Sunday, March 24, 2013

Family Cookbook

As our family grows and we are experimenting more with new recipes it has become quite a disorganized situation trying to organize the recipes that we get from Pintrest, other websites, friends, relatives, packaging, magazines, and more. Some are on paper, recipe cards, torn pages, and package labels. Others bookmarked or pinned online.
I spent some time thinking about a good solution to this new opportunity in or home. The idea came to me to make a digital cookbook as a Mother's Day gift for Carey. With that idea I then needed a simple way to create such a book. After a couple not so appealing attempts with different programs, I decided to go with PowerPoint. With PowerPoint I have the ability to save in different file types, thus being able to share versions in iBooks, self publish in Amazon's Kindle bookstore, and be able to easily add and rearrange pages.
My gift idea was spoiled when I asked Carey for her help in the project. Although as we were working together and talked we thought of how great it would be to give our kids a copy of our family cookbook when they get married. So our current plan is to key in recipes that we enjoy and make often. When our kids move on in lives of their own we can give them a cookbook (printed and/or digital) with recipes that they grew up with and enjoyed. I am currently at 34 recipes entered, and between the ones that we have printed or saved, and the ones we come across in the years to come, I have many more to enter.

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