I realize that this is an odd title for a baking blog. A bake break connotes that I will be taking a break from baking (obviously), which is exactly what I'll be doing . . . for the next 10 days. So, if you're only in this for the recipes (which is totally understandable), check back in 10 days. In the meantime, I'll be blogging through the process of not baking for the next week and a half. Let me explain . . .
A few weeks back, I had a realization--the realization that almost my entire identity is wrapped up in baking. I'm constantly referred to as "the girl who bakes" and answer the question of "what do you like to do after work?" (my work being at a bakery) with "bake." I bake constantly. And if I was asked to give it up, my identity as a baker I mean, I honestly don't know if I could. And though I am so thankful for the passion I have for baking, and for the way it has allowed me to connect with and serve others, the passion has turned to obsession and all of my thoughts are wrapped up in baking, and cookbooks, ingredient shopping and blog reading, and such.
So, after consulting with possibly my wisest friend, I have decided to take a 10-day-long break from baking. A time for reflection, rest (ugh), and not allowing myself to be distracted from the things I should be thinking about and doing by baking. And hopefully I will come out on the other side, with my sanity intact and some other ideas about how to fill my free time. In the meantime, I'll be updating the blog every so often in order to keep me accountable to not baking and to log my thoughts throughout the process. Wish me luck!