Ok. I finally organized my recipes. Don’t expect to be blown away. You know me when it comes to cooking!
Which is why for the past few years I have simply thrown all of my recipes into this lovely little red folder titled: Recipes. I know. My creativity with this one is unmatched.
But lately my little red recipe folder wasn’t cutting it. I had no room to add new recipes and papers were spilling out all over my neatly organized kitchen drawer. I can’t have that now can I? :) Finding the recipe I needed was becoming such a pain. But here’s the thing. The reason I have never organized my recipes is because aside from the fact that I hate to cook (which makes me also despise recipes), I have never seen a system that I thought would work for me. I know there are hundreds of ways to organize recipes, but I didn’t want anything that would take too much time (like typing them all up in a binder) and I wanted something that I could easily add to without any work.
Most of my recipes are torn out magazine pages,
handwritten from the kids like this recipe from Addison when she was in pre-school and just learning to write her name. They are print outs from recipe blogs and e-mails from friends…
OR they are typed or handwritten by me and totally trashed from having them out while cooking.
**Banana Bread recipe is here
by the way and they are delicious! You can tell I’ve made these a time or two. I keep thinking I need to re-type this, but I kind of like it. Looks vintage, don’t you think? ;)
I wanted something that I could use to easily slip new recipes into their categories without much time or energy on my part.
So remember when I went nuts in Staples over Martha Stewart’s office supplies?
And I bought this lovely little purse organizer?
And then I went back and bought a bigger accordion file…
and I used it to organize all of my home decor inspiration pictures? And I called it Pinterest – old school. Remember that? Well. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this. Those accordion files have worked SO well for me. When my recipe folder started getting too full I knew one of these babies would be a great solution.
So I went back for a third one! Because everyone knows the third times a charm. And everyone also knows that if there is an excuse to go browse through office supplies, you take it. (Ok – maybe not everyone knows that one…)
My recipe categories are:
I know. Super simple. Maybe not the best system for someone who is a major chef, but for me, this is perfect.
It opens so wide – plenty of room to add more categories and recipes once I get into my new kitchen and start cooking up a storm! And by cooking up a storm I mean using the stove at least once a week. (I’ve always been a firm believer in baby steps. What About Bob – have you seen that movie? Personal favorite. Baby steps to the recipes… baby steps to the fridge… baby steps to the stove…)
And of course it closes so nice and compact fitting perfectly into my organized kitchen drawer.
And just to prove I actually DO cook once in a while. This is what we had for dinner last night –
The crock pot and I are the best of friends. I just tossed in some chicken breasts and diced a few potatoes and some onion. Then I sprinkled Parsley on it all because Parsley makes it look like you really know what you’re doing. Made my house smell SO good! My girls were like “mom! what are you making!? it smells so good! is someone coming over?” Then Kenny came home… “mmmm! smells so good, is someone coming over?”
HA! Made me laugh. :)
Nobody was coming over, but we all enjoyed this simple meal (and the smell!) regardless.
Would love to hear how YOU organize your recipes!