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The other day, I spoke about my love of baking, and how I”m hoping to turn my passion into a business some day. Well today, I’d like to talk about some of the biggest reasons for why I love to bake.
The most interesting part of baking came for me when we realized that my little sisters were allergic to dairy products. That means that they cannot have milk, butter, chocolate, caramel, ice cream, pudding, etc. While we were able to figure out how to adjust our daily lives accordingly, the worst part of their allergies was that they could not have birthday cake. Sure, they could have cookies or chips while we celebrated other birthdays, but I felt really strongly that they should have cake for their own birthdays. So with the help of an amazing friend of mine, I was able to find a dairy-free cake and frosting recipe to make for them. I’m still working on adjusting the recipes to be able to make other flavors, but at least they have something. And it has inspired me to be able to bake for other people who have different allergies in the future.
I really love baking because it calms me down. I’m a very rigid and structured person when it comes to certain areas in life; my mom calls me (and one of my little sisters who is exactly like me) her “rules girls.” I have always followed the rules exactly, and enforced all rules with my siblings (which has caused my parents to remind me often throughout my life that I’m the sister, not the mom). In baking, there is a certain rule for everything. There are strict measurements for ingredients, an order for everything to be done in; I have something to focus on and I can get into the zone when I’m baking and forget about anything crazy that’s going on in my life.
I hope everyone has a hobby that they can really get into!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.