Sunday, June 10, 2012

Love is found in the kitchen...

When I got married, my Mama and sister, Joy gave me a special cookbook.  It has lots of handwritten recipes that they make that I love to eat. :)  I've added lots of recipes to that cookbook over the last fifteen years.  I've always thought I would make my girls cookbooks like this for when they move out on their own.  A book filled with recipes that I made for them growing up.  I was reading Kelly's blog and she shared a site called Paper Coterie.  It's a really neat site that you can order all sorts of personalized items.  I ordered my Mama a journal for Mother's Day from here and was very pleased with the quality. 

I've started working on a cookbook through this site for Amelia.  I'll do the same for Sydney once she's older and can join us in the kitchen. The thing I love is I can add pictures to the cookbook.  I always take pictures of Amelia in the kitchen with me.  She loves to bake and we do that a lot while Sydney is napping.  She gets up some mornings asking "what will we bake today, Mama?" 

I've not only been taking pictures of Amelia but of the ingredients and what it should look like when we're finished.

She likes to hold the pan before I put it in the oven. 

And then we take pictures of the finished product! 
These are sour cream biscuits.  There are only 3 ingredients in these biscuits - they're easy and yummy.

I love spending time with her in the kitchen. 
I hope she grows up loving to cook/bake for her family just like her Mama!

I let her pour in all of the ingredients and stir with a spoon or whisk. 
We make big messes but it's okay - it's worth the memories made.

This was the day we made banana cream cheese muffins. 
One of our new favorites!

 We had to take some to the neighbor so we wouldn't eat them all!

I love compiling these pictures and recipes in a book for her to have when she's older. 

I still love to go to my Mama's house because the smell of new and old recipes fill her kitchen.  She's always emailing me recipes that she's trying or that she thinks I would like to try.  Holidays are even better...there's just something about cooking with your family.  My fondest memory as a child is my Mama making candy cane cookies for us at Christmas.  I've since started that tradition with Amelia.  We'll have sweet Sydney looking on this year. :) 

The kitchen just seems to be the place where everyone congregates.

Love is found in the kitchen.

Love  to all,


elainaann said...

Love that first pic with her hand on her hip. Sassy! I should start coming over and letting you teach me while you teach her. Ha! :)

Surrounded-By-Boys said...

I LOVE this idea!!! What wonderful sweet memories she will have of you and her baking together in the kitchen!! My Mama passed away when I was 20 and before she died, she handwrote on large index cards my and my brother's favorite recipes along with suggestions of what to serve the dish with....precious precious precious.

Momx6 said...

Love it!

Betsy said...

Oh, I LOVE that idea!! I knew a girl that got married a few years ago and her mom gave her this HUGE binder full of handwritten recipes and pictures and it was so special. Your girls will always treasure those times with you. You need to share those yummy recipes with us!! :)

Elaine said...

Super cute idea of making her a a cook book. What a sweet keepsake!!!

annalee said...

so so so precious! y'all are both beautiful cooks. what a wonderful tradition.

Faith said...

I just love this idea. I have no doubt that it will be something your girls treasure for years to come. What special memories y'all are making!

Nitzia said...

what a cute and sweet idea!! I will have to do for Sara as well, thanks for sharing :)

Mazzy said...

I love this post, I wish I had grown up in a home that embraced this kind of thinking. I am a terrible cook and my mother never bothered to teach me anything about food, what little she may have known. I think a woman's place is in part in the kitchen (at the very least, BAKING) and I've always felt like a little bit of a failure because it isn't my thing!! Thanks for sharing such a precious idea, I think I need to spend more time in the kitchen with my girls as they grow.