Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Very Own Cookbook

I finally finished a little fun project I have been working on all year.  I made my own cookbook.  I decided, earlier this year, that I needed a little boost to get out of a cooking rut I was in.  I knew what I needed was a project that would help my organize and simplify my recipes.  I decided to collect my family favorite recipes and consolidate them into a cookbook that I would really use...not like those cookbooks that I buy that have one or two or three good recipes in them, but a cookbook where I would use ALL the recipes often.

How many times can I type the word cookbook?

Anyways, I knew that when it comes to me and projects and being the mother of five children, I have to break everything down into little steps.  First I organized my recipe binder nicely.  I took out recipes that I would never make and marked the one I knew already were going to make the cut into the book.


Then I slowly but surely started trying some new things. This is what really got me out of that rut...I was making the same things over and over and I knew I wanted a nice collection of 100+ recipes, and I only had a little more than half of that of die-hard favorites so far. I found recipes through friends, family, blogs, and books and recipe site. I experimented on my children and if the recipe was a majority-rules good one, I would make adjustments (more sauce, a little less spicy etc) to make it our own.  If one didn't work out, I pitched the recipe and tried something new.  We mixed things up and tried things again and again.  I have to say-it was fun! 

Once I felt like I was ready, I opened a Blurb account (I chose this company to make the cookbook just because I heard they did a very nice job with the photo aspect and made it all easy-there are probably many good choices out there I am sure) and watched one quick tutorial on how to make a book.  I looked at some samples of recipe books already made and decided, of course, I wanted it to be very simple with full page pictures.  I downloaded the software and went to work, slowly but surely, entering recipes a little at a time...remember I just finished this and I started it in the beginning of the year.  

They have easy recipe templates.  Lots of choices of course, but I don't like lots of choices so I kept my blinders on and just went with the easy and quick templates.  I did have some food photos, and I had planned to have one for each recipe, but I decided that was just too time-consuming so I used some of my favorite family pictures throughout.  For the cover and the divider pages, I made a quick collage in Picasa and used that as my image.   I proofread, hit send, and chose what type of cover I wanted before ordering.  I would have loved to have a jacket, but I think for a cookbook that I'd be using everyday, I would have just ended up removing it anyways.

I exchanged this sloppy mess:

For this:
Here is my baby.  I was so excited when I got the email that it shipped that I stood outside waiting for 2 days and nights till it was delivered.   Not really but I wanted to.   I love it. 




(get it?)
The one drawback is that it is not super cheap...the cost depends on how many pages and what sort of cover you choose.  My book was around $65 I think-I used a coupon I found online.  To me it is worth every penny because I have a scrapbook type of cookbook that will be a family treasure. 

P.S.  You can find some of the recipes right now on Cooking On Clover Lane.  I fixed up the blog somewhat to make it look prettier and I plan on posting new recipes weekly.

154 comments:

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Sarah! It's gorgeous! I love it!

Marlowe said...

Sarah, what a great idea! And what a great idea to give to parents, children or grandparents for a Christmas gift — food brings families together and there's no gift that shows love like one's own family favorites. I might have to make my own one day :)

Mrs. Biscuit said...

Beautiful! I love it. (You always do such amazing creative things....such an inspiration).

Carrie said...

That is awesome!!!

Headless Mom said...

I love this idea! Yours turned out beautifully.

Kell said...

I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I always nod my when when reading your posts and completely agree with your words on Motherhood. I admire the kind of Mother you are! And I would totally buy your cookbook, I bet it is great :)

Angel said...

Love, love, love! What a fabulous idea. I too have a hug ring-binder. And now I have another project on my list. Eeek!

Cath said...

That is just plain awesome. What a treasure for your kids!

mholgate said...

That is so cool! I want one! I should do something like that with my menu plans. I have about 14 weeks worth so far with recipes and grocery lists.

My mother in law made what I refer to as "the black book" for all us kids one year for Christmas. We all submitted our favorite recipes and she divided them into categories and included family photos too. It's a great book and I still refer to it often but I only use about a quarter of the recipes. It would be fun to make one of my own. Thanks for sharing!

-Melissa

Rhona said...

