Thursday, May 01, 2014

Recipes From The Past


As I grow older I am finding joy in knowing about my family history
and I find sweet satisfaction in learning about the women before me . . . 
what they enjoyed doing during their free time,
their favorite flowers, 
the things that brought a smile to their face,
and especially the food they enjoyed cooking :)


So I framed some old family recipes with pictures of the women I admire,
women that put family first.

(Great-grandma)

Women that served not only delicious food to the table,
but also tender love.

(Grandma Betty and Grandpa Bill)

Recipes sure to last for years to come. . . 


And remembering young love that has lasted a lifetime.
Love that is an example for the younger generation.

(Dad and Mom)

The joy of cooking brings back memories and also creates new ones.


We do not live in the past,
but the past often lives within us - that past of precious family.


"Preserve your memories, 
keep them well,
what you forget you can never retell."
~ Louisa May Alcott ~

This would be a perfect Mother's Day gift, my sweet friends,
and any mother or grandmother would enjoy this in her kitchen.

Blessings to you!

42 comments:

Linda P said...

Hi Stephanie, such a lovely gift for your Mother or other person in your life. I have one, similar to this I made for my little sister who died.
Love this! Happy Thursday. xo

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

So interesting that I should chose to sit down and take some time to indulge in a few of my favourite blogs this morning, and you have written about the very project I have on my desk at the moment. I approached the display of the recipes a little differently, but I truly love your collages.

Melanie said...

That would make a great Mother's Day gift! I enjoy learning about my family history too. I have a very few recipes from great grandmothers but most of what they cooked was in their heads, so it wasn't written down. A recipe book was not easily acquired then and was often considered a waste of paper and money. How different things are today. Thank you for sharing this lovely idea with us, yours is lovely! What a treasure to have in your kitchen!

Conniecrafter said...

What a wonderful idea, love how you put this together, and those blue and white doily's are so pretty!

Debbie Harris said...

Just lovely Stephanie! Looking at the photos brought tears to my eyes. Family... Memories... God's goodness to us in both. I am thankful I have precious memories of both the past and now.
You are a precious daughter!

Love you!

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ♥ Such a sweet treasure of cherished memories. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

Valerie said...

How beautiful, and written in such a lovely thought provoking way. I love the old recipe cards I have that belonged to my grandmothers. I will have to make something similar. As others have said, this would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.
Blessings and Sunshine,
Valerie

Delvalina said...

SUch a great idea sister :)
You always crazy with your gift ideas! I wish I could know the all women before me :)I just live seperated with them all since my family moved. You are so lucky!
That will be cute gift ever!

Thanks for sharing.
Love,
Eva

Cranberry Morning said...

What a great idea for the recipes and photos, Stephanie! BTW, be sure to remind your mom about my homemade soaps giveaway. :-) (if you think she would be interested)

Robyn said...

That is such a lovely gift idea, Stephanie. Women through the generations have spent so much time together in the kitchen at family functions that it seems so appropriate and would be very touching to receive.
You are so thoughtful! Happy May Day.

Maria said...

What a wonderful way to preserve and cherish photos and recipes from loved ones. It would surely make a precious gift for someone! Take care, hugs! Blessings to you!

Deborah Montgomery said...

This is a beautiful idea. When my son was married I made a scrapbook of family recipes and photos for him and his new bride. It's a wonderful way to keep traditions going and memories alive. You did a beautiful job with yours.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Just beautiful, Stephanie! I've been into genealogy since I was a young girl and I love old photos and preserving memories. Cooking the foods of my mother, grandmothers and great grandmothers makes me feel close to them.

pinks said...

I'm doing my family history at the moment too and I love it! Wouldn't it be so fantastic if we could have been a fly on the wall back in the old days and see all the generations before us?! Family history is endlessly interesting! And quite an inspiration when you hear each of their stories :) Lovely post and beautiful pictures! Thank you :)

Billie Jo said...

I adore this, Stephanie.
Simply adore it!
Thanks for always sharing your treasures and ideas with us. : )
Have a cozy day, my dear friend!

Debby Ray said...

Stephanie, what a sweet post...and I love the quote at the end by Louisa May Alcott. As you know by reading some of my recent posts, you know that preserving family memories means the world to me...and even the recipes. Some of my mom's recipes were not even written down...only in her head. Thankfully, I have been able to duplicate a few of them...her black raspberry pie and her turkey dressing are two that come to mind! Have a blessed day!

Simply Linda said...

My dear sweet friend..I want you to know..your smile..you have your grandmothers and mothers smile. Thank you for making me smile & I wish you could see that. Blessings

Maggie Ann said...

