When I think of the holiday season, the first thing that comes to mind is not Jack Frost nipping at my nose, jingle bells or dancing elves, it’s… food; mountains of meat, plenty of potatoes, and heavenly homemade desserts.
Seeing the snow pile up on the East Coast today reminded me about all the eating I will be doing in the weeks to come. Moreover, it made me think about the holiday-inspired recipe scrapbooks I’ve crafted in the past. The memory books make amazing gifts for family members and friends.
Fortunately, the instructional albums are also a cinch to create. To start, simply collect favorite holiday recipes that everyone loves. The dishes may come from personal cookbooks, popular restaurants or celebrity chefs. The Internet is an outstanding resource for finding recipes for delicious holiday dishes.
Once you narrow down your selections, you will need to copy the recipes into your book. Be very careful when doing so as you don’t want to accidently write “one teaspoon” rather than “one tablespoon” or substitute “baking powder” for “baking soda.” Depending on how neatly you write, you may opt to type up the recipes and print them out using different fonts and ink colors to help spice up your layouts.
Next, don’t forget the photos. Crisp, clear, colorful pictures of the finished dishes are vital when making a recipe scrapbook. If you want to add more images to your holiday memory album, consider ones of your loved ones preparing the recipes, and then dining on them together.
Finally, feel free to include funny anecdotes or other personal stories relating to the recipes. You could also add photos that help tell the story of the dishes featured in the book or mementos that explain why the item is an all-time family favorite.