Yes, my day for the All you Need is Love linkup is finally here!
I’m gonna go right ahead and admit that the first thing I think of every time I see this banner is this scene from Love Actually:
Anyway, I lead with this video not just because I never lost that 12 year old word-association quirk but because it also shows off a few different kinds of love and that’s what this link up is all about.
You all know I love to bake so it should come as no surprise that one of the ways I show my love is by baking!
Yeah, maybe sometimes I’ve been known to go a tiny bit overboard…
One of the reasons I love baking for other people is that there’s an obvious time component involved. Sometimes (or even most of the time for some of us!) our lives get so busy we just don’t make the time to do those kinds of things for ourselves. If we want bread, we buy it from a store. Most people I talk to have convinced themselves it’s faster and easier to reach for a cake mix than it is to reach for the cookbook. Be honest – when was the last time you made brownies from scratch?
I’m not here to say that’s all wrong – trust me, I get it. Our time is valuable. And that’s why I like to bake for others. It’s something of a luxury to make the time to bake something from scratch in these days when we think we need to be constantly on the go.
I come by the idea of baking as a gift honestly – it’s something my mother taught me and I’m sure she got that from her mother as well. One of our favorite holiday traditions is baking and sharing our goodies with our friends and neighbors. This year we even got my brother’s fiancee in on the fun!
Baking is my thing. I love to do it, and I especially love to do it for others. But what if you’re not a baker? If I wanted to leave you with one take-away message from today’s post it would be this: Whatever it is you love to do, find a way to share that with others. I don’t think it’s really my baked goods that people love about me (though I know they’ve not hurt any of my relationships!) I think it’s really the thought and the time that I’ve put into the project. When people know you’re passionate about something and you take your time to direct that passion toward someone else – that’s what showing love is all about.
If you just came for the pictures of baked goods, please direct your attention over here (and skip the dose of guilt at the end!). And don’t forget to visit Jessica’s blog for the final installment of our All you Need is Love linkup!
How do you show your love to others?