There is a small bookshelf that lives by our back door, filled with my very favorite irreplaceable books. (My thought is that if we ever had to evacuate with a wildfire approaching, I could grab the whole shelf.) Since we are renovating downstairs and the work crew has to go in and out that door, I brought those books into the sewing room to get them out of the way.
One of my favorites is a little black binder, held together with duct tape. My grandmother compiled recipes into this little notebook — recipe cards from her sisters and friends, newspaper columns, and package clippings.
I love seeing the handwriting of my great-grandmother, grandmother, and great-aunts. And I love getting little glimpses into their personalities by seeing what recipes they saved and shared.
When it was passed down to me, I scanned every single page and made my family members electronic copies. Then, using those pages as a foundation, I made new pages in Adobe Photoshop, blending the recipes with pictures of Gram’s china, silverware, and appliances; family table linens, and all those family pictures of parties and feasts. I just love the fact that now that we can digitize everything, we don’t have to worry about who gets to keep those photos or the one precious copy of a book like this; we can all have it!
(The lovely ladies in the picture above were church ladies who served at my mom and dad’s wedding reception, which was held in the basement of my grandparents’ house.)
I had fun using the Magneto font to make the headings look like refrigerator brand names. (The picture of the boy handing food in both directions came from my mom’s high school yearbook.)
After I printed out the pages, I filled them out with cute scrap-booking stickers. I put together copies and gave them as family gifts for Christmas.
Here is my grandmother, dressed up to barbecue in 1960. I’m not sure if that’s a tablecloth she is holding or a big apron, but that is one woman who knew how to do things properly! I enjoyed getting to know her better through the pages of her recipe notebook, and passing on her knowledge to family members.