Melinda Gale

Real Life In Raleigh

Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val

I recently discovered the cutest, most perfect Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or birthday gift for your mom or sister! 

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 The Keepsake Kitchen Diary is about celebrating and recording family moments and recipes all in one place! Keepsake Kitchen Diary is retails for $45.99 and is broken down into six sections - starters, soups/salads, main courses, side dishes, desserts and miscellaneous. Each section begins with fanciful drawings by Val McKeehan, cooking tips ranging from a roasting guide to measuring, and room for over 30 important recipes, photos and personal reflections.

Inspired by Lily & Val co-founder Valerie McKeehan’s own family food memories, one afternoon Val and her mother were searching through her grandmother’s tattered handwritten recipe notebook each page contained a flood of memories recounted by her mother through stories about each dish. Her mission was clear: Create a DIY cookbook with room for special recipes and a journal to record the memories attached to them.

When I got this in the mail, I was immediately sad that I didn't have any kids to share this with. However, who better to share this with than my mom? I plan on sending it to her, having her fill in some of our favorite recipes and sending it back to me (if she doesn't steal it because she loves it so much!)