Here are tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" on how to properly care for and preserve the treasured objects handed down by parents or grandparents or lovingly collected at tag sales and antiques stores. Create a safe environment for all of your treasures, and ensure they withstand the test and conditions of time.
A recipe scrapbook safeguards fragile original cards, preserving handwritten notes along with ancient spills and spatters. Photos of family gatherings at the table -- and stove -- complete the story. On the following pages are five steps to organizing cherished old recipe cards as well as recent favorites.
When you were young, cookies, birthday cakes, and holiday treats may have seemed to appear magically from your mother's kitchen. Now you know they took time, planning, and recipes. Preserve those memories by gathering your favorite dessert recipes into a book to share with your siblings.
A random assortment of family keepsakes, from a grandfather's spectacles to a baby's christening spoon, takes on a cohesive, deliberate look that's almost Victorian when encased in a delicate glass dome. The little tree is a lightweight branch bought from a florist, then spray-painted matte gold and held upright with epoxy.