Grandma R’s Vintage Recipe Books

When my sister in law told me she had some cook books for me I had no idea what kind of amazing treasure she had! I’m so lucky her and her Dad (Of Roland’s Sauerkraut Dish fame) trust me with these family treasures!

Both of them are taped at the spine and stuffed absolutely full of recipes. I really can’t wait to fully look through them both.

The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book is from 1950. It has all of the original recipes and many more that Grandma R cut out from the newspaper or magazines. I found a similar one without all the extras but in a bit better shape here at Abe Books. At $77 it’s pretty pricey. There are others on eBay and Etsy but none that are just the same.

I’m not kidding when I say the My Recipe Book is stuffed full! She’s overflowing! Handwritten, typed, and all sorts of clipped recipes! Plus Grandma R’s notes as well. This one is definitely my favorite!

My Google search has lead me nowhere on this one. I’d love to hear what you know about this recipe book. Do you have one like it? Or maybe remember it from Grandma’s kitchen? Let me know! Leave a comment or find me on Facebook.

Vintage Recipe Box, Apron, and Table Runner

I love a good bargain so like to stop at estate, church, and garage sales. However I also cherish handmade things especially, woman made items. So you can imagine my joy when I found these.

Apron, recipe box, table runner

After my father in law loaned me his recipe box I couldn’t believe that the next sale I went to I found one. This one does hold the older style 3×5 cards so I will likely not use it as mine. It is absolutely stuffed full! I will share some of the recipes once I have a chance to go through it. I can’t help but feel a little sad that I found this at an estate sale. At least the recipe box found a home where it will be loved and used.

Recipe box

I found the apron to add to my collection at a church sale my Mom and I went to. The fabric is just adorable. I can’t wait to get it washed and put her on! I’m such a messy cook I try to remember to wear an apron.


How pretty is that table runner?! The embroidered flowers are gorgeous. So many french knots. If you gave ever tried embroidery you will know what a challenge those can be to perfect. I won’t use it on my table because my naughty cats will just lay on it. It has found the perfect spot on top of a short book shelf.