I received my recipe box as a wedding gift almost fourteen years ago, and in all those years I've never re-organized my recipes. In fact, quite a few times the entire box has been turned upside down by well-meaning tiny “helpers”, and with never enough time on my hands, my recipe box has been a big jumbled mess for years (really, I can't remember ever re-organizing it!)
Well, over the weekend I decided it was time to take control of my recipes, and I'm so glad I did! I headed to Target on Friday to pick up two small photo albums for my recipes on index cards, and a binder for my printed or larger recipes. My hubby was out of town Saturday so I enlisted our older kids to help. We tucked my three year old in early, and set out on the front porch floor – the kids colored “header” pages for me while I organized. It was the nicest Saturday night I've had in a long time!
Here's how we started . . .
Pitiful, right? I don't think it's closed since 1998!
And here are our completed new recipe books . . .
I thought about “dressing up” my recipes a little – using printed recipe cards and creating fancy headers on the computer (if you want those, you can make some super cute ones over HERE!) But in all reality, I just didn't have time for it, and to me there's something precious about the hand-written cards (and my kids goofy creations!)
My ten year old was so funny coming up with “characters” for his pages – we have “Mr. Tomato and Mrs. Corn” on our Vegetables page, and “The Sandwich Rapper” on our Quick and Easy Meals page. My seven year old drew our entire family as round pudgy cookies for our cookies section (somehow I ended up the roundest!) I'm so glad I took a little time to do this, because not only did it organize my recipes (woohoo!), it created some great memories with my kids, and I know I'll look back and remember our fun night every time I look for a yummy recipe.
Do you have a great way to organize your recipes? I'd love to hear about it, so far I'm loving my little binders but I know there are lots of great other ideas out there!
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