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From: Becky ( -
Subject: My Cookbook Project
Date: February 12, 2010 at 10:19 am PST

When I retired from my civil service job in August, 2007, one of the things on my "bucket list" of projects was to put together a list of recipes for my kids. At that time I wasn't thinking beyond that. I just had a bunch of recipes I kept, some on paper, some on my computer, some in my head. I thought it would be nice to get them all down in a little printed booklet for the kids, especially the ones they liked growing up.

As I started working on this, I discovered I had a lot more recipes than I first realized! Then, I discovered I really liked playing with the formatting as I was creating the documents. I found a page border I liked, had fun adding pictures from clip art, and adding a few words to the beginning of each recipe to give it some depth or history. Then I thought I should add some nutritional information, so I started doing that, using FitDay to calculate it out.

Before I knew it, I had a Cookbook in the making. I ended up with 85+ recipes, most my own, some adaptations from others, and a half dozen from other cookbooks (which of course, I fully credited). My sister got involved, testing every single recipe for me, offering me suggestions, catching typos, and being an all around editor type helper. What a project! It was so fun, and I've finally wrapped it up. It was like giving birth, and I even suffered a bit of something akin to post partum depression when I was finally DONE!

I had two copies printed at Office Max (very expensive!), but it came out just as I hoped it would. My goal was to get enough copies printed for my four daughters, and my four sisters, and possibly a few close friends. But at $70 a pop, I have to rethink that. I've had lots of suggestions ranging from putting it on a CD, creating a blog, or just sending giant Word documents to everyone, but I designed this to be on 8 ˝ x 11 paper, full color, with all the pictures and borders in full view. So, that is how it will remain. I just might have to print them one or two at a time, slowly, as I can afford it, until I get them all done.

Right now I am keeping my master copy, and I am sending one to my sister for helping me, which also coincides with her 50th birthday, so the timing was good on that.

Now that I've got this under my belt, I already have another cookbook idea brewing, and I will probably start on that in the Spring or Summer. ;-)

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