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Do you have a few favorite recipes that you go to each week?   How do you keep them organized so that you can grab them at a minute’s notice?

I have mine in two places:
1- My recipe box.  I received this as a gift from my Mom at my wedding shower.   It quickly became filled with recipes from friends, family and myself.  It is organized by category (example: breads, casseroles, poultry…)
2- I also have a recipe binder.  I keep them in an 8×10 photo album with the sleeves that allow you to  easily slide recipes in and out.  I keep recipes that I cut out of magazines in here.  It would also fit recipe cards, but I keep the cards in my recipe box.  I should combine the two, but I haven’t yet.  I keep all of my holiday meals in here, too.  (Example: For Thanksgiving every year, I make a pineapple casserole and it is right next to the recipe for pumpkin pie in my binder)
3- Online: I keep two pages on my pinterest page for recipes: The first one is just a broad one: recipes and I have one called Easy Dinner Recipes with little prep time
4- Books.  I only have a hand-full of cook books left.  I got rid of most of them years ago and kept my favorite ones (the ones by groups, like our church cook-book or my MOPS group cook-book… those are my favorite ones!)  When I find a a book that I like in here, I copy it onto a recipe card & either put it into my binder or box.
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Here are a few OTHER ideas (not ones that I do, but all great ideas):
– Take one large blank book and rewrite the recipes into it. This is helpful if you make changes/adjustments to your recipes (or make notes).
-Have a 3 ring binder filled with page protectors
-Chef Tap app
-A folder on your computer (document)

If you want more Organizing tips, start at the Beginning with 40 days to home organization.
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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Love the Pinterest idea; I’ll have to try that!!

    We use a 3 ring binder (and notebook paper or hole-punched printer paper)–yes, I enjoy the extra room for notes and variations. I also like to re-write recipes sometimes (especially complicated ones) in a way easier for me to follow them–my Mom’s idea. I have a hard time with a list of ingredients up top & directions below (probably because of my NV Learning Disorder). So, I put directions “next to” the ingredient list, with the ingredients still “set apart,” but so I can kinda see everything at once…. 🙂 Like this:

    1 egg
    1/2 c. milk Beat together. Add:

    1 c. flour
    1 c. sugar Stir gently.


    Of course, that might be MORE confusing to other people! 🙂

  2. Great post! Organizing recipes became quite difficult for me when I started cooking again. I wasting all kinds of time tearing up the house looking for recipes that I had printed. My husband gave me a 3 ring binder with page protectors and I divided them by categories. I was surprised at how quickly I filled it up, but it works great. It is looking like I will have to start a new one soon. I find so many great recipes from my favorite bloggers. I also use recipes from the web, right out from my phone when the bloggers have well organized recipe indexes. My phone is often covered in food. I’ll have to figure that out next!