How to use my family recipe journal—Close to my Heart: Family Favorite Recipes and Fondest Memories
Do your recipes look like mine? I had bits of paper with scribbled recipes that came from my mom, some from memory that were never written down, recipes clipped from the newspaper, emailed recipes, recipes from Facebook, and the list goes on.
I did try to organize them into a three-ring binder. That worked for a long time, but this binder is ridiculously heavy and stuffed with recipes I only made once. I’ve never gone through them and weeded out the garbage from the favorites.
Inspiration came one day in the form of a book my daughter made for her husband’s grandmother, or oma. She came to the United States from Austria shortly after WWII. She could only bring a few handwritten recipes with her. The rest were memories.
Now all the grandchildren have those recipes and traditions that could have been lost, but Oma’s legacy lives on.
Every family has traditions
Traditions bind us together and food plays a huge role. It is vital to preserve those for our children and grandchildren. That’s why I made this book—to help every family keep their memories alive.
The Table of Contents is broken into 6 categories. With 189 pages, you can allow approximately 30 pages per category. Or you can fly by the seat of your pants, and just add recipes as you go, marking down the page number in the table of contents. You don’t have to go in any kind of order.
This journal is formatted so that one recipe should fit onto a two-page spread, but feel free to take as many pages as you need.
Pictures say a thousand words, so, if you can, add photos of the person who gave you the recipe, a picture of the finished product, family parties associated with that recipe, and a picture of the original hand-written recipe when available. What a treat it is to see my mom’s hand writing again.
Don’t forget to add your stories about your recipes, who it came from, why it’s a family favorite. Let other family members add their memories if you have room.
Joy in the Journey
This is a long-term journey. It is not meant to be accomplished in a day or even a month. Take photos as you make your meals and prepare for family gatherings. Group them with your recipes and relive your stories. It will be your children’s and grandchildren’s heritage.