In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Wilton employees to share some special memories and stories. For many of us, our moms – or someone who is like a mom to us – piqued our interest in baking. Who did you learn from? What special memories do you have? Or, are you a mom who enjoys baking with her kids? In this series, we will feature a different story each day. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of those who chose to share their MOMent!
I didn’t always love to cook and bake. I started to cook in order to have a healthier lifestyle. Then, I started to experiment with new recipes and I found my way by adding my personal flair to my cooking and baking recipes. Yet, my current state of life leaves me torn between indulging myself when so inspired and knowing my boundaries as a mom.
As a wife and mom, I find myself genuinely enjoying cooking and baking for my family. It brings me a certain amount of pleasure knowing my family is satisfied with a new and/or usual meal or snack. As a mother, I love that nothing makes my oldest son (Declan, 3 ½ years old) happier than cooking and baking with me and his father. At first, I thought it was him expressing his independence, but the kid can crack an egg better than I can! Seriously, no egg white or yolk on the counter.
The older I get – and the older my children get – the more I realize that all of these feelings bring me joy, warmth and love because of my own childhood experiences with my mom. When I look back on my childhood, I have very specific cooking and crafting memories. Every Christmas season, my mother made the most beautiful homemade gift baskets full of baked goods and homemade ornaments. She stayed up all hours baking and every year put so much care into these baskets. From chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, to the most moist banana bread, my full time working mother took an unbelievable amount of care and love preparing these gifts. And now, as a full time working mother myself, I appreciate what that meant.
The other childhood memory I have is of my mother making me, my brother and my sister handmade costumes for school plays and Halloween. The sound of her sewing machine will be forever embedded in my brain. Whether she was cooking, baking or crafting my mother put an enormous amount of care in all she did.
One of the crafting hobbies that my mom and I both enjoy doing together is scrapbooking. Every three months, my mom, aunt, sister and I get together for a scrapbooking weekend. It’s a wonderful time that the four of us share together and that we all look forward to. Sometimes, we are more excited to see each other than we are to scrapbook. Throughout those weekends, it’s about preserving and sharing memories together.
And, now, as a wife and mother, I teeter totter between striking the balance of indulging my creative side when inspired and knowing my boundaries as a mom. Such is the life of an inspired millennial and millennial mom. Attempting to balance both of these on an everyday basis makes me appreciate all the things my mother did for me and has inspired me to do. In the end, I don’t think it matters what you do, as long as you share it. Work (at home or in a professional environment) can seem like a place or activity that sucks up too much of your time and attention, but as a newly hired Wilton employee, I have enjoyed bringing my work home with me. As an associate product manager, I have found a way to integrate my favorite childhood memories, my work and my family together. By sharing your cookies or your craft, you can encourage and inspire other to imagine what they can do.