Collect Your Recipes

August 25, 2012

in the generous life

Food plays such a significant role in relationships. Think about how your husband responds when you bake up his favorite meal. Cooking up some of grandma’s cherry pie brings back fond memories of her. Think of all the fun times you’ve shared over a meal with friends and family. You get the idea.

So gather your favorite recipes and meal planning ideas in one place. Then create your own recipe binder.

I have a binder that I filled with dividers and clear sheet protectors. When I try a new recipe (and it’s a keeper) I copy it or cut it out and glue it to paper. I slip the paper into a sleeve in the appropriate section (seafood, desserts, etc.). I also drop recipes I want to try in a sleeve (it acts like a pocket).

I created a section where I write down all my meal ideas. When I get around to planning my shopping, I make a list of meals, look at the recipes involved and check my fridge and pantry. Then I make up a shopping list and I’m good to go. 

Even if you don’t do much actual cooking/baking, it’s still helpful to have a meal planning binder with meal ideas that you buy or create from ready made items. And, of course, you still want a place to park those cherished family recipes (I have my grandmother’s molasses cookie recipe written in her own handwriting).


3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375*. Mix butter, sugar, dark molasses and egg.  Blend in remaining ingredients.  Chill for 1 hour. Roll into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on rack. 

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Amy August 25, 2012 at 6:15 am

I actually keep a binder for a few of my more used recipes, but I have a lot of recipes, so I have uploaded them for everyone to see at and My user name on these sights is WI Cheesehead (at food) and Cheesehead. You’re welcome to come browse. I have a lot of gluten free and some dairy free recipes collected. My dad made his own family cookbook with a lot of my grandma’s recipes in. And when I was 12, I took all my mom’s recipe cards and wrote them down on paper and combined them into a ‘cookbook’ for her for Christmas. She always used it and years later (when I was an adult) my dad copied the pages and had them comb bound as a Christmas gift for me. I still have it.


Natalie moen August 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

Would have loved this post if you had shown us what your recipe binder looks like. I am a young wife trying to get order in this area. If I could see what your binder looked like it might be alot easier than trying to figure it out. Love your post everyday. Blessings


Gaye August 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

I try to be organized with my meal planning, but sometimes it’s less organized than I would like. The binder is a very good idea.



Lee August 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I have quite a few recipe binders going, they are great for stashing clippings from the paper or a magazine, recipes printed off the internet or ones given to me from friends and family. I have started binders for each of my kids and when they prepare a new recipe we make sure a copy goes in their binder. My hope is that when they go off to college they will go prepared and able to cook for themselves and not depend quite so heavily on fast food and junk!


Kim August 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

I learned the hard way this was an important thing to have. I spent so much time looking for recipes I’d made that I loved, and sometimes I couldn’t find them to make them a second time!
I have a notebook now. One of the nice things is that when my oldest daughter moved out from college, she wanted to go through the book and get her favorites. So, you aren’t doing the book just for you, but for all the family and friends who enjoy your cooking, too!


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