This book is a collection of recipes from my great grandmother Mary Aikin, accompanied by my photographs taken of each recipe throughout the cooking process and of the finished product.
Through the process of creating this book three living generations of women in my family were brought together and we were reminded of the wonderful memories we had of my great grandparents, the Aikin's. It has provided us with a sense of honor and connection with our past and what was given to us from those who have gone before us. The integration of my great grandmothers recipe cards/dividers and old family photographs was an integral part of remembering our connection to them.
There are just under 40 recipes including bread, sides, main dishes, pies, cakes, and other desserts, for all to enjoy.
I was born and raised on the front range in Colorado, but being a part of my father’s entrepreneurial business I have seen and experienced a great deal of the US from a very young age, and all of my family has added to those experiences. From my grandparents to my aunts, uncles, and cousins, they all have had, and continue to have a great influence in my day to day life. They have encouraged me to continue exploring this world and to never stop creating the things I dream about. From their influence I traveled north to Bozeman, MT where I began studying Architecture for two years; however God had different plans for my life beyond living and breathing urban design. I met the most encouraging man who became my husband in 2007, and encouraged me all the way through my graduation in 2009 from Montana State University with a degree in Photography and Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship. I now continue on that never ending journey exploring new ideas and ways to express my funct