What a beautiful post! Thoughtful and full of wisdom. The lady on the left of your collage looks an awlful lot like my Aunt Helen...lol. Probably the hair and glasses. Loved your quotes also. That was so special. I have a small doily my Aunt made us a set of for our wedding gift way back when. Two of my Aunts did beautiful needlework. I must do something like you did for our daughter. Thank you for showing the way!

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful treasure, Stephanie! I love all the quotes and the pictures are just lovely. God bless you and Happy May Day- xo Diana

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Stephanie, I love your idea of framing recipes with photos. I so love to carry on the family recipes too, especially my one grandma as I feel she is with me in the kitchen when I bake up one of her recipes-good memories-love the quote by Alcott-thanks

Sola Scriptura said...

What a thoughtful and beautiful keepsake! This is a gift that would mean more than words could say!

Merlesworld said...

Lovely idea, something to pass down to the younger members of the family.
Merle..........

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

That would be such a lovely gift! My mom has many recipes written in her mother and her grandmother's handwriting. I still fix many of the same dishes they did!

Gina said...

Stephanie, what a sweet idea! I love the vintage pictures with the recipes!

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, Stephanie, this brought tears to my eyes, seeing the love that you put into this idea. You are so sweet to remember the past and to know, as you say, that it lives within us. What a lovely thought and the recipes that are handed down carry on the love and memories of our loved ones. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. xo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

This is the most wonderful gift and so pretty! I say that because I am a baker so it just pricks my heart! I may have to make one for myself of my grandmother's Italian cookie recipes. You are just so creative. I am pinning this for the world to see!

Jan Tanis said...

Beautiful idea...I love the frame filled with memories. Great idea.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Stephanie,
So happy to be your newest follower. Your quotes in your blog margin speak to my soul. I have always loved the one by Elisabeth Elliot.
The love story of you and your hubby is so beautiful.
Going to explore some more!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a lovely, very personal gift to give or treasure to keep in your own kitchen. Happy May my friend! Hugs, Diane

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Stephanie, I think this is a very lovely way to honor those women who have gone before us. This would make a wonderful gift and a treasure for sure! It has been a long day and I am ready to stop and get cozy and put my feet up.Had a great time with the Link Up, but it is a lot of work! I am going to continue until I see that others are not interested as it really is all about them!
Hey, where is your Blog List? Was it just getting way too long? Golly Girl.. Love to you! Roxy

Blackberry Lane said...

This is beautiful, Stephanie. What a special way to remind you of loved ones and treasured recipes.

I wish you and your Mother a blessed Mother's Day coming up.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So sweet! And what a great idea for momentos.

Everyday Things said...

hello stephanie, long time no see I dont know how I ended up not having your blog on my feed??? anyway am here now and what a stunning idea! I just love what youve made and yes it indeed would make a lovely MD gift, or I might make one for me instead!

lynn said...

Great idea my mother would love this.

JES said...

Love this idea and Alcott quote! I will be doing this as inspirational kitchen decor :)

SarahGeorge said...

Wonderful!! It was so nice to know the sweet women of your family and what a wonderful way to remember them! Such a thoughtful idea Stephanie.
Lots of love to you my friend :)
Sarah

Maryann said...

This is such a great idea Stephanie and pretty timely for me. I am still in the middle of my BIG spring cleanup and have come across a lot of bits and pieces of my family history that I didn't want to throw out but didn't know what to really do with it except put it back in a box. This is a great way to display them. Hope you have a great weekend.

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! What a lovely idea for Mother's Day. And how blessed you are to have your Mom with you. (It was fun to see the photo of your parents!)
Our memories are what make us what we are, and who we are. If we don't preserve our personal histories, we really won't have a sense of self.

Hope you are having a blessed weekend :)
Ceil

Jen Ham said...

Such a lovely, creative and thoughtful Mother's Day gift! xo Jen

Jazzmin said...

Stephanie,
This may be my most favorite thing you have ever posted! And it's hard to pick, since everything you write about and share is such a treat. But this is so special. I could not agree with you more about how wonderful it is to get to find out about the women before us, two, three, and four or more generations ago. To think about what they loved to do and their lives is so neat! This is just the sweetest and most special way to capture your family and remember them and the family recipes linked to each. So lovely. I loved your old family photos. My favorite is your great-grandma. All the women in your family are beautiful.

I hope you have a wonderful week!
Blessings and huge hugs,
Jazzmin

JES said...

Thanks for including this post in the link up! This is probably one of my favorites :)

Jo said...

Brilliant idea , would make a great gift for a daughter.

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