Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Homemade Gift For Mom Idea: Salad Gift Basket With Recipe Book

I like making homemade gifts for Mother's Day and maybe it's because I like receiving gifts that are made from the heart. This was a Mother's Day gift I gave out in 2009. I made three salad gift baskets.

This is a terrible picture but it is the only one I have of the gift from 2009. Inside is a salad bowl, salad tongs and the salad recipe book, all put together like a gift basket. I wrapped the bowl in a tea towel and secured it with a pretty ribbon.

I loved the idea of recipe books with a specific category to organize recipes. I made one of these for myself and one for my daughter too, five altogether. When my daughter moves out she will have a collection of recipes, although I should hold back a few favorites so she has an excuse to call mom.

It is really handy to have all the salad recipes that I like in one spot. For 2010 I made a "Sweets" cookbook, and again, it is very handy to have all my favorite sweets recipes compiled.

The recipe book is made from a photo album I purchased from a $ Store. I thought it would be very handy to have a surface to clean, and the plastic casing works perfect. The pockets are a perfect size for a recipe card, especially if you print the recipe cards out picture size. The picture above is from the inside cover of the recipe book.  Don't you just love the quote in the picture above?  

Here are links to two of my recipe cards that can be printed out for this cook book:

Here is the back of the album. I found this clip art online and thought it was very cute.
I put a few salad recipes inside and left the rest of the pages for the gift recipients to fill. 

And there you have it. One of my homemade gifts for mom ideas.

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  1. What a great idea! I LOVE how you did the books! I should compile all my favorites so I can have and give! :)

  2. I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for linking!

  3. You make the CA-UTEST stuff ever! I'm going to be copying this idea for My two Mom's! Thank you for sharing!

  4. That is a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a fun way to celebrate mom! Thanks for the sweet idea:)