As some of you long time readers know I have been working on the family cousin’s cookbook. I purchased some Cookbook Software. (Aunt Matildas) Not sure I would do that again as I did have some troubles with the export.
In the beginning we asked for relatives to share recipes. Some came in email some came in Christmas Cards, some were hand written on recipe cards, some were all typed out. I kept sticking them in a huge yellow folder. I began transcribing them in 2011. It was a slow process…some were missing pan sizes or baking instructions. I tried to proof read as I entered the recipes.
I finally called Uncle and said “Hey I need some help.” My cousins Kathy and Geraldine offered to type for me and then email me the recipes. After I received them it was just a matter of copying, pasting and sometimes formatting to fit on a page.
I was able to export the cookbook for proof reading to Kathy and Aunt Anna at one point with Jen’s help. Corrections were made and more recipes were added. I proofread it again…392 pages. Uffda. Then I couldn’t export my files…the software was difficult. I sent my Laptop in for repair because it wouldn’t take just any flash drive. PNY and HP Flash drives work just fine. I finally exported the files and put them on a flash drive and gave Kathy the Aunt Matilda software which had two downloads left on it. Kathy said there was nothing on the flash drive. Uffda uffda. I contacted the Matilda people. Figured out the problem and did another download. Success finally.
I nearly bawled when I found the files on my desktop and emailed them to Kathy.
Four plus years of work. Done with the a simple SEND. What a relief.
My Mother and Dad arrived with a package for me on Christmas Eve.
Kathy redesigned the cover and that was just fine with me. She used my front on the back.
There are recipes from Pickles to Pie
Kathy added a place for notes and a Table of Contents by page number. I just had a Table of Contents by category.
I was thrilled to finally see it in print. I was really happy that I chose the one page per recipe format. Kathy did all the work printing and binding it together. Together we make a pretty good team. Thanks to all my cousins who submitted recipes, it wouldn’t be a book without you.
I have not consulted with the rest of my cousins yet…but it will be for sale at sometime in the future to relatives. When they are available I will give one away on the blog GWATCDR (God Willing And The Crick Don’t Rise).
I worked on this project so long I consider it a hobby. That is a sick thought isn’t it?
This project meets two of my Intentions from 2014 Organize and Declutter which I carried over into 2015! I can burn that huge yellow folder filled with recipes in a ceremonial fire when it warms up outside!