12 Weeks of Homemade Christmas: The Cookbook

Written by Andrea

A little different this time… I’m asking you guys for your help on this one!:)

I am a person who has embraced electronics with great happiness. I love technology. I love that life can be sorted into all kinds of folders and files and pins and favorites and calendar schedules. Maybe it is my OCD that makes me love the fact that I can organize everything¬†in 100 different locations and sort them by 1,000 different factors. I just love technology. That doesn’t mean that I’m good at using it, really.

For instance, if you see my boards on Pinterest, you will notice that there’s a “Fun Project Ideas” board that seems to catch nearly everything that I would like to do in my lifetime involving arts and crafts. My photos are equally as unorganized on my computer… there’s a folder named “2011 Photos” which has in it a folder named “2011 Pics.” Yes. I’m very good at this. Haha. It does drive me crazy that I know that these things are not organized, but do I fix it? No.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now and get to the point.

When it comes to recipes, there is just something that I love about printing them out and keeping them in a notebook. I have handwritten recipes on the backs of envelopes. I have a couple of handwritten recipes that my late grandmother scribbled out for me years ago. I will keep it for eternity. There’s something special to me about the grease spots and the powdered sugar that I can find all over my recipes and cookbooks.

In a digital age when everything is going electronic, I love to receive a good cookbook. Last year, Cilla got me the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook… and I just happened to purchase it for Becca, Dawn, and Cilla as well.:)Mine has already been well used… multiple times.

What I’ve always wanted to do is to put together my own cookbook of my favorite recipes. Now, none of them are actually my recipes… only ones that I’ve borrowed or inherited over the years. But, I would love to have a book of them nonetheless. And because I know my mom doesn’t have most of the recipes that I have from her mother, I would love to put this together for her (and a few others in my family). Will it happen? Hmm. I wouldn’t hold my breath for this Christmas. But, perhaps!

It isn’t completely handmade, but I think it still counts… make a cookbook of your favorite recipes!

From what I can tell, Blurb has the best deals, repuatation, and ability to publish this kind of project. But, I’d love to hear from you. Have you done a cookbook before? If so, where did you get it printed, how did it turn out, and how long did it take? I’d love to hear it from someone who has been there, done that!

Help a girl out!


kate @ sweet cricket design - December 1, 2011 - 8:28 am

oh my goodness – I love tastebook.com

Did a family cookbook with collected recipes for all my cousins, aunts, uncles, etc last year for xmas and they came out gorgeous!

Andrea - November 30, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Thank you ladies!! This has helped me so much. I keep going back and forth about what to do. And, debating how much time I actually have. Love your suggestions… and I’m SO glad to have you guys weigh in. I’ll keep you posted. :)

cheryl - November 30, 2011 - 2:54 pm

This is one of my favorite gifts to give. I spent a lot of time creating it the first time, but now just add new recipes into the template and it just keeps expanding. My graphic design background also helped. :) But it’s inexpensive because I use a nice three-ring binder customized for the person (personality) of the recipeint, using printed pages with sheet protectors, and the last page is a gift card (because sometimes we don’t feel like cooking)!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons - November 30, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Hey girl! I make my own with a binder and those plastic page protectors! It isn’t GORGEOUS but it’s been a fabulous way to organize everything for the past 5 years or so! =) super frugal too!

Shauna - November 30, 2011 - 10:07 am

I love this idea. My mom made me a cookbook using recipe cards, a folder and plastic picture sleeves. A couple of ideas to think about, there are tons of recipe card templates you can download, type up and send to Kinko’s or some other online print shop for printing/binding or you can also use someone like Shutterfly or Lulu who also does recipe books. I’m not sure how much Blurb is but thought i would weigh in.

Kristyn Disponette - November 30, 2011 - 10:01 am

I’ve never done this, but saw on Shutterfly the other day that they had cookbooks. Here’s the link. I love Shutterfly and you can always get free shipping on orders of $30 if you use the code: SHIP30. Good luck!!


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