Creating a Cookbook for My Daughter. Has anyone ever done this?
September 22, 2007 6:44pm CST
I am creating a cookbook for my daughter. She will be 18 in a couple of months, and graduating in the spring, then she will be moving. I love to scrapbook, so I decided to scrap her favorite recipes for her. I am wondering if anyone else has done this. How have you scrapped recipes?
23 Sep 07
I did the same for my daughter years ago. I gathered recipes from family members and close friends who wanted to contribute. Like your daughter mine moved out of state and was getting married. She said she would miss the great food at family gatherings so compiling the recipes was a great idea. I started out by printing every recipe I could get my hands on which I knew she loved and over time took pictures of the dishes themselves. I also noted the holidays or occasions they were served. I purchased a simple acid sleeved three ring binder and decorated the front cover with photos from family gatherings...holidays, birthdays,..any special occasion we shared together over the years. The binder is the best way to go because it can be continually updated. My Table of contents was broken down by the name of the person making the contribution and the name of the recipe. On their pages were their original recipe cards, a printed copy of it, a photo of the dish and of that person. Some people even added a little story about the origin of that recipe. I even had a few pictures of my daughter baking cookies as a child and a few other kitchen type photos of her growing up so I added those as well. I also included the photos we took of the whole family seated at the holiday dinner table. Last but not least, I saved all the recipes to disk and attached it to the inside back cover of the book. Not very original but a great idea for safe keeping. I had a long time to work on mine if I recall, but you don't have to make it fancy. There is no right or wrong way. Just have fun doing it. Your daughter will appreciate it and you'll be so glad you took the time to pass along those recipes that would otherwise be lost one day. The hardest part will be getting her to cook for you when you visit instead of her taking you out of dinner. You know who will be picking up the tab..lol!
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23 Sep 07
This is great. Thank you for posting this. I think I will have to do two now! I purchased an 2 ring (smaller) system from Oriental Trading Company, and some stickers, papers, etc. I like the family cookbook idea. I may do this for a holiday cookbook for her.
22 Sep 07
Yes, I'm collecting recipe's for my daughter too. She's such a picky eater so I planned her meal so that I'm sure she eats her veggies. I got my clippings from magazines and children sites like Nickjr.com. Then I paste them in a scrapbook and decorate them.