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July 10, 2008

It’s Wedding Season!

Filed under: gift ideas, wedding ideas — Ashley @ 12:41 pm

Wedding season is in full swing, and Secret Ingredients Cookbooks are perfect for wedding gifts.

Our Keepsake Cookbooks are very popular wedding gifts and favors. Our Keepsake books are about $30 and include as many recipes as you like (we recommend no more than 150), as well as a personalized Dedication, and one full color photograph. These cookbooks are even great for family reunions, favors, and special occasion gifts. The Keepsakes are 4”x6” and are professionally bound like a high-quality paperback book with a laminated cover. Keepsakes can be a great shower gift for the happy couple or even used as favors for the Weeding Party.

Our Cookbook Kits are $125 and help you create a cookbook using your home computer or favorite pen. The Cookbook Kits have the same traditional and classic look of the Heirloom books while also giving you the freedom to place as many recipes and photos wherever you like. Plus, you can add to your book throughout the years!

The kit includes your choose of favorite binder and recipe paper color, and divider set, pre-punched paper to use with your home computer and printer, splash guards to protect your pages from kitchen spills and splatters, A Keepsake box for your cookbook, and directions on how to use your favorite word processing program to print your recipes.

Parents of the Bride and Groom can use the Secret Ingredients Cookbook Kit to create a treasured family gift for the new couple. The new couple can also take matters into their own hands by ordering a Cookbook Kit and encouraging wedding guests to share their favorite family recipes, photographs and stories.

That’s all for me, until next time…

April 17, 2008

Mother’s Day with Ease

Filed under: gift certificate, gift ideas — Ashley @ 1:38 pm

In less than a month, we will all take a moment to honor those special ladies in our lives… our Mom’s.  Mother’s Day is May 11th.

Breakfast in bed and beautiful flowers are nice presents, but why not go the extra mile for Mom and give her a Secret Ingredients Gift Certificate.  With our gift certificates there’s no need to run to a local shopping mall, or pay the extra price for shipping while you anxiously bite your nails wondering if the gift will be delivered on time.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift with ease.

We offer gift certificates in any dollar amount.  Gift certificates can be used for Heirloom and Keepsake Cookbooks, as well as Cookbook Kits.    If you’re having trouble figuring out the best dollar amount, feel free to contact a Secret Ingredients Customer Service representative.  We’re available via our Customer Service line at toll free 866-697-3247, or you can email us at We’ll be happy to help you determine the best gift certificate amount to best suit you and your Mom’s needs.  Also, once you place your gift certificate order, you can expect to receive it via email within 12-36 hours.

That’s it for me, until next time…

January 28, 2008

Power of the Gift Note

Filed under: customer service, gift ideas — Ashley @ 1:42 pm

Just as a reminder, although we will not be printing Heirloom Cookbooks until late April, please don’t forget the power of the Gift Note.

The Secret Ingredients offers Gift Notes for anyone that planned on presenting an Heirloom Cookbook as a gift to someone, but can not at the present moment as a result of our production halt.  Gift Notes are free of charge and lets the recipient know that you are creating a custom Heirloom Cookbook just for them that includes their favorite recipes and photographs.

Turns out, my family has been using the power of the Gift Note for years now.  I can recall several Christmas’s and birthdays where family members will open a box only to find a print out of the intended gift.  It’s unconventional yes, but at least the person knows that you made an effort, and you were thinking about them, but due to unforeseen circumstances you can’t actually present them with your cool awesome gift in that exact moment, but at least they know they’re getting a great gift.  In fact, the Gift Note is a creative way to increase excitement and anticipation for the actual gift in hand. 

So don’t underestimate the power of the Gift Note.  Our Customer Service Representative will be happy to send you one until we can print your Heirloom Cookbook in April.

That’s it for me, until next time…

October 25, 2007

DIY Gifts with a Little Help From You

Filed under: Holiday gifts, gift certificate, gift ideas, holiday ideas — Ashley @ 12:32 pm

There are just some people out there who are self-sufficient when it comes to gifts. These are the people you usually get gift cards and gift certificates for. Well, you can do the same right here at Secret Ingredients

We offer gift certificates in any dollar amount. They’re great gifts for people who are perfect for customized cookbooks, but like to do the customizing themselves. 

