A few years ago santa bought me a lovely stand mixer at Costco. Did you know that you can use a stand mixer to actually make food?! Like bread dough and cookie dough, and even mashed potatoes? To my surprise, and my husbands delight, my mixer was able make many desserts (from boxes) that he wasn't accustomed to. Like birthday cake and fresh bread. He put on a few pounds from eating, and then lost it while cleaning up my mess. He's got a great body and now I can take all the credit.
My baking repertoire expanded from brownies from a box to:
Basic White Bread
Birthday cake (still from a box)
Better boxed brownies
I'm practically a chef!