Holiday time can be very stressful. The joy of baking can decrease some of that stress and bring your happy back. Destress with a day in the kitchen or an evening baking session.
First plan ahead to avoid any potential for stress. Plan your baking day. Pull out all your recipes and get the grocery shopping out of the way. I like to do this before the day I plan to bake but you can do it that day if you prefer.
Start your session by putting on you favorite holiday time music and let's get started. My current favorite is a little embarrassing and I hated it growing up but now it is not Christmas without the Partridge family CD playing.
Christmas baking can help you destress by:
Some suggestions to beat holiday stress by baking:
Are you someone who needs to bake or wants to bake?
As a teenager I loved to do the Christmas baking. It was family time and I truly enjoyed it. I wasn't required and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much and wanted to bake.
Fast forward a few years when life takes over and daily time in the kitchen cooking was required. Holiday baking turned into a chore. It became a requirement and a need rather than a want. A need was no longer enjoyable and not a stress reliever.
Fast forward a little more. Daily time in the kitchen cooking is still on the agenda. The kids are now out of the house. After decreasing the holiday baking over the years it is no longer expected. Now I want to do it again.. my family enjoys and appreciates it much better now.
My joy of baking is back!
Making treats for the kids and my husband and having them enjoy them brings a lot of joy. On top of that it can bring back a lot of sentimental memories that can decrease stress and increase happiness.
I am now thousands of miles from my family and it is strange what I miss sometimes. This year I am missing matrimonial cake and nanaimo bars... actually for a few years now. So, this year I decided to give it a try.
After recipe searching for weeks and the ingredients were in the house .. or so I thought (see my tip above and be prepared). A Sunday afternoon in the kitchen was set in motion.
Now I am not a baker and I don't make anything fancy but these 2 recipes are layered and I have never made either one before.
Bottom layer of the nanaimo bar done, middle layer done with a recipe change up. Apparently the recipe calls for birds custard powder. I searched high and low and could not find it as it not a regular product in the US. I went to trusty amazon and could order it but it would take 2-3 weeks. I definitely did not plan that far ahead. After some searching I decided to use french vanilla jello pudding although the reviews said it was not quite the same. The filing is much sweeter than I remember but came out well. Top layer some melted chocolate which hubby said it could do without. He has never tried this Canadian treat before so that was fine but without chocolate on top it would not be the same to me.
Second recipe.. I was alternating between the 2 due to the layers needing to be at certain temperatures.
Well, here is where I could have had a little stress. I started out with my crumble ingredients which I thought I had.
So why am I telling you all this.. I could have let this stress me out but I didn't. After the first oops I decided that recipe would wait for another day. Hubby helped out and I was able to enjoy my day of baking.
The day ended relaxing and enjoying my not so pretty treats that tasted great and brought back thoughts of Christmas with my parents and relatives and definitely put a smile on my face.Home › Coping with Stress › Joy of Holiday Baking