I love to bake! Who's with me?
In fact, baking was my gateway into cooking. My grandmother worked really hard to teach me cooking basics when I was a teenager. However, I had NO interest at the time.
I felt bored every time I tried to cook – like I was wasting my time waiting for the water to boil or the casserole to bake in the oven.
But somehow baking felt different. Now maybe it was the fact that I was creating sweet dishes (I have the never-satisfied sweet tooth) instead of healthy dishes that appealed to me. Or maybe it was something about the ritual of mixing the dry and the wet ingredients separately before combining them. Mixing bowls. Measuring spoons. My favorite mixing bowls. I love it all.
Before getting married, I would bake something once a week. It helped me relax and was almost like a reward at the end of a busy week. Once I got married, I started baking a little less frequently because my husband didn't want the sweets sitting around the house, tempting him. I totally get it.
Then I started having kids! Boy, do kids tend to require a lot of time and attention! Once I started having babies, I didn't have time to bake often at all. But I still squeezed it in here and there – when I really needed to relax.
These days I spend my time shuttling kids to and from sports, activities, doing homework and general family activities. All that activity leaves little time for baking, which is good for my waistline (ok, who am I kidding – I have a secret stash of chocolate that I break into on a regular basis), but bad for reducing stress and relaxing.
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While I wish I could indulge and bake more often than I do, I realize that I am more grateful now when I do bake. I think it's even more enjoyable now that I don't have the opportunity to take it for granted.
Watch out at the holidays, though – I still go nuts then!
I had the chance this week to make a favorite dish: peach crisp. I can't say enough good things about this dish – it has everything I need and want in a dessert! It's easy to make, simple ingredients, delicious, and it goes in the slow cooker! win, win, win!
While I now love and appreciate cooking entire meals, I don't know if I'll ever love the act of cooking as much I do baking.
I had so much fun making this dish (and even more fun eating and sharing it with my family)!
Tell us in the comments: How did you get started cooking or baking?
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