Family Tree Recipes

I had a total genius lightbulb moment this week and just have to share:

At every family gathering and even social event – food has mastered its way to be the staple that holds the paper of a family together in some crazy, weird way. Although FOOD is at times (actually all the time) my own worst enemy, I can’t deny its importance in my family and extended gems. I’ve decided that it’s the perfect time to compile a master “Family Tree Recipes” book.

I already have a handful of the staples including Gramma Aggie Bars, Grandma Rita’s Fudge Frosting and famous Foster Family Potato Salad but I’m missing a lot of our other family favorites. Dumplings, lefse, or the 300 variations of chili for example. I’m sure there are even some that I don’t know the names of or haven’t had for years. Maybe they haven’t even been made during my lifetime but were a favorite of my grandpas that I don’t know about.

I enlisted the help of my family and extended family through the use of a Facebook group. Unfortunately, it seems that no one either wants to participate or thinks it’s a spam group. Probably because it’s such a great idea. I have a feeling this is going to be something that I will be pursing on my own. Probably with the help of my mom (Who is always there for me and my great ideas, thanks mom!)

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I want to include everything too! From how to make a proper BBQ sandwich to buttering your saltine crackers! I’m hoping that I’ll have a rather even amount from both sides of the family but I kind of think that my moms side cooks more than my dads side. We’ll soon find out I guess!

I have a few ideas bubbling up in my brain that I’m going to list below so I don’t forget them because no one seems to have a pen and paper handy these days. I’m very excited about this and really think that it’s something that can be successful. I’d primarily be doing this for myself and my family because I firmly believe in family traditions and history. I’m very fortunate to have grandparents on both sides still alive but the days go quicker and quicker and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to pass on a family legacy of good food.

The best part about this is that I’ll be able to travel to and contact relatives that I don’t get to see very often. Along the way, I’ll not only get to catch up with people I miss but I’ll be able to document a piece of my family that is often lost through the generations. My ultimate plan would be to publish the collection for the world to use because I don’t really think “family secrets” are necessary. We’re taught to share from a young age so we might as well stick to that right?

If you have any ideas for the success of this publication, let me know. I have a handful of contacts that could help me put this together once I have all the copy. Graphic designers, publishers, and editors are among a few.

Running List of Ideas:
Name of the book: “Family Tree Recipes” (provided that it’s not already trademarked)
Each page has a recipe (not multiple recipes)
Every recipe has a photo (which means I’ll be making EVERY SINGLE RECIPE!)
Signature names (EX: Gramma Aggie Bars)
Short stories to go with some of the legendary recipes
Pictures and names of the relatives who we grew up assuming “created” some recipies
I want this to be both a “family tree” and a cookbook – best of both worlds
Full color & glossy
Rating system (leaves not stars)
Small spot for notes on each recipe page

It’s Tuesday.

I’ve been noticing that the busier I am during the day the more difficult it is for me to find motivation to do things that I’d like to do such as blogging and crocheting. It’s not that I don’t have time, but I feel so warn out after a long day that I just want to veg on the couch. I’m trying to get out of that slump tonight buy forcing myself on the computer which is funny because so often we try to disconnect from the world wide web.

I’ve been tuning into the Olympics since they debuted on Friday night. I’m not totally up to date on all the big names and who are the Olympic favorites but I have my own favorite athletes and sports. I love the winter games, they always seem to be more fun than the Summer games and just so graceful. Everything from snowboarding to luge to speed and figure skating. I’m that person that will just sit there, mouth dropped to the floor in awe for hours. I think it’s absolutely outrageous at the talent that some people are born with. Hats off to all of you.

I’ve been writing back and forth to my grandma Darlene for a few years now. We live a little over two hours apart which causes a lack of being able to keep up to date on our day to day lives. It’s crazy how the distance and growing up really separates people. The one thing that we both cherish though, are our letters back and forth. I need and want to make more of a point to write more often. Again, I blame my busy work life for not replying too quickly and I need to quit that. What’s the benefit of just sitting on the couch gluing my eyes to the boob tube every night? Other than being a sitcom critic, probably nothing.

Here’s to the hopes and motivation to continue to do more in the year twenty-fourteen. Tonight, I found joy in buying our nephew his big number three birthday gift, replying to my grandma’s latest letter, and taking the time to blog. What did you do to improve your outlook on life today?