Now that Christmas is over, I can share one of my favorite gifts I made for my mom and grandma!  My sister and I saw an idea to put a family recipe on a flour sack towel as a gift, and loved that.  We have lots of family recipes that are special to our family, so this seemed like a great, thoughtful gift.  The only problem was the price… I still had some leftover tea towels from the other two projects I did this year, so we went with the homemade method!

Family Recipe Tea Towel

What you’ll need:

  • Tea towel
  • Fabric paint
  • Family recipe

This is very straight forward, and requires few supplies, that you might even have on hand.  I got my tea towel out and ironed it to make sure all of the creases were out.  Then I grabbed my fabric paint, which has a thin tip, and started writing out the recipe.

I mimicked the bombshell pro font for the title, spaced out the ingredients in 2 columns, and wrote the directions below.  It’s not too difficult to do, but I have bad handwriting, so this was tedious for me.  It probably took about 30 minutes to write everything out, and make sure it was straight.

The final product turned out better than I imagined, and Rollene loved it!  Mama was my great-grandmother, and made these tea cakes all the time, in all sorts of shapes.  We still eat them now, and I always think of her when I do 🙂

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I also made one for my mom, with my Grandmom’s spaghetti recipe on it that we both love so much.  This was extra special because it was our first Christmas without her, so I wanted to give mom something that would remind her of Grandmom.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture of hers in the Christmas packing rush…

I can’t wait to see how this looks in Rollene’s kitchen, and where mom puts hers!  And now here’s the cookie recipe, because I can’t leave you hanging…

Mama’s Tea Cakes


  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t vinegar
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 t vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar until creamy.  Add egg and beat well.  Add baking soda dissolved in vinegar, salt and vanilla.  Gradually add flour to make a stiff batter.  Chill in refrigerator then roll thin and cut out with cookie cutter.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until brown around the edges.

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