Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Passing Down Recipes

One of the activities that I have planned for this summer is to organize my recipes, as well as help my daughter, who will be 16 years old next month, start her own recipe notebook. I started keeping my recipes in a notebook about a year ago, but still have not completed transferring all of my recipes into the notebook. I have old hand written passed down recipe cards, some printed out from the computer, some ripped out from magazines, as well as many bookmarked in cookbooks. The notebook I originally chose was too big, and difficult to manage, so I decided I would break my recipes into two notebooks, one for cooking, and one for baking. I bought my daughter a matching notebook, I will start her with one for now.

Today we had fun designing the covers for our notebooks on the computer. I started her off with some of our favorite cookie recipes, and a few others. I like to put the recipes in plastic page protectors, that way they can easily be wiped off if they get splashed on while cooking. I usually take out the plastic recipe page from the notebook, and hook it to the fridge with magnets, so I can easily reference it while cooking, or bring it right to the counter. I plan on working with her a few times a week on making copies of different recipes to add to her notebook, as well as cooking and baking some of these recipes with her.

Sarah is already very good at baking cookies, and muffins, this summer I would like to have her start cooking more of our main dishes. I have always loved cooking and baking, and enjoy working with my daughter in the kitchen passing down family recipes as well as trying new ones.

Right now I am off to bake a batch of Oatmeal Scotchies with Sarah (using the classic recipe from Nestle Toll House Butterscotch Chips). She will be bringing them along with lunch for a day of fishing with her dad, brother, and good friends tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a nice week!!


  1. That will be so nice for your daughter. When the boys started out on their own, I made them a recipe box with all their favorites. My oldest still refers to his quite often.

  2. What a lovely idea - I like that you are making the recipes with your daughter as you add them to her book.

  3. Thanks for the positive comments Jane and Christy! :)


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