Dear SGCA Friends & Family,


The SGCA Board of Directors will be coordinating the creation of a custom cookbook featuring favorite family recipes from our SGCA families.  These cookbooks will be professionally published by Morris Press Cookbooks and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all.  Money earned will be used for church building improvements.                            


I would love to say that we could have this cookbook ready to sell at Christmas 2017, but I just don’t know if we can practically get that accomplished.  The turnaround time for production is 4-5 weeks, even using their “typensave method” and typing the recipes ourselves.  To have the cookbook ready for Christmas sales would mean that cookbooks would need to be finished and delivered to us by November 27, 2017, which would entail gathering recipes during the remaining days of August with September 15 being the deadline for you to submit recipes.  The cookbook committee and volunteers would need to have recipes typed and proofed between September 15 and October 15, so that the cookbook order could be submitted to Morris Press on October 16.  If we miss the Christmas deadline, then completion by Box Supper would be the next best option.


Please submit 3-5 of your favorite recipes, by September 15, 2017, so you and your family can be represented in our cookbook.  Many recipes from all members will ensure that our cookbook is a success.  Share this information with your other family members.  The Board of Directors and volunteers will type and submit the recipes for you.  We just need you to send recipes.


You may send your 3-5 recipes to me in either of the following two ways:


(1)  Use the Recipe Collection Form provided in the link below and submit hardcopies of your hand-written recipes to my address below. Please write clearly and legibly in ink, with one recipe per form, following the Recipe Writing Tips:



c/o Sherry Finney

P.O. Box 861

Winnsboro, TX 75494


(2)  If you would prefer to email me your recipes, use the following email address:    


Please use the following Basic Recipe Writing Tips as you are submitting your recipes:

  • Use standard abbreviations.

  • Only enter one ingredient per ingredient line.

  • List ingredients in order of use in the ingredients list and directions.

  • Include container sizes, e.g., (16-oz.) pkg., (24-oz.) can.

  • Write directions in paragraph form, not in steps.

  • Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., “Combine flour and sugar.”  DO NOT use statements like, “Combine first three ingredients.”

  • Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times.

  • History about the recipe may or may not be allowed, but please include that information anyway, if you can, until I can delve deeper into this recipe compilation process.


I would love to be able to include some old photos of SG church or cemetery events on the divider pages, if possible, as well as a few pics of treasured family recipes on, for example, old envelopes.  So, be on the lookout for those things as well.  What a neat touch to include some of our history in this cookbook! 


We anticipate a great demand for our cookbooks because we all know we have some outstanding cooks in our group.  We are looking at the first order to be 300 copies.  If we order a soft cover, publication costs will be approximately $2.85 per cookbook of 150 recipes, for a total of $855.00.  Our cookbook can be sold for $20.00, which would give us about $5,145 profit after publication costs.  These are approximations as there are some minimal extra charges for photos and extras in the cookbook.


To reserve your copies now, email Sherry Finney at or notify her at 903-438-7455 with the number of cookbooks you will be purchasing.  Not only will you want one for yourself, don’t forget good cookbooks make wonderful Christmas, wedding, birthday, and teacher gifts. 


Please promote our cookbook among your friends and family, at your business or workplace, and in your neighborhood and community.  With all of us combined, I know we touch enough folks that might even require us to make a second order!  It will take everyone working together to ensure a BIG SUCCESS for our Shady Grove cookbook!!