My home may be old and need a lot of updates, but it’s also full of memories. The house in which I’m raising my boys was my home as a child and every room is full of stories from my own youthful days. In a few months, I’ll be moving away and leaving this memory-filled home once and for all. And as I show the house off to potential buyers, I find that the memories are flooding back even faster.
This century-old two-story house isn’t very big, but its cozy feel is partly what I love about it. When I was a child, one of my favourite activities was curling up in a corner of the living room with a good book while my mom baked up something delicious. Even though she worked all week long, she always made time to cook and bake on weekends. Being born in Finland, some of her favourite recipes were ones from that country and the sweet, spicy smell of Piparkakut, spiced Christmas cookies, or Pulla, a cardamom-scented yeast bread, are ones that instantly put a smile on my face.