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Recipe-inspired Scrapbooks

Recipes and traditions find their way onto scrapbook pages as our staff shares treasured family recipes. Produced by Diana McMillen and Faith Berven, scrapbooking by Patricia Anderson, food photographs by Robert Jacobs.

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    We chose an updated vintage look for <br>our holiday recipe scrapbook design. <br>We created both individual pages that fit <br>into a scrapbook and stand-alone<br> scrapbooking projects. For Senior Food <br>Editor Diana McMillen's scrapbook, we <br>used patterned paper and fabric paper,<br> dressed up with ribbon and buttons<br> sewn right to the page. (To save time,<br> glue the buttons to the pages.)
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    We started with a blank spiral-bound <br>book and added Creative Director <br>Geri Boesen's family photos, the story <br>about the casserole and the recipe. <br>Machine-stitching gives her pages a <br>homemade touch.
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    Card stock and papers with edges cut <br>with pinking scissors or freehand <br>with regular scissors spiffed up this<br> page for Assistant Home Editor Sara <br>Reimer. We repeated the buttons and color<br> theme, plus added a flat flower<br> and a hat pin. A copy of the original <br>handwritten recipe (on archival-safe <br>paper) adds a personal touch.
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    A decorated tag holder turns into a <br>sweet remembrance. Tucked inside <br>is the card with the fudge recipe from <br>Copy Chief Kendra L. Williams. The <br>story of her holiday tradition appears on <br>the back side of the recipe.
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    Pearl brads hold a strip of lace in place <br>and add a touch of elegance to this <br>page for Assistant Travel Editor Hannah<br> Agran. Frame photographs on a paper<br> background, or set them in a <br>purchased frame.
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    Memories from Garden Editor Deb <br>Wiley's annual family get-together fill <br>this accordion book. Casual family <br>photos work well in these formats. <br>Offset them with paper that blends <br>with the setting or season.
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    Lace plays a big part in our last<br> scrapbook page for Associate Art <br>Director Faith Berven. The purchased <br>lace flowers and lace trim along the<br> bottom add a layer of texture to the <br>page. The actual recipe page becomes <br>an accent for the page and a <br>background for the food photo.

Great-Grandma's Butter Dream Cookies

The recipe for these Butter Dream Cookies (or cherry cookies, as I call them) started with Great-Grandma Helen Huebner (that's her with Great-Grandpa Arthur). Her parents brought the recipe with them from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, an area just south of Denmark, to Iowa. (Great-Grandma Reimer made them, too.) These cookies have been in Dad's family ever since, and Mom kept the tradition going after they got married and eventually moved to Indiana. My brother, Mark, and I were still little kids when we started helping Mom make them every Christmas.

Even though Mark and I are in our 20s now—and he's married and lives in Dallas—we still request them every Christmas. (Mom even sends them to Texas if Mark and Shari can't make it home.) I tried baking them at my Des Moines apartment, but they weren't as good as Mom's. Maybe I'll master cookie baking this year. If not, I know Mom will have a batch waiting.

Great-Grandma's Butter Dream Cookies

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