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Baking as a lesson in perfect imperfection.


The weather turned cooler this week, and the calendar officially welcomed Fall, so right on queue my baking instincts have started kicking in.

Now, I’m not much of a cook and I’m certainly not a food blogger (as my non-Pinterest “worthy” pictures will attest) but I do love to bake. I have ever since I was a teenager.  I love measuring and mixing and the chemistry aspect to it.  I like recipes that tell you step by step what to do, and I even love baking complicated things. When I need to relax, if I’m not reaching for my knitting needles then I’m probably reaching for my oven mitts.

I remember, not that many years ago, when baking was something I did at night after the kids were in bed.  Sometimes it is still that way, long solo baking sessions where I can make every thing just so.  But more often than not, these days I share the experience, and the resulting havoc, with my kids.

For me, baking with my children can either be about forced efficiency and picture perfect results (and major stress) … or it can be about purposefully deciding to let go, live in the moment, and practice all of that patient, mindful, uncomplicated parenting that I preach.

In other words, I think baking with the kids is as good for me as it is for them.

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