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Jun. 5, 2012 10:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2012 5:57 pm
One of my "missions" while staying with mom, was to clean up/out a few areas of her apartment.  Did I know what I was faced with upon my arrival?  Well, I thought I did!  It took one whole day to sort through her "back room" which is smaller than a small bathroom, and houses (amongst other things,) her water heater...  Other expected jobs were to clean the "stuff" piled up in front of both of her closets, neither of which she'd been able to reach for many a year!

Day one, was somewhat fruitful, although when I began I certainly didn't expect it take a whole day!  I did, however, reap the benefits of  things she told me she didn't need, or want!  My pride and joy of this bounty is a stand mixer, circa mid 1980's.
This comes with two mixing bowls, both large and small, beaters and dough hooks, and is totally encased in bright polished chrome (I presume.)

Whilst continuing to sort through the myriad of boxes etc, I also found a cake pan set, a springform, a bundt cake insert for the springform, and a heart shaped...  Well, I guess the heart shape is for cutting an 8" round cake layer into the shape of a heart.
Other assorted items I found on her "pantry" shelves which I tossed into a box were 3lbs of baking chocolate, a bag of mixed dried fruit, and an un-opened box of currants.  Yes, I could have bought these items here in Phoenix, but then, what I "swiped" would still be collecting dust on mom's shelves, and in her own words, "I don't bake anymore!"  I think these almost paid for shipping on one of the three boxes I sent home.

As expected, my stamina on day one cost me day two... I was good for little more than being a couch potato, which I again repeated days three and four, sifting through boxes blocking the closet in her dining room...  I was however, able to remove about 50-60lbs of old papers (minus the parts with important info on them,) and at least a dozen boxes!  As for the bedroom, I guess it will just have to wait for another trip, unless I can get mom motivated to work on it herself (long distance.)  Perhaps once she finds how "nice" it is to gain entry into that one closet, she'll decide it's time to little by little begin sorting through the piles in her bedroom!  I won't hold my breath!  This summer, I've vowed to work on some of the piles of "stuff" around this house...

So, friends, there you have it.  I'm still recovering not only from exhaustion, but having to deal with a woman who has the memory of a gnat...  More than once, I had to take a deep breath, and bite my tongue, but what can you do?    Do I hear cake, and cheesecake in my future?  No doubt!  I will also be back soon to complete the "alphabet soup" series.  It's so hot here now, none of the remaining soups sound very interesting, but I must persevere!

Meanwhile, be happy, be healthy, bake crazy!
Sunbeam Mixer
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Sunbeam 2
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Cake Pans
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Cake Pans 2
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Jun. 6, 2012 3:04 am
good morning Stevie,it's always nice to help your mother with chores,she has a neat space now & you have a nice looking mixer...and that is a lovely pan set,i have never seen one like that with the bunt the goods to mix up and bake too...yes i see a cheesecake coming baking friend...i have seen on the weather how hot your area has smoking hot...Stevie make you cheesecake then sit and have a piece and have earned a well friend...Judy
Jun. 6, 2012 5:43 am
Awesome finds!!!! I'm a little jealous! Hope your Mom is doing well!
Jun. 6, 2012 6:48 am
Cool finds!
Jun. 6, 2012 6:50 am
You are a good man to do this for your Mom, Stevie. Glad to know you! ... We have had the model of Sunbeam for many years and it had done ev erything we wanted from mixing bread dough to making whipped cream and it still rund like it's new. Our dahgter gave us a KA so the Sunbeam is in semi-retirement. ... Get some rest then get that alphabet finished! ;)
Jun. 6, 2012 9:32 am
are you available for hire? I could use a ruthless hand at cleaning out my hall closet. No mixers in there though.
Jun. 6, 2012 10:27 am
Thanks, Judy... yes, I do need to stop for a bit! Much to do here though since I was gone... Note to self: must get eggs! Be well, friend!
Jun. 6, 2012 10:28 am
Terry... mom's doing ok???? physically anyway. Good to see her, but good to come home! Be well!
Jun. 6, 2012 10:29 am
CookandBakeGirl, treasure trove, for sure! Be well!
Jun. 6, 2012 10:30 am
Mike, how cool that you've a "twin!" Soups are on there way, maybe one later today, even! Be well!
Jun. 6, 2012 10:31 am
Covergirl... did I mention that I HATE to travel? Otherwise, I'd say "send me a map to your place!" lol!! Be well!
Jun. 6, 2012 11:49 am
As much as you hate traveling, Stevie, would you mind too much if my wife and I met up with you on your next trip? Maybe we could get a few other AR folks to join us.
Jun. 6, 2012 2:04 pm
I'll let you know Steve if you should take Mike up on that as he is due here on Friday. Don't do the soups if it is too hot after all that you have had to do. That was nice of you to help your mom out. Now back to work for me!
Jun. 6, 2012 7:45 pm
Mike, I thought about trying to contact you before I left Phx, but as it turned out, I just didn't have the ummph to drive (didn't even make it to my uncle's in Sheridan!) I'll note the email for sure! Don't do "summer" or "winter" - can't handle the crummy weather! Will keep in touch! Be well!
Jun. 6, 2012 7:47 pm
Cat, thanks for the "out," but I'm notorious for not "finishing" stuff! Must do this regardless! Besides, Judy has tons of zuchinni (she says) and wants the recipe... be well friend, and keep an eye!
Jun. 7, 2012 10:11 am
Stevie, I will be walking your path with my mother this summer. It is way past time to clear out her home of collections. My bro has been trying to make a dent, so I need to help him out and start wading in to the closets when I visit home this summer.
Jun. 7, 2012 10:35 am
Mauigirl, I suspect that once the closet door open, I/we will have to deal with mom forbidding us to toss anything! Best of luck... what I accomplished so far was the EASY part of things! Be well!
Jun. 11, 2012 1:16 pm
What wonderful things to acquire from your mom! Every time you use those treasures, you will think of her! How sweet!
Jun. 13, 2012 5:57 pm
Thanks, mickdee! You're right, of course... but now I need to decide what to do with my K/A stand mixer, kind of foolish to have them both sitting out!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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