Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gifting your {HERITAGE}

A couple of years ago I asked everyone in my family to email me their favorite recipes. I have to say that I have a family full of AMAZING cooks. There are so many recipes that we have shared with each other. I really wanted to put them all in one place and then give them as gifts.

 By the time I was done My Grandma, Mom, Abby, Me, Lisa, Kayla, Suzi & Ashley all got one. I am sure that I will one day get one done for Rachel too. It was a lot of work. There are 200 recipes in each book. I have recipes from 3 of my Great Grandma's & even a few from my Great Great Grandma LuLu!

What a treasure!


I found this photo album! It was PERFECT! I cut all of the card stock to 4X6. Then I printed all of the recipes and cut them down to 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 and glued them on. They each slip in and out of their own slot.

Each category is done in a different color and each section is listed Alphabetically. It makes it so easy to find each one. Our sections are: Beverages, Appetizers & Breads (RED), Soups & Salads (BLUE), Main Dishes (YELLOW), Desserts (GREEN), Misc. & Canning (BROWN).

My Great Grandma Fenton was always canning something. I got all of her recipes. Chose our favorites and then called the Extention services to check the recipes for safety. She also had a lot of household remedy recipes. They are PRICELESS!

This is one of the title pages. My Great Grandma Fenton is one of the most influencial people in my life.

She was amazing!

 We all loved her so dearly. I love that she kept a journal almost everyday. In is she wrote so many cute little memories of each one of us. I put quotes from the journals randomly throughout the books. Each one of our books is custom made for each one of us! Lisa's (my sister) is full of quotes from Grandma's journal about Lisa, Abby's about Clint (my brother) when he was little, etc. There are a few that are just so Grandma they just HAD to be in there. The one above is my FAVORITE! If you can't read it, click on it. It will make it bigger. That is SO her!

This is a picture of one of the pages. This was really one of the most rewarding projects I have ever done! My Grandma Atkinson cried and sent me the cutest note after I gave her hers. That letter is priceless to me!

Here are some fun ideas of things you can add to your recipe book:
  • Add pictures of family gatherings
  • Add pictures of the kids in aprons & chef hats making the recipes
  • Add pictures of the recipe
  • Add recipes that have been a flop that have become a family joke
Get creative! Then send your ideas to me! I would LOVE to hear how yours turns out!


Gear Gang said...

I feel blessed to be the owner of one of these books. Thanks Aim!

Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said...

Woo! Panties!

Brian and Kayla said...

I really love my recipe book. I would love to do a recipe exchange at Thanksgiving and update at least my recipes. I really do have some good ones and I think about the book a lot.

Tammra said...

My recipe book is one of my priced possessions. It is on that list of things I would grab if there was a fire - along with Grandma's journal and other keepsakes from her. She was surely one in a million!! What would we have ever done without her? I really appreciate all the work you put in to make each book so special!

Oh! Upon reading the second paragraph of this post I must remind you that there will be one more sister-in-law who will need one in about 17 to 18 years :o)

I love you!

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love the first quote you showed from your Great Grandma Fenton. Do you mind if I copy it? I think everyone needs a Great Grandma Fenton with such a quick wit and practical wisdom! Do you have any other great quotes?!

Ashlee Salisbury said...

Im pretty sure I want one of those recipe books, you guys all cook so so good.. your family is amazing.


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