What’s Cooking?

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.

This entry was posted in Theme Scrapbooking by Michele Cheplic. Bookmark the permalink.
Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.