Create a Family Cookbook| Holiday Gift Idea 2017

This post is sponsored by CreateMyCookbook, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


I've mentioned many times on the blog that my grandmother played a large roll in my life. I spent many weekends growing up at her house while my mom was at work, and she passed onto me a strong love for home cooking, and making meals for my family. My grandma cooked all her recipes from memory, and never wrote anything down. She has had degenerative Alzheimer's for over 10 years now, and any cooking question that I'd want to ask her, or a recipe I'd want, I can no longer get because it's trapped within her memories that she can no longer access. 

Because of this, it's been a goal of mine to write down and collect as many recipes for my children as possible so that they don't have to go through the pain of not being able to recreate a favorite recipe from their childhood when I'm gone. I think family cookbooks are such a wonderful Christmas gift for parents or grandparents to hand down to their children. It's a whole new level of passing down family traditions and culture that can really last for generations to come. 

I recently made a cookbook for my family on CreateMyCookbook.com. It is such a user friendly interface that makes compiling all your recipes into one place super easily. You can either copy and paste recipes directly from the internet, or take a picture of a recipe card you have in your drawer, and they'll type the card out for you. 

Once you have all your recipes organized the way you want, you start making your book. The software allows you to import all your recipes right into the book, and will organize them all by type (soups, main dishes, dessert, sides, etc...) for you in one easy click. Then you just choose the layouts that you want for each recipe, and insert a picture if you want, and your book is done!

Since I have a majority of my favorite recipes already here on my blog, all I had to do was copy and paste the text into the recipe uploader, save the images from my blog to my computer, and then upload them into the book's editing software and was good to go. Ordering the book itself was also super easy, and I can't wait to share with you all what it looks like when it arrives in just a few weeks. 

20 comments

  1. This is such an amazing idea and would be great for my mother as I would use all my grandmas old recipes x

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  2. I have to tell my mum about this! My great grandmother wrote by hand a whole entire family recipe book which has been passed on to my mother and we've been thinking on completing it with some of our own recipes, and we might just do it on createmycookbook :)

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  3. Great idea. It will have such an emotional feel having a family recipe book.

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  4. Oh this is really great and smart idea. My friend love making and writing recipes, this idea is perfect for her.

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  5. Such a wonderful idea and a great gift to give family members at the holidays! I wish I had thought of it when my grandmother and mother were still alive, but now with computers and easy desktop publishing, it more doable.

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  6. A cookbook is such an amazing and creative idea! That would also make a perfect gift and so much fun to put together!

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  7. I think creating a family cook book is a great idea. It would be great to be able to combine all those recipes and pass it down through the generations.

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  8. What a fabulous idea! My family is a family of foodies so this will make everyone happy for sure. Thanks for sharing the website, will check it out.

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  9. Hey! Love your idea sharing here! Love to cook so a family cook book, so so brilliant! I love to draw, so gonna do a family sketch book then perhaps :) cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  10. This sounds so handy so I would be able to pass down recipes to my daughters.

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  11. What a great idea, love it. It would be so good to have everything the family loves in one cookbook, so handy, I am going to have to try it. All your pictures look amazing,

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  12. What a great gift idea and way to pass along family memories. I can't wait to see what yours looks like!

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  13. I love this idea. It would be so great for everyone young and old in the family to have a collection of family favorite recipes.

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  14. This is such a wonderful idea! Can't wait to see how your cookbook turned out!

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  15. Oooh, I LOVE the idea of creating a family cookbook! Of course, mine is kinda on blog format (Heh heh), but this is something of an heirloom piece that would be a fun gift.

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  16. I used to have cookbook with my mom's recipes, but since today we have everything on the net, I didn't use it often and unfortunately lost is.

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  17. This will be a cool thing IF the hubby wants to cook with le wife! Haha. I will love to have my mum's recipes for all the delicious food she makes!

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  18. This sounds like a great idea. My mom has recipes written down on cards but a cookbook would be a lot easier.

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  19. This is such a good idea! my mothers recipes are all on scraps of paper and always get lost! i feel like she would love this!

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