Some of my favorite memories have taken place in a kitchen! I have found a few ways to preserve those memories, and they are precious to me!
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 taught me a few things.
Even though Jacob was a chef, he valued family home cooking. A few years ago, he asked for a recipe book filled with all of the family members’ favorite recipes. It was a huge undertaking, but it was well worth it. We got everyone to write several recipe cards for him, and we organized them in a recipe notebook. There were certain recipes he specifically asked for, and we filled in with others. I have to say he loved it!
A few years before he passed away, he made us all handwritten recipe books, which contained some of his favorite recipes. 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!
I have several of my grandmother’s recipe books as well. I was looking through one of them recently, and the cover page fell out of the binding. I normally 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!
I couldn’t just stuff the page back into the book, so I framed it and put it in my kitchen. It 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 it is a constant reminder of her!
Here are a couple of recipes from this page, as she wrote them. She was well known for making both of these.
Sock It To Me Cake
1 Box Golden Butter Cake Mix
Disregard the recipe on the box.
1 Cup Sour Cream
½ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Wesson Oil
Mix together well, & set aside.
Mix 3 T. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ Cup Chopped Pecans
Pour a layer of Batter then sprinkle Brown Sugar (mixture) over Batter, and then again.
Bake 350 for 1 hr.
1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
1 Large Cool Whip
1 Can Crushed Pineapple, Drained
1 Small Jar of Cherries, Chopped fine
½ Cup Pecans, Chopped
2 T. Lemon Juice
Mix and let it set for 2 hrs. (In the refrigerator)
There are many other ideas to preserve precious recipes that you may have in your family. I would love to hear some of your ideas. Please share in the comments!
Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!