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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday

I wasn't sure if I had something that was working for me this week but then realized I did. Woo! Hoo! My recipe binder. Most of you know that I have a cooking blog, but I also have those recipes neatly tucked away in one handy dandy binder.
All you need is a colorful binder, one that will stand out and you'll know exactly what it's for. Some page protectors, page tabs and a printer.
Simply print out your favorite, tried and true recipes, put them in a page protector (helps protect your recipes from spills, for those of use who have a reputation for being a bit messy), make category dividers and you're done.
Here's mine. I picked a binder that stands out from my plain ol' white binders. I know without a doubt that this is my recipe book. (Word of caution. Don't set plastic binder on hot burner and then wonder what smells like burning plastic. Just don't.)
Here's a peek inside.
I take all my favorite recipes from all my cookbooks and compile them in this one. Then there isn't any hunting around for your family favorites. I used these free printable dividers from Sheri or you can make your own.

To see what's working for others head on over to We Are That Family.


15 comments:

  1. I like that idea. I think it would make a great gift! I have a stand up one, but I like the one you posted. I was thinking ,there are some smaller blinders that would work great.

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  2. I started one of these for my mom 20 years ago, and then made my own. It's time for a major overhaul! I like the idea of dividers and making everything pretty :)

    One thing I have done to mine, when I didn't feel like retyping the whole recipe, is just write the title and where to find it and stick that in the recipe binder. That has been a major time saver.

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  3. That is a CUTE binder!! And LOL about setting it on the stove! I know I've done that before. Sometimes I'll leave a utensil in the hot pan that's still cooking on the stove and wonder what that horrid smell is! DUH!
    Very nice.
    I actually have a binder to sort my recipes, but it's not as pretty!! BUT, I can slip a piece of paper in the top cover (protective sleeve). Soooo perhaps I can print out something pretty and put it in there and on the binding! I need to get some new recipes added!!

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  4. Sweet! I really need to do something like this with my cut out recipes. :D

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  5. That is so professional...great job. I may have to steal that idea.

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  6. Hey Kim, that'll work for me. I've been wanting to do somethin' like that for a while. I've got tons of magazines that I can't bare to throw in the trash cause there's some really great recipes in them. I'll get around to it some time, I guess.

    BTW....
    I left somethin' lovely for you on my blog. :)

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  7. Hey, sweet thang! Now that's a binder I'd pick. I keep seeing bedroom sets like that and think about redoing mine, but I think Duller might have a problem with the look. 8-}

    I actually started binding all my stuff a couple years back, but have let it slide. Reckon I should do something with all the loose stuff and maybe inspire Duller to do the same.

    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

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  8. Mine looks exactly like that!!!

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  9. I use the notebook idea too with recipes that we have tried and love and it sure helps me having to look thru my hundreds of cookbooks to find the recipe I want! lol....

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  10. Sigh - organizing my recipes is yet another of my procrastination projects. I hope to get it done this summer. Unless of course you come here first and take care of it for me. :)

    I like the binder idea! Um, it's not like I already own recipe binders, page protectors, and all necessary supplies since I meant to do this years ago *ahem* . ;)

    You're so organized my friend - you do inspire me to get my act together!

    Hope you are having a fabulous day! Big smokin' binder hugs to you!! :)

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  11. This would be a great thing to do with all my favorite recipes. That way I wouldn't have to hunt through countless cookbooks! Thanks, Kim!

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  12. Kim, I actually read your pedicure post the day you posted it, and I commented on it that my first post for the Five Mom's blog was on pedicures! I thought it was funny that we each had written a similar post, lol.

    I loved your post and the pictures, it was cute. (I was commenting as momstheword, my personal blog)

    I love your recipe binder. Do you use a 3 inch? I am going to try it because mine are out of control. Thanks for the link!

    ~ Nan (for the Five Moms)

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  13. What an awesome idea! You are WAY organized, girlie!

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  14. I have at least 3 binders for myself that I've had for years. A few of years ago when the 1st of my 3 girls moved away from home, I bought pretty recipe binders (a different one for each girl) and began typing up recipes of their favorite dishes, traditional Xmas cooking, etc. They love it!

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  15. Yeah great idea... I'm sort of torn, because I have a bunch of small 4x6 recipes, or handwritten recipe cards, and then internet printouts like these.

    I created a great recipe book for my 4x6 sixed stuff out of an extra photo album I had, and it was my WFMW this week. It doesn't fit the printouts, though. I was hoping I could find something online that had BOTH sizes in one binder, but no such luck. :)

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