Friday, January 2, 2009

My First Attepmt at Homemade Christmas Gifts

So here's what I did.
It's a photo album turned recipe book. All the recipes that I love to cook and use regularly I typed onto cards. I tucked each recipe into the photo album with a picture of each dish above it. I had originally wanted to sew my gifts, but I just didn't feel confident enough nor did I give myself enough time to follow through with that endeavor. I can't quite remember how I got the recipe book idea, but I thought it was a fitting gift for me to give as cooking and sharing food with friends has become such an important element of our lives. With that in mind, I gave it the title, Share Your Food.

I made 8 of these little guys and thought I was done, but...I decided to do one more, and since I have to make one more...I figured I might as well make one for myself. So that makes 2...but I am excited to do it cause my recipes are in an awful mess!

(To my friend who has yet to receive her Christmas gift from me (you know who you are) sorry that I spoiled the surprise. I just didn't want to be posting about my Christmas gifts a month after Christmas. ;) I will have 2009 Christmas gifts to post about, am I right , Ladies?! :) For those interested in year-long Christmas prep...are you getting your ideas together? I think I know what I want to do, but I'm gonna give myself a few more days to decide,'s back to work! I would love to have a Christmas prep craft party! That would super fun and a great way to share ideas. Let me know!


crystal said...

steph! how great! i am sooooo in on this! i need at least a year to prepare for Christmas!!! we did some homemade gifts this year and decided to go with all homemade for next year! do i see a little trip to brenham in my future? ;-)

Ashley M said...

Steph, what a great idea! Did you take pictures of each meal you put in the cookbook? and how many recipes did you end up with in one book?

I may have to borrow this idea, if you don't mind :) thanks for sharing!

Abba's Girl said...

What a precious gift to give your friends.

Love your new background.

If anyone had told me a year ago I would be blogging, much less changing backgrounds w/ the seasons, etc I would have laughed in their face...thank you for planting the seed for me to blog.

Have a blessed Sabbath.

Love, Mrs Annette

Steph said...

To Crystal...yes! Come to Brenham for crafting!!!

And to Ashley...Yes, i took a picture of every meal. I already had a few....thanks to blogging about my food, but for the months of Nov and Dec I was cooking very intentionally! :) And I think I ended up with 22 or 23 recipes.

Please feel free to use my idea! It makes me happy in my heart that you like it!

mandi said...

great recipe books! i'm in for the crafting party. however, with dylin's bday around the corner, i will be working diligently to finish up her gifts first.

Cynthia said...

The recipe book is awesome! I have to have a visual to know if I am interested in making a recipe. This totally motivates me to try new things! And knowing that someone I trust really enjoys the recipe makes it that much more appealing. Thank you Steph!

Casey said...

I must say, I am very impressed you are already on the 2009 countdown to Christmas. --gifts, that is. Great job! I have no idea what I will do.

The Honas Clan said...

hey Stephanie~ I was wondering how you did this. Because I am put in charge of my grandmothers recipes and making them into recipe books for all her kids and grand kids. So any advice on how to do it would be great!

Charli Scarbrough Honas