Sweetly reminiscent, something mother used to bake

I love how a particular recipe can remind you of a particular person. My Great Nanny Bessie’s Welsh Cakes, Granny’s Lemonade and my Nanny’s Coffee Kisses have worked their way into my own repertoire and I think of them every time I prepare them. I’ve often thought how lovely it would be to compile all the signature dishes in my family and make a recipe book. It’s one of many good ideas I’ve never got around to!

When Emma Jeffery’s grandmother passed away she found three scraps of yellowing notepaper containing handwritten recipes. They were the only examples of her grandmother’s writing that survived and she came up with the sweet idea of printing them onto tea towels. As soon as I saw this tutorial I felt instantly inspired to get my family recipe project back on track and try making some of these myself to give as presents.

{all Emma Jeffrey via Spoonflower}

Emma’s provided a full step-by-step tutorial over at Spoonflower so I won’t copy it all out here – go and check it out. Even if you don’t have original written recipes you could always copy out some family favourites in your best handwriting and start from there.  Poems, stories or would work well too.

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  1. says

    Such a beautiful idea. Good find. BTW, don’t suppose you’ve come across any easy peasy make-your-own thank you cards for teachers instructions? Can you believe we have left ours until today and they finish school tomorrow ! Don’t want to go to WH Smith but fear I’ll have to…

  2. Emily says

    This is such a wonderful idea, I’m going to search for letters from my beloved grand-mother next time I go to my parents’ house. Thanks for sharing.

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