03 February 2012

Creating a Family Cookbook

Now that I am starting to feel settled in somewhat after our move last August it's time to take another look at some of those projects I've had packed away for a while.

For instance...that family cookbook idea I had.  

Several years ago (more than I can remember) I thought it would be a great idea to begin collecting recipes from the members of my mom's side of the family.  They are all amazing cooks and our family dinners were always delicious!

So I began by mailing a letter to everyone: aunts, uncles and cousins.  I have a fairly large family on my mom's side so I was hoping for a big response.  I didn't actually hear back from all of them, but the ones that did respond sent some really great recipes and since then a few more have trickled in.

I looked into different ways to put a family cookbook together.  There are several ways to do that, but my budget was non-existent and it was a rather small project in comparison to other cookbooks.

Well, it was until I decided to do it scrapbook style.  Then it became a much bigger project, of course, and very time consuming.  But I was determined!

The first step was to type up the recipes on the computer, then print them out in a nice *handwritten* font on card stock and finally scrapbook each page.  I started buying up all kinds of stickers to decorate the pages and really had fun getting started.  I have over a dozen pages done... not that many, I know.

My project got put on hold after a move in 2006 and then continued to be on hold through a few more crazy years of transition.  However, now that the dust has settled I am ready to begin again!  I am really looking forward to starting this again.  It's so much fun reading through these family recipes from my grandma, mom, aunts and cousins.  They are a true heritage and I so want to share them with my children.  

So here's to re-starting a project!

Do you have any projects that you've put on hold indefinitely?  Are you ready to finish them?


Sherry Drennan said...

My mom made one of these for me and I love it! I'd like to make one for my kids and each of my nieces and nephews to give them when they get married. I'm wondering if you could make one one Snapfish or a site like that?

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Yes! You can do those on Snapfish with their books...or Shutterfly. I've seen one on someone's blog (can't remember who now) and it looked great!