Whitney got this darling recipe card box at one of her bridal showers, and it immediately brought back so many memories of writing down recipes in the kitchens of people I love the most. I copied recipes from my mother in law, my mother and my grandmothers. Sometimes the cards were fancy, but most times they were just 4x6 index cards. I don't have any of those cards anymore. Everything is digital, but as I opened her recipe box I wished I had thought about legacy a simple recipe box contains. I wished I had thought to have people fill her box. I wish I had kept all those cards.
This is my grandmother's recipe book. The cards are yellowing and have stains from the various spills that happened while preparing meals not only for her family but neighbors and friends. I grew up with food being a comfort in difficult situations, a celebration in times of accomplishment, and a memory filled with stories and love.
My father has scanned and added each card to our family history google drive so we can all enjoy the handwriting and recipes, but for the past few weeks, I have thought about food, food preparation, and all things digital a little differently. I love the resources that come from my phone or computer that will never change. However, walking away and moving slowly is very appealing. I can google any recipe I want, but I remember searching through many a recipe box for just the favorite dish and I want that memory for my children.
I made some copies of the scanned recipes and started filling in the recipe box. I am trying to resist the temptation to add photos, but am failing. When my friend Risa asked if I could design a downloadable card for her Studio 5 segment it gave me one more push to start this process. I want to have a recipe box filled with the handwriting of people I love and food they want to share with me: an old fashioned recipe exchange. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Want to join me?
I will work on compiling our family cookbook for the children. I love the ones that have been created within my family, but today I am slowing down, and I'm writing down my favorite thumbprint cookie recipe (you can find it here: simple food) and thinking about the Thanksgiving recipes I want to include in my recipe box. It also makes me want to add a few more entries on our food blog, but that will have to wait for another day.
The file is two pages. I printed the one side and then flipped the cardstock over and printed it on the back. It all works out with my printer, so I am hoping the printer you have at home will also work. After I had printed them off, I noticed the lines are a little tilted and imperfect, but that is the beauty of something hand drawn.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you have a lovely day filled with good food and beautiful memories.