Saturday, February 13, 2010

Collecting Vintage Recipes...

If you have followed my blog at all, you know by now how much I treasure anything and everything from the past... I collect so many things I love... some of those things are vintage recipes... boxes, cards, recipe books, you name it... here are a few from my collection I wanted to share with you...

There is something so sweet and wonderful about vintage recipe cards and boxes... it's like stepping back in time to the simpler, gentler days I yearn for... I have many that were my mama's and many I have gathered here~and~there... I always wonder how the family can part with such irreplaceable family treasures... the pretty little bundles of recipe cards tied with pink fabric were purchased at my sweet friend Alice's shop, Painted White... she offers these adorable little estate sale finds she has bundled together in her shop and each one is different and unique... some are handwritten, some are typed, some have special notes handwritten on them (my favorite!)... I just love everything about these!...

Several summers ago I went to an estate sale at a neighbor's home on the street I grew up on and I blog about often... the sweet vintage mother had passed away and the family was selling so many things... they have a daughter a little older than me and we were friends growing up... she was selling her mama's old wooden recipe box full of recipes for $3.00... I tried to talk her into keeping them, as I felt she would be saddened later on if she sold it... she said they had to part with many things and she gave it to me... it is one of my most prized possessions... many of the recipes have the ladies names on them who wrote them, ladies that all lived in our old neighborhood and I remember so recipe I found at the very back of the little box called out to me... it was a recipe for "How to Preserve a Husband"... it goes like this ..."Be careful in your selection. Do not choose too young and take only such varieties as have been reared in a good moral atmosphere. When once decided upon and selected, let that part remain forever settled and give your entire thought to preparing for domestic use. Some insist on keeping them in a pickle while others are constantly getting them in hot water. Even a poor variety may be made sweet and good by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with smiles and flavored with kisses to taste. Then wrap well in a mantle of charity. Keep well seasoned with a steady fire of domestic tranquility and serve with peaches and whipped cream. Thus prepared they will keep for years." Too cute! They were married for over sixty five years...

Another of my very favorite recipe boxes is this yellow plastic one that was my mama's... it is filled with wonderful recipe cards that she sent away for many, many years ago from Betty Crocker... I use many of these recipes today... I will share some recipes in a future post so as not to make this one too long... I will also show some of my precious vintage cookbooks as well...

The pretty vintage flowered tablecloth was my mama's too... and yes, it has some holes in it, and gravy stains from our Sunday dinner's roast, but that makes me cherish it all the more... xoxo


June said...

Hi Julie Marie,
I can't for the life of me understand either why people choose to let these things go either. They are so special in a family, or at least should be. I wish I had more of my mother and grandmother's recipes. The one on husbands was too cute!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Julie, what precious memories are bundled up in those recipe cards! How wonderful that you were able to receive them. Love the tablecloth, and I agree, what does a stain or two mean if there are fond memories to go with it.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Ah, Julie, you never disappoint! What a wonderful post! You always bring back such memories! That salt box sure brought me back in time!!

I love the one about how to Preserve a Husband, good thing it didn't say hwo to Murder a Husband, ROTFL!!


Blondie's Journal said...

Because I really haven't had anything 'handed down' to me, it is my pleasure to be able to buy a part of someone's life. Does that make sense? I can cherish things from the past this way, like the china that I bought from an estate sale...the family couldn't keep it. It is now making new memories in my family.

You are fortunate to have things that you remember from your younger life, from your mother and grandmother and now neighbor and of course, you have so many vintage items, I guess we just love the days of old and things that are passed on.

Thanks for another great post, Julie Marie!


Dawn said...

Oh Julie I am also a collector of old recipes and books. I could never go to an estate sale or thrift store and leave those behind. I have also purchased many worn boxes of such treasures and love to dream about the person that wrote them and saved them for their family.
I would love to go to your favorite store and buy some of those bundles, it would be like a precious gift to me.
Thanks for another wonderful post and great memory to share.
Blessings my friend.

Dragonfly said...

Love the husband recipe!! ;-)

Alice W. said...

Love this post! I too don't understand how someone could give up their families recipe cards...if I ever got my hands on my grandmother's, aunts, etc. they would be keepers for sure ;) When I found the box that included the ones you purchased, I couldn't believe someone would be getting rid of them...I knew I had to take them. I am glad that you {and others} can enjoy them now too and that they aren't forgotten. Oh and I LOVE the recipe for preserving a husband...made me smile ;)

Rita said...

Happy V day my dearest Julie Marie.
haven't been visiting lately due to a health condition from which i hope I'll able to recover soon - really had to force myself to do some posting and going to work or do my daily hose chores has become such a burden to me...
however, on this very special day I want to wish you a fabulous day and a life filled with love to the brim.
What an amazing post my dear... those little bundled treasures of yours must be so precious and I bet you're such a good cook (much to my regret I am a very lousy one LOL. Can't wait for you to share some of those wondeful recipes. Who knows, you might even be able to convert me to cooking!!!
p.s. love your new blog header photo.

Paige said...


Those are very special things you have displayed. It's amazing how food/recipes seem to bring the fondest memories of family gatherings. I love that you have the tablecloth with the "loving" stains!

Amy Arnaz said...

