Christmas Cooking

Does your family have their traditional Christmas delicacies? Ours sure does. Almost as important as the stockings is our Christmas breakfast of grits quiche and hot chocolate. It just doesn't feel like Christmas without my Mom's English Toffee cookies and Mom McClain's divinity. 

I made this little cookbookfor my daughter honor of those traditions and in memory of Mom McClain who loved Christmas more than anyone. Caitlin always had a special bond with Mom McClain and inherited her passion for honoring our holiday traditions.


All the ingredients to make this cookbook are Stampin' Up! except the Karen Foster mini charm (mini measuring spoons). Although I made it the same size as our On Board 5×5 Art Journal, I used the bind-it-all and our On Board Book Basics to create the book. Our Tabletop Paper Cutter is strong enough to cut the chipboard to size without any problem. I also used Archiver's watercolor paper. Although it's not as luscious as Stampin' Up!'s, it white rather than vanilla, which coordinated better. Here are the rest of the ingredients:

Stamps: Voila, From the Kitchen Of, Winter Post (just the snowflake)

Paper: Ski Slope, Riding Hood Red Textured, Old Olive, Baja Breeze

Ink: Staz-On Black, VersaMark

Misc: Top Note Bigz die, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Write Me a Memory Journaling Font Passing Notes. 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches, Curly Label Punch, Mini Library Clip, Metallic Eyelet, Silver cord, 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon, watercolor crayons, Making Memories acrylic paint, Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

I painted some Modge Podge on the front and back covers. I found that when you paint Modge Podge over textured paper, it almost looks like leather.

Would you like to see inside? You may have to click on the picture to get a better/larger view. Here's the inside dedication page with one of my favorite pictures – Caitlin with her Grandma on Christmas.


And, the pockets to put her recipes:



And, the view from the top.


I've wanted to make a cookbook for a long time and found lots of inspiration. Here are a few ideas for you to start your own family cookbook.

Tracy Harp's Inky-Doodles (look familiar – she was my biggest inspiration)

Pam Kerschner, pamelak at Splitcoast Stampers

The infamous Jan Tink at Stamp, Paper, Scissors with a downloadable file for inside pages, here.

And, finally, Kelly Fortin's adorable apron shaped cookbook, at Polished to Perfection.

Bon Appetite – and Merry Christmas!


Sweet Comments

  1. Linda, this is WONDERFUL! Your daughter is going to LOVE it! … a great way to pass on those priceless family recipes!

  2. Looks great, Linda!!

  3. I am in awe! I really have to make one too! I don’t have the Volia set though. So the 5×5 that SU! has will work? Thanks for the inspiration to make one! You did a great job, I just love it!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this album. Would make a great gift for my MIL! TFS!

  5. Linda Henry says:

    This is such a creative way to pass the tradition on. I will be doing this for my daughters, granddaughters and my grandson. Thank You for the inspiration!
    Linda H
    Sacramento, CA

  6. I created a wonderful family cookbook using and I could not be happier with how easy it was to get everyone in my family to contribute recipes and then have our family cookbook printed. Not only do we have a printed cookbook, but are recipes are online so it is easy to email them to friends that don’t have the cookbook available to them.
    A family cookbook is something everyone can enjoy for many, many years!

  7. Wow Linda, what an awesome gift for your daughter! I love how it turned out and especially adding a picture of the two of them inside! You are a definite inspiration to us all! Lynn
    PS. This project might be a fun one for Hostess Club…hint,hint!

  8. Lynn, I love your comment. You don’t know how close I came to calling you and Danene and asking you which project we should make this month – this one, or the milk crate.

  9. I love your book! It is truly beautiful! Thank you so much for all of the links of inspiration, too.

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