Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Grandmother’s Old Handwritten Recipes

No need for formalities when I’m with friends, right?
I will forever more on here call my grandmother by the name that I called her my whole life and she would want you to also, so…
When my nanny passed away over ten years ago, my dad gave me so many of her things.  I’m talking furniture, beautiful old pitchers, wonderful black and white family photos,  jewelry, old lipstick tubes, purses, precious handwritten letters and recipes…you get the picture.  My dad didn’t want to throw anything away, no matter what it was, so I got it.  I even got old talcum powder and hair brushes.  You name it, I got it and I loved it all.
Of all of the things I got from her, I probably love the handwritten things the best because they were written by her sweet little soft hands.
Until recently, I have kept all of her recipes tucked away for safe keeping.  And then the other day I saw Urban Farmgirl talking about a sweet blogger from Our Hiding Place who had done a neat project with some vintage envelopes she had purchased.  As soon as I saw what she had done with the envelopes, I knew what I was going to do with some of my nanny’s recipes.
recipe  1 yes
recipe 3 yes
Oh, how I love having these in my kitchen.  I love the crumpled, dripped on, worn out paper.  I love that my nanny used these to cook up some of the best meals I have ever put in my mouth.  This lady could cook up a southern meal like nobody’s business.
recipe 2 yes
This little project makes me oh so happy. 
This is one of those things that makes my heart skip a little beat every time I look at it. 
Can you tell that I love my nanny so very much?  Boy, I do. 
And, I miss her…
I am sharing this project over at (1) Beyond the Picket Fence, (2)DIY By Design (3)Common Ground (4)The DIY Showoff, (5)The Lettered Cottage
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46 comments:

Heidi said...

What a sweet way to display such a great treasure! A great way to remember her every day!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your Nanny's recipes look so pretty hanging up in the kitchen and I love that it makes you smile evrytime you see it. Now that is the best kind of decorating for sure!

His girl said...

Great idea! My grandma is 93 and I love the special things she has given me. What a hertiage we have been given!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a special way to remember your sweet grandmother! They really make a nice banner.

XO,
Jane

Pattie said...

Amy thank you for your nice comment, Have a great day

Pattie

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW! What a cute idea! Your NANA is smiling in Heaven!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Oh how very sweet! It is very evident that you loved your nanny. How blessed you were to have her in your life. And I know you blessed her life as well. You'll have to let us know the next time you make one of those recipes (and share it of course)

Okie Chic said...

I love this idea so sweet and special. I wish I would have been smart and keep my grannies recipes. She was a great cook and even had several restruants. Love it.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Amy!

What a sweet sentiment to your grandmother! I love the way the banner looks and how special it is to you! I like to display family treasures, too. Looks great, guuurl!
xo,
Michelle

Julie Johnson said...

Love it! I did something similar with recipes from my moms, grandmas, and great aunts...they are part of my kitchen valance.
http://juliejohnsonblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/curtain-call-ramblings.html

Elizabeth said...

I had a Nanny also,she passed 30 years ago,I have some of her handwritten recipes in my recipe box and use them often. I love what you did with yours! How wonderful to have had these amazing southern ladies in our lives!

Lauren said...

Thank you for the feature Amy! I LOVE how the recipes look, such a treasure to have those :) My mother has my great grandmother's recipes saved, and we love reading them because they never make sense! She came over from Italy, and her broken English showed in her writing...who knows if we'll ever be able to recreate her delicious food! :)

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Love it! I have a grandma that I miss very much too! It is so nice to have things around you that remind you of such a special person.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Treasures of the heart are more valuable than silver or gold!!! Beautiful way to keep her with you every day. ~~Sherry~~

Becky C said...

Amy, you are NOT going to believe this, but I saw her post too, and decided to use some old handwritten letters I found in Canton! I've not exactly decided where mine will hang just yet. But I'm thinking about it.
Recipes from your nanny?? How perfect for the kitchen. You just amaze me what you can think of girl :)
Love it so so so much!!
Becky

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a nice way to keep her close.

Kolein said...

This makes me want to cry, Amy! I LOVED my grama so much and miss her terribly. I still cry sometimes about her passing. But LOVE is BIG and does go on!!!

I LOVE your banner!!!! It is so simple and so meaningful!!! Those are the best home decor expressions!!

xo
~Kolein

Robin said...

Such a great way to display such treasured items. Your one smart lady.

Prior said...

These are just such precious memories...I'm glad you haven't tucked them away somewhere, but enjoy them each day! The perfect patina of a life well lived~ the one we are always trying to copy with our silly tea dye, lol.
Lezlee

Judy said...

