Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Gift for 2017

Hi everybody! I was cleaning out old pictures on my camera and realized (to the best of my knowledge) I'd never given this project a real post & explained the steps in creating it. Better late than never!

NOTE:  Please disregard the date on the photos. My camera was not set to the right date!

As a New Year's gift for 2017, I created a Family Favorites Recipe Book for my family. My mother was a tremendous cook, and I am fortunate enough to have her recipes since she's passed. My brother, sister, and my two sons have favorites, but not one of us has had a collection of all the family favorites together in one place.

I found the cookbook binders at a local store that came with patterned papers, matching notepads and magnets. Although I had hoped to use cards with Mom's original handwriting, I found it impossible to configure on the computer. I found the notebooks to be the easiest and most sensible way to put the project together.

After going through my mother's recipes and selecting the ones I wanted to use, I typed them up on the computer and then printed each on patterned paper like you see above. When I ran out of printed paper, I took the package to the local Office Max and had them copy everything. That way all the paper looked the same & I could have a few extra copies.

Each recipe has special memories. For example, Mom's Spiced Beef  was prepared every Christmas Eve, and it took her 3 days to complete the recipe! I remember seeing her work on that for an entire weekend at a time. I never realized until typing her notes all the work -- and love -- she put into each meal. We were truly blessed to have a Mother who enjoyed cooking. How I miss traditions such as our special Christmas Eve meal.

My family was surprised to receive their New Year's gift this year, and I am so happy I took the time to create this project.

If you ever wonder if a project such as this is worth it, don't hesitate. It will be worth your time and effort...and your love.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I will see you again real soon ~ I actually have another post for today, so stay tuned!


  1. Your'e cookbook came out beautifully! What a gem to find, an actual binder with pages that would help do the job. I know you and your family will treasure this keepsake and maybe cook a few of those recipes.

  2. Very nice cookbook, Sharon! I'm sure your family loved it!

  3. What a wonderful idea. You couldn't have given a more treasured, made with love, gift to your family.

  4. Wow, this is awesome. And what a nice gift for people. I love sharing special recipes that I have gotten from loved ones. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!


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