A Question For You

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Do you cook when you’re sad or stressed?  Brenna told me I was the only one, but I don’t believe it.  I remember September 11, 2001.  We were supposed to go to the children’s museum, but obviously, we didn’t.  It was very quiet that day, and nobody really knew what to do.  I didn’t.  So I baked.  Double chocolate chip cookies.  And I brought some over to all the neighbors, because I figured they could use some, too.  That Sunday, there was an article in the Chicago Tribune, by Leah Eskin.  I always loved her articles, but that day, she wrote about baking chocolate chip cookies in the face of disaster.  She’d baked, too.  Kindred spirits.  (I still have the article.)

Anyway, that’s what I do when I don’t know what to do.  I cook.  And I clean.  Because it somehow helps to put things in order when everything else seems disordered.

How about you?

(Barbara posted the link to this strawberry-yogurt cake today.  We’re suffering from Delaney-withdrawal.  I baked the cake. Everyone is happy.  Except, maybe, Delaney, who won’t get any. 🙂 )

11 Comment

  1. Sandra Modersohn says:

    Yesterday, Sam had a meeting that we really needed to go well. I was stressed out about it all morning. I spent the whole time he was gone cooking and cleaning. Somehow it felt like if I could do those things well enough, it would have a positive effect on his meeting an hour and a half drive away! lol But you’re right. The measured steps of cooking and cleaning, and the comfort of the result helps give at least the illusion of order when you’re feeling out of sorts.

    Once, during a particularly lean time, we were getting low on groceries and we were down to just 2 eggs. I didn’t have the money to go buy more and I was feeling pretty low about our situation. Can you guess what I made with those two little eggs? Yep. Chocolate chip cookies. Exactly what a stressful moment needs. 🙂 Maybe it’s because we’re sisters? lol But I totally get you! ♥ (By the way his meeting did go well so it obviously works!)

    1. Hooray for happy outcomes! And for cookies to smooth the way. 🙂

  2. Beckie R. says:

    I think I tend towards the cleaning more than the baking…I used to bake out of boredom or a need to fill hours with something productive and tangible; but I don’t do that anymore…I’m getting a bit thinner as a result 🙂

    1. Ha! There is that. 🙂

  3. I don’t know, I don’t think I do, but that bunt cake sure looks good!

    1. It is really good. Moist and not-too-sweet, and the frosting made with lemon juice is the perfect compliment of tartness. I’ve even been making cakes with soft white wheat flour and they come out great! So… sort of nutritious? 😉

  4. Yes! I often will bake or more often I will start organizing and picking up all the clutter. Somehow fixing my own chaos brings a little calm.

    1. If you can’t fix the world, you can at least fix up your own home. I understand completely. And I’m happy to see I’m not alone!

  5. I absolutely bake to soothe myself, hence the Strawberry Yogurt cake. And usually at those moments I choose recipes I like to eat (hence the Strawberry Yogurt cake 😉 ).

    1. Which was absolutely delicious!

  6. Melissa says:

    You are not alone…cooking, baking, cleaning definitely a good way to restore order when feeling all sorts of emotions. My administrative assistant knows when I start cleaning my office that I need a stress relief break!

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