Article by Wendy McCance
Just like any kid, growing up I had some favorite meals that my mom would make. As I got older, I wanted to recreate those meals along with several of her baking recipes. My mom decided to compile all of the recipes I enjoyed into a cookbook for me. It has been a cherished book that is used quite frequently. It brings back wonderful memories.
To this day, I have memories of waking up in the morning to the smell of bread baking. There was nothing like going downstairs first thing in the morning and having a roll right out of the oven. There were many times when my mom would spend a full day baking pan after pan of chocolate chip cookies because we would be travelling and her cookies were famous among the relatives. She would bring enough bags of cookies for each family we visited to have a few dozen.
As a parent, I think about what meals my family enjoys and have documented recipes for them. Years ago I called my mother-in-law for recipes that I could put into a book for my husband. At the time, he had reminisced about favorite dishes from his own childhood and I wanted him to have access to those recipes. We have since made a few of his favorites, but I need to remember to look through that book more often for him.
Each week I plan out a week’s worth of meals. Many of them are new recipes, but I always throw in a couple of tried and true favorites. I created a great easy way to hold onto recipes that the kids might love and want to use when they are grown. I have a fancy notebook. The kind of book that has a hard cover and looks impressive (even though it’s just an ordinary notebook) and I jot down my weekly dinner menu in it. Next to the recipe it says what cookbook it came from and the page number. After we have eaten that week’s meals and I open the book go back and write notes. If the family loves a meal and it is fairly simple to make, I mention it so I can remember to use it again.
What makes this such a terrific way of recording what I am cooking is that I know what the family enjoys, where to find the recipe and it is easy to find if the kids want me to write the recipe down for them. It’s a nice way to save some memories.
Do you have special ways that you save family memories? Let me know in the comment section below.
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