Like a lot of you, I am into the New Year's re-organizing state of mind. I decided to open my recipe boxes and clear out the recipes I don't use. Now mind you, the box on the left was given to me with a few recipes included for a bridal shower about forty years ago. (You may see how my daughter "decorated" it for me when she was a little girl.)
The collection has grown so I had to buy another index card box to hold the "new" additions. The boxes include only the recipes I have on index cards. I have an entire folder of them on my laptop and stashed in a real live folder that holds full sheets of papers run off from the Internet.
I began looking through, I mean actually looking and reading the recipes in there. They are precious to me. I have recipes from my grandmother, Maw, and recipes in my mother's handwriting, as well as the scribbles from our daughters' recipes from 4-H or Scouts. Each one reminds me of those times when I shared these foods with the ones I love. I decided to close the boxes up and keep ALL of them. Some day I may transfer them to a computer file, but not today. Sorting through the memories, I just want to wrap a cozy blanket of nostalgia around me.