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How to Preserve Family Recipes with Sentiment

Some of my favorite memories have taken place in a kitchen!  Because they are so precious, I have found a few ways to hold onto those memories. See how to preserve family recipes with sentiment – how precious they are! 

Kitchen Memories

I have very early memories of standing on a stool to help my grandmother make lattice top pie crusts for her pineapple pies, helping my mom in the kitchen, and watching my son experiment with cooking when he was very little.  He later became a chef and eventually taught me a few things.

Family Recipes

Even though Jacob was a chef, he valued family home cooking. Several years ago, he asked for a recipe book filled with all of our family members’ favorite recipes. Although it was a huge undertaking, it was well worth it.

Everyone in the family wrote several recipe cards for him, and we organized them in a recipe notebook. He specifically asked for certain recipes, and we filled in with others. He loved it and went on to cook fresh home cooked meals for residents in an assisted living facility!

Ways to Preserve Recipes with Sentiment

Jacob’s Recipes

hand written recipe on a tea towel with white water pitcher with sentiment

A few years before he passed away, he made us all handwritten recipe books, which contained some of his favorite recipes. As a result, I have started trying to make one of those recipes each year for our family Christmas. Not only was this recipe book a priceless gift, but my daughter took his Peaches and Cream Bread Pudding recipe (in his handwriting) and had it put on a dish towel for me. Precious!

hand written recipe with sentiment on a tea towel

Granny Grace’s Recipes

I have several of my grandmother’s recipe books.  Recently, As I was looking through one of her old cookbooks, the cover page fell out of the binding.  Normally, I would not have even looked at that page, but I am glad I did.  It was covered in hand-written recipes that she used regularly.  They were some of our favorites!

A page like that couldn’t be stuffed back into the book, so I framed it and put it in my kitchen.  The page has several stains on it, which I am guessing are from the ingredients she used, and the edges are tattered. It is full of character, and as a result, it is a constant reminder of her!

granny's hand written recipes on recipe page framed

Recipes with Sentiment

Here are a couple of recipes from this page, as she wrote them.  She made them frequently, and therefore was well known for these recipes.

Granny’s Sock It To Me Cake



  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together well and set aside.
  2. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans together in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour a layer of the batter into a greased cake pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the batter. Pour the remaining batter on top.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

I cannot tell you how many times my grandmother made this cake. She made it for family events, parties, and many times just because she felt like it. I can make the cake using her recipe, but somehow it just isn’t the same.

Grace’s Salad

There are many varieties of this salad, so there may be something similar in your family. Granny made this frequently, and always for holidays.



  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

There are so many other ideas and ways to preserve precious recipes with sentiment. Please share your ideas in the comments, because we would all love to hear!

More Recipe Posts with Sentiments

Aunt Joy’s Jalapeno Appetizers
Jacob’s Candied Carrots
Kitchen Table Memories

I would love you to join me for my weekly posts of faith, family, and food. Included are some of my favorite quick and easy candy recipes. I hope you enjoy them!

Other Sentimental Ideas

See Julie’s handwritten recipes on cutting boards at Happy Ever Engraving!

Happy Cooking!
Have a Grace & Joy-Filled Day!


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  1. Sock It To Me Cake was one of my Mom’s signature dishes at family gatherings. Unfortunately, she is the nursing home now, what a blessing it would be to have her make one more Sock It To Me Cakes. Thank you for the reminder of who is was before being diagnosed with dementia.

  2. What an awesome idea! I love this post. Pinned and printed – I need to make this! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party.

  3. I love these ideas because food is always connected to those we love. More specifically, recipes made connect us with people we love. Thank you for sharing this post on the Home Imagined link party.

  4. Food definitely has a way of bringing a family together. I love the idea of gathering family recipes and making a book, I always thought this would make the perfect wedding gift. I have recipes my grandmother has hand written, and I would love to make a towel or wall art for our kitchen to cherish always. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us at Whimsy Home Wednesday.

    1. That would be a wonderful wedding gift! I was clueless when I first got married. My mother-in-law wrote some of her recipes in a steno pad for me, and my parents added to it. A handmade recipe book would be great!

  5. What an awesome idea – I need to pull out my moms cookbook from yonks ago and use some of her handwritten recipes and use your ideas. Thanks for sharing at SSPS 256

  6. Hello, Susan! I wanted to let you know, we’ll be sharing this lovely post tomorrow on the Fabulous Friday Link Party! I hope you can join us there! Happy Day!

  7. Susan,
    I love all these creative ideas. I plan to share a link on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures.

  8. I love this post. I have so many recipe books handed down from relatives and I love some of the ideas you shared here. That handwritten towel is a treasure. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Home Imagined party. XO- MaryJo

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