I absolutely LOVE this, what a fantastic idea!! You have done such a great job of this and what a treasure it'll be for your family. I want one now too ;) xx

Natacha said...

THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA!!!
Your book looks great!

Rhona said...

Sarah, I hope you don't mind I've posted a link to this post on my blog today. I think this is such a fantastic idea. Thank you

Cindy said...

AMAZING Sarah!
What a gift for your kids someday.
And it's way prettier laying on the counter!!:)
have a happy day

michelle @ this little light said...

What a fantastic idea!!!! And priceless, for sure.

Simply LKJ said...

Love this idea! I have a binder similar to yours. Had never thought to put an actual book together. My oldest is always asking me for recipes (she is finishing up college) and the younger one will head off next year. This would be a great gift for both of them!!

Jacq. said...

How ABSOLUTELY adorable! Congrats on getting it completed and what a beautiful cookbook you will ALWAYS enjoy opening and cooking from!

luvnmy10 said...

Sooo cool! The only problem is-your kids are going to fight over who gets it in 50 or so years : ) might have to make 4 more... Love the family photos throughout, a very personal fun touch. You could probably market the digital version and we could all order our own with your recipes and our photos..... Hmmm... I see a profit for you and a benefit for all of us out in cyberville!

Jennifer Jo said...

So pretty!

ASchaaf said...

Totally awesome! Might have to start organizing the gazillion recipes in my photo box. My mom had a green stationary box that she kept all her recipes in, I loved asking her for a recipe...she always knew what type of paper it was written on...and now I do the same, but maybe it is time to organize it all....

Fay said...

I've been doing the same thing with my recipes. Only my finished project looks more like your binder that you started with. Yours looks amazing and beautiful. You are the most organized blogger I read!

Christi said...

It's beautiful! So exciting!

Magnolia Verandah said...

Good job - something I have put in my notebook to do but you have actually done it! Well done, it looks great and how wonderful to hand down to your children.

tina said...

Fantastic idea !!

knit one, knit two said...

Wow, that's great! I too have a big binder stuffed to overflowing. Hubby's aunt gave it to us when we got married and included favorite family dishes and I added recipes culled from magazines over the years. Your book would make a fabulous gift for newlyweds in your family.

Thank you for being an inspiration to us!

gringosinargentina said...

sarah-
love love love it. as always you have the midas touch...what a great treasure you have for your family. You inspire me. I, too, have that binder stuffed with papers and have often thought i wanted to do the same. Felt the task was daunting but maybe......
hope the college search is going well...what a journey it is. Now that is a whole other book!!

vitalmommy.com said...

I have a handwritten book that my grandmother and aunts put together for me. Since my grandmother passed away, my younger cousins never got the same family heirloom, and I've been thinking about replicating mine for them somehow. This would be a wonderful gift for them, and maybe even for my Mom.

The Lady said...

That's awesome! Love to get one.

Ashley said...

Your book is amazing! I made a similar cookbook for my mom for Christmas a few years back. I made it on Tastebook (have you heard of them?). The nice part is that she can add new favorites and have the pages sent to her to add into her book. Now I just need to get my act together and make myself one!

Ericka said...

That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! I love the pictures in it! I would totally buy your cookbook. Just sayin.

Heidi said...

Oh My Goodness... I LOVE THIS IDEA! If I only loved to cook, LOL! Your book looks beautiful!

Amanda said...

Love it so so so much!! It's so personal and family and special. I have a feeling you'll be ordering duplicates, cause your kids are going to want one when they leave home. Thanks for sharing!!

Amber@Munchkin Land said...

Love love love!!! A big motivator for me and I'd love something like that. Is there an option where you can scan old recipe cards though? I love seeing my grandma's handwriting on some of my most favorite recipes.....

LML said...

Wow! That is gorgeous! You are so talented :-)

Jacquelyn said...

Wow Sarah! I love your cookbook. What a wonderful & creative thing to do. Once I get more recipes down on my blog, I think I might just make my own cookbook. What a great gift for your family. You can now have a "real" family cookbook to pass on to your kids when they move on and leave the house instead of coffee/food stained recipe cards. Amazing!

