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Something the whole family can do

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A great activity that you can do with the whole family is to create a family cookbook. When I was a kid, my Aunt Sue did just that. She had all of us (including the kids) write down our favorite recipes, organizing them in sections (appetizers, beverages, breakfast, etc.) and  made copies for all of us.

I didn’t realize what a treasure our “Heritage Cookbook” would turn out to be! Flipping through the pages 26 years later, it cracks me up to see some of the things we wrote when we were kids. My younger brother Sean submitted his recipe when he was 6 years old for waffles: “Put a waffle in the toaster and pop the waffle up. Put 0n butter and then syrup, then you eat.” How cute is that?! The cookbook also has recipes from family members who have since passed away. My grandmother’s recipe for fudge or my dad’s recipe for meatball stew are things that I can still make for my girls because we all got together to make this book.

It’s been almost 30 years since my aunt made our cookbook and I’m working on making a new one so my children can write their own recipes and look back when they’re older and realize how priceless things like this can be. Try making your own “Heritage Cookbook” with your family and see just how much fun everyone will have making it!

About tinazeien

A little about me….. I’ve worked in healthcare a little over 18 years, 5 ½ of those years working with midwives. I love being involved with families that are expecting an addition to their family! Currently I am in school working towards getting my nursing degree so I can work in labor and delivery. From there I might go into OB ultrasonography. The whole pregnancy and child birth experience is so amazing I’m finding it hard to decide exactly what I want to be when I grow up! ☺ When I’m not working or putting my nose into text books, I spend as much time as I can with my daughters who are 14 & 18 years old (teenagers are quite an adventure!) I also enjoy spending time with friends and family. As I’m sure you’ve noticed by my weekly recipes, one of my biggest passions is to cook! I love spending my weekends finding new recipes to experiment with and playing hostess at my home. Most of the recipes I am going to try to post here are on the healthier side or geared towards vegetarians but I’ll also be sneaking in a few deserts here and there…. We all need a little decadence once in a while right?! I look forward to hearing if you have enjoyed these recipes as much as my family has! Bon Appétit ☺

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