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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Recipe Binder



Yesterday I told you about my some of my Christmas traditions. Another one is that I always take the girls shopping when it is time for them to give a gift to their mom. She has done an excellent job raising them to understand the joy of giving to others. She has always included them in the giving and having them select well thought out gifts. Both girls do get a lot of joy giving gifts to their friends and loved ones. Since she can't take them shopping and still be surprised, I take them shopping for Mother's Day, her birthday and Christmas gifts. I have so much fun doing this too. They usually have something in mind before we go out and this year was no exception. Samantha wanted to get her mom a cookbook because she is eating healthier and a more vegetarian diet so she was set on getting her a vegetarian cookbook. Jenna wanted to get her a charm for her bracelet, but she also pointed out that Judy could use a binder to organize all of the recipes that she has been given or printed off the internet. She knew she wanted a binder with dividers and sleeves to protect the recipes. This is the binder that I ended up making to hold all the loose recipes. I used paper from  Jillybean Soup, some buttons from my stash, a Sizzix alphabet and some Nestabilities. I wish I had thought to take the cover out of the binder before taking a photo, but I was in a hurry! I decided that the letters didn't stand out enough, so I took a white gel pen and traced around the letters. It made a huge difference, but I forgot to take another picture. 




 I also will take the girls for most of the day a week or so before Christmas so Judy can finish wrapping and do some last minute stuff. Sometimes that is the day that we do our shopping but we had already done that so we made and decorated cookies. We made sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and gingerbread men. 

 They take cookie decorating very seriously!


Almost every container of sprinkles that I have made it out for decorating.


Here are some of our final designs. The girls did almost all of the decorating, I did the "gingerdead man" ones for my zombie loving hubby. 

14 comments:

Karin said...

How fun! I bet they had the best time...You pretty much have every type of sprinkles there are...LOL! The cookies look great and delish!

Anne Marie Hile said...

What a fun idea and a great project for you all to make together! :) love those cookie photos, too. That's quite an impressive collection of sprinkles you have. WOW, :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Great recipe book, Gina, and what fab cookies... Yum!

Retro Dolly said...

Great idea in taking the girls along to shop! Love that! Those cookies look amazing and too pretty to eat.

Lorraine said...

The recipe binder is beautiful, Gina! And you are a great "2nd mom" to these two girls! I'm thinking of sending my son to you for a little while - JK!

Andrea said...

Lovely binder and yummy-licious looking cookies!!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that's awesome! looks like loads of fun with the girls!

Tammy said...

Fantastic recipe binder! I love all of your papers! ...and the cookies look delicious!!

MiamiKel said...

OH Gina, I don't know which part of your post I love the most! My dh is huge into Zombies, too - lol - his fave show is "the walking dead" ;) How sweet of you to take the girls and make some cookies - and what a cookie spread that is!! So fun and festive! What a beautiful recipe book. TFS!!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Great project! I think the picture is fine and those cookies look delish!!!!

Maria :)

Kathy and Lucky said...

Love your traditions and that binder is so prefect and will be fun to keep all the recipes in. OK next year I am coming to your house to make cookies,they look yummy.

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Gina, just stopping to catch up, lovely reading about your beautiful Christmas traditions! Yummy cake decorations, so many to choose from, love the zombie lol! Very clever how you decorated the frying pan. Belated congratulations on your wedding anniversary and well done both for keeping it traditional! We just celebrated our 15th on the 27th Dec but didn't keep up the tradition. Wishing you both a fun filled, healthy 2012, take careX:)

Cindy Haffner said...

FUN FUN FUN!!~

Elise said...

That is so sweet to take the girls shopping for their Mom and then to make all those yummy cookies! Sounds like a ton of fun!

Hugs,
Elise