Thursday, September 1, 2011

Family Recipes and Old Photographs

I have always loved a good story. One with depth and meaning and history. I think that's also why I love words so much. Each one of them has a definition. A meaning beyond that one word. And that is fascinating to me.

So it's natural to me to want to incorporate these types of things into my home. Which is what I try to do in each room. Most recently, I've been working on adding some warmth into my kitchen. It underwent a major over haul in the early part of this year after an unfortunate mis-hap in the upstairs kids bathroom where we came home from a long day out to find water seeping down into our kitchen and living room. After all the repair work was done...floors, walls, etc and workers in and out for weeks, I sort of lost that warmth I had in it before. And I couldn't figure out how I wanted to incorporate it back in.

Slowly but surely I've found ways to do just that. One of them is by displaying some recipes that were given to me at one of my bridal showers about 7 1/2 years ago. Each woman was given a recipe card in their invitation and asked to write down one of their favorite recipes and bring it to the shower.

I've had those recipes in a box all these years and always forget about them because they're tucked away. So I decided to figure out a way to put them out in front of me so they would be my "go-to" when I'm stuck on what to bake or cook when the urge strikes me.

I was inspired by a kitchen makeover I saw on HGTV. They actually took all of these old recipes, transferred them onto some vintage paper and hung them from the kitchen light fixture. It sounds weird but it looked really cool, although, not really ideal because it was kind of high and I imagine it being a pain whenever you wanted to grab a recipe. But anyway, thats what inspiration is about, you take an idea and make it your own.
So I took an old wood frame that was given to me from my friend Monica. The wood is sort of rough and warped looking but I liked that. I attached some twine length wise from one end to the next. Then I just hung up all of the recipes with clothespins.
 I love having all of these recipes from women in my family, hanging in my kitchen. Grandma's, Aunts, Cousins, sweet friends.....Recipes passed down from their mom's and aunts. I can't think of a better way of adding some history into my kitchen.
Another one of my favorite things is a picture I have of my grandpa, my mom and her two brothers.
 My grandpa passed away when I was about 15, but I was very close to him. We all were. He loved us kids. Always had popsicles when we came to visit and nicknames for us all. He used to call me "Laura, Laura, Laura" because when I was little, he would tease me by calling me another name. Being the stinker I am one day I got tired of it, gave him my best attitude and said "it's LAURA, LAURA, LAURA!".....apparently my aggravation was humorous to him and the "nickname" stuck.


I like to look at this picture because of how young and handsome he looks. He had a stroke when I was a little girl, so that was how I always knew him. He walked a little slower and held his arm up around his waste, but, inside was this young guy and no matter what, always incredibly handsome to me.

My nana {Brandon's grandma} gave me this picture when I had Bella.

She gave it to her with her own pair of cowboy boots, in pink.


And the picture.....Could Nana be any cuter? In her short little dress and cowboy boots.... One of the recipes hanging in my frame is from her. It's a butter pound cake that is a staple at all of our family events. I haven't attempted to make it, because I feel like part of what makes it so special and delicious is that Nana made it. Not to mention the amount of buttah and sugar in that thing. Lawd have mercy. There is a reason it's meant for special occasions!

I'd love to have a whole picture wall of old family photos one day.

So what about you? How do you incorporate family history into your home?

Linking up with Gussy Sews again today...her inspiration workshop was "vintage"
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!


  1. What a cute way to display the recipes!

  2. Oh my!!!! Totally going to use the recipe card idea!!! It's fabulous!!

  3. Where did you find those cake stands you have the apples on???? I have been looking for them EVERYWHERE! Are they the flirt white ruffle cake stand?

  4. That is such a cool idea! :) I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for posting!

  5. I love the frame idea! For mine, I have a photo binder with all of the cards in it on my recipe stand so I can flip through them without having to sort through a box :)

  6. What a fabulous idea for the recipes-it will put them in plain sight! And the boots and picture are such a that.

  7. Oh my gosh, all these things are so special. I love tangible keepsakes and memories of where we came from. That recipe idea is fantastic!

  8. your posts always have such a sweet depth to them. i always love coming to your blog, im so serious. the recipe cards hung like that is so cute, never seen that done before. my family unfortunatly was not close so i dont have alot to incorporate BUT i can't wait to start to create a warm place full of family things for my children, thats so important to me.


  9. oh Laura, those pictures are just so precious! I love old pictures.. I love to look at the pictures my mother has stored away. You feel a little more connected.. and the recipe card holder? genius idea. it looks so good! Your table, with the recipe card holder in the back and the cake stands with the perfect apples look like it should be in a magazine! :)

  10. I saw that same hgtv episode and thought "i'd never be able to reach those!" you are one smart girl, love this idea!I love old photos and have some hanging in my house too.I especially love the one of your Nana in her boots. too special! love you!

  11. Those are perfect! i love that you hung them so you can use them...

  12. LOVE the recipe idea. it looks great and what a special thing to display! xo

  13. Oh my goodness I adore these idea, it is absolutely beautiful! I cant wait to borrow this idea. I have been keeping a receipe book to hopefully hand down to my kids one day.

  14. That is such a good idea! I love what you did with the family recipes!

  15. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my Friday Favorites! I love it so much!


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