Looks can be deceiving though. Many of the recipes were indeed neatly typed and put in page protectors. Unfortunately, there were a lot that were scribbled on index cards and stuffed in the front pocket (or worse, shoved in the clear cover on the binder).
I pulled out a new binder (to replace one that was starting to fall apart) and set to work getting everything refiled. There was a huge OCD part of me that wanted to type up all the loose recipes so that they would match the ones already in the binders. I knew that was a job that would take far more time than I could spare so I reluctantly settled for a make-shift solution.
Finished binders are better than having grand intentions of making them perfect.
My two overflowing binders are now divided into three -- one for main dishes and sides, one for breads and breakfast ideas, and one for desserts. They still fit neatly into the organized cabinet above the coffee makers.
My only disappointment is that I still haven't made pretty covers for the binders. I'll have to add that job to next week's to-do list.
Michele also challenged us to look through our cookbook collection. I'm in a purging mood this year, trying to downsize before this summer's move. Looking through cookbooks was a good step in my plan to reduce the number of books on our shelves.
The "After" picture shows some of my favorites and some that I need to go back through to copy down the few recipes that I want to keep out of them.
It was a bit fun to have an organizing week after all the dirty cleaning jobs we've had lately. I suspect that next week's Kitchen assignment will include some scrubbing. I'll do my scrubbing after I find the perfect printable binder labels for my recipe books.
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