My very favorite family recipes anchor this Thanksgiving table setting. Not actually the food but the recipes…hand written or from a typed (from a real typewriter) notecard. Little slivers of my family on paper. Maybe you could drag out the old recipe box for your very own family heirloom recipe placemats.
Before I share my table, I want to make sure you know to stick around. At the end of this post are links to some GORGEOUS Thanksgiving tables you have to see!
It’s the digital age. You can find 50 ways to make Sweet Potatoes or Pumpkin Pie with a quick Google search. Recipes printed on paper or pinned to your recipe board on Pinterest. But this old girl here, I love the hand written, handed down recipes. Chicken scratch on paper. Lettering you can identify the owner of in a split second.
For this Thanksgiving table I decided to treat my little people to a taste of their heritage. Grand parent’s recipes blown up into placemats. I simply scanned the recipes, blew them up and had them printed on heavy card stock sized 12″ X 18″. They cost under $2/each.
I can’t remember a single Thanksgiving without my mom’s Sausage Stuffing. Comfort fills the air each holiday as the stained and tattered recipe card gets pulled out and put to work. And every year we swear we’re going to make this recipe more than just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But we rarely do. I’m still not sure why.
Then there is my Aunt Leila’s Pecan Pie, hand written by my Neena (grandmother). A British war bride accustom to letter writing. Her penmanship makes my heart happy. My Neena suffers from Alzheimer’s and these little bits of her make me miss the old her so much.
Mind the scratch paper the recipe was quickly transcribed on. Oilfield company note paper. Because we are an oilfield family. Even the paper pays homage to my upbringing. Oilfield has paid for houses and cars and college and weddings and just about everything my family has.
Next to the best Pecan Pie recipe ever lays my Granny’s Corn Pudding Recipe. I can see her shaky hand sharing cooking secrets right now. The fact that there are actual measurements in this recipe is sheer amazing. She’s a woman from the pinch of this and a scoop of that era of cooking. Granny could flat get around a kitchen. I love how she notes off to the side (you have some in the freezer) referring to the flour…not sure if it’s a reminder to my mom or herself. I miss her.
Comfort comes in casserole dishes and tasty smells during the holidays, but it’s important to remember our favorites fares are the ones passed down generation after generation. Sure the food is good, but the memories of the people taste better and linger longer. These family recipe placemats lay every holiday from my youth on display and let my kids get a peek of years past.
I’m aware that most people don’t love their own handwriting, it’s a common fact I’ve found through years of scrapbooking with other ladies. I also doubt that when my grandmothers wrote out these ingredient lists they though anyone would think about them in any manner other than face value…as a recipe. They didn’t know they’d be family heirlooms!
The next time you are tempted to type and print instead of write and send think about these placemats and give your family a little piece of you instead. You never know, your great grandkids just might thank you for it as they sit and eat your legendary pie recipe around the table with their children. Wouldn’t that be sweet?
I hope you will take a minute to visit my friend and their gorgeous Thanksgiving table setting ideas. You are sure to be inspired! Before you leave I hope you’ll share this project idea with your friends on Facebook or Pinterest, I would certainly appreciate it!
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