Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Back to Business

We got our wish! We had a white Christmas in Dallas! It started snowing on Christmas day and stuck almost right away. Can you tell I'm excited? It was just enough to cover everything with a pretty blanket of white.We had a really nice holiday! How about you?
Here's the recipe book I told you about before Christmas. I got my Mom's old recipe card boxes after she died.I went through and pulled and color copied the ones I wanted to use. I made a book for my brother, my son, and one vegetarian version for other son. 
Since I was short on time, I used pre-made recipe books from Hobby Lobby(used my 40% off) and just glued in the recipes.These books have the pages, recipe dividers and extra pages so you add more later on. I added a few vintage pictures that I had of relatives in the kitchen or cooking.
Below is my dear Mom pouring champagne for a Christmas party. Check out that apron!! I added just a few embellishments-since these were for guys.
The most important thing was to have the recipes in the original hand writing. They have the stains and spots on them.Some were even in my great grandma's handwriting.
My sons loved them for Christmas, and the one for my brother is in the mail. I even included some weird Jello mold recipes my Mom used to make for parties. I mean, like green jello with carrots, pineapple and shrimp. Does anyone remember those? I'm glad those are not used anymore-UGH!
   Thank you so much for all the Christmas and New Years wishes. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
I've put away all the decorations and am in organization mode. I am working on another mini redo project. Back to business as usual.


  1. Leslie, This is absolutely a treasure! Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Elizabeth

  2. How simply fantastic. Definitely a beautiful and special treasure for your sons. How fun that you were able to enjoy a white Christmas too! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New year. What a wonderful treasure you made for your family members. Glad you had a white Christmas. We had great weather for Christmas but is cold here in the desert today. Wish I could say that I have the decorations put away. Maybe tomorrow!

  4. What a wonderful way to preserve family recipes and photos! I love the photo of your mother pouring champagne. And snow in Dallas? I guess I didn't think you ever got snow waaaaay down there. Everything is prettier with a dusting of sparkly white snow. :)

    Happy New year!

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to start digging through the old recipe box. Hum....

    Happy New Year!

  6. What a wonderful way to share memories (the sweet picture of your mom) and the old family recipes that your mother and grandmother wrote.. I'm sure your brother and your son will treasure them always :) The light snow is a beautiful site....we haven't had any here yet..

  7. Hi Leslie,
    Your recipe books are so thoughtful. What wonderful and precious keepsakes for your family. Your Mom was such a pretty lady!
    Thank you for your comment on my little snow people. I love being able to leave them out long after Christmas each year.
    Yay...for snow! We've had a lot and I love it.
    Yesterday I flew to San Diego for the birth of my grandbaby. It was warm and sunny and felt so good at 70 degrees.
    Have a wonderful new year, my friend.
    Carolynn xx

  8. What a wonderful gift! I'm sure your family loved this....so glad you were happy with the snow...so pretty!!

    Happy New Year!


  9. This is such a wonderful gift and will be used and loved for years to come! So glad you got your white Christmas!

  10. You lucky girl. What a magical thing to happen on Christmas day. Love your recipe book and the pictures. I made one a couple of years ago from my grandmothers recipe box for my sister and my cousins. They loved it as well.
    Wishing you a very Blessed New Year.

  11. Well,I too had a white Christmas here in East Texas. It was amazing,and as you said very exciting. I love the recipe books you put together...what a special Christmas gift that made...just wonderful and I am sure very much appreciated.
    Blessings on your new year friend.

  12. What a wonderful book and gift!! Love, love the recipe cards with the original hand writing and splotches, and the photos are the icing on the cake. So happy that you had a white Christmas too. Happy 2013! :)

  13. This is an awesome gift. To think that it's in your mom's and grandma's own hand writing. Wonderful. xoxo,Susie

  14. What a great gift to your family! These recipe books will be something they will always treasure and hand down thru the generations. Great job!

  15. Hi Leslie! Oh goodness me - I didn't even know it snows in Texas! And I didn't know you're in Dallas! I've only been there once - in 1968 my mom and I visited old family friends. Jim was one of the Dallas Cowboy coaches and his family were young and starting out together with my family (before I was born) in West Los Angeles many years before, when he was a coach at UCLA. They took us to see Neiman Marcus and we saw a twenty thousand dollar chess set, encrusted with precious stones. They also took us for a drive and showed us the estate (from the car) of the then Cowboys owner - like the one in the Beverly Hillbillies. ;) After that visit, we went on to San Antonio for the HemisFair. So sorry I was a crabby, angsty teenager and unable to enjoy much of anything, wanting to be home with my friends. Oh well.
    Anyway! Love your white Christmas - this Angeleno would love a "momentary" white one too.
    Your recipe books are so charming! I just love that you included copies of the cards with the handwriting. And all those great photos! What a treasured keepsake those are.
    ACK! I never got around to decorating except for placing a few things around and they will probably linger until March hahahhaha! I can't wait to see your latest redo project, I know it will be charming and I'll love it.

    Happy happy new year and lots of fun tweaking and crafting to you.


  16. Hey wait a minute...we just had the lime jello with carrots and celery and pineapple. We love it topped with a dab of mayo and sprinkled with a caper or two..... :^) :^)
    Loved your recipe book idea. You are tooooo smart, and they are beautiful!!
    Our Christmas snow was pretty sparce, but lovely none the less!
    Blessings to you in this nice new year!