Sharing a simple way to repurpose your favorite thank you notes

Growing up the best way to kill the Christmas fun was when mom reminded us we had to write our thank you notes before we returned to school.


I dreaded the idea of spending eight minutes of my remaining  Christmas vacation writing thank you notes.

But once pencil and paper were in motion it was always a warm feeling of accomplishment. And handwritten thank you was the best memory to thank my grandparents for the Barbie Pop-up Camper.


Now? I am grateful my mom instilled in us the power of gratitude when the pencil hit the cardstock.


I save my favorite thank you cards from my kids or my girlfriends or just thank you cards that make me smile. It almost borders on hoarding, but for now, it reminds me of the lesson learned from my parents.

This simple idea hit me when I received the sweetest thank you from my niece. I smiled with her perfect penmanship and heart-filled thank you.

And instead of dropping it into a box dedicated to thank you notes, I tucked it inside my favorite cookbook.

And a new tradition for thank you cards began. Now when I want to save a page I add a recent thank you note between the pages of favorite recipes inside this cookbook.

No more sticky notes between salad recipes.

Instead, I get a mix of thank you notes from friends and family who still write and mail a note of gratitude instead of a text with emojis.

And by repurposing these cards of gratitude I get the unexpected joy of rereading a thank you every time I make this recipe.

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  1. This is a great idea! I’m a big fan of handwritten thank you notes and keep my favorites as well. I’ll have to try the cookbook idea now.

  2. What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing it and thanks for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  3. At a time when thank you notes seem to be on the decline, each one received is all the more precious. Love this idea. Thank, Laura!

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