13 in 2013: Revamp my recipe notebook

**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**

I made the cover pretty

I made the cover pretty

 

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.

Page from my notebook

Page from my notebook

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 love organized tabs

I love organized tabs

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.

Page from my notebook

Page from my notebook

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!

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3 Responses to 13 in 2013: Revamp my recipe notebook

  1. laniza says:

    I love the cover and the tabs. I’ve started a recipe binder, now I just have to finish putting all of the recipes I’ve collected over the years into it :)!

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  2. Sage Grayson says:

    Yay for organization indeed! Your recipe binder looks awesome! I use labeled tabs for my binder too. My next step is to take photos of the meals when I make them.

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  3. Kyla Roma says:

    I’m glad you found something that worked, and love that it was inspired by my method. Finding a way to make this stuff easier is just so helpful. Hurray for less friction in our daily lives! And thanks for reading 🙂

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