Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The recipe for a happy life is to be organized - on my $0 budget

I love cookbooks! I will admit it, I have hundreds of them. Do I use them, not so much. Am I a gourmet chef in the kitchen, not at all! If you call opening a can of condensed soup and adding it to meat and veggies gourmet...well then maybe I am :).  So I have hundreds of cookbooks in my kitchen cabinets and what do I do when I need a recipe? Go online and print one off. So I`m left with hundreds of stray pieces of paper with all my favorite recipes on them.

Plus, when I got married, my family has a tradition at the wedding shower to send 2 or 3 blank recipe cards with the invitation. Everyone who is invited, writes down their favorite recipes and brings them with them to the wedding shower. I love this idea and have carried it on for every wedding shower I have hosted. When I had my shower, I was given a lovely recipe book with a teddy bear on it. At the time it might have been cute (not) but I loved the family recipes I received.

[Side note to anyone planning a wedding shower..this goes over really well and you get some amazing recipes. Just send 2 or 3 4x6 index cards, instructions  and when people arrive, slip them into a nice photo album. Great gift!]
So I knew I needed to organize the stray pieces of paper and keep the family recipes without having to type or rewrite everything. This is what I came up with.
I found an old photo album in our office that was destined for charity. It holds 4x6 photos and has a space for descriptions. I cut the printed recipes to fit, slide in the old recipe cards and any other stray bits. In theory I could organize the recipes by type, leaving a couple of pages empty in between so new recipes can be added, but I was far too lazy. This might be a task when I am watching TV one night.

Simple solution but it works great! So much neater.

Remember this Friday is my first link party! Please, please, please stop by and share your $0 Budget Craft and Decor ideas no matter how big or how small. If you have something to share but can't make the party, just send me a note and I can post it for you. If you have nothing to share, stop by and see how others are saving money! I hope to see everyone on Friday, April 1st.

Stephanie

22 comments:

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    I have a $0 budget idea to share only it's not craft or decor, it's a gift idea. Would that be acceptable?
    Looking forward to this link party.
    Anne xx

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  2. I send the blank index cards for wedding showers too! I've extended the tradition to baby showers... I send an index card with the title "the one baby tip I wish I had known..." or "be sure to do the following before baby comes..." depending on the guest list.

    -Rosie

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  3. I love simple ideas and this one fits the bill. I have these photo books sitting in my basement and plenty of recipes to fill them. Thanks for the great idea.

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  4. I adore this idea. How great is that? I will have to find a way to do the recipe card gifting soon!

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  5. So funny, I just bought binders and plastic covers to help control my recipe printouts.

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  6. I'm a little (ok a lot) late to this discussion, but I came across your post and wanted to share a cookbook recipe tip...I am in love with the website http://www.eatyourbooks.com

    The site indexes popular cookbooks, magazines, and blogs so you can create a virtual "bookshelf" and then search for recipes within your own specific collection. (They have magazines & blogs as well, in addition to other features that allow you to index your own recipes if you want to put a little extra time & effort into it).

    This does not fit your "$0 budget" (it's $2.50/month or $25 a year), but if you have cookbooks going to waste because it's easier to search online than to search your cookbooks, this is a perfect way to have the best of both worlds! But, come to think of it, they do have a $0 "trial" which limits the number of books you can add to your shelf to 5. This is a great way to see how the whole thing works and there is no time limit like a lot of other trials.

    P.S. I am not affiliated with this site, just an extremely happy member :)

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