Monday, May 28, 2012

Family Recipe Memories

I got my inspiration for this project from a Lunch Box Quilts embroidery design pack I purchased. As I was stitching out one of those designs recently, I thought how cool would it be to take a family recipe past down from generation to generation and embroidery it for a gift. Several years ago I received a collection of family recipes (Hinshaw Family Cookbook) from my step-mother. She took a lot of time to put it together and I'm so lucky to have a copy of it.  I go back to it often for that simple yummy comfort food I remember growing up.  And of course, that fabulous german potato salad I loved so much at all our Sanborn family gatherings.  My dad even has his own version in the book adopted for today's busy life....but I digress!!

A couple of things to remember when picking out your recipe to put on a towel.  I'd try and keep the ingredient list to no more than 8 - 10 items and the directions not overly complicated or long.  You don't want to take up the entire towel with script, just the lower portion of it.

It was best for my towel to keep the choice of letters to easy block script. Other fancier scripts tend to be "heavy". But then again it will depend on the weight of your towel.  I used a simple and very inexpensive "flour sack" towel available in just about any Walmart or Target type store.  They tend to be very light but are great at absorption and are one of my "go to" towels for drying dishes. And be sure and check your spelling (ask me how I know).

For anyone wondering about the script size, in my sample above the recipe title is in about a 12mm font, the ingredients are about 10mm font and the directions about 8mm.  You just have to play with it in your design software to get it right.  Add a little flourish above and below and then a nice border at the bottom out of one of your favorite fabrics. You might even have left over fabric from a quilt or other project.  Measure the width of the towel and add about 2" to each end.  I did a double border.  Just above the outer border is a 1" wide border, folded in 1/2 and added to the main border before it is added to the towel.

So when you're looking for an idea to give a family member that seems to have everything (and I have plenty of those), give them something from the past that will bring back warm memories.


Linda/Thistledown and Co. said...

What a great idea! Also - are you going to post the German Potato Salad recipe? I have not found a good one yet and I would love to make some.

SewCrazyAboutMachineEmbroidery said...

Hot German Potato Salad - Original recipe

1/2 to 1 lb bacon, crisp and crumbled
1/4 Cup flour
1-1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 Cup sugar
7 to 8 large potatoes, cooked in skins, peeled and sliced
1 Cup chopped onion

Pour off all but 1/4 Cup bacon fat; add flour and blend until smooth. Gradually add water and vinegar, salt and sugar; cook until thick; stirring to avoid lumps. Add potatoes, bacon and onions. Enjoy!!


Dad's Easy Method

3 lbs bacon
2 onions
12 cans sliced potatoes

Dump potatoes and liquid into saucepan and heat, but do not cook. Drain before layering. Dice bacon and fry until crisp. Drain to remove grease. Dice onions. In large bowl, layer potatoes, bacon and onions. On each layer, sprinkle salt, pepper and vinegar. Mix all layers. OPTIONAL: add 2 T of bacon grease for add'l bacon taste.