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Yeah, the title is not lying. I decided to organize my recipes in a very time-intensive way and it was a lot of work. Normally I’m all about quick and efficient, simple and easy, BUT sometimes I am not. I guess organizing my recipes is just one of those things I get a little uptight about. The same part of my brain that wants all my pens and pencils facing the same direction also wants my recipes organized “just so”.
My binder is stuffed full of my favorite recipes. My mom typed in all of her family recipes and made an enormous book. She gave me the files and I slimmed it down to my favorites from her favorites and then added recipes I had accumulated on my own. They are all typed and formatted in Word, then organized by category. So it reads like a real cook book. So, basically, it is a lot of work to type up and format your own cookbook. I can’t say I recommend this method, but the finished result is just so lovely. Lovely until it becomes overflowing with new additions in the form of pieces of papers shoved haphazardly about.
I’m now on my 4th edition since I’ve been married almost 10 years. Organizing done well is self-maintaining. My recipe book is not self-maintaining. In the few years since my last update, my recipe binder had started to look pretty messy. Thanks to some amazing food bloggers, I am constantly finding new favorite recipes. I don’t really mean to go over two years in between upkeep, but other projects always feel more urgent.
The Love Home Challenge was just what I needed to finally get this project put to the top of the priority queue. As Matt made time to help me create the Tables of Contents and print all the different sections (it is not straight-forward to print double-sided on my printer!), I promised him I would make it up to him by cooking more often. Because while I was updating all the recipes, I was reminded that I have a lot of good recipes I’ve forgotten about! And that is pretty much what this whole challenge is about, to remind us all that we already have so much good in our homes, we just have to shine things up a bit to see!
So, about the new and improved Edition 4 of Johanson Family Favorite Recipes: of course I made it discbound. It is my new addiction, after all.
I used card stock with sticky file folder thingies to make the category separators.
Tables of contents make scanning through my recipes so easy!
I’ll use little sticky notes to mark our most frequently used recipes. Matt is a granola fanatic and we love his Grandma’s version.
And then … as much as I don’t want to think about how my recipe book will be outdated the very next time I find a “keeper” recipe … I have this handy little pocket to stuff things.
Normally this is the part of the post in which I’d ask you how you organize your recipes, but I’m not sure I want to know. lol. Chances are it is a lot easier than my way. I’m going to live in my state of denial. Wait, is it denial if you know you’re in denial? That is the deep question I’ll leave you with today.
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