Baked goods. They're definitely a love of mine. Without doubt.
They bring happy, happy memories to my mind. As a child, I remember pulling the yellow flip top stool over to the counter. I'd crawl up, help measure, leveling the measuring cup with a knife. I'd dump ingredients in the bowl carefully. Grab that wooden spoon to help stir. Taste test a little. I'd be right next to my mom, talking continually at her, for sure.
Although I usually helped her, sometimes I didn't. Every now and then when my dad was home playing with us, we thought my mom was inside making/cleaning up after dinner. She'd come out and surprise us with something fantastic. I distinctly remember her serving us Hot Crossed Buns when I was learning that delightful sound on the recorder. Or sometimes we arrive home from a long day of school to find a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. Enjoying a seemingly spontaneous sweet treat with the sweetest mom ever was special beyond belief.
Sometimes, I like to do the same. My husband and I are so rarely home together that when we are, I usually have the kids as he does lawnmowing/something of that nature. But this particular day, he had them both. And I completed this scrumptious surprise for them. It was well received, I'm telling you. Recipe HERE.
I'm hoping to keep that tradition alive-surprising my loved ones with sweet treats when they least expect it. Won't you join me this week/day/month/year and make some goodies to surprise your loved ones when they least expect it?