Thursday, April 2, 2009

All my family gatherings involve food....and lots of it. With 4 hungry children I had to cook a lot. (They are grown now....but the boys still can eat quite a bit.) When Thanksgiving come along my family wants the same dishes each year. Grill the trukey, make mounds of mashed potatoes and gravy and of course, the pecan pie. I can add a new vegetable dish each year and get away with it...but the other items are required. I began a cooking journal years ago. Each recipe is recorded according to the event. When I hosted a baby shower I wrote down the recipe for everything served. Whey my sister came to visit, the new recipes cooked for her family were carefully recorded. Sometimes it’s hard to find the recipe I want because of my filing system. I have to remember when I first cooked it. Not always easy to do! This book is a 10 year record of family events and what was cooked to celebrate. My favorite soup recipe, my Dad’s ice cream recipe, my Grandmother’s cottage cheese salad recipe are all recorded here.

I love collecting old vintage recipe boxes. Especially if they are full of old recipe cards. I feel like I have entered into another woman’s private world. Personal notes shared by friends...newspaper cutouts are all packed into a small tin box.
Ok.....I confess....maybe 3 tin boxes!!! I know I have too many now...but I just couldn't help myself. I
But now to the point of all of this....I found a new journal at Borders. It's filing system is a bit better. Sorted according to the kind of dish....not the event. I'm going to begin filling this one soon! I will post a picture of the journal tomorrow. I don't quite have the blog thing figured out just yet. This program won't let me post another picture now. Maybe I have met my picture limit? Tomorrow dear friend!

Happy stitching! Alma


  1. Welcome to blogging, Alma! Let us know how the new filing system works out. I am on my 3rd try of a recipe system/book. I am too undisciplined and messy, not to mention I keep outgrowing them. Right now it is an accordian file/portfolio. I have enough room - but it is still a struggle to find what I want, when I want it. Lovely book, box and photos!


  2. you looks so organised! my recipes are some ina tin box some still in seems that i've to put order in them.....oh and I've forgotten the books too. :-))

  3. Love the stories you tell. I'm lucky enough to have several family recipe books put together by a sister and cousin. Use them all the time!! Have a great weekend.

  4. Sorting recipes by event may make it hard to find something immediately, but what a wonderful record of your family history!

  5. I haven't found the best system but I think your journal is a wonderful idea. A diary of sorts,
    I am glad to find your blog I love your designs.

  6. You're so creative -- even your recipe book has to be gorgeous! lol! As for pictures for your blog, I believe you can just click add a picture again and go through the process one more time. It seems there's a 5 picture limit per upload, but you can just do another upload, if you see what I mean.

  7. I just found your blog thanks to Laurie Simpson. I am glad you are blogging. I've enjoyed several of your posts. In your April 3 post you have a picture of several recipe boxes. The one in front is the same box my mother used. I have it now and all her recipes. It brings back great memories. I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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