Sunday, May 24, 2009

recipe scrapbook

Family and food. Simply put, they just go together. If I'm allowed to have but one earthly treasure, it would be a book I started compiling when I was about 15. I think the idea of a hope chest is what started the idea. I began to think of what I could possibly need as lady of my own home someday. Recipes were an obvious need, and since I loved scrapbooking and crafty things, I decided to make a recipe scrapbook.

I asked the ladies of my family (my sister, my mom, aunts, and grandmothers), and even friends for recipes (I like having them written on cards in their own handwriting). I even started collecting old photographs and purposefully taking pictures of cooking in the kitchen with my friends and family members. I had the best time putting it all together as a functioning cook book!

I love that my book is always growing as I continue to add new recipes and photographs. And I absolutely love cooking with it! It makes cooking all the more special as I see faces I love while cooking, and enjoy many recipes that I grew up on (not to mention new recipes that I have collected over the years). It's especially meaningful to me now since I've moved with my immediate to the island of Guam.

Start Your Own
Let's Get Cookin'!

Let's Get Cookin'! by authbeau on

What you need:

-3 ring binder
-plastic sheet covers (so your scrapbook pages won't get food on them)
-fancy/nice/cute printer or scrapbook paper (optional)
-family photos and pictures with friends
-recipes! either typed and printed out on special printer paper, or written on recipe cards
-stickers, stamps, old notes, written quotes, or anything else you'd like to include- be creative!

Put it together and enjoy! Remember, this can be an ongoing project. You can use and enjoy it for many years, and who knows, maybe you can pass it on to your daughters one day. =)

With Love,



Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Leaning on Him said...

I love this idea! I've been overwhelmed by all of my recipe "scraps". This seems like a fun solution. Also, it would be nice to pass along to my daughter some day too.
Amanda @

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