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I’m a really lucky Mom.  My kids are 15,18,21,and 22....1 out of college, 2 in college, and 1 in high school. They are all delicious.  3 sons, 1 daughter.  Just enough girl stuff to have fun with, and not enough to drive me crazy on the never ending emotional roller coaster.  

 My kids all like to eat, and they all like to cook.  Rachel especially likes to bake.  In high school she was known for bringing fresh baked pies and cakes when it was a friend's birthday.   How can you not love a friend who brings you fresh baked goods for your birthday???

So my much beloved girl headed off to college this year.  Her last night home, I packed up a freshly baked challah and some chocolate chip cookies to take to her dorm room at College of Charleston.    We got her settled (it took all day, getting girls moved into college is SO TOTALLY DIFFERENT than moving boys into college!!), got in the car, and headed up I-20 for the long, tearful 5 hour drive home.

Over the next few days I tried really hard not to miss Rachel.  Now, mind you, it's not like she was ever home during her senior year.  But her "presence" was missing in the house.  Even the dogs felt something was amiss.  

So I started baking chocolate chip cookies so the kitchen would smell like Rachel.  (OK, I also started baking chocolate chip cookies because I like cookie dough, but that's another story)  Just getting the ingredients out, measuring and mixing, and hoping that THIS time they wouldn't turn out flat made me somehow feel just that much closer to Rachel.    I sent her a batch, we ate a batch, and then.....

I got on the scale.

I guess I'll just have to figure out how not to miss Rachel in a more non-caloric way.


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      Tinaf wrote Sep 16, 2008
    • My daughter went off to college last month, and I started baking, too!  And ditto on the learning a new coping mechanism...if I kept that up, she’d barely recognize me when she returned home.

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