I have had the chance lately to tell my story to lots of people who have asked why I bake. Well to be honest It has always been hard for me to tell that story without crying, but lately I have found peace in my heart when I start talking about my mother, Terry. I bake because it reminds me of the times I spent with my mom before she passed back in 1996. I was 14 years old when she went to Heaven and for the longest time I was angry and never wanted to bake. When I got older and got married I found her old recipe box and started to cry. It took me several months to open it and when I did I just sat back and read each recipe with tear filled eyes. I knew at that moment I had found something very special and very close to my heart. I started making each recipe one at a time and when I tasted each meal it brought back the memories of eating with my mom and cooking with her in the kitchen. I had this over whelming feeling that everyone should try these great heart felt memories so I started making desserts for my family and friends. Eventually I started selling these cakes to restaurants and locals. I wanted everyone who came My way to be apart of something special. When I started working at the Chart House in Savannah, Ga. I started tweaking these recipes to make them my own. I would bring cakes, cookies, pies and brownies to work almost everyday for everyone to try and give me feedback. Somethings were labeled, Good, Great and Oh My Dallas this is the best thing you've ever made. I knew at that moment that I wanted everything I made to be the Best thing. And I also felt those were the recipes my Mom helped me create. I spend time with her now everytime I bake, everytime I have an idea for something new and everytime I sell something to you.
Now that I am a single mom, I try and create recipes with my son, Griffin. He is only 2yr old.but He loves to put the sprinkles on the cookies and to lick the beaters. My hope is that he can create special memories with me in the kitchen just as I did with my mom. And I hope he learns from the stories I tell him about his Grandma and how baking is a special moment for all of us.
So be creative, loving and passionate! That Is what I tell him everyday.