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POYEL: Free Heirloom Recipe Card Printables

Jen is here today with free printables (we always love those right?).  I also love her idea of taking the time to write down some of your favorite recipes and transforming them into family heirlooms.  And speaking of families – thanks so much to everyone who’s chimed in on our very lively discussion from yesterday.  It’s SO nice to hear that I’m not the only struggling with the question of whether or not our family is complete!


Do you have a recipe from your childhood that you love to make for your family?  (For me it’s my mom’s wild rice with sauteed veggies and mushrooms – mmm, I might have to go make some right now.

I doubt I’m alone in this, but it’s pretty safe to say that most of the recipes I use are from the web. Whether I follow the recipe on my tablet in the kitchen, print it out and stash it in a binder, or just pin it to a pin board, the result is that most of my recipes never make it on to a traditional recipe card.

I was content with my online recipe approach to cooking until I was helping my grandmother prepare a dish over the holidays. We were following a recipe her mother had written out, and although it was aged and torn after many years of use, it still did the trick and left me with a resounding nostalgic aftertaste.

When I think about it, there’s not much I can imagine passing down through generations. Our “stuff” seems so temporary and disposable nowadays, and so easily and inexpensively replaced. Although I’ve got many years (hopefully) to think about the legacy I’ll leave or the things that will make their way from one generation to the next, writing and keeping recipe cards just seems like the most creative and logical way of connecting with future kin.

So, carve a little time out of your week, sit down with a beverage of choice, and write out a few of your favorite recipes. If you don’t have any blank recipe cards on hand, I’ve got you covered. Download this design for free and print on some nice card stock (aim for 100 lbs or higher). While you’re at it, print out some extras and have your mother/ sister/ grandparent fill out a few too.

The bonus to writing out recipes is that you can easily jot down any modifications you make to a recipe and make notes about different cooking methods, how well it freezes, etc. You could even give it a rating based on how much your family enjoys the dish. And the practicality is most certainly outdone by the nostalgic factor. Your kids, grandkids and other family members are certain to enjoy seeing your handwritten notes as they create one of your treasured recipes down the line.

Question of the Day

Do you have a recipe from your childhood that you love to make for your family?  

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Jen puts her passion for organizing to work creating functional household labels for the home she shares with her husband and two mini-dachsunds. You can find her sharing her love of home decor and organizing, as well as designing labels, at The Social Home.

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Jessica February 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

These are really cute! I’ve been meaning to convert all of my recipes onto cards so I can stow them in a recipe box/tin instead of on the random papers/post-its I have stuck to the side of our fridge. I also have a few cook books that I’d like to pass on or donate because I only use one or two recipes from them.


mpmk February 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I have a lot of random recipes on sheets of paper, folded into cook books too. I like this idea so much better.


Mia February 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

Just a few weeks ago I bought a recipe keeper by Studio Oh. I LOVE it because it stands up, so the recipe is easy to see. It holds 8.5×11 size paper, so it’s great for holding torn magazine pages and print outs from the web — and keeps them clean inside page protectors.

My favorite heirloom recipe is for a jam filled shortbread cookie made only at Christmas. My great grandmother brought the recipe with her from Spain and passed it on to my grandmother who passed it on to me. This year was the first time I’ve made them since my grandmother passed away five years ago. The taste transported me instantly to my childhood and brought tears to my eyes of so many happy memories.


mpmk February 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for sharing Mia – the story behind those cookies is incredible.


Jess February 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I write out all of my recipes, but don’t write it out until I’ve tried it once or twice from online and know we love it.


mpmk February 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Good call Jess, would hate to waste the energy on something that wasn’t a hit with the family.


Julie Holland May 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I keep my recipes on Dropbox, a cloud-based electronic file storage system. I can type in new recipes, scan hand-written recipes as PDFs, or save PDFs of on-line recipes. It helps keep organized. I can also easily share my recipes with friends and family even when I am not home.


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