What a nice way to honor her memory. I have a grandmother that I miss tremendously as well. I love your post. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining my party. Hope to see you again next week.

Grammy Goodwill said...

This is such a great idea. I took one of my grandma's recipes - for a happy home. I xeroxed them and framed them, then gave them to her great-grandchildren for Christmas. It's all about family and the memories we have.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I just LOVE what you've done here!!!!!

Marilyn Holeman said...

Ah, Amy. How special. And how blessed you were to be able to know your nanny! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Marilyn

Dandelion and Daisy said...

There is nothing more personal than some one's handwriting, it is so much a part of that person. It is wonderful that you recognize that and have choosen to display this touch of your Grandmother where you can see them everyday. Indeed special.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great idea and a sweet reminder of your Nanny! How great that you have so many of her things still.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I have a Nanny too! I was just at a friend's house and she framed a recipe from her grandmother. It got me to thinking I have an old recipe of my mother's and an old piece of paper with a grocery list with prices, back when bread was .35. I think I will be framing it! Thanks for sharing, Nanny is smiling down, I am sure!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Aw, those look beautiful up there! And so meaningful!

I was going to tell you, too, I haven't been to the grocery store in almost 2 weeks! And we're surviving! I need to go get some fresh produce and milk today, though.

Nook & Cranny said...

I have come over from Common Ground.
I must say..what a splendid/creative way to display your Nanny's old recipe cards and such. This really made me smile for you.
You have given me inspiration for some old papers I have.]
Thanks so much for sharing.
Michele

Marie said...

OMG! What an awesome idea Amy! Not only is it sentimental, but it's such a perfect inspirational display for the kitchen. I might just have to copy that ;-)

-marie

Debra@Common Ground said...

Amy, this is just wonderful and makes me sad because I don't know what happened to my grandmothers recipes. I'm so glad you have all her things, what treasures!! Love how you have them displayed!
Thanks so much for linking up with VIF, I just love your blog!!
xo,
Debra

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

This is a wonderful idea!!!
I have allllll my Gram's hand written recipes!!!
You have given me inspiration!!
I keep them all tucked away in her cook books........I need to get them out!!

I love your blog! I just became a follower!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

love that idea!

raggygirlvintage said...

Hi Amy,

I love what you did with the recipe cards! I called my grandma "nanny" too and we were very close. She passed away when I was pregnant with my daughter and so my daughter's middle name is named after her. Recently my mom gave me nanny's old recipe file and the telegrams from her wedding - what treasures! It seems we have a lot in common:-)
Thanks for the anniversary wishes, you must have been a young bride too!
have a fab weekend,
Tracey

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What a sweet and precious way to honor the past! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picking Fence.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Amy!
this is so sweet.
I'm finding the older I get the more I want to keep these old familiar things around me. I like you want to display them and let them be a reminder of those who have gone on before me.
Loved this idea.
Pat

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

OH AMY, I love this. I have collections of old recipes and letters ~ this is a fabulous way to display something that is so near to ones heart. ~Blessings sweet girl

michelle said...

Another beautiful idea my friend! I have an old hand-written recipe book from my grandmas as well and I love the way you displayed yours.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

This just warms my heart. I love displaying sentimental objects! And how smart to use old clothespins as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Warmly, Michelle

Johnson A GoGo! said...

Wow! We must be related!! My maiden name is Kinser. My grandmother passed away just a few months ago and like your dad, my dad cannot bear to part with her things. I have inherited many treasures and totally agree the handwritten ones are the best. We have a huge recipe box stuffed full of her recipes. This is a neat idea.

Allison Shops said...

I have many of my grandmothers' recipes too. Sweet idea.
Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll come see DD2's picture wall we did for her.

Allison
Atticmag

Heaven's Walk - said...

What a sweet idea, Amy! I am going to have to "borrow" this idea and pull out some of my MIL's old recipe cards. My hubby would just love to see them displayed! :) Thanks, sweetie!

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, may I ask where you got those great clothespins? I've been trying to locate some vintage longer type styled ones. The new ones out are sooo short and tiny! :)

xoxo laurie

Abi's Blog said...

I love the recipes. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I can't wait to dig out some old "recipts" too! Both of my grandmothers were such an inspiration to me, as I know yours was to you.
Blessings,
Ava

Cristie said...

What a sweet way to perserve a cherished memory!

Debra said...

What a great tribute!
Be mindful, though, that these can fade quickly being "out" . . . you may want to scan them all (front and back) so that you have good, intact copies of all of them. I've put some treasured paperwork out and it's faded very quickly . . . would hate for you to lose something so dear to you.
Again, absolutely great idea!

Anonymous said...

Nice and thanks!