Green City Garden Girl: Recipe Keepsakes

| 11/8/2010 3:01:37 PM

KyLynn HullKyLynn Hull is a stay-at-home mom and dabbles in many things including writing, urban farming and raising backyard chickens. She writes regularly for garden and food blog, Green City Garden Girl - Bound by the Seasons

I was having breakfast one morning a few years ago at St. Cloud’s restaurant in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle when I noticed a framed recipe card and photo of a grandmother hanging on the wall. I read the story about the influence she had on the owner and I fell in love with the creative showcase. I decided to (once again) re-create this simple project for my mother on her birthday. 

I thought about the importance of getting my hands on recipes actually handwritten by loved ones. This detail is especially important once that person is no longer living. Luckily, I was able to get a copy of my great-grandmother's handwritten Baking Powder Biscuit recipe. I had never met my great-grandmother Laura, my grandfather's mom, so this was especially unique to have. I found a rare photo of her and framed both the photo and recipe to finish this special birthday gift. I also put together another frame with three recipes and a photo of my mom's mom.  

Grandma Laura keepsake recipe 
I framed a picture of my great-grandmother Laura with her handwritten recipe for Baking Powder Biscuits for my mother for her birthday. Photo By KyLynn Hull. 

When I got married more than four years ago, I wanted unique and thoughtful gifts to give all my favorite gals who stood up with me. I couldn't think of a better gift than the recipe-photograph combo for each of them. This was a challenge because several of their special family members were no longer with us. I reached out to their families to see what they could find and was pleasantly surprised when I was able to put together a recipe with a photo for each of the five girls. (Some got two.) 

These gifts are perfect to display in the kitchen and a wonderful way to collect and preserve those special mementos of some of your favorite people you grew up with. I'm currently getting my Dad to write a couple of favorite Russian recipes to accompany a great photo of him in the kitchen. I know my kids will appreciate it someday as much as I have.