Today me along with the rest of the Ella Friends are hosting a blog hop! Join us as we each share a layout, card or other project that celebrates friendship. As I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you my mind naturally wandered towards - food! After all, November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, spend time with our family and friends and share our favorite foods together. I thought what better to share with my friends than my favorite fall recipes, specifically my favorite pumpkin recipes (we do love pumpkin around here). Along with the recipes I want to share an envelope book that I made to hold photos of each dish along with the corresponding recipe cards. Here is the cover of my book:
The book was inspired by this tutorial found on Martha Stewart's website. The great thing about this little book is that it is so versatile and would make a wonderful gift for a special friend. You can use the envelopes to house any number of items: ephemera, photos, or letters. You could also use this idea to make a gift book for someone and include special notes or gift cards in each envelope. Or do what I've done and include your favorite recipes to share with a friend or family member. The possibilities are limitless.
Getting to the details, the front of my envelopes are very simply embellished with labels that detail the contents:
And as I said above, my envelopes contain a photo card and the corresponding recipe card (or cards) for each dish:
Here is a link to the pumpkin scone recipe which inspired our family's version: Starbucks Pumpkin Scones. We do make some adjustments to this recipe, my husband is sort of a scone expert - in my opinion - he's perfected this recipe to his tastes, but I don't feel right taking credit for the recipe and so I'm sharing the original with you. If you love the pumpkin scones at Starbucks, you'll love this recipe.
Other recipes that are included in this book are my favorite pumpkin bread pudding, penne with creamy pumpkin sauce and this pumpkin cheesecake. I did include a few empty envelopes so that I could add more recipes later if I wanted to. Again, we do love pumpkin in this house so I'm sure we'll discover more favorite recipes as the years go by. =)
In addition to sharing this little recipe book with you I wanted to take this opportunity to share Ella's newest eBook with you:
About this eBook:
Journaling is hard. Even for professional writers, deciding what to say on a layout can be truly challenging, let alone figuring out how to make it authentic, creative, and meaningful. But struggle no more, because help is on the way!
Journaling that Matters is packed with 51 easy tips to help you write from the heart without breaking a sweat. You'll love the expert advice, inspirational layouts, practical tips, and timeless suggestions that are suitable for writers of all levels—from the most experienced journalers to the most insecure. Kelly, Angie, and their eight talented contributors will help you unlock important stories and tell them with confidence. Also featuring the work of: Linda Barber, Moon Ko, Donna Jannuzzi, Layle Koncar, Audrey Neal, Keshet Shenkar, Wendy Smedley, and Stephanie Wheeler.
If you'd like a chance to win a copy of Journaling That Matters leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing to share with your friends. I'll leave the comments open until Sunday (11/14) midnight PST. The winner will selected at random and announced sometime on Monday.
Be sure to visit the blogs of the Ella Friends and see all of the wonderful projects that the team has put together. An extra incentive - more than one of us is doing a giveaway! There are lots of chances to win something fun this weekend.
I want to mention that the comments on my blog are moderated. But, I will be checking-in often to update the comment thread. Don't worry. As long as your comment is entered before 12am on Sunday you'll be included in the drawing. Thanks! =)