September 28, 2009
I had a thousand things to do last night. You know how it is on Sunday night. There are things left to do and the weekend is running out. I know that people think single people have oodles of spare time on their hands, but it doesn’t work out that way for me. Besides a stressful full-time day job, the bills have to be paid, the animals need care, the house needs cleaning, the laundry needs tending to, the car needs maintaining, meals needs preparing, and errands need to be done. Oh, yeah, and then there is BigSisLilSis, exercising, and maybe a tiny bit of a social life, if I’m lucky. But, that’s just life, right? We’re all busy.
So with all of that going on, what did I do last night? I baked cookies, of course! What the heck! As I was stirring up a big mess in my kitchen, I started thinking. Why do people bake? Why am I baking? Now I’m wondering…why do you bake?
- To alleviate stress? Some people, like LilSis, would say that baking is a stress-inducer, rather than a stress-reducer.
- To fill a need to fill tummies? Do you bake because your family needs food, and whipping something up is the easiest way to feed them?
- To save money? Depending on the ingredients, it definitely can be more economical to bake a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread from scratch than it is to buy something at the grocery store.
- To carry on a family tradition? Lots of families have vintage recipes that have been passed down for generations, so baking them and teaching them to children and grandchildren keeps the tradition alive.
- To have fun? Baking can be fun, when things work out right, and mastering a challenging recipe is really rewarding. Spending time in the kitchen to me is just plain fun!
- To show your love for people? Lots of people, me included, love to bake something that pleases people. For me, baking isn’t just a task, it’s something I put my heart into. I want it to be perfect, and for people to know I did it for them because I care about them.
So, now that you know I bake for fun and love, please tell me. Why do you bake?