Do you know how much it costs to make copies? I am sure its less, right? If so, what a great Christmas gift for friends and family.

You rock Sarah! You have so much creative energy! I love it! What are you going to come up with next?

Louise said...

What a FABULOUS idea! Thanks for the wonderful idea! I may just try that!

CRICKET said...

I just wanted to thank you for all the book recommendations on your side bar. My house has never been dirtier but my mind is alive! Passing on my favorites to some of my reading buddies.

Kim said...

What a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!! The last thing I need right now is another project, but this one just might be soooo worth it!!!

April & Michael said...

I am in love with your cookbook as well!!! I love how you took your time with it and did it right!

Jenny said...

Love it! I also love, love your Cooking on Clover Lane blog. I have made many of the recipes and they are always easy and yummy. I hope you continue to post more over there!
Of course, I peeked at it again, and now I have an intense craving for mexican pizza... and garlic rolls... At 6:30 in the morning. Maybe I shouldn't look at any food blogs while pregnant...

Kim said...

This is such a fantastic idea- I am going to start saving up recipes (and money) and buy it as a gift to myself next year- LOVE IT! I always wanted to let you know how much I look forward to reading your blog- it gives me such inspiration. I am a SAHM and I have very few friends who stay home too. I don't have a lot of people to talk to who "get" my life- but then I come here and read your wise (and sometimes humorous) posts and I think "YES! That is it- exactly!" It is so great to feel some camraderie :-)

Stacy said...

What a great idea! I love it and you have inspired me to do this too. I just have to remember that it took you one year. I am still trying to organize my photos which is not going so well. . .

Talia said...

What a fabulous idea! I very well may copy and make a cookbook too! Thank you for sharing your fantastic idea!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

This is amazing. Great idea. This truly is a treasure your family will enjoy for ages.

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

WOW - i've never seen a personalized one before - I love it!

The 1st of May said...

You should get it published! If they are all like the PB cookie recipe I KNOW it's awesome! I make those ALL. THE. TIME. Can't wait to start using more of your recipes!

Lesa said...

WOW!!! This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen!!! I would love to have all my favorite recipes in a book like this instead of in a shoebox! I am so jealous and so inspired! I love it!!! I would absolutely buy it!!!

Lesa said...

I mean I would buy a copy of this cookbook!!!

Love is all you need said...

Soo amazing! Can I pay you to spend another year making me one!

alanna rose said...

What a wonderful idea, and a wonderful (and useful) keepsake for you and the family :)

Thanks so much for sharing...I am inspired to do something similar!

kris said...

That is amazing! What a wonderful idea and super professional. Love it!

Cheflamb said...

Well, that's just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!!! Thank you so for giving such wonderful inspirations in this wonderful experience of motherhood!!!! You are my hero!!

Sheila said...

Sometimes they send special offers after you order one....maybe you can get one for each of your kids to use as wedding shower gifts some day. :)

stephanie said...

Genius idea Sarah!! Now let's get this mass produced and sell it to all your followers!!

What a wonderful keepsake for your family!

Meaghan said...

That's a beautiful book! A warning about Blurb for anyone else considering it. I spent hours upon hours making a first year baby book on blurb.com for my neice, and since I didn't order it within 15 days of starting it, they deleted my entire book from my account. They gave me only 24 hours notice by email and I didn't see the email in time. Customer service has thus far refused to give me access to the book again. I will never again use blurb! Sorry to vent, your cookbook really does look wonderful.

Red Gate Farm said...

I have an old family (put together) cookbook from years and years ago.... done on a typewriter and photocopied. This would be a great way to update that cookbook with photos and all! Yours is so professional looking!

Hands down, the coolest thing I've seen in a long time!

~Chris

Chelsey said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I've been looking to turn my cookbook binder into a real one for a year or so, but haven't really known who to go to.

Stephanie said...

That is so awesome! Added your cooking blog to my roll. Can not wait to check it out!

Amber said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I have been thinking of doing this for a long time and seeing how beautiful yours turned out might just be my inspiration!

Theresa said...

THAT is AWESOME!

Grace in my Heart said...

Beautiful Sarah. What a treasure!

Julie said...

Looks like a beautiful family cookbook! I'm excited to try some of your recipes!

