Little Pieces of "History"

If you spend any time on my Pinterest boards you'll see that the majority of what I pin is food. Sure I post clothes I wish were in my closet, and baby stuff that of course I'll want to come back and use in three years… but food and recipes win by a landslide. Pinterest is an incredible resource and some of Jared and I's favorite meals are things I found there. Yes, it's true… I do actually make stuff I pin ;)
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However, if you spent any time in my actual physical kitchen, not my electronic one, you'd see a plethora of recipes. Hand-written by me on post-it notes, printed out from various websites and my favorite- actual recipe cards given to me by family and friends. At my bridal shower almost three years ago, my sister had everyone write down a favorite recipe or two to bring with them to the party to start my collection. I'll definitely admit that my desserts section is the most full right now.

And I tell you what, those are some of my most treasured possessions. I know, I know… you're confused by the fact that I love these little handwritten lists of ingredients that are smudged with food. But these recipes were given with love! They were given to me as I started my new life, with my new family. 

These cards were meant for me to eat, to enjoy, to pass down to other family members and to make for friends. I have some of my favorite recipes written by my mom, my grandparents, and a couple extra-special ones from my Great-Grandma "Nina" who passed away almost one year ago. 
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Sure, Pinterest is great, but knowing these adorable cards with their personal handwritten meals are now in my posession? There is something so cool about that to me. Maybe I'm old-fashioned… I mean, does anyone still use a recipe box anymore besides me? Maybe I'm just a big ol' sap (like my mother and grandmother! ;)) but family stuff means so much to me.

Now I have a cute recipe box to fill with all my favorite meals and add to year after year. I can only hope that I get to pass down little pieces of family "history" one day and that they can appreciate them as much as I do! 

Do you have favorite family recipes that have been given to you?
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36 comments

  1. I have Ken's grandmother's recipe box and recipes from my grandmother and great-grandmother and they are some of my most treasured possessions. I have all of my recipes organized in a binder with sheet protectors so cooking doesn't mess them up.

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  2. I love this, and I love people saying things like "Grandma's famous..."
    which will be your recipes one day!
    That is such an awesome tradition!

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  3. I have been wanting to get my Grandmom to do something with her recipes for my sister, cousin, and I. For my sister's wedding gift, my Grandmom passed down her mom's recipe book with all the hand written notes, recipes, and favorite dishes. We all sat there and cried like little babies. haha Michael's mom makes bierox and she recently sent me the recipe which calls for making your own bread. It's a once every half a year kind of meal but it is SOOOOO good.

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  4. I have some recipes on that exact same watermelon card!! :P To be honest, I'm not much of a recipe girl, I'm more of an invent food as I go along type of girl and never cook exactly the same way twice. But I do have some very treasured recipes that have been handed down to me. My favorite is an Andes Mint cookie recipe that was given to my Mom when she got married--I've grown up eating and making those cookies and I love them!

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  5. That box is so pretty!!! I have a recipe book, but I also have most of my recipes in the Hotpot App on my iPad. I like it because I can use it to build a menu for the week and a shopping list. Things that make my life easier make me happy :)

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    1. That sounds like a useful app! I like the ease of stuff like that, but something about a "hard copy" of a recipe is just so fun :)

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  6. I have a few recipes that have been passed down through my family and I love them! They are so special to me that I do not like to share because I am afraid someone outside my family will not understand how sacred they are. Especially coming from family members who have passed, like my mom and my grandma. Every time I make them it makes me feel like I am keeping their spirit alive!

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  7. We did the same thing at my bridal shower and I really love having all of my old favorite recipes - especially my grandma's potato soup!

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  8. I have a box like that, but haven't taken the time to fill it. I do have my fair share of family recipes on paper that are smudged with food though! They're the best.

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  9. That's so great that you love all of those handwritten recipes! Of course the dessert one should be the fullest. (: After my great-grandmother passed away, one of my aunts had her recipes scanned, and she put them on discs for us so that we can each have her recipes. She made the best pies, and she would always bake a pie and take a slice or two for herself, and then give the rest to one of her grandsons to share with his family.

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  10. I totally have a recipe box! My Mom collects recipes and she gifted me the box at my bridal shower. I swear, looking into it is like looking back in time (as you mentioned!). It was a gift that I will treasure forever. It's always fun to make things that were your grandparents favorite dishes or desserts. Makes you feel closer to them somehow! =)

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  11. This post makes my heart so happy. At my bridal "tea"/shower, the hostess had everyone mail her recipes beforehand and she put them in a big pink binder for me, along with notes and pictures from the person, and I love looking back at it often. Also, for my college graduation gift, my Mimi, who basically raised me in the kitchen, started me a recipe book filled with handwritten cards full of family recipes. If our house were on fire, I'd grab my wedding rings, Bug, and that book, as it's become one of my most treasured possessions! Funny how for us foodies, cooking and sharing our creations can evoke such strong emotions :)

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  12. Before I moved out of my parents house I spent the most of my last week there collecting my favorite family recipes from my mom. There is nothing better than old handwritten family recipes. When I make them on my own I always have great memories of my momma and I making them together. I can't wait to make similar memories with my own kids one day!

