baking therapy

i find baking fun. i like to bake, and i like to eat. but sometimes, baking is more than fun. sometimes it’s therapeutic.

m & m cookie dough

in the movie julie & julia, there was a scene where after a bad day at work, julie tells her husband, “I love that after a day when nothing is sure, and when I say “nothing” I mean nothing, you can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. It’s such a comfort.” as she baked a pie.

i totally resonated with that line. i love to bake as a stress reliever. it’s true–when baking, if you put the right ingredients together, in the right amounts, and bake it for the right amount of time, you end up with something beautiful and yummy. and when everything else in the world is complicated or stressful, the process of baking something is as comforting as eating the tasty result.

baking is more than stress relief. for me baking, especially from scratch, can be an expression of love. it means i care enough about someone to spend time making something i think they’ll like. it’s a way for me to show someone matters to me.

a couple of weeks ago, i made cookies. tonight i’m baking cupcakes. some will go for dessert at snack supper tomorrow night at church; some will go to my study group. tonight, i’ll have some fun baking. and tomorrow, hopefully some people i care about will have fun eating.

 

what about you? what do you find comforting and therapeutic? what makes you feel cared for?

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