What baking means to us

What baking means to us

When you really sit down to think… what does baking actually mean? The simplicity is you get a bunch of ingredients, mix them together and bake them in the oven to create something delicious. Then you think to yourself wow did i actually make that and how is it that a little while ago it was nothing but a few simple ingredients. We still find it surprising the bakes you can make just from a few ingredients. Baking to us is a way of being creative and an activity that we can share with our family. We love experimenting with new flavours and creating one of a kind recipes. Baking is also a way of getting back to basics and being in the kitchen rather than watching TV or being on a mobile phone or laptop. Making a mess is actually really fun and at the end we get to eat something wonderful.
               

What Baking Means to Me

Besides being an obvious means to an end (a baked good), the act of baking is a form of my self expression. I create what I want to create, however little or magnificent that baked good may be.

When I worked a 9-5 job in a corporate environment, coming home and baking cupcakes (even from a box mix!) helped me relax and unwind. It simply “felt like me.” In a job where I didn’t have much creative freedom, baking truly kept me fulfilled and energized.

And, not to mention, it’s a double whammy of awesomeness– baking makes me happy and baked goods make everyone happy. Spreading joy is immensely powerful.

I was able to make a career out of this passion. 8 years later, baking still provides the same amount of joy and creative freedom. But on a more serious note, baking also helps manage my anxiety. A chronic worrier since my teen years, I find the structure and focus that baking requires to be soothing. I’m in control of the outcome (well, mostly!) and that control is important during times that my anxiety feels debilitating. Baking is my work, my “me time,” and, well, my medicine. I’m really grateful I’m able to do it.

It’s not just about baking cookies, it’s about the joy and calm that come with it. What baking is to me may be knitting, painting, reading, running, yoga, or music to someone else. How profound that a hobby can be a form of therapy.

So what does baking mean to you?

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