Wednesday, December 15, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Remember when life was that simple?

Today's kids (okay, and adults) have a list. Can you say, "electronics"? Here are a few of the online lists of most wanted Christmas gifts:
  • Apple iPad
  • Kindle, Nook, etc.
  • Digital Camera (with video capability)
  • Xbox, Wii, Playstation
  • Laptop 
  • 3D Ready TV
  • Accessories (to go with the above)
See any pattern? You don't have to be an amateur sleuth to figure out this one.
Don't get me wrong. These things are on my list, too. Especially the Kindle and Wii.

But now that I've launched my kids - college, independent living, finally!, I try to include something more meaningful.

Last year, I began cookbooks for them - pretty binders, paper with a nice border, and a few of their favorite family recipes. I also included some of the ingredients I knew they didn't have, like spices. Or that were expensive, like tenderloin for the family's favorite stir fry. They loved it.

In fact, my oldest son called yesterday to make sure I was adding a few more recipes this year.
Isn't that sweet?
When the electronics break or become obsolete, that cookbook and its recipes will still be going strong.


Linda McDonald said...

The cookbooks are a great idea. I mean, who doesn't love some of the recipes from childhood? And yes, I do find it very endearing that your son called to inquire about the recipes. Clearly, your gift to them, was a hit....even in this age of electronics.

Dru said...

Handmade gifts are always the best because of the thought and preparation that went into creating the gifts.

Unknown said...

Two teeth--that's what I really want for Christmas -- to replace the bridge I lost in April. In retrospect, I sure wish I hadn't dragged my feet on deciding to get dental implants. I'm in the process of getting them now, but I won't have those teeth until early April, about 11 months after I lost the bridge. Oh to be able to BITE food again. (You'll notice I've managed somehow, because I haven't lost weight--but it's been difficult.)

The recipe books sound wonderful. And, hey! You've just launched a Kindle recipe book for Gertie Johnson--COOKING CAN BE MURDER.

(P.S. Deb did NOT know I was going to mention the Gertie cookbook.)

Deb Baker said...

Thanks, Lorraine. You're the best. And I'm sorry you won't have those teeth by Christmas!

Heather Webber said...

What a great idea, Deb. I think I'll borrow it for my kids. :)

Sheila Connolly said...

I've got a bulging binder of favorite recipes, and now my daughter is assembling one of her own. When (?) she moves out and has her own kitchen, I will certainly present her with the ones she loves. And pots and pans, and china, and...

I think this holiday will bring a real earthquake to the book-buying world, when everybody opens their Kindle/Nook/whatever. Hang on to your socks!

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

I love the recipe idea.

With all the technology we have now I am curious to see what the next 30 years brings.

Booklady said...

I love the cookbook idea. I wish my Granny had done that for us. I do have some of her recipes and I have many of her store bought cookbooks. But I wish that she had put them all together or that we had done that together. I think you just gave me an idea of something I can do for my cousins for next year. I can try to pull all those recipes together (and maybe write up some of the memories associated with them) and put them in a cookbook for each of us. Thanks!

Beverly aka Bookwoman

Deb Baker said...

I see family cookbooks in your futures!

Miki Willa said...

Years ago, my mother-in-law put together a cookbook for me of favorite recipes that went back generations. I passed it on to my daughter when she married with a few recipes she loved from my side of the family. This gift has been well used and will continue to be.

Debra said...

I love the cookbook idea too. Paper never becomes obsolete. I was able to get some recipes and very old pamphlets fron my mother-in-law's home when she passed. But we got a new TV last month and I love it!

Kate Collins said...

What a great memory book it will be, too, Deb. Thanks for the idea!

signlady217 said...

I actually have my paternal grandmother's church cookbook, printed back in 1948. Mom went through it and marked every recipe that was from a family member with how they were related to me: grandma, aunts and aunt-in-law, there's even one from my great-grandma! Plus it's my mom's handwriting, which makes it even more priceless.

Jody said...

This is a great idea. I think I'll do this next year, adding in some of my mother's old recipes as well as the ones the kids remember me making.

By the way, my daughter & son-in-law gave me a Kindle for my birthday. I still prefer paper, but love the convenience. The Kindle (or any ebook reader) is great for traveling.

Anonymous said...

I am also loving Deb's cookbook. Lots of 'our family recipes' in it. I will just l et the girls call me for recipes, unless they figure out to write them down... I love getting out the old blue notebook and sharing memories and laughter.
Having so much fun with all the new books to read ladies!
Thank YOU all!

Nanc said...

This is a brilliant that I will begin assembling right after the New Year for next year's gifts :-) Going to look for your Gertie cookbook now!

Ann Summerville said...

Great idea for the cookbook. When my daughter was married I sent out recipe cards to all the guests with a request that they write their favorite recipe and bring it to the wedding. The basket was overflowing with cards.

Kathleen Ernst said...

What a lovely idea, Deb! Thanks for sharing.

Maggie Sefton said...

Love that cookbook idea, Deb. And I didn't know about your Gertie cookbook! That's great.

Vickie said...

I love the idea! I will borrow it when Lady K is ready to leave the nest in 12 years or so.

My mom used to do something similar in her care packages. When I was stationed overseas,she would send items I couldn't find in the base commissary like Kix cereal and Phisoderm soap. She also would send a recipe for sour potatoes and fried chicken dredge mixture or the chocolate chip cookies or molasses cookies I loved.

My electronic toy on my wishlist this year is a Nintendo DSiXL. Lady K wants one and I thought it would be nifty to have my own for those brain exercise games. We'll see if Santa comes through.