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Monday, July 15, 2013

A Homemade Recipe Book for You

Hello, everyone. 
Remember that delicious blueberry scone recipe that Mia from Earl Gray Days guest posted about earlier in the week? Well, I am posting Monday's Menu today over on her blog and doing a special "College Cuisine" edition. Please head over there and check out my post and her beautiful little blog. You won't be sorry!

Next, I'd like to introduce to you something that I've spent a lot of time on: 
Homemade Recipe Books
Everyone has their own family recipes that are near and dear to their heart. It may be your Grandmother's apple pie or your Dad's pancakes. Whatever your family recipes may be, they deserve to be kept safe and stored in such a way that you can get to them when you are craving them. Most importantly, these recipes need to be kept together so that, when the time comes, you can pass them on to your loved ones as they begin to cook in kitchens of their own. That is why I created my own recipe book a few years back. Here is my first post about it and this post shares a recipe book I made in 4th grade! I've clearly been passionate about this for a while now.  My homemade recipe book has brought me so much joy. I love spending the time to decorate each page and getting to glue my grandmother's own recipe card with her handwriting into it, too. Knowing that I have this little collection of family recipes makes me feel like I have something special, and that is something that every 20 something girl should get to have. 
For this very reason, I am proud to say that these recipe books are now available in my Etsy shop. Here is a bit of the description from the item listing:

"This book is divided into eight sections by tabs on the top of the pages, which allows for easy access to your recipes. Each section is hand decorated and includes a few "starter" recipes. The rest of the book is left for the new owner to add in their own recipes and embellish the pages as they wish. Many of the blank pages have some design on them already while other pages are left blank for you to decorate. This recipe book allows you to collect your own family recipes in one place or to pass the recipes on to other generations."

Here is the first page. It is followed by a substitutions page and an internal temperature guide. There are also a few blank pages for the new owner to decorate and scrapbook their favorite food pictures into. I can just picture this given as a gift with some recipes already filled in, complete with a lovely note from a mother or grandmother on this page.

Here is the contents page. Please go look at my Etsy posting for more pictures of the recipe sections and an example recipe.
Selling a recipe book is on my list of 40 things to do before I turn 20. This goal is out of my control because I clearly can't force someone to buy one of my recipe books. All I can say is that my recipe book means so much to me and I've made this one in hopes that someone else can have a similar treasure. I hope somebody enjoys it half as much as I have enjoyed making it. There is only one up now, but if this one sells I would like to get a few more up for purchase. 

How do you store your family recipes?

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