You might think I'm silly to add this as a must-have, but once you bake with pure vanilla from Mexico you'll agree.

I've burned up a lot of hand-held mixers with thick cookie dough. 
My husband surprised me with a Kitchen Aid one Christmas... it can handle anything! I think a Kitchen Aid or a Bosch mixer is definitely a must-have.

I love throwing ingredients into the Crock Pot. Slow cooking makes everything so tender... and perfect-o!