Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dear Mom,

I just wanted to thank you for always cooking and baking with us when we were kids. Because these things were always a part of our lives, it's something that I'm already incorporating in my own kids' lives. It's something that I do without really having to think about it and it's something I truly enjoy.

Only now, as an adult, do I realize that not everyone knows how to do basic cooking and baking. Today at work, I brought in a bunch of Orange Cranberry bread loaves to share with friends and was surprised by how thankful people were to receive a homemade gift. And even more surprised that people acknowledge baking as something that they just aren't very good at. So giving home baked (and from scratch) gifts, is a very welcomed treat!

I also take it for granted that with cooking, I understand the potential for improvisation in dishes to either make them better or change them to my liking. I remember well being about 10 years old and starting up a pot of chili while you were still at work and you coaching me through some of the steps over the phone. Since then, I've never made a pot of chili with a recipe - always to taste. Not that I'm some kind of culinary phenom, but I can hold my own and it's nice not having to doubt my cooking skills when starting a recipe.

So thank you mom for instilling a love and know how in me that I never truly understood the value of until recently. I've always taken it for granted that my baked goods and meals come out fairly good each time and I owe that all to you!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Erika. My eyes are wet and my heart bursting with pride. I can honestly say that all the time I spent talking and demonstrating to you and your sibs were a waste of time...always something I enjoyed and loved working alongside the 3 of you. And I see you doing the same with your little ones already.
Much love,
Mom

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!
TYPO!!!!!!!!!!!
I MEANT TO SAY "THE TIME I SPENT WITH YOU WAS NOT A WASTE OF TIME...PLEASE BELIEVE ME. :-)
MOM

Mama said...

My mom did the same thing & its wonderful! I just told my sister how I am looking forward to the day when G. can be in the kitchen with me baking.