Monday, December 6, 2010

The Spontaneous Baker's Christmas Wishlist

Tis the season for gift giving and receiving. Since I've taken care of the giving portion, I thought I'd compile a list of things I would like to receive, in case my husband Santa is reading this blog. These are things I've heard rave reviews for but have yet to be able to try out personally.

The first on my Christmas wishlist is this Retro Apron from There's something about these old-school aprons that makes me want to bake in a skirt and high heels. Realistically, that's never going to happen. But the essence of this apron gives me the inspiration to make homemade from scratch goodies like apple pies or chocolate chip cookies (you know, Americana stuff). I believe I would also feel more stylish doting this around the house because let's be honest, the stay at home mom wardrobe that consists of yoga pants and a college t-shirt (for me at least) can be pretty mundane. 
The next item on my Christmas wishlist are these Chef' n Vipe Salt & Pepper Balls.  How much more ergonomic can you get? I mean all you have to do is grab the handles, squeeze, then set back on the counter. These look very convenient and stylish. This salt and pepper grinder pair would give more 'spice' to seasoning your meals (Get it? Get it? More 'spice' to your meals??). I would probably have way too much fun with these gadgets.

 My next wishlist item are these OXO Pop Containers. These containers appeal to me because they provide a airtight seal, are stackable, and made of a very durable BPA free plastic. I would use these to store my all purpose flour, cake flour, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and any other baking ingredient that needs storage. I like that these containers are clear which would provide easy identification.
My first thought when I saw these Wilton Stackable Cooling Racks was "G.E.N.I.U.S" . I mean seriously, what is a baker supposed to do with 3 dozen cookies fresh out of the oven and limited counter space? These stackable cooling racks would meet the need of allowing my warm goodies an opportunity to cool with out spilling over onto my kitchen table.

 I don't know about you, but my artistic genius has trouble expressing itself. I love the thought of beautiful, artistic, articulate cake decorations but when it comes time for the proverbial rubber to meet the road, the end result is little less than eye-catching. This Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter is a device where you simply push a button to select your design and whala! Out comes a perfectly cut piece of gum paste or frosting. This could make anyone look like and everyday Martha Stewart. Imagine going to your get together and dropping off a tray of cup cakes with perfectly cut stars. People will think you spent hours making sure each star was perfectly symmetrical. This could make even the least artistically inclined baker could pull off beautiful pastry decorations.
The next item on my Christmas wishlist is  Knape & Vogt® Full Round Cabinet Lazy Susan. All my spices get pushed to the back of the cabinet as time goes on thus making the retrieval of a spice not used recently quite a process. I would use 2 tiered lazy susan to separate cooking and baking spices and provide an efficient way to find spices without tearing apart my cupboard. I imagine that this would be useful to organize pots and pans in addition the the spices. How epic would it be to be able to open up a cupboard door and 1. not have anything fall out and 2. to locate the desired spice within seconds? Pretty nifty in my book.

 Last but certainly not least is the KitchenAid KV25G0X Stand Mixer. It seems like everyone who's anyone in the baking world has one of these beautiful stand mixers. I understand why, though, as it appears to be magic. With this machine, you can blend, whisk, and knead. You can also make fresh pasta with an additional attachment. My preference, being the traditionalist that I am, would be the classic KitchenAid Red. I love that this model has the wrap around bowl holder and bowl lift. It also has a 450w motor, can you say pooowwwwweeerr? "I will have this machine one day" I said to myself as I read all the fabulous details and reviews for this model.

This concludes my Christmas wishlist. I hope you found this insightful and entertaining. If you have any first hand experience with any of the above products, feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it!


  1. Ok the Circut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter looks awesome!

  2. have you seen the pull down shelves for the cabnits above the counter for your spices. You install this little what looks kinda like stadium seating for spices into your cabinet and when you open the door you pull down the stand (still attached to the cabinet. you can see every spice pull what you need and push the rack back up into the shelf! you can find one at the container store and or IKEA!