The point is that I don’t have a stand mixer and my sister does and I still might wish I’d only had one shower. She doesn’t read this. If she did, this is where I would ask her to give me her stand mixer.
Unfortunately, my truly amazing grandma passed away in 2006. My grandma was a very successful and accomplished woman, but I remember her best for the time she spent in her kitchen. She wasn’t there because it was all she had, she had lots of important things to do — she was there because she loved it. I chose many special things from her kitchen, but her vintage Hamilton Beach Model E stand mixer (that she received as a wedding gift) is my easy favorite (though it’s hard to top the bacon press and the cheese cuber).
Unlike my sister, she used her mixer almost every day. It’s heavy and it’s clunky and the exterior is a little over-loved… but it still works like I just took it out of the box (and yes, I actually have the box, too). I’m so fortunate to have it and with it, the memories of the years I spent watching her make mashed potatoes and never, ever sitting down for a meal until everyone at the table was almost finished eating.