Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

by Donna on September 16, 2010

Good morning friends!

This morning I writing a quick post so you can get started with your Christmas Planning Notebook.

The very first thing I put in my notebook were our family Christmas recipes. Here are the categories I used to keep everything organized:

  • Cookies
  • Pies & Cakes
  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Main Entrees
  • Side Dishes
  • Drinks
  • Breads
  • Food gifts (includes items like “in-a-jar mixes”
  • Recipes to Try (including recipes I’ve found that I’d love to try out)

Gather up all of your recipes, cards, books, pull up any online “recipe boxes”.

Here’s my huge time saving tip – use a copier if you have one! I used our all-in-one printer to copy any recipe cards onto an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper that I could easily hole-punch and put in the binder. For most of my cookie recipes I put 2 recipes on each page to save paper.

I took about an hour and went through my cookbooks and recipe cards and photocopied all of the recipes that I like to use during Christmas.

I then put the recipe back where I got it from. Now, this is not my usual way of doing things, I’m a big believer in simplifying things but in this case having the recipe saved in 2 places can come in handy. This Christmas Planner is just that, a tool for Christmas. I love to bake cranberry bread throughout the year so if I had to remember that the bread recipe  was located in the Christmas Planner, that would drive me nuts! Therefore I keep all of my recipes in their original place and make a duplicate for the Binder. This way, when the Jam Thumbprint cookie craving comes along, I’m not trying to remember if that’s a cookie that I considered a “Christmas cookie”. Hope that makes sense.

I then pulled up my AllRecpies.com recipe box online, my Evernote program and my Delicious.com account. I very quickly scanned through the recipes to see if there were any other recipes I was missing. I printed out the recipes that I wanted and added them to the Binder.

It’s that simple!

Now when I’m online or reading a magazine and see a recipe that I’d love to try this Christmas I can print it out or copy it and place it in the binder.

I know that I’m a nerd, and doing things like this make me feel really good, but I hope that you get the same satisfaction as we continue to put together our Christmas Planner.

What else would you use this planner for? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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