"Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic - you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious." ~ Marian Keyes
I love this quote from Marian Keyes. I feel it describes so much more than baking. You wake up in the morning with a pile of disparate stuff: taking a shower, driving to work, taking the kids to soccer practice, making a meal, enjoying a television show. All of these things seem to have no relation to each other, except in one way - they all make up the mosaic of your life. We so often focus on milestones: weddings, births, funerals and those big vacations we plan. These are the hardy strips of steak or salty slices of cheese which easily stand on their own. Though monumental, these occasions hardly make up the majority of our lives. Each day we carefully put together the seemingly mundane ingredients to create something extraordinary - a sweet masterpiece which defines our character, humor, intelligence and love.