I really love my Kitchen Aid mixer. Before it, I had a hand held mixer. With the Kitchen Aid, I can dump in ingredients, then let it mix while I do something else. I’m not chained to the mixer.
I recently got a manual grain mill. I think I’m gonna love it too. The older I get, the more I hate noise, so grinding the wheat without the loud motor of an electric grinder was very pleasant. It took me awhile to grind 6 cups. I’d grind a while, then do something else and come back and grind some more. Believe me, it warms up the old body. So I can get a workout while grinding wheat. How cool!!
I’ve started kneading my bread by hand too. It’s so quiet and calming. I always think of Nisaba explaining the sex life of yeast. LOL.