Holiday cookie baking is a lot more fun now that I know a few things about cooking. My twenty-something self knew some basics but she had a lot to learn.
I don’t think she knew she had a lot to learn… but she did. About cooking, about being a good friend/wife/mother/daughter, about work, about life. There have been a LOT of lessons learned in the past 10 years for this girl. A lot of them learned the hard way. (Why?? ????) Some learned through no fault of my own — the housing market crash, the Fortune 500 company I worked for went bankrupt, then the healthcare industry went into crisis mode.
My timing seems to be terrible but what I’ve learned in spite of all the bad stuff that happens in life, is that there are people who will be there to help you out if you look for them and can be humble enough to accept their help.
So, what does this all have to do with baking cookies? Well, I think some people believe baking and cooking in general is silly. That it’s a waste of time. Why learn to make food when you can just buy food already made? At least that’s what my twenty-something self used to think.
That was before I realized that life is not a race. It’s not all about cutting corners and being efficient to get ahead. It’s about doing something meaningful with your life. And I’m still working on figuring out exactly what that is but I get this feeling when I hand someone a box of homemade cookies and wish them happy holidays, that I’m onto something. They feel special. They feel loved. Why? Because I spent my most valuable asset—my time—on them. To me, that’s what holiday cookie baking is all about. Showing people you care in a fun, creative, and delicious way. ????