Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Homemade Christmas









Since there is a lot of talk in "blogville" about making this Chrsitmas homemade I thought I would share what I did last year. I come from generations of wonderful cooks and bakers (sadly I did not get the gene). My mom still has many, many handwritten recipes wadded up in a box. She likes it that way, despite the years of me offering to organize them for her. So last year I borrowed her box and made a heritage cookbook for every member of my family, even the kids.
In the front of the book, next to the table of contents, I included this page with colored copied photographs of as many of the chefs as possible. I felt it was really important to keep the recipes written in their own handwriting and on the same notecards. This proved to be a treat when many of the recipes had dates, places and clues as to what was going on in my family's life at that time. Some of the recipes dated back to the 1920's and I was sure to note on the recipe if it was used as a tradition of some sort. Like my grandmother always made Watergate cake for my grandfather's March birthday.

I really wanted to make this book look pretty, but with making 26, I needed to keep the costs down. Plus my main goal was to make something that could stand the test of time, as these recipes already had. So I went with the generic binders and page protectors. Not as pretty as Martha Stewart, but everyone appreciated the durability. Anyhow, the tears that were shed at my gesture made me feel very happy and now I have to think of something for this year...any suggestions?

5 comments:

Tammy said...

Great Idea Jen! I loved it!!! I had seen a pretty neat book that the kids made for their parents using things that they each said and their grandchildren said. For instance: "What I like about grandpa is..." Thne they took a picture of the child and wrote their answer down and did a little scarpbooking thing. Just a thought mainly for your mom and dad though. It would be hard to do for 26 people!!!

The Robbie Reese Family Blog said...

how sweet. i think that's such a special gift. . . not sure you can top that one ; )

lynne said...

this is just such a treasure for your family -

Lizzie said...

How it shows your family is a great idea. Where did you get the recipes? I think that that is a great idea.

melissa said...

What a fabulous idea! I'm sure that was a favorite gift that will be cherished forever.