Barb said...

This is the BEST idea I have seen in a long time. What a wonderful keepsake for your family! I may have to copy this idea.

(P.S. I just finished "It Was So Hot You Should Have Thanked Me" on your recommendation and I absolutely loved it. Thank you.)

Meagan Kenney said...

Wow! Awesome! Makes me want to create one too! We have the same three ring type binder book with school dividers in it right now. So inspiring!

Britney said...

how fun! what a great idea and a great way to preserve all those memories. brilliant!

Buffy said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! I just started the binder phase with my recipes so that I could eventually do what you just did! Glad to see it worked out awesome! Great minds think alike!

kara_a_cullen said...

I absolutely love this idea! I wish I would have known thought about it earlier. My husband and I love to cook and I think this would be a great Christmas present, but since it has taken since the beginning of the year, no way I could do for Christmas huh? Wish I could find a way to pull it off.

The Spanglers said...

Wow. That is beautiful. Are you selling them? I'm only kidding but you did a beautiful job. I would love to reorganize my recipe notebook. I'm just afraid a bound book would limit what I could do later. I like the flexibility of a notebook, but then again your book is so beautiful.

rainbowmummy said...

Oh my goodness!!! I want this so much!!!!!!

Kelli said...

THAT is awesome!!! I think it is absolutely worth the price. I love how you were creative with the pictures in relation to the recipe.

Sarah said...

Wow, Sarah, that is really gorgeous. It is very special and I think it was totally worth every penny as well. Can you get more copies to pass on to your kids when they grow up and move on?

Shanade said...

Gorgeous! I've been talking about making one for a long time now... maybe this will motivate me to actually do it. Thanks for sharing.

Katie said...

My extended family did this one year and now I have a cookbook full of family favorites. We scanned actual recipe cards written in family member's handwriting and that has made it SO special to look at and use. Love yours!!!!

Pinecone said...

Oh my goodness...this cookbook looks so gorgeous!! I love this idea so much - thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

Sarah - this is unbelievably beautiful! You need to sell it and I would be first in line.
I am worried now - I have just added another project to my list (esp. after sorting recipes during our October Nor'easter that hit last weekend)

lauren said...

AAAAHHHH!!!! okay its officially weird that i got a little choked up seeing that book! i am certainly not in your family but i had this vision of your grand babies holding it, leafing through butter stained pages, seeing that pic of your house and their parents and STOP IT!!! i totally love this sarah. obviously. :)

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

You are so VELLY VELLY SMAWT.

I love it, and have worked on a similar book on blog2print. I am glad to hear who you used because I needed an easier template to use, and I like that you can work on this project over time.

xoxo
Joni

Ellie said...

This is the coolest thing ever! I'm so glad you did that for yourself. Great idea!

Katheryn said...

Love this idea! My mom has been talking about doing something like this, but didn't quite know how to go about it.

Zetta said...

I've been getting posts from your blog via email for a while now, but somehow I hadn't been aware that you had the cooking blog. I'm so glad you mentioned it and put the link in your post today! I can't wait to look it all over. The few minutes I've spent there so far make me want more. The cookbook is beautiful. Maybe someday...

Lacy Park said...

I am in love with this cookbook. IN LOVE! What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing....Maybe I'll have my own cookbook to show off next year!

Sharon said...

that is absolutely beautiful-what a wonderful heirloom, too!

Amber said...

I have wanted to do the same thing. I"m tired of keeping 5 or six cookbooks--with only 3-5 good recipes in each, and then having to rifle through the hand written or printed recipes I use, too.

I'm glad someone else did it first and was the guinea pig. I'll make that my 2012 project.

HeidiFerguson said...

How clever! Not your average cookbook! One that is custom made for YOU AND YOUR family! The pictures are just perfect and are of what cookbooks stand for-feeding and nurturing your family! Bravo! Heidi-
browneyedgirlygirl

Megan said...

That is great! I have been meaning to make my own this year. One of 3 resolutions I did not do yet. I am making 1 new recipe a week. I may have to try some of yours!

Heather L. said...

Oh my gosh - this is amazing! Love it!!!

Jessica Brown said...

