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 Blurbaccount (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:
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.
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.
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