I love to cook and bake. It is one of the most calming and fulfilling things for me. When I was little, I would just sit and watch both of my grandmothers cook up these delicious meals that everyone loved, and I wanted to be just like that. I took over most of the cooking in our house by the time I was 11 or 12. My mom did not inherit a love of cooking, so I'm pretty sure she was grateful that I did!
Now that I am a mom, I strive to pass on that same joyous feeling of cooking and baking for others to my own children.
This Christmas Eve, we baked lots of dessert goodies for the family. I managed to get all four of my medium-sized people in the kitchen for one recipe, and once it was done, the older two ran away, but Ava and Ally stayed on to help with the rest.
It made me so incredibly happy to just watch them as they measured and mixed and laughed and giggled. It was a perfect gift. ♥