I printed out my blog with them and it worked great. Now I've got to do the cookbook. It's excellent!

Tricia said...

You are right - what a great family keepsake! Now where can I buy this book?? :)

carly said...

awesome idea...i would LOVE to do this or have on given to me as a gift. it would be a great wedding idea!!! by the way, i love ur blog...i live in a nearby town of yours and if i would ever see u around, it would be like a celebrity sighting!!

Your Southern Peach said...

Oh my goodness!!! I absolutely LOVE this. SInce staring my blog, I've found that the posts and photos I most enjoy are my food ones and this is the PERFECT way to capture it in a non virtual manner.

Thank you so much!!!

Amy

Katie said...

Soo love this, thanks for sharing!

mouse said...

Love it! It will indeed be a family treasure, and you figure--buying half a dozen cookbooks with only a handful of recipes that you actually use will cost you more in the long run!

Ashley | Domestic Fashionista said...

This is absolutely stunning! I am so inspired to make my own! With two years of marriage under my belt I have definitely found our staples...and what a great place to put all of my favorite recipes in one beautiful place! I also use Blurb for my photo books...and did some extensive research and find it is the best product for its value. I recently just started using picassa as you suggested to make my pages and then upload them into blurb. It is already so much easier! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Ginger said...

Sarah,

I LOVE THIS IDEA! I've actually been following your blog for a couple of years now and I think this is the first time I've ever posted anything....which seems a bit stalker-ish creepy to me, but I promise I'm not creepy! Your helpful offerings on motherhood and housekeeping have been a HUGE blessing to our entire family and a great motivator for me (I finally have a cleaning plan for once in my life!). Thank you so much for your commitment to blogging! Hopefully, I'll get my own blog back in the swing of things soon.

Suzie said...

wow! a brand new family heirloom!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

That is fantastic!!

megvarg said...

Beautiful Cookbook! Did you start with a cookbook template or did you start from scratch?

Kari said...

You never cease to amaze me! That is such an excellent idea ... I am going to steal it at some point. :) Such a great memory!

Kari said...

P.S. I have to say... $65 for what you created - sounds like a great deal to me! (Especially considering you probably spent $10-20 on each cookbook you own and each of those have, as you said, 3-4ish keeper recipes in them.)

Darnetha said...

Okay now I have to start one of my own. I have been trying to come up with some neat way to oganize my recipes and you have inspired me. I will do this! Your book is so pretty and personal to you and that is what I was looking for. Now it will probably take me a year to add to my receipts and take pics. But it will be fun. Thanks for the idea!

Jen said...

What a fabulous idea! One your kids will be able to treasure forever.

Jeannette

Traci said...

That is such a special gift for yourself and your family. I think I'd order one more....one that can get bent and food splattered when you use it and one to stay pristine.

anne said...

I so love this Sarah! What a treasure... I have a question:
Would you recommend BLURB for taking a blog and printing it up into a book? One reason why I do a family blog is to do just that...since I don't have time to scrapbook and keep in touch with family and friends. Would you recommend BLURB? Thank YOU! I love your blog and check in quite often.

Miss Meg said...

I found this through Pinterest and had to say hi and Thank You! This cookbook you made Is a dream of mine, I'm so glad I found your blog

Emma said...

oh my! It is so gorgeous and what a brilliant idea! You are so clever! x

Sophielikescake said...

This is a brilliant idea :) So glag I found this on Pinterest just before I break for uni holidays; not so secret Christmas present for Mum I think haha. Question though, your photos look excellent, did you use a special camera or were they just ones you took with a standard point and shoot in your family album? Thanks :)

Sophielikescake said...

Oh and I love the font you used on the front cover, what is it called? :)

Esther said...

publish it!!

jess. said...

basically, to mirror everyone else- you're a complete genius and this is a fabulous idea. i love making mini-books and photo books- and this...well it just revolutionized my current way of thinking! muchas gracias and keep on cooking lady! this is fab!

Jessica B said...

sarah, that is fantastic!

melissamevans said...

...I'm definitely putting this on my to do list. How perfect! :)

Stacey Kay said...

I have been working on a blurb cookbook all year too. Your creation is gorgeous. I love the font you used. What font is that?

