A Bit of How To

August 26, 2012

in the generous life

I had a few folks that wanted to see pictures of my recipe binder to better understand what I was talking about in yesterday’s tip.

I use a standard binder with sheet protectors (aff link) to hold all my recipes. I use divider pages to help organize my recipes by type. When I want to put multiple recipe clippings on one page, I use a restickable glue stick (aff link) to attach them to one piece of paper (it’s a bit like creating a bunch of post it notes and positioning them on a page, you can reposition them if you need to).


I also have a section where I just list my ideas for meals. For breakfast I list everything from cereal to breakfast burritos to waffles. I have pages for potluck ideas and recipes that are special to certain holidays. Basically this is my brain in a binder. I too easily forget what we did last Christmas that we loved or that crockpot meal that worked so well at the last potluck. 

You can put anything meal related in the binder. I even have a section on folding napkins.

 And, for those of you squinting to see what is written under “Lori’s Cookbook”:

please treat my cookbook kindly
it’s pages are full of love
wipe off your spills & smudges
and don’t lay it on the stove

*** I share recipes *** 

Yes, I know it doesn’t truly rhyme and the rhythm is a bit off. I was just going for old fashioned. Somehow, recipe books always remind me of my grandmother.


Here is a nice video on creating a recipe binder ~ DIY Recipe Binders 


Y’all have to read this! This is a hoot! United In Pros[e] and Cons Debi (of Romantic Vineyard) used the blog names of all the Christian Marriage Bloggers to write this piece. Now that is writing skill.


Another must read ~ Cleaning Out Your Sexual “Junk Drawer” (from Intimacy in Marriage)



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky August 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

It blesses me that someone else has their brain in a binder. :) Mine is for life in general, but I love what you’ve done with your cookbook. I use a recipe box that I have pretty well organized, but my list of meal ideas is in my “life” binder. I can see great potential in putting together a binder like yours.

I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks more for the little tips at the bottom of each page than for the recipes (although I have found some good recipes, too!). The problem with flipping through the Gooseberry Patch books each time I want an idea is that it is a big consumer of my time. Having a section for entertaining/decorating ideas in my own cookbook binder would rock my world!

Thanks, Lori, for daily encouragement and inspiration. I thank the Lord for you!


R Taylor August 28, 2012 at 6:52 am

You gave me a really good idea about collecting recipes. It’s true that our food plays a very big role in our relationships. Thanks for your advice!


Carolyne January 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hi Lori,

I’ve been doing just this for years. It is my “go to” recipe binder for holidays and entertaining. I don’t know what I would do otherwise, it keeps me very organized for all occasions. Actually, I have two binders. One with all my favorite recipes and recipe ideas to try, and another I titled, Company’s Coming, with all tried and taste-tested for goodness and satisfaction recipes for entertaining for all occasions and seasons. For Christmas this year I made binders for my three granddaughters ages 13, 11 and 8 and titled it “My First Family Recipe Cookbook”, consisting of recipes we made together over the years. Everytime we cook new recipes together, I will give them their copy to add to their binders. You and I seem to have a lot in common. Happy New Year!


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