When I was learning to cook my mom always just poured the stuff in. I never saw a recipe card until I was a teenager and in high school cooking class. It was very hard for me to adjust to not just looking and doing. When it came to baking…I just memorized how much mom put in and did the same. For pie crusts, I can’t measure the liquid or the filling ingredients…just the flour and such. When it comes to giving recipes I just think about how much I put in and then make a "guesstimate".
I will disect a recipe now and make it fit me and my family. If the recipe seems fit, then I don’t mess with it and will do what it says. If I think it would be improved I test and taste! Smell is a good one also. And for dough etc, feel always gets me to the right place.