Ever since I was a teen I have always loved baking. I guess it is in my blood since my grandfather owned a bakery for years. He retired before I was born, so I missed the opportunity to ever visit it.
When I was in high school, I was a wrestling cheerleader and we baked for the wrestlers. My brownies and banana bread were the most requested items. Since then, I have still baked. In college I learned that guys really liked freshly baked cookies and I think my roommates and I even got a couple of dates because of that. Once I got married, my husband and I had holiday parties and I would have a whole dessert table. In fact, when I got divorced and had to go back to work (after being a stay-at-home mom), I considered working at a bakery, but the hours were not flexible enough.
Recently though, I have had trouble baking. I am on some new allergy medication and I guess it has reduced my sense of smell and now I am burning everything. I did not realize how much baking is dependent on smell. I always wondered how people could say they are terrible bakers because they burn everything. I just assumed that they were just careless or could not follow a recipe. I have learned now that they probably do not have a very acute sense of smell. I thought all this time that baking was a skill that people had or didn't have, when in reality it is all in the nose. Now, I have to figure out how to get my sense of smell back without feeling miserable from allergies. Wish me luck.