Christine E-E said...

incredible treasure!

Beardog said...

Shared link on facebook because i think your cookbook is an inspired idea. I am planning to replicate it s my project for 2012. Thank you for the inspiration, your book looks fantastic!!

Cissie's Dogfarm said...

You are one "together" lady..very admirable and an inspiration to my newly pregnant daughter. I sent her your blog address. Thanks for sharing.

Slim Paley said...

Fantastic!

Maya Catching Butterflies said...

Oh my. This is magnificent and now I want one too. What a great idea for housing memories.

Amz said...

Wishing it was for sale!!! Especially after I read that you stopped eating meat in March and sugar and white flour. I just started that and am so, so, so at a loss as to what to fix. I am in a rut and feeling like it is not going to last very long if I can't find some variety! Your book is beautiful!!!

Beth said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea!! What a wonderful keepsake.

Tina @ Squirrel Acorns said...

It's beautiful and so inspiring. Maybe that will be my project for 2012-13 (because it will probably take me that long).

Dessie said...

Can you tell me how you got the "ribbon" on the cover of your Blurb book? I have been trying to figure out how to color in the text box in front of my pictures on a Blurb book I'm working on and cannot figure it out, I basically want a ribbon across it like the cover of yours. I can't find a color that looks good on top of the photo but can't figure out how to color it in.

Sarah said...

I made that cover in Picasa-I used the collage feature and took a cropped piece of scrapbook paper and layed it across the photo. Then Created the collage and used the Text button to write the words on. Make sure the collage is the same size as your book. You can then upload that photo collage to Blurb! (I have a tutorial on making scrapbook pages on my blog that explain the process further.)

Ben&Patty said...

Did you use the Easy-to-Use Templates or did you opt for More Customization?? I'm totally interested in making my own book, of some sort... recipes... family... etc. Thanks! Your's turned out great!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

AWESOME! I love it. I'll be back to get more info. on this soon!

-C

Susie said...

I just started this process a month ago, but am planning to do a simple scrapbook, although your book entices me to rethink it. I'm collecting new recipes that we love, as well as, classics from my family: my mother has many of my late grandmothers' recipes, I have autnies who are amazing cooks that have signature dishes, my husband has signature dishes, and Mom and I have a few of our own. I plan to collect them and produce a book for my son. He's only 5 now, but he loves to cook with me, and I want him to have a collection of standards that he'll remember from his childhood, as well as, reminders of time shared in the kitchen together, when he's older and cooking for himself. Enough about me. (Sorry, got distracted. You're the first one I've told!) Your book is beautiful! You should be very proud! I am inpspired to see my project through now. :)

ClassiclyAmber said...

Oh lovely! This is exactly what I am working on, too...for all the same reasons!

Amanda I said...

Found you through Pinterest and I think this might be my Christmas present for myself this year. A GREAT idea.

K Byer said...

I love this and you've inspired me, so I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you so. Plus, LOVE your little chickadee photo. How precious.

Mamzelle Hérisson said...

Not that a stranger's opinion should matter much, but I have the feeling that every single penny of these $65 was well spent.
Your project was a wonderful idea to begin with, and the outcome is just stunning, based on the few photos you put here!
(And yes, your little one as a chicken is just a great photo :-))
Thank you for the inspiration... and the how-to!!

Haze said...

I really love this idea, its great and looks lovely! I think I will try to do this ready for next Christmas!

classic • casual • home said...

Such a great idea. Wonderful gift and keepsake.

Carla said...

Such a Tasty idea. I've started a binder of our favorite and most used recipes but a hard cover would be nice. hmmm
Thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

Wonderful! would you share the font on the front of the book you used for clover lane?

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Found this via Pinterest - what a fantastic idea! Your book looks great - so professional! Would love to do this someday. I, too, have a sloppy binder at the moment :)

Jennifer said...

Absolutely beautiful and an inspiration for the yellow house.

Curly Birds said...

wow - this is beautiful!

Kari said...

Such a great idea! I'm gonna make one for my mom for Christmas! You're so creative!

Kari

http://moderngirlsinvintagepearls.blogspot.ca/

Sprinkles said...

