Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Makena's Cookbook

For those of you who may not know I have a 10 year old daughter.  She likes to eat.  Let me rephrase that... she LOVES to eat.  She's a tiny little thing,  only in the 6% tile for her age but MAN can she pack it away.  She also loves to eat WELL.  She's not your typical kid.  No PB&J or hot dogs for her.  She wants Parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted asparagus and porcini mushroom risotto for dinner.  She loves all kinds of food and has recently been taking more of an interest in helping me cook.  She has said a few times lately that she wants to have my recipes written down for when she grows up.  I thought it would be a nice idea to start her a cook book that she and I can record recipes in as we find them.  I decided to buy a 5 subject notebook and I broke it down into Main dishes, Side dishes, Soups, Stews & Sauces, Appetizers and Salads.  I don't bake so the only dessert recipe I have is my grandmothers chocolate chip cookies.  There are pockets in each section so I figure she can put any odds and ends like that in one of those.  I covered the front and back of the notebook both inside and out. 

The cute apron is from Sugar Creek Hollow.  That's one of the huge advantages of a digi stamp.  I was able to enlarge this to a size that filled my cover.  I printed it on DP and then added the lace.  I love how it looks. 

On the inside of the front cover I wrote her a personal message. 

Each section has a tab and 2 pockets which I used 2 Quickutz embossing strips on as well as various flower punches and a Recollections border punch. 

I also typed up a kitchen chart for her with measurement equivalencies and cooking times and temps for meat. 

I'm pretty sure she's going to love it and I can't wait to see what recipes she chooses to put in it. 

I've entered the cookbook in the following challenges...
Digistamps4Joy: Anything goes
Cookbook makings:
5 Subject notebook
Apron stamp: Sugar Creek Hollow
Sewing machine
Sizzix Corner flourish die
Spellbinders label and grand label dies
Spellbinders lattice border dies
Martha Stewart border punch
Fiskars apple punch
Flower punches
Recollections border punch
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Quikutz embossing strips
Circle punches (flower centers)
Heart stamp: craft smart


Alex said...

This is AMAZING!!! I should have made something like this for my high school senior son. What a GREAT gift!!!

Heide said...

This is just wonderful! I am sue she is going to love this.

Cec said...

What a fabulous keepsake for your daughter. She is a girl after my own heart. I love to cook and I love to eat although I can't say that I was ever her size. I am so impressed to hear that her tastes are so adventuresome at her age. If she really wants to bake, send her to me and I will give her some great recipes.

Have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe over the holidays.

Big Hugs!

Sue said...

How lucky are you, this book is going to be treasured in years to come by your little girl.. It is wonderful.
I love cooking, and a little recipe
book made special would only inspire me to experiment with dishes even more. You may want to consider some protection for the cover to keep it in good condition.
(a varnish or sealant), the lace will be difficult though.

Amanda said...

WOW!! What a lucky girl!!! And a girl after my own heart! I wish I could cook like that for my kids! She certainly has a future in cooking! I hope she continues it through her life! Chefs are paid pretty well!!

This is a VERY thoughtful gift that I'm sure she'll cherish forever!

Dana said...

Oh this is so great!! I love the touch of lace on the apron and the overall project is just fantastic!!Thanks for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

Sara said...

WOW! That is an amazing gift! I have a daughter like that too, she's 14 and 95 lbs. but eats everything, and loves the good food as well. Thanks for playing along with DDSB!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, Ah this is super, what a wonderful gift to give. Sent with lots of love. Thanks for playing along on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

Gemma said...

what a gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining in the challenge this fortnight at Digistamps 4 Joy! Gemma :)

Ann Whitfield said...

This is a brilliant idea Renee, your daughter will treasure this for the rest of her life and will pass it on too. Thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Karen said...

Lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

Lisa Jane said...

what a fabulous idea.. your daughter will love it and the recipe book will be treasured.
Love the apron and the lace
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa ;)

KraftyKoolKat said...

Gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at CES this time.

Cathy GD.

Claire said...

WOW, what a stunning creation! Your daughter will treasure it :-)
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck
Claire xx

Mandy said...

This is fabulous, a great idea, I felt hungry just reading your post lol.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our "anything but a card" challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Heather said...

Gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments :)

Pinkllilac said...

Beautiful cookbook Renee and love the colours and design. Thank you for joining us over at Sew Many Cards this week.

Hugs Linda

WeirdCat said...

A beautiful book, I love the use of material on the front cover, thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
Ruth x

Alicia said...

Wow! This is fabulous...what a great project...and so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your talent at Paper Play - "Anything but a Card". Best wishes for the new year!
Alicia xx

Melanie M said...

What a gorgeous creation. Great idea!
Thank you for joining us at Digistamps 4 Joy challenge blog :)

Diane said...

A wonderful project! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!
Diane x

Vicky said...

This is fabulous.
Thank you for joining us at CES Challenges. Good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx