Sunday, March 21, 2010

Repurposing Old Recipe Cards

What to do with old recipe cards? The handwritten ones passed down that include odd ingredients like lard and curd? At my house, it was the Booze Cake that I didn't necessarily like, but the handwriting was Grandma's and I couldn't bear to toss it out, even in my most obsessive/compulsive organizational mode.

Here's what I did:

Looking up at the ceiling between our great room and kitchen

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a few boxes of old recipe cards, some from my mom, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother.

After making color copies of them, I used an adhesive spray glue to attach them to the inside of my kitchen walkway. Wallpaper glue did not do the trick so Elmer's took over. Over the top of this, I used a paintbrush to slap on a little Mod Podge topcoat.

Every day, as I walk through this entryway, I think of all of the other women in my family who cooked in their own kitchens for their own families. Does it matter if I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my family for dinner, or Real Gil's favorite steaks? Perhaps my work is not earth-shattering, but it is part of the legacy I leave. This kitchen work is part of the prepared tasks God has put before me today (Ephesians 2:10). I figure that Jesus himself made breakfast for the disciples so it's not above me. And someone had to make that boy's lunch of fish and bread so Jesus could perform a miracle!

Whether God uses my food for miracles or just to teach me to put someone else's needs ahead of my own, I step willingly into the kitchen. But it's always easier when you stop to smile at other generations' meticulous writing, and serving, and ultimately, their legacy.




Amy @ New Nostalgia said...

Now that is a unique idea! I love that it uses space that is usually unused.
I sure wish I had more recipes in my grandmothers handwriting! So neat.
Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" I'd love to see you next week!
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Laurie said...

Great idea to hold on to family nostalgia.

Laurie said...

"Does it matter if I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my family for dinner, or Real Gil's favorite steaks? Perhaps my work is not earth-shattering, but it is part of the legacy I leave." I love that! It really isn't about what we are cooking but the kind of people we are. The people you cook for are going to remember and treasure YOU like you do with your relatives as you pass by them on the wall. Awesome.

Denise Marie said...

Sweet! Can you feel the spray of lard when you walk thru the door?

Our Lives said...

What a creative way to use the old recipe cards! Absolutely adorable!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

This idea is so unique and it works really well. I'm glad to hear you made colour copies before you used them ;o) Thanks for sharing this :)

Marianne said...

What an awesome idea. I will put that in my to do folder (if I can get to making one).
The only thing I think I will choose to do differently is putting it on a canvas so that I can take it with me when I move.
Now to raid my moms recipe cabinet when I get home to Norway.
Thank you for a great idea.

Anonymous said...

I quess your blog is no longer a well kept secret. I hope you remember us little people now that you're so famous.
Kudos to you former Mod Podge virgin. I knew you could do it. K

Denise Marie said...

Girl, I had to share your wonderful post at Coloradolady:

she found an old tin recipe box and shared some recipe cards so I had to show her what you did, sweetie!!


Mrs. P. said...

What an interesting way to display those old cards :)


Coloradolady said...

I love this idea, what a great way to be able to enjoy them, and what a special meaning these must have. Have a great weekend and thanks for linking into VTT!

Debbie said...

Great repurposing. I like the idea of things being out to be enjoyed instead of stuffed away in a box.