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Celebrating Family History through Baking

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Woman reviewing old recipes by The New Moon Workshop

I have been going through old recipes lately. Seeing my mother’s handwriting on these well-used, stained, time-yellowed index cards is, in a word, overwhelming.⠀

My mom died of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2003. I miss her in the way that you miss someone after 17 years… my memories are sometimes sharp, but often a little fuzzy and out of focus. Seeing these old recipes has brought her back to me; I hear her laugh, I see her smile. I feel her love.⠀

My latest project, if you missed the updates, was a bakeathon to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Baking for Alzheimer’s Disease may seem kind of ironic. Sugar is certainly not advisable for anyone who is hoping to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s, or any disease for that matter.⠀ ⠀

But I think you have to look beyond the baked goods to the act of baking itself. We bake to nourish more than the body; we bake to nourish the soul. Birthday cakes, holiday treats, apple pies in the fall and berry crisps in the summer – these are gifts. They mark occasions, they bring us together to celebrate the big things and the small things in life.⠀ ⠀

My mother was not a wealthy woman. She didn’t leave us diamonds and pearls; she left us apricot cookies and apple strudel and nut roll. This is her legacy.⠀

Think about the gifts that you are leaving for your family. Make those memories. They are truly more precious than gold.⠀

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