Hi Pals! Wishing you a happy February day.
If you are a regular reader, you know I recently undertook a major unclutter of our home. During the Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp I endeavored to touch every item in our home and decide if I found it beautiful or useful.
If not, I decided to send the item to someone who would find it beautiful or useful, a lá Marie Kondo. It was a great exercise and one that had me remove in excess of 1000 pounds of stuff from our home. The boot camp may be officially over, but I am still examining the remaining items in my home through that lens.
One area of my kitchen that needed a hard look was my collection of cookbooks. I have always been a sucker for cookbooks. My family typically gifts to me one or two great cookbooks each Christmas. Sitting in front of the fire in my den, after all the gifts have been opened, in the midst of all the wrapping and boxes, perusing my new cookbooks is one all-time favorite Christmas day traditions.
To that end, even if I there wasn’t a specific book on my wish list, I’d find one so that I could have that experience….not sure what that says about me.
However, the end result is that I had accumulated WAY TOO MANY cookbooks, which begs the question…[can you use the term ‘WAY TOO MANY’ and cookbooks in the same sentence? I guess that will have to be one of life’s many unanswered questions, but for the purposes of this post, let’s assume that you can and let’s also assume that I did have too many.
I did go through my cookbooks and reluctantly let some go to find homes who will find the recipe that they’ve been pining away for and that will become new family traditions for them. And even though I still use the internet and my digital recipe files more and more, I kept a good number of cookbooks just for that one special recipe or because I really love the photography. You can see a list of some of the cookbooks that will always have a place in my kitchen here.
In addition to all my cookbooks, I have several binders of recipes collected over many years. In this age of pinterest and digitized versions of recipes, I still enjoy plopping open my binder with Asian recipes and finding the email with my friend Karen’s recipe for Beef and Broccoli. She served this dish at our Supper Club several years back and seeing that email immediately takes me back to that oh so fun night. However, in the re-examination of everything in my home, these kinda caught my eye and asked for just a wee bit of my attention. At some point along the way, the label for ‘Entrees’ met up with some water with obvious and unfortunate consequences. And with a 19- and 16-year, the recipes I had in the ‘kid meals’ binder for ‘best toddler finger foods’ and the like needed sorting. I set out to clean out some of the recipes and update the recipe binder labels.
This was such an easy project to give them a fresh new look. I have seven binders and wanted to spread some words across the 7 binders. As kismet has it, ‘recipes’ has 7 letters! That was easy. I could’ve stopped there, but I brainstormed some more and came up with
I figured I could add the category within each binder on the bottom of the label.
I created a document in Word with 3 columns on each page as I wanted the single letter on each page to fill the spine. I ended up using a size 100 font in Cambria, lower case, for the big letters and a size 28 font in Good Vibe, lower case, for the categories. I had a couple dry runs and then printed the letters/words on card stock. The card stock made it much easier to slide them into the spine pockets.
So, what if you don’t have 7 binders? Here are some options I noodled:
Do you have recipe binders that are languishing away in a drawer or cabinet somewhere? Spiffy them up with recipe binder labels and let them join the rest of your cookbooks. You know, Marie Kondo would tell you that they’ll feel much better if on a shelf rather than in a dark drawer! This was such an easy, immediate gratification project…my favorite kind! Rather cleans up my cookbook shelf…a quick facelift.
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