I love this idea! I want to make one for a family Christmas gift. Aww!Thanks for sharing!

Summer Hofler said...

You may have already answered what i'm going to ask and I just didn't see it but what company did you order from. I love this idea!!!

Samantha Williams said...

LOVE THIS! I have a recipe binder just dying to be converted into a cookbook like this one!

Angela Cox said...

My sister and I have been talking about making a cook book for years! I am going to quit talking and just do it now thanks to you! You have inspired me! :)

Cookie’s Mom said...

That is fantastic and, in my mind, priceless - as in, $65 is actually pretty cheap. I have plans to do something like this too. Still in the collecting stage! Thanks for some inspiration. Yours turned out beautifully. Love the 'Chicken' section photo! :)

baker777 said...

This is so awesome! I had decided to make each of my children their own recipie box full of our favorite ones but I LOVE the idea of our own famil cookbook! Great idea! Thank you for sharing! I take lots of photos of so illustrating it wouldn't be a problem for me and I even have a program that figures out the nutritional information for my own personal recipies so I could do that too! So excited now. Thank you so so much!

Simply Life said...

Oh I absolutely looooove this idea!

mummywright71 said...

This is wonderful! I start my book today! Thank you for such a special idea!
Bookmarked your blog too :-P xx

Nueyer Dua said...

Great idea!!! Good for passing down recipes to your kids in future too

Nikki Morgan said...

What an awesome idea! I can't wait to get started on my own recipe book. Thanks!

sarahsjoys.com said...

I've been wanting to do this for a while now and tried a few months ago with a software that is supposed to "slurp" your blog and automatically format it into a book for you. Unfortunately, since I own my domain name it didn't work. Would Blurb work for that or do you have to add every recipe by hand again? I guess I'll do it if I have to but I hate to re-do everything! What a lot of work! It's worth it, in the end to have it to pass down to my kids but I'd rather not do all that work AGAIN if I don't have to. Thanks for any advice you can offer! :)

Lisa Murphy said...

I love your site! One of the things I do is help others create their personal storybooks, genealogy family histories, yes recipe cookbooks, magazines, canvas, posters etc. I am a personal publishing consultant. Check out my site; create your free acct and start browsing all the templates! You can scan all your written recipes to a jpeg upload to your own online (secure) studio into a blank (or selected template) change it to fit your style! Then professionally publish your project (with as many copies you need) ! Very competitive prices, incredible quality! Let me know if I can help! www.HistoriesOfTheHeart.com is my site that takes you to Heritage Makers! There are tons go tutorials to get you started as well as me to help you! Feel free to email me if any questions!

Lisa Murphy said...

You have such great ideas! I love your blog! One of the things I do is help others publish their own genealogy storybooks, canvas, (recipe books). You can scan your recipes into a jpegfile, upload into your own studio where you have 80,000 prices of digital artwork and several thousand Templars to choose fron! It also allows you to customize your projects even when using templates! Go to my site and login for a free acct www.historiesoftheheart.com or email me lisa@historiesoftheheart.com for more help! Happy creating!

Alanna said...

I have 2 teenagers graduating this year and had already thought of making a favorites recipes book to give them when they eventually move out. I was thinking of doing a coil bound-type book you can get made up at the local office supply store, but yours is so much better! Though it may be more expensive to do it your way, it's very well done, nice to look and a wonderful way to send them off with something meaningful and full of memories from growing up. It's something worthwhile to pass on to their kids! Thanks for sharing!

Heather West said...

This is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to do something like this. It's absolutely beautiful!

Howell Sisters said...

Love it! I have a couple questions I am hoping you can answer. What size book did you order and, would you change it if you could? How many actual pages did you end up with to include 100 recipes? Finally, do they charge you the same price for a page of photos or a page of text? I'm ready to get started just wondering about these few things. Thanks so much!

Candi Stowers said...

I absolutely love this!!! What great idea!! I have lots of recipes, and this is would be a great way to save them all in one place and share with family. Did you copyright yours?
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Christina Higgins said...

I have been wanting to make a family favorites cookbook for a long time now. I do want something in a binder format though, that can be updated yearly, as the family discovers new favorites. Any suggestions?