Christmas in July – Family Cookbook
Today I bring you the last gift idea for now. This gift is actually the whole reason I started this blog and appeared on my first list (see #8). You see, back in 2006, Hubby and I were driving somewhere for the holidays. We started brainstorming gift ideas and thought it would be fun to make a cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our two families.
At that point we didn’t have enough time to pull it off for 2006. But I started taking pictures and collecting recipes. One of the first food photos I took were that holiday season in 2006. I made deviled eggs and pretzel M&M treats at Hubby’s mom’s house that Christmas.
Every year when the holidays started to roll around, we agreed that we were still missing some key family favorite recipes. Back in November of 2009, Hubby and I agreed to just bite the bullet and make all the recipes we were missing instead of waiting yet another year.
So we busted out the list of recipes we absolutely wanted in the cookbook. We made them all in one week. It was a very random food week in our house, but it was worth it. We added some of our favorite recipes from the last few years to the list as well and I set to work designing the book.
It was a lot of fun putting the book together. I ended up with an 80-page book from www.blurb.com that included an intro page and a page at the end with some measuring conversions and substitution recommendations in it.
If there was a funny story or memory about the recipe, I included that on the page. I had a blast making this book (and all the food for the pictures!). Check out my Family Favorites tag for some recipes that made it into the book!