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How to Preserve 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 preserve those memories. See how to preserve recipes with sentiment – how precious they are! 

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. A few years ago, he asked for a recipe book filled with all of the 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. Of course, he loved it!

Ways to Preserve Recipes 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 on a tea towel with white water pitcher

I have several of my grandmother’s recipe books as well.  Recently, As I was looking through one of the recipe books, 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.

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
4 Eggs
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.

Grace’s Salad

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 so many other ideas to preserve precious recipes with sentiment that you may have in your family. Please share your ideas in the comments, because we would all love to hear!

More Recipes with Sentiment

Aunt Joy’s Jalapeno Appetizers

Jacob’s Candied Carrots

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.

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