Gift certificates can be used for Heirloom and Keepsake Cookbooks, as well as Cookbook Kits.  If you’re having trouble figuring out the best dollar amount, feel free to contact a Secret Ingredients Customer Service representative.  We’re available via our Customer Service line at toll free 866-697-3247, or you can email us at We’ll be happy to help you determine the best gift certificate amount to best suit you and your gift recipients needs. 

That’s it for me, until next time…


October 23, 2007

Secret Ingredients’ Reminders for October

Filed under: gift ideas, holiday ideas, keepsake cookbooks — Kate @ 1:10 pm

Can you believe next week is Halloween?  It’s almost November!  The Holidays are creeping up on us.  Here are some simple reminders as we approach the holiday festivities:

  • Take plenty of photos of your kids this Halloween!  Halloween photos are SO cute in Secret Ingredients’ cookbooks.  Last year we made an Heirloom cookbook that had ten years of Halloween photos.  It was precious!
  • Keepsake Coupons expire next Wednesday, October 31.  Be sure to checkout in time for these savings!
  • Look through your Thanksgiving and Holiday recipes.  Planning your meals in advance will make your holidays more enjoyable!  Remember that your family’s Holiday recipes are treasures.  Consider including them in your cookbook project.  These recipes are traditions that your children will want to continue.
  • Our Holiday deadline for Keepsake Cookbooks is December 1.  Please keep this in mind if you are ordering Holiday gifts.  Our turnaround time is 2-3 weeks.
  • Gift Certificates and Cookbook Kits may be ordered up until December 17.  These are great gifts for someone who would like to make their own cookbook! 
  • Get your kids in the kitchen!  This is the best time of year to get your children in the kitchen with you.  Make pumpkin cupcakes or turkey- shaped cookies.  Baked items are the safest recipes for kids, and there are so many opportunities to bring the festivities into the kitchen during the holidays.

Have a wonderful fall day,

October 15, 2007

Keepsake Coupons expire in 16 days!

Filed under: Holiday gifts, gift ideas — Kate @ 5:04 pm

Early Bird Holiday shoppers are getting rewarded this year with special savings on Keepsake Cookbooks!  These coupons expire in 16 days, so be sure to use them in time.  Not only will you save some green, but you’ll be able to enjoy the season knowing that a thoughtful, custom gift for your loved ones is already ordered and ready to go!

  •  $5 off your order of 10+ Keepsakes:  Use promo code HighFive.
  • $15 off your order of 15+ Keepsakes: Use promo code Snowflake.
  • $25 off your order of 20+ Keepsakes: Use promo code HolidayCheer.

All of the above coupons expire on October 31, 2007.

September 21, 2007

Two New Cookbook Gifts

Filed under: cookbook ideas, cookbook kits, gift ideas — Kate @ 1:45 pm

Looking for a gift to give your favorite cook?  What about the new bride?  We can definitely help you! 

Secret Ingredients is happy to announce two new gift options!  Both are perfect for any occasion and require less work then our Keepsake and Heirloom cookbooks…

    • COOKBOOK KITS:  Our new Cookbook Kits allows you to make a Secret Ingredients cookbook using your home computer or favorite pen.  Choose your favorite Heirloom binder in black, burgundy, or navy.  Then choose your favorite Heirloom divider set.  We’ll even throw in splash guards, a keepsake box, and enough paper to fill your binder.  You will have the choice of lined or blank paper. 
    •  GIFT CERTIFICATES:   Secret Ingredients’ Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for the computer savvy cook in your family!  You may purchase a gift certificate for any dollar amount. 

Feel free to email us at for details on either item.  We’re glad to help!

Have a wonderful weekend,

September 14, 2007

Make a Cookbook with a Theme!

