Saturday, September 12, 2009

baking soothes the soul...

Wow, say that 5 times fast…

Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon baking, and it felt damn good! All the stresses and worries I carry around on an every day basis were gone. I think they might have left my body during the 10 minutes of kneading the bread dough. By the by, the bread is delish, Scott loves it too!

Looking back I have been baking since I was a kid. I recall cooking with all of my grandmas (I am a lucky girl and I have 3!). With my nanny (No, I did not grow up having an at home take care of me nanny, we just call my grandma on my dad’s side nanny) I remember making banana bread. With my grandma Mattson I remember cooking and baking. I remember being about 14 and watching the food network all the time, way before any of my friends were into “the cooking channel”, there was one time that I wanted to make meringue, not for a pie or any type of dessert, I was just fascinated by the way you could take eggs and make them fluffy. I used a glass bowl and a very old black and decker hand mixer, the meringue never came to be as the bowl slipped and broke all over the kitchen floor, hey I didn’t say I was good!!

For many years every Christmas we made spritz cookies, you know the ones I am talking about, where you make the dough and put it in this tube, choose your shape, and then squeeze them out. The Christmas tree, the star, the wreath...oh how i LOVED those cookies. I enjoy cooking dinner, breakfast etc, but what I find spiritual is baking. I feel connected to what I am doing; I am so focused I cannot think about anything else. It is an art, but even if the aesthetics of it isn’t appealing if it takes good then you have succeeded. I am able to lose myself in the process. While making the bread I forgot that I was supposed to go pick up my alterations, or that Scott was going to be working late for a Friday, I was totally and completely consumed in making bread.


Here is what allowed me to lose myself today...it felt good...









2 comments:

Matt said...

wow i wish i cud bake that well :( nice blog and congrats on getting married..

Kelly said...

I stumbled upon your blog from 20sb and started to laugh because 1) as of a week ago I used to have this background too, and 2) I totally have those brown square dinner plates too. Oh, and I love to bake too! Nice taste ;-)

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