Not long after I left home for the first time to move to Roanoke College, homesickness caused an unpleasant mixture of fear, anxiety and sadness to settle in my gut.
It would have been so much better to fill my belly with Mom’s homemade lemon bars or Dad’s oatmeal raisin cookies.
My parents probably figured that since Roanoke College has a dynamite dining facility and I was only an hour away from home, I didn’t need boxes of treats.
No hard feelings, folks, but I’ve still always loved the idea of parents surprising kids with care packages that deliver them a taste of home. A favorite recipe, or even a new recipe prepared with loving hands, can be a real pick-me-up for an overwhelmed college student – and let’s not forget members of the armed forces stationed hundreds or thousands of miles away from home.
The holidays are approaching, so what better time to do a rash of baking that will put smiles on faces in inhospitable places? Even though loved ones can’t be there to help make treats or smell them baking, when they bite into a piece of made-from-scratch candy or a favorite cookie bar, they can imagine the familiar warmth of their kitchen at home and be transported there, at least for the moment.
Do you ever send or receive care packages? If so, what are your favorite foods to send or receive?