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  13. I love this! I'm actually working on sitting down with my mom and cataloging her recipes!

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  14. I have a few handwritten recipes from our grandmothers that we've scanned in just in case anything happens to them, and a few cookbooks from them as well.

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  15. I always print out my recipes and have a binder I keep them in. I can't work from an ipad or computer in the kitchen!

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  16. My mom had the guests at my bridal shower do the same thing! Some recipes I may never try, and others I have already made a millon times! I love the idea of the hand written cards! I still have my recipe box with all those recipes. They are great memories! Glad you are "old fashioned" like me :)

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  17. After my mom passed away, I was going through her recipe cards and I framed 3 of them for my kitchen (banana bread, pie crust and apple butter.) These were always my favorite that she made, and they are covered in smudges and splatters.

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  18. These are the best! Recipes and memories of your loved ones. I love it.

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  19. I think desserts are the easiest ones to pass along, hence why your dessert file is filled. I think mine is the same.

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  20. What an adorable recipe box! My mom also did this for me for one of my showers and made a book for me with all the recipes. Love having all these family recipes available to make!

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  21. I love family sappy stuff!!! That is the irreplacable stuff that we own!

    I have binders full of recipes that I have printed offline, but I do have some handwritten recipes as well. My favorite one is from my grandma Jerry. She made the most amazing Spanish rice when I was younger. She always called me her "tester" and I would tell her if it needed more salt or pepper. She wrote the recipe down for my mom one day and even but on the bottom of the card "When it comes time to season, just ask Deenie. She is my tester." (Deenie was my nickname she gave me.) My mom had found a wooden bowl that she had of my grandma's after she had passed away. Last year after we bought my house, my mom came to visit. She handed me the wooden bowl and said, this was your grandma Jerry's I want you to have it. I looked inside the bowl and there sat the Spanish rice recipe too!

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  22. I'm the same. I have recipe books from my mom and my grandmother that I know are tried and true!

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  23. That is SO COOL! I have a recipe box, but I need to actually organize my recipes in it. HAHA! I wish I had something like that from my grandparents! So cool!

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  24. I have a cookbook with little handwritten notations in it that I love. So special!

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  25. Nanny gave me a cookbook from the 60's that was all contributions by older people back then! I just love it and reading all of their fun little tips!! Although I love pinterest, I'd pick from a hand written recipe book any day of the week!!

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  26. Aww I love this! What an awesome collection to have :) I have yet to start mine but I will someday!

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  27. This one really struck a chord with me, because a few weeks ago, I learned that my late grandmother never wrote down a recipe that I was really, really craving. She wrote everything else down (that I know of, because now, who knows) and I just assumed it would be there. Not the case. Made me wish I paid more attention with her in the kitchen.

    I called my mom though and got her to give me a few of my favorites of hers JUST to make sure I had them absolutely correct and safe. It's not like I make her spaghetti all the time, you know? So, that's at least in order.

    But yeah, I understand what you mean with the whole treasured possession thing. It would probably be easier to rob Fort Knox than to get my Nana's cookbooks out of my father's house.

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  28. Oh my gosh this post makes me SO jealous! I mean, not jealous enough to actually MAKE any of the stuff that I pin, but jealous nonetheless. ;-)

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  29. We did the recipes for my sister in law's shower! I ended up getting recipes from my mom, grandmas, MIL, and GMIL, I rely on them heavily! I love taking recipes from Pinterest and making them my own but you're right, there's just something about those old ones that are so full of love and memories :)

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  30. I do have a recipe box and only my very cherished recipes make it into the box. We did the same thing for my best friends wedding shower and I think it is such an amazing gift to give and receive.

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  31. I pin a TON of stuff, but recipes are totally up there on the top of the list. Especially healthy recipes! I've had some hits and misses, but mostly hits! :)

    I keep all my recipes in a binder. Works for me:)

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  32. I love your receipe box....so cute. I do have a very old receipe tin box that is full of good receipes. I love that box and use it a lot. You will treasure that box filled with love and great food. I have been using a new site for me at least. Its called Fresh 20. Amazing good for you food with receipes, food lists and grocery llists. Using only 20 ingredients with all natural food. It's a great resource. Happy Cooking.

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  33. This is such a good idea! I have a list on my iPad of recipe links that I should definitely be writing down on physical paper!

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  34. I love that recipe box.. I heart polka dots! I feel like I need to write mine down too, especially when it comes to shopping for ingredients, and then I can never remember which recipe I bought them for!

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  35. you know how much i love to cook and i have so much fun getting the how-tos from my mom, grandma and mother in law!!

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