tried and true recipes

A few weeks ago Zach texted me asking for some of his favorite recipes. I was going to send them in an e-mail, but why do that when I could start my boy off with his very own little recipe book. And because the recipe book is bound by book binder rings, I can send him recipes in the 6x4 size with the holes already punched and he can add them to his book.


This same mini book is available in the shop in green, red and blue {but there's only one blue left}. Inside the kraft bag cover page, I'll be inserting the date journaling spot that comes with the kit. And because I don't like spelling out each measurement, I provided a table for Zach on the inside front cover.


He loves Mama's meat-a-balls! The recipe is a slight variation from Giada's recipe and I now bake mine instead of frying on the stove top like I used to. Because I double the recipe, there are around 120 meatballs. I usually end up freezing enough for two meals and we make two meals from the leftovers. Once as Spaghetti & Meatballs and then once as Meatball Subs.


Super recipe from Pioneer Woman for the Chocolate Lover!


Zach and I love this recipe and has asked for it to be his birthday cake every year since I found the recipe from our local newspaper years ago when I was still a working Mom.


Zach didn't ask for this recipe, but I seem to recall the he liked it and he now bakes biscuits {Gordon's the biscuit make in our family...mine are a little tough} so this should be a perfect fit for his weekend morning lineup.


This page comes as is in the kits, a die cut shape stitched on my Mom's vintage Singer sewing machine. The recipe has been with me since 1984 when I copied it from my Mom's collection...she got it from our across the street neighbor. We ALL love these.


A simple thing, to make Iced Tea, but you have to get the sugar ratio just right! All the extras {seen in the first photo} I used in this recipe mini book come with the kit. Well, everything but the sticky notes and pen, that is. Okay, you have to provide your own recipes, too!


Made with Love for my Baby by his Mama. See, not tooooo embarrassing since I didn't actually embellish the pages. I'll never know if he chucks it all and just adds the recipes to Evernote on his iPhone or not, but it was fun anyway.


I am 110% sure that the kid rolled his eyes and snickered when he opened the package to find the recipes he had been asking for were in mini book format. I'm okay with that, because he's used to me doing mini books for him. I have been told by him on many occasion that I quite often say things that embarrass him in front of his friends and I don't have a clue what he's talking about. Anyway, it's just one more way my boy knows that I love him.

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  1. This is awesome.. even with the eye roll, I'm sure he LOVES the fact you took the time to do something special!

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  2. This is fantastic, Monika! I'm sure he appreciates it! Even though there's no pictures of the food, I totally started salivating at your descriptions of the dishes, especially the meatballs. And I even got up early to exercise this morning, LOL.

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    1. I don't exercise, but they're so good, they would be worth an extra 5 minutes on the treadmill!

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  3. I'm sure it will be used and that he loves it. What I find is that the girlfriend's love it and then they start thinking their mom's are cool again.

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  4. Super cool idea. Your son will appreciate this for sure. My college aged daughter soooo needs the help with cooking. I think her and her roommate are tired of Ramen noodles...LOL

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  5. I know that he will adore this book, because of the love and time you put into it, and because most of all, it will remind him of you. I put together recipe minis for me, my mom, and my two sisters a few years back for Christmas -- had them all email me their favorite recipes, and included our favorites from mom. The even wanted to help finish putting them together, so we did that as a craft together. Now that mom is gone, my oldest nephew and his wife have her book, and I'm hoping my other sister's son (she passed from cancer in 2010) will take hers with him when he moves out on his own. Lovely family heirlooms, I think, and I know that Zach will, too -- even if he doesn't show you! ;)

    PS -- will you share you meatball recipe! They sound yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Kate. I needed to had that. I'll e-mail you the recipe for the meatballs!

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  6. This is so sweet. I wanted to make a recipe book online...but stopped because I love handwritten recipes. Makes making them more special.

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    1. I have the same dilemma. I want it to look neat and orderly, but there' something about knowing my grandkids may one day use one of my recipes that makes me handwrite them.

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  7. I love this Monika!!! Love the idea, the design and the love that it carries with it :)

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