Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I'm Gonna Be A Writer!!!!!!

Well, sort of a writer.  I have finally decided to do something that Chuck has been trying to get me to do for years.  I'm gonna write a cookbook!!

Years and years ago, I had found this awesome program {Kitchen Gourmet} that I could enter all of my recipes in.  It had a great layout and made a nice presentation.  One year for Christmas, I printed it all out, put it in sheet protectors and made a nice binder cover for it and presented it to Terri for a gift.  Through the years and several computers and operating systems later, I can no longer use that program, but I have all of those recipes printed out and many more added to it.  Occasionally, Chuck will mention to someone that I "wrote a cookbook", like it was some big deal.  They always end up asking for one and I have to explain that it's just my personal collection of recipes from friends and family.

The past few days I have been looking at different cook book software, trying to find a replacement so I can get all organized again, and found one I tried and liked= Incentive #1.  A dear friend has just written a book and is about to have it published= Incentive #2  A couple of close friends have mentioned that they would love to have access to some of my recipe collection and I thought how they would really make great gifts= Incentive #3 And the last time I saw the one I made for Terri, it has been well used and could use freshening up=Incentive #4.  So, I have decided to embark on this mission and hope that, if nothing else, I will come up with something that my friends and family will enjoy!

I'm excited and hope I can make it work!  I have recipes that were my Great-Grandmother's, my Mom's (both of whom were amazing cooks).  I have some of Terri's, Chuck's Grandmother and many from numerous friends.  And along with the usual categories, I plan to add an Alaskan specific category. And mayhaps even a "Derby Girl" category! There will be foot notes about the friends and family, as well as some photos, I hope.  I plan to put as many photos of the food items in that I can, as well.

So, if any of you dear ones would care to suggest any recipes or SEND me some of your favorites, I will 'test' them and add them to my book :) .  My original was simply called "Family & Friends Recipes", s0 I will be thinking on a unique name for this as well.  Any and all suggestions are most welcome!!  So, send recipes, title ideas and so on.  I will eagerly await your input!

Aside from the fact that my 6 hummingbird feeders are constantly surrounded and require refilling each day, not much else is happening.  I may have to sneak off to Lowes and get a couple more feeders!  They are so fun to have flitting around my front and back windows!


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I kind of like your "old" screen name. (How else would some people know it was you.)

I think the book is a great idea. Good luck to you.

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I was a struggle to change from Yankee Chick. I just felt that if I was gonna start a fresh blog, that I needed a new name. I've had mixed feelings about it ever since. I'll ALWAYS be Yankee Chick or YC. Not sure what to do about it, at this point. Hmmmmmm....

Thanks for the well wishes on the book. I think it'll be fun!

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Yay!!!!! I'm sure you will love this project....adding personal stories and photos makes it so much better too.

I think you should use the YankeeChick name in the title of the's YOU!

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I was hoping to be able to incorporate 'Yankee Chick' in the title :). Glad you thought the same!

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I like the idea of incorporating "Yankee Chick" into the title of your cookbook, too. It's only fitting!

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Congrats on the cook book idea!!!! You sound really excited - isn't it great to have a new project?