HAND WRITTEN RECIPE CARDS ARE THEY A THING OF THE PAST FOR YOU OR DO YOU TREASURE THEM AS A FAMILY HEIRLOOM?
What do hand written recipe cards mean to you? I’m lucky enough to have all of my Moms recipe cards in her handwriting. Most of the recipes have food smudges, splatters, and are yellowed with age and that makes them even more special to me.
For those of you who don’t know my Mom passed away last October. My brother and I went to Florida to help my stepdad go through her things and he was gracious enough to let us have anything and everything of hers that we wanted.
My mom wasn’t a clutter bug in any way and she was very organized. I say that’s where I get it from. Anyway my brother and I both wanted my moms recipe books. We knew they were full of all those meals we had at home growing up. My brother loves to cook and bake just like I do, so we were willing to share.
We sat down and sifted through the recipe books while we were in Florida reminiscing and shedding tears as we flipped the pages. We packed them in the trunk of my moms car and had them shipped back to Michigan.
My mom loved her car and I just wasn’t ready to see it sold to someone I didn’t know so I purchased it from my stepdad and had a courier company trailer it back to Michigan. I know the cars not her but I wasn’t ready to see it go just yet, so now it’s mine.
I was searching for one special recipe; my moms lemon pie. I hadn’t had it since I left home at 22 and I can’t wait to give it a go and make myself a delicious lemon pie. It’s funny how a recipe can invoke a memory, but lemon pie hold many good childhood memories for me and no one could make one taste like my mom did.
My sister in law took the time to photo copy every recipe and give the originals to me. I expected my brother to keep half of the handwritten recipes and I’d take half and we’d each split the photo copies but he let me have them all.
She had many other recipes she’d saved over the years from magazines and things but I only kept those that were in here handwriting. Believe it or not no one can tell here handwriting from mine, they look identical.
I skipped school once as a high school kid and wrote my own, get back into school letter. By the way, it didn’t work out so well, I was caught. My mom was a teacher at school and we live in a very small village where I couldn’t have sneezed without her knowing. The principal did mention he couldn’t tell the difference between our handwriting though. I still get a laugh out of it yet today.
So tell me do handwritten recipe cards hold a special place in your heart?