Holiday from the Heart: Family Cookbook

photo courtesy of xSugar333

photo courtesy of xSugar333

Last year I made my sister-in-law, Cathy, a Family Cookbook for Christmas. We had many family gatherings last year that resulted in a new favorite recipe. Cathy and I love to try new things and I have to say that most of the time they come out pretty tasty! We have also canned many items over the years. Around canning time, it never failed that we were missing last years notes. Putting all of our favorite recipes and tips in one book was very helpful.

The hardest part of this project was gathering the recipes! I had to sneak into Cathy’s recipe stash and make photo copies without her noticing! I then typed up the recipes using one of the photo sites online. There are so many to choose from and I usually use the place with the best deal. Pick out a photobook size; I used the 8.5″x11″. Then pick out a template and your backgrounds. You can also take a picture and use that as a background. I did this with our canned goods.

What I did was put one recipe on each page. I also had a canning tips page. To make the book even more personal, I added pictures of our children and family at all of the gatherings throughout the year. The fonts and colors can also be adjusted.

Our Family Cookbook

Our Family Cookbook

The nice thing about using a photo service online is that you can work on your book over time. Just save your project and you can make changes. It took me a couple of weeks to make the cookbook; it took time to hijack the recipes and I worked on it a little at a time.

In the end I ordered a smaller size of the Family Cookbook for me as well. It is so nice to have a photo memory of our favorite recipes! It will also be nice to hand down over the years. Cathy also loved receiving the Family Cookbook as a gift. I know she will treasure it for years!

Here are some companies currently offering deals on photo items:

Kodak Gallery: $15 FREE code or 40% off – Thank You!

Get 20% off photo gifts from when you use the coupon code 20OFFGIFTS

Snapfish: Register to Snapfish and Receive a $10 Credit to your Account!

VistaPrint: 50% Off Holiday Sale! Get holiday cards, calendars, photo books, photo mugs, holiday labels & more! Hurry, order today and save!

There are bound to be more photobook deals coming up soon. I have order from both Snapfish and VistaPrint several times. I will be ordering from Kodak Gallery since I received the $15 credit.



  1. catherine chiovaro says

    As I was the recipient of this great gift, I would highly recommend it. It was one of my favorite gifts, so personal and full of memories — and we have used it LOTS this year. Great idea Renae — thanks again.


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