Julie Marie ~
I spotted that table cloth immediately in the first photo. Love it. And I especially like the husband recipe. Have a Happy Valentine's Day today! xoxo Amy

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

What a wonderful collection of vintage recipe cards. I'm glad they landed in your hands as I know they will be cherished and well loved!

The the How to Preserve a Husband recipe is so cute and offers very wise advice.

The yellow recipe box brought back memories, my mother had one just like it!

Happy Valentine's day Sweet Friend!

Love and hugs,

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Such precious vintage boxes! Brought back old memories! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Thoughts!

Famille Gerdel said...

Bonjour Julie Marie,

J'adore ce billet. Intéressant!

I love this post. You have a real nice collection of vintage recipes. So nice!!!

How to Preserve a Husband... it's always serious, isn't it? ;-)


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Julie Marie,
I agree, I could never let something so special go, ever!
Can't wait to see your vintage cookbooks and see what recipes you share with us all. I have some of my grandma's old recipe cards, just wish I had more but when I see her writing, it's almost like I can hear her tender voice in my ear and gentle laugh too.
Happy St. Valentine's Day to you!

Marydon Ford said...

G'day, Julie Marie ~ I'd would 'faint' if I lost my Mother's & MILs recipe boxes ... they are treasures to behold forever. I love the beautiful written penmanship, the notes, the stains, the names of who shared the recipe ... how ANYONE PARTS with these kinds of treasures is beyond me.

I do not do well in parting with anything, much as you.

I love your Mother's & your friends boxes ...

Happy Valentine's
Have a beautiful day ~
Hugs, of love, Marydon

Lynn said...

Julie Marie,
I have my mom's and Terry's mom's basic cookbook in my collection. Also his father's recipes hand written after his wife died and he started cooking. My mom did lots of needlepoint and I have her needlepoint recipe box. The lovely tablecloth is a gift of love with such precious memories. I would think sitting down a a meal or even a cup of tea would bring your mama right there next to you smiling with joy at the women her daughter is today. Blessings on this "love" day.

Vicki said...

Hello, Julie Marie,
I loved to learn how to Preserve a Husband!! So very cute!! Yes, these recipes come with lots of love and care over the years! I, too, love things from a kinder, more peaceful and innocent time! I hope your Valentine's Day has been full of love and sweet memories! Vicki p.s. I started reading Alice in Wonderland this weekend to my grandchildren, and they are loving it!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Julie Marie.....What treasures you have in those cards. I, too, cherish old things like that; although I do not have much of it. Very sweet post today.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a heart felt comment.



Julia Smith said...

Hi - I've popped over from A Little of This That and the Other blog, because I saw your comment there and couldn't resist.

Just had to say hi to a Julie Marie - because I'm Julia Marie.

koralee said...

So lovely...I love your boxes..hope your day was amazing. xoxo

Jeni said...

Another wonderful collection. I love your new flower photo. Very pretty. Makes me excited for spring.

Lori said...

Julie Marie
I'm so glad you have that recipe box! So sad they didn't keep it! I cherish every recipe in my Mom's handwriting! Its so comforting to see her writing since she's no longer with me! I feel others handwriting is so intimate, I never get rid of Xmas cards and cherish the ones I have of all my family who has pasted! So very sweet of you and kind! Lori

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Lovely post, Julie Marie. I do love to purchase old recipies when I see them. I, too, feel the same way ~ how does someone part with them? I remember those plastic boxes with recipies that you sent away for.

Have a lovely day

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Julie Marie,
Oh I just love your collection. I too love these recipe boxes and old cards with recipes on them. I have all my mother's. How can one part with them?
Your tablecloth is a treasure.
I am sure it brings back wonderful memories.

Hope you had a special Valentine's Day.
Our snow is melted now and predicted to warm up this week.

Hugs and Blessings,
Celestina Marie

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Sweet Julie Marie,
What a wonderful post.I love it.The recipes and boxes are fantastic.You have a great collection.Have you made any of them? My daughter wouls flip over backwards with these...LOL.Thank you Dar for calling me. You lifted my spirits up so much. I know I sounded kind of down, but doin g much better.I'm in the process of geting things together for a post.I can't wait till you see the baby doll you sent me. She is so cute.
You take care Hon,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Zuzu said...

Another wonderful, wonder-filled post, dear friend!
If I were a super hero, I would be OLD FASHIONED WOMAN, fly backwards, and teach children about the past. There is so much beauty and simplicity to share!
I have a few handwritten recipes in my recipe box from my Mom - and like you, I think of them as absolute treasures!
Wishing you a very lovely day, Julie Marie!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sis!! Love this post!! I love how you have everything displayed! It all looks so vintage and French! I wish I had some recipes like that. My aunt had a cookbook made up of family recipes to honor my great grandma. I tell ya, I use that cookbook more than any of the others I have! There is nothing like old fashioned home cooking :) That tablecloth is gorgeous Julie!! What a wonderful heirloom to have. I love you sis!!!!! Miss you too!!

*Ulrike* said...

I think that is a wonderful thing to hold onto. I have many old recipe books from the three sisters. My mother-in-law and her two sisters. Lots of little handwritten notes next to a recipe or recipes given to them back in the hey days of cocktail parties! I always enjoy reading your posts!
Take Care!

Roberta said...

I'm so glad you didn't hold to your promise of less blogging dearest Julie Marie! I love how you hold and present such wonderful memories! You are gifted! Sweet, sweet pics of your farmhouse too! xo Roberta