Filed under: cookbook ideas, gift ideas — Kate @ 2:00 pm

I have never been a theme girl.  It could be because I’m a total perfectionist, and having a theme party or project would make me nervous and bring out the worst of my compulsive ways.  It could also be because I’m a little short on time.  I’m not sure, but I think things are about to change.  The beautiful Seattle summer weather, festivities, and food make me want to celebrate friends and life and with that comes themed events and gatherings…

Last night my group of friends had a Grey’s Anatomy party to prepare for the new season.  We all brought delicious snacks to watch our favorite moments from last season.  Alex, our airplane engineer/bartender, delighted us all with Seattle-themed cocktails. What better way to celebrate our fine city than a coffee martini! 

 Last night was my first lesson on how to make a theme party easy, memorable, and fun, and I’m completely sold on the idea!  As a matter of fact, my group of friends has already planned our next themed event.  Later in the month we are having a potluck and everyone is bringing a favorite dish from their home state.  How fun is that… and easy! 

Why not make a theme for your cookbook project?  Gather a group of friends, and let everyone contribute their favorite childhood recipe.  Invite your family members into creating a cookbook of favorite holiday meals.  Make a cookbook with recipes that are easy enough for your children to enjoy. 

The possibilities are endless!  To really have fun with this, try our potluck idea.  This way you get to choose a theme, try all of the recipes, and then make a cookbook to remember the event.

Have a fun and festive weekend!

September 11, 2007

Your John Hancock Here Please

Filed under: cookbook ideas, family cookbook, gift ideas — Ashley @ 5:07 pm

So you’ve taken the extra step, allowed your creative juices to flow, and bypassed a store bought gift and instead decided to give that special person in your life a personalized Secret Ingredients cookbook.  Good for you!  Here’s a tip to add one more personal touch to that awesome gift…

Get out your favorite pen, and sign the Dedication page yourself.  Depending on the amount of space on the page, you can get other contributors to sign too.  Before you know it, the Dedication page will start to become a gift in itself; reminiscent of yearbook pages, office birthday cards, and that giant wedding photo that all of the guest get to sign.  Not only will the receiver have fun cooking all of the delicious recipes inside their new cookbook, but they can sit back and pick out all of the signatures of the people that helped create it too.

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 6, 2007

Off to College Cookbook

Filed under: cookbook ideas, gift ideas — Kate @ 12:24 pm

When it comes to wonderful foods and family dinners, I was very spoiled growing up.  My mother had a tasty, healthy meal on the table ready for us at 6:00 every night.  We even had a dinner bell- no kidding!  On Sundays and special occasions, we went to my grandparent’s house and ate with the extended family.  I was very lucky to have these routine, healthy meals throughout my childhood, but I have to admit that I had a hard time getting used to finding and making good meals during my first years away from home.

My friend Amanda is a nutritional counselor at an arts college nearby.  She is there to answer students’ questions about diet and nutrition and to give them helpful facts and tips.  During student orientation, Amanda made a presentation about healthy eating.  The presentation was not mandatory, and Amanda was surprised by the number of students and parents that came with questions. 

We’ve recently had the honor of helping several families make cookbooks for their high school grads that are heading off to their first year of college.  The books have been filled with favorite family recipes, as well as recipes that are easy enough for dorm living.  What a great gift!  Hopefully, your child will have someone like Amanda at their new school, but why not write down some tips and recipes anyway!  Not only will these students have reminders of their family favorites, but they will have a reference book when they are ready to cook for themselves!

If you are in the process of making a cookbook for your favorite student, consider adding recipes and instructions for basic housekeeping tips too.  For example, it may be really helpful to include directions for doing the laundry, a list of important family dates, and how to hang pictures on the wall.  Our Keepsake Cookbooks are perfect for a project like this!  In the recipe form, simply enter a title like “Basic Laundry Tips”.  For ingredients, enter things like dirty clothes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and cold water!

Lauren from Redwood City, CA recently made a cookbook for her daughter, and here’s what she had to say about the final product:

“I must share with you right away how much my daughter LOVES her heirloom cookbook. It was not expected for another week, but arrived today as a high school graduation gift. The cookbook is beautiful! She said it was the best gift she had ever received. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you for your excellent service and product!”

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