Most people can remember the days of hand written recipes on 3×5 cards in your grandma’s kitchen. If your grandma was like mine, she had fancy little recipe cards with floral embellishments and unique fonts. Back in the day, before Pinterest, recipes were clipped from newspapers or magazines or even shared by friends who took the time to hand write the instructions down on paper. Now, we collect recipes on Pinterest, blogs, and websites. It can be overwhelming to look at your board and see 185 pins of desserts you want to make.
I’ve always been a nostalgic kind of girl, cherishing the things that my loved ones once cherished. So it was only natural for me to attempt to preserve the recipes of my grandma and mother for future generations. What if I have children that want to make my French Toast cupcakes or red velvet cheesecake that I have perfected? How will they have access to my digital recipes unless I preserve them on paper like past generations? Nostalgia strikes again and inspires a project.
I started this project by gathering all the handwritten recipes I already had on random cards and scraps of paper. Then I made the decision to sort through my electronic recipes on Pinterest and print out only the ones I have actually made successfully. This rule of thumb will help limit the amount of time and effort you might waste on a recipe that fails you later.
Next I developed a template with a vintage style on grade school paper. And then the old fashioned process of handwriting began. Download my templates or search the infinite source of Pinterest for recipe templates.
After taking the time to hand write the recipe I put them into sheet protectors and organized into categories into a binder. The great thing about this collection method is that there’s always room for more, and if your style changes, you can switch up the binder design to match.
The hope is that some day, someone will pull out this book and thank me for my time and effort preserving the tradition of food. For now it’s a great personalized cookbook that continues to grow.