Okay, okay, not in any sort of accomplished way.
More in a "hey, look what I did during my maternity leave" sort of way.
You see, we have about 50 recipes that we circulate through in our house (although somehow most of them seem to be desserts...hmmm) and prior to my little project most of them were either shoved in a binder or thrown around the countertops.
As you can image, neither of these were particular good solutions so somewhere during my pregnancy I came up with the idea to put a cookbook together of the recipes that we use and love the most. As with most things that was easier said than done and I didn't get around to finishing the book until a couple of weeks ago. Originally I had the grand idea to make each meal and take a picture of us either making it, eating it, or something along those lines, but I gave up on that idea after approximately 2.2 seconds knowing that I would never finish the book if I had to do that. So instead I just decided to stick random food-related family photos throughout the cookbook so now when we look up a recipe for pasta, we get to ooh and ahh over how cute O was way back in the day. Perfect.
As for the actual process, it was time-consuming but easy-peasy. I down-loaded free software from Blurb, made my own template, and just typed away. Our little family cookbook came out to be about sixty pages and with some upgrades (like a hardcover with an image wrap), the grand total (including shipping) came out to be around 40 bucks (although I did have a coupon that I used).
And how do I like it? Well, let's just say that I'm hoping to do this again in a year or two because really, who doesn't love a book of tried-and-true recipes in a format that also serves as a family photo album?