Some of my favourite childhood memories are from spending time in the kitchen.
I remember some of my favourite foods as a kid: stroganoff, fresh bread, cinnamon buns, BBQ chicken, carrots and dill; and thinking about them can bring me back to many specific moments in my childhood. Making dinner together with my dad, warm summer nights BBQing on our deck, coming home from a 12 hour day at university & work to freshly baked loaves of bread, surprise cinnamon buns from mom, and special dinners with my Oma and Opa.
Sometimes if I’m in the right place at the right time the smell of one of these foods can take me back to those moments. Those memories are like a warm blanket to me and as much as I try, I cannot fully recreate some of those recipes on my own.
Related side note: dad, can I please watch you make stroganoff again!? Following your recipe does not lead me to the same results!
I find it truly amazing that scent can trigger memories. The scientist in me has the urge to start looking up how these pathways work. For me, scent is one of my strongest memory triggers and the scents don’t have to be food either.
Lavender will always remind me of my Oma. Lavender bubble bath was, and still is, one of her favourites (and a go-to birthday gift). I’m grateful that today I get to partner with Pine-Sol to relive some of my favourite memories that are attached to scent. Fortunately for me I can use Pine-Sol Lavender and always be reminded of my Oma while cleaning my home.
I must say though, I’m happy Pine-Sol comes in lavender scent and not stroganoff scent otherwise I would probably get more eating than cleaning done…
Let’s chat – Do certain scents remind you of specific moments? Does anyone else have freshly baked bread-related memories? I can smell it in my mind right now…
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product for partnering with Pine-Sol on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.