Our Holiday Gift Card is a Recipe Booklet
Our family tradition since 1997 has been to make a 12-page holiday recipe booklet as our Christmas & New Year’s card. I do this with my sister and her sister-in-law. There was one year when we opted for traditional cards; my sister had just had her first baby, and I had a toddler and infant. We received immediate feedback from our mailing list that this was not acceptable. Our friends wanted the recipe booklet. Over the years as each family has grown, we’ve opted for separate cover blurbs and photos specific to each family but the recipe portion is the same.
Each of us contributes three or so recipes of what we’ve enjoyed Cooking the past year. There are no rules about what type of recipe to provide and somehow my sister, who does the graphic design, manages to merge them into a cohesive theme.
Here is our cover letter for this year:
For 2011, we each picked our own theme song to describe our past year.
Wally. Our 1.5 year old Golden Retriever. The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars. Key line: Today I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything, I Just Want to Lie In My Bed. (He’s one lucky dog!)
May you keep a song in your heart and a spring in your step this holiday season and throughout the New Year!
Love and Holiday Cheer from Us to You!
We are a little behind this year — note that in some years, our holiday card is definitely more New Year’s than Christmas! — so the recipes have not been determined yet, but here are some favorites from past years.
3. Let the meat rest 15 minutes before carving.
2. Whisk remaining ingredients in small bowl to blend. Pour over noodle mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to blend.
Serve with fresh fruit, muffins, and mimosas!
If you want to make your own holiday recipe book, here are our tips:
- Limit booklet to 3 copy paper size pages. This will keep your booklet weight including envelope to just one stamp.
- Use a desktop publishing program to do the layout. We use PageMaker. Microsoft Publisher or Quark Xpress is great too.
- The least expensive way to go is to print out yourself on a color printer. It’s a little tricky to print out double-sided so do a test run before printing out a stack and stock up on toner cartridges.
- We fold each booklet in half using a pen or pencil to make a crisp crease.
- We use a special extended stapler to bind it.
- You can get booklet sized envelopes from Staples.
- We keep our mailing list in a database so we can print it out on labels.
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