CC I believe what you call confectioners sugar is what we call icing sugar - used to make frostings? We get pure icing sugar which has no corn starch added to it or regular which has the starch added.
Castor sugar is easy to create at home, I have a dry mill that does it, I dont see why a blender wouldnt do it too, its simply a finer grade of granual than regular sugar.
Bread machine would be a no go in this house hold although mum is bringing hers when she moves down here and that scares me a bit. DH is a fresh bread addict, if its there he will just start eating it and not stop till its all gone, I wouldnt bring a bread machine into this house because of him! I occasionally make zucchini bread or damper but just as a treat.
"My will is mine.....I shall not make it soft for you" Aeschylus, Agamemnon