**Every season, I post a set of goals that I set out to accomplish. I track my progress here on my blog. I like the challenge of setting goals – it helps me to accomplish so much more. This post features one of my Summer 13 goals**
One of my Summer 13 goals was to spruce up my recipe notebook. I cook A LOT, and I tend to use a lot of the same recipes over and over again. But I never liked the lack of uniformity. Some recipes were printed off the internet. Some recipes I had changed and adapted so much that half the page had markings on it. Some recipes were in cookbooks. Some scribbled in a notebook. I wanted to bring all my recipes together in a beautiful, uniform way.
Inspired by Kyla Roma’s Meal Planning Routine, I created a similar template and began the task of reformatting all my recipes into it. I only did this for recipes that I make regularly – at least once a month for most of them. The ones that were already on the internet were the easiest – I just copy and pasted, then reformatted them to match. I typed up my regular recipes from my favorite cookbooks too. If there was an image on the internet, I used that. Otherwise I took a picture when I cooked the recipe again. This part of the process took a few weeks to do.
A note about the rating bit: I included ratings for me and my husband to fill out, but I’m not terribly crazy about the feature, and probably won’t include them on future ones. For the most part, I know how my husband feels about different recipes. It seemed like a cute idea, but I’m not really using it.
I got dividers that had printable stickers, and used them to make the organization tabs. These are probably one of my favorite parts of the notebook. I divided everything into ten categories: poultry, beef/lamb, pork, seafood, eggs, veggies, sauces/seasonings, treats, to try out, and non-Paleo. The last two are the only sets of recipes that I didn’t reformat. I put print outs of recipes that I’d like to try in the “to try out” section, so that I can remember them the next time I’m looking for something different. There are still a couple of rare recipes I make that aren’t strictly Paleo (mashed potatoes, quinoa salad, etc), so I keep those back in the “non-Paleo” section.
Overall, I’ve found that this system is working really well for me. I plan out what I’m going to cook on the weekend, then use the recipe sheets to make up my grocery list. As I discover new recipes that I love, I will make up new pages using my template and add to the notebook. Yay for organization!