Sunday, January 11, 2009

Homemade Christmas II

On my mom's side of the family, the cousins draw names for Christmas presents. After losing Grandmama Whittle this year, I wanted something special to give the girls. Going through some of Grandmama's things, we found a recipe book of hers where her recipes that she is most famous for were written in her handwriting. I knew I had found a treasure that we would all want a piece of. I went through the book and chose ones that were typical Grandmama recipes and divided them into 5 categories: Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts and Holiday Recipes. Each category was given a specific color and a specific accent color. I also chose scriptures that pertained to cooking, Grandmama and hospitality to place on each divider page. To make each recipe book special for each individual family, I went through photo albums and pulled out pictures each grandchild in Grandmama's kitchen or around Grandmama's table. Here are the pictures from my recipe album:

The title page with a picture of me and my grandmama in the kitchen cooking
The scripture on each title page was:
She gets up while it is still dark;
She provides food for her family
Proverbs 31:15
An example of a divider page and the scriptures that went on the pages:
Stir up love and good works
Hebrews 10:24
For the fruit of the life consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.
Ephesians 5:9

Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality
Romans 12:13

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:2

These last two pictures are examples of the recipe pages. I took the recipes I had chose to Kinko's and had each copied. I love the way the wear and tear of these precious recipes shows up in the pictures. Oriental Trading had these lovely kitchen brads to give simple embellishments to some of the pages. I was thrilled with the way these turned out. I know mine will have a special place in my home for many years to come.

21 comments:

Julie said...

that is such a great gift idea! So precious for all the girls you gave them to! I would love for you to pass along some of the recipes you love :)

Arika said...

I absolutley LOVE this! The thought behind it; the timelessness of the gift; the treasure it will be through the years! You struck GOLD with this one and out-did yourself!

Bethany said...

This is adorable! These will be forever treasures. Great work!

graceunbound said...

Again, I am just stunned by your creativity. I think you more than prove that the worth of a gift is not in the amount spent on it.

lisa said...

Hi there...
I included your post in the latest issue of my blog carnival - hope to send some readers your way!

Rebecca Jo said...

That truly will be treasured. My best friend passed away 2 years ago & she did this herself for all her kids with her recipies before she passed away... its something they treasure now & protect like nothing else they have. Jewelry, money, material things - nothing compares to this!

Kim said...

This is so wonderful! I wish I had a book like this from my Granny.

Sandy said...

Wow Becky!! That turned out great! What a special gift!!!!

Becoming Me said...

You are so creative! What a special gift.

Tracy P. said...

That is so precious! The year my mom died (very unexpectedly), my cousin compiled a family cookbook in her honor. There are quite a few of us and we all emailed our favorite recipes, and she included lots of verses and extras too. She also included the instructions to all of the family's favorite card games! It's about the only cookbook I use!!

Wibeche og Rune said...

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Wibeche

Amanda said...

What a wonderful gift to recieve. Your Grandmama would be proud that these recipes are being passed along the family.
Love,
Amanda x

Melissa Lester said...

What a precious gift, Becky! I should do something similar with the recipes my late grandmother recorded for me. I asked her to write them down for me when I was a newlywed, and I still love to see her distinctive handwriting on the cards.

I need to show this idea to my mother-in-law. While she is out of commission with a broken leg, maybe she would write down her recipes for us. She is a great hostess, so this would be a treasure!

Sasha said...

That is a very thoughtful and special gift. I love the way it turned out!

Sarah said...

My cousin and I did that two years ago after my grandmother died. It was a hit. We had stories from childhood on each of the dividers, along with photos.

Great gift idea!

Nicole O'Dell said...

I LOVE this idea!!!

I think your letter can be R for recipes. So, you just need to make a list of ten of your favorite things that start with the letter R. thanks for playing along!

Tiffany said...

What a great idea! That turned out lovely. An awesome keepsake.

lemonologie said...

I'm enjoying seeing all your ideas! Congrats on your SITS spotlight last week!

Veggie Mom said...

Wow...what a beautiful keepsake. Your family will cherish this heirloom forever!

Creative Mish said...

Very nice! I love the scrapped pages!~

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi Becky~ Just catching up with your blog. I LOVE these books. What a true gift of love, time, and memories!

Continuing to pray for you all...
Jennifer

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