Traditions Worth Saving

We are honored to be part of Lindsay’s annual Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour series this Thanskgiving season… if you’re hopping over from Burlap & Lace, welcome!! As many of the other bloggers on this talented tour are sharing jaw-dropping tablescapes (we are mesmerized by the eye candy), we took a slightly different approach. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE a gorgeous tablescape just as much as the next gal, but neither of us are hosting Thanksgiving, and we felt that sharing a tablescape that wasn’t actually going to be used by our family & friends just seemed a little weird. Plus, it didn’t help that Casey’s move has left her without a dining room table & B’s dining room is currently undergoing a mini makeover <– not perfect timing for a blog-hop that revolves around Thanksgiving. HOWEVER… instead of dropping out, we thought we could still represent the readers that, like us, may not be hosting yet still want to capture the spirit and tradition of the holiday.  Just because you aren’t creating a tablescape for company this year, doesn’t mean you still can’t join in on the fun, right?! So without further ado…. here is an idea that we can all tackle in less than 20 minutes, without a ton of effort. To us, Thanksgiving is all about tradition, family, and being thankful for those around us and we think this easy DIY totally captures all of that…. and more. This idea is can be included in your kitchen decor, heck even your overall home decor, or could even be a sentimental gift for that special hostess this season. Either way, we hope you enjoy! xo, B&C

Unlike their granddaughter, both of my grandmothers were/are very talented in the kitchen. My grandma on my mom’s side, Grandma Judy, was known for her ability to cook up a meal of meat + potatoes and serve it hot at the exact time she told her guests… making the whole process look effortless and even fun (?!). My Gram on my dad’s side is still very talented in the kitchen and always, always, always has homemade cookies on hand and can whip up a homemade pie like it’s nothing.IMG_3842-001

It’s no secret around here that my talents in the kitchen look nothing like these talented ladies, and quite honestly, I would categorize my skills more along the lines of non-existent. Baking a homemade pie from scratch? In my dreams. Serving a meal hot at the very time I anticipated? …yeah right.

IMG_3808Needless to say, I look at the talent of these special women in a whole different way now. I admire their selflessness in the kitchen and the fact that they spent hours preparing & creating these masterpieces that have now molded our family traditions. In honor of these great memories, I have decided to incorporate these staple recipes into our kitchen decor… especially for the holidays!

IMG_3801I took each grandma’s “famous” family recipe (apple slices from Grandma Judy & chocolate pie from Gram) and framed them to display in our kitchen.

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This is a super easy, yet extremely meaningful way to add personality to your kitchen. If you don’t have a ton of wall room to hang these recipes, you can display them on the counter like I did here. I love that I have a reminder of these women in my kitchen and a snapshot of the memories that were made while enjoying these sweet treats. IMG_3750Now if only I could step up those kitchen skills and do more with these recipes than just admire from afar….IMG_3731

What recipes are staples in your family? Which ones would you choose to preserve for all to see? While you take a walk down memory lane, we’re heading over to Dimples and Tangles blog to enjoy some more festive eye candy! Hope to see you there. =)

IMG_3754For more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out this all-star line up of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours:

The White Buffalo Styling Co. // The Inspired Room // Swoon Worthy // Blissful Bee // Iron & Twine // A Storied Style // Claire Brody // DesignPost Interiors // Dream Green DIY // Chic Little House // With Heart // Inspired by Charm // Mimosa Lane // The Chronicles of Home // Cuckoo 4 Design // Nesting with Grace // Craftberry Bush // A Thoughtful Place // HouseSeven // Burlap and Lace // DIY Playbook // Dimples and Tangles // Eleven Gables // Restless Arrow //

and tomorrow we’ll be adding… The Makerista // Dwellings by Devore // My Creative Day // Cuckoo 4 Design // My Fabuless Life // Primitive & Proper // Simple Stylings // Amanda KatherineBridget Signature

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  • Allison Thomas

    Iove this idea! I have a box of my great grandmother’s recipes and I know my mom and aunt would love this gift. Where did you get your frames?

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      I’m sure they would LOVE that. Both frames are from Target. Good luck!!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I don’t have that many recipes unfortunately that I want to preserve. One of my mom’s cakes, but that’s about it. She hates to bake and cook ;)

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      As a non-cook, non-baker myself, I understand!! =) Thanks for stopping by, Julia!

  • http://www.astrollthrulife.net Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    I use all of my mother’s recipes and I love to see her handwriting on the index cards. It makes the holidays so much more special.

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      So special!! Thanks for sharing, Marty!

  • http://polkadottedbluejay.com/ Elise Laney

    I love this idea!!! My sweet Aunt slipped two of my Gram’s recipe cards into the mix at my bridal shower and I instantly turned into a big puddle of tears. Her handwriting was so beautiful and each one is on her trademark strawberry printed cards. They were my favorite “gift”. <3

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Awww. love this for a bridal shower gift. Thank you!! What a special gift =)

  • http://primitiveandproper.com Cassie Bustamante

    such a sweet idea!

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Thanks Cassie!

  • Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHome

    This is so sweet – some of my favorite recipes, and the ones I get asked for when I serve to other people, come from my great-grandmom, my grandmom, and my mom. Love family food traditions :)

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Thanks!! And thanks so much for stopping by! =)

  • http://www.KimiWho.com/ KimiWho.com

    Oh I love that. I wish I still had my Grandmother’s old recipe books where she’d written them out. That would be so lovely.

  • Amber Finley Tysl

    Oh, how I love this sweet, sweet idea!

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Amber!

  • Beth @ designPOST interiors

    I love this idea! My grandmother’s love language has always been passing down recipes!

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      What a sweet tradition, Beth!

  • http://www.mylifeinthecurvylane.com The Curvy Girl

    I love EVERYTHING about this idea! I was tossing around the idea of a tiled backsplash but may try to frame several recipe cards and use that instead! Thank you for this!

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Yes!! A much more affordable (and personal) solution. Good luck!