Friday, September 19, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to my show and tell Friday! My show and tell for this week is my Mother in Law's recipe box. I never got the chance to know my Mother in Law. She passed away 6 months before my Husband and I met. But because of the box I feel I do know her. Every time I make something from these recipes it feels as if I know her through the recipes. Isn't the kitchen where the memories are made?

These recipes are ones my Husband grew up on. They are his comfort food, when I make them it takes him back. The recipe showing is one of his favorites, Chocolate Snack Cake, it is kind of like a big cookie. It was also a way for me to impress my Father in Law (who has since past also) by my grabbing a recipe from Agnes' file.

Handwriting is important, especially in this day and age when everything is done on the computer. Almost nothing is handwritten anymore. So I've made it a habit of mine to write down our favorite recipes for my Children to have when God calls me home. Your handwriting is the only part of you someone can hang onto.
To see other show and tell items stop over and see Kelli at There is no place like home blog and check them out, or better yet join us. Have a great Friday!

23 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Those recipes are a wonderful legacy. My mother in law has done the same, and she has a beautiful handwriting!
thanks for sharing.
Diane

Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a beautiful idea...hand-written recipes. And, from your MIL...what a lovely way to "know" her.

Thanks for your visit and lovely comments about my room re-do!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh Jen...what a treasure you have. Especially since you didn't get a chance to know her, you now know what she liked and how she cooked...getting to know her through the cards.

ceekay said...

So wonderful you have those handwritten recipes. That is one of the bad things about computers...we rarely handwrite anything but our signature!

Monique said...

That is so great, this way you will always have a part of your mother-in-law with you and it must be such a comfort for your husband, to taste the food his mom used to make for him.
I love the idea of a recipe box. I'm going to be on the lookout to make one for myself.
Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend !!

denai said...

THANKS so much for reminding me that when I make my kids recipe books, I should write them out, NOT do them on the computer!!!! What a great AH_HA moment!

Wanita said...

How wonderful that you have your mother-in-law's recipes. And it's wonderful that you are handwriting your recipes for your children.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

What treasures. Both the box and the recipes are just a little piece of your MIL. And yes, handwriting is very important. I have made both my grandsons journals so they will remember me through them. I still have letters that my grandmother sent to me years ago and cards... I am a saver of old cards.

Enjoyed visiting with you. Have a great weekend.
Blessings,
Mary

Penless Thoughts said...

How special that you got not only the box but all the contents of her recipes. I appreciate your comment about our handwriting. Never thought about that but it is so true today.
Susan

Dianne said...

How nice for you to have your late MIL's favorite recipes to make once again for your husband and children. I do have my late MIL's BH&G cookbook and it's neat to see what recipe she flagged to make.
Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

Barbara H. said...

What a treasure!

Anne Fannie said...

Jen, What a great treasure you have! Handwritten recipe cards! I bet your husband just loves eating Mom's cooking even years after she is gone!
Ann

the pleasures of homemaking said...

That's really lovely! They are a treasure - I have mine typewritten with handwritten notes.

Manuela

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful way to remember her!! My grandmother left me and my sister hand written recipe books before she died and its a treasure to go back and look at them and make what she made:)

Melissa Wertz said...

What a wonderful treasure! And something that you can pass down to future generations!

Sandra said...

Now that is such a wonderful treasure :)

BarbaraLee said...

I love the box.

Lisa Ann said...

That is such a special thing to have. That is treasure to hand down to future generations.

Charlotte said...

How nice that you have the recipes. I remember when all recipes were handwritten. I have some that I wrote in the 7th & 8th grade cooking class at school. That was in 1949 - 50.
Thank you for your nice comments about my porcelain dolls. I made all my dolls almost 20 years ago when I lived in California. I don't have the molds or the kiln that I would need to make them now. I thought about obtaining these but I didn't really have the ambition to do it. So, I'm just enjoying the ones I made long ago.

Chez Nous said...

What a wonderful treasure! You're so right about handwritten cards being a legacy for your children and grandchildren; I'm going to pull out my typewritten cards and re-write them.

I'm sure your husband is very touched that you make the recipes from his childhood.

Kathi said...

Jen, What a lovely post and tribute to you husband's mother. It is a blessing to have her handwriting as a keepsake. What a great idea to hand write the recipe for our own children to keep. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Kathi

Ivory Spring said...

This is such a neat post -- I love how you still have a "connection" with her through her recipe box.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful show and tell. Your recipe box is a very special family treasure.
~Kelli