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!