Simple Sunday: Recipes

Do you have recipes?  Do you have a recipe book or recipe box?  Are you recipes just shoved into a binder or drawer or strewn all over your counter?
My grandma died when I was 6.  I remember her sitting at the kitchen table and hand writing all her recipes into a red notebook.  A few years ago, I realized I have very few of her recipes.  I have very few recipes of my mom’s.  The recipes that I have collected from others are very dear to my heart.  I have my grandma’s apple dumplings, my mother-in-law’s carrot cake, and several other recipes from people dear to me.
After having kids, I decided that I was going to organize all my recipes so my children would have them when I died.  I started a recipe box… yes, a recipe box.  You can buy one rather inexpensively at Walmart.  They even sell recipe cards.  You also can do a Google search on recipe cards that can be printed– some are super cute and you can type the recipe before printing.
I will be the first to admit… my recipe collection is not completely organized.  I am still in the process of getting everything written down on recipe cards.  But, I have started… that is what matters. I also have more than food recipes– I have cleaning recipes, craft recipes, etc.
I know others who keep their recipes on the computer in word documents and special recipe programs.  You can keep them in a binder or recipe book, or even a notebook.  The most important thing is that you keep them for others.  
So, I encourage you to take a few moments today and think about how you would like to organize your recipe mess.  Don’t let your kids wonder how you made their favorite dish… write it down.  
Feel free to post a comment sharing your favorite recipe or with other kitchen tips or ideas for organizing recipes.  I just might let you guest post on the blog sharing how to make your yummy dish!
Until next Sunday, Live Simple.


  1. this post really touched me, I always just remembered them or keep them on pinterest. But now how will my son know how to make his favorite meatballs or chicken nuggets? Now I have to write them down and save them for HIM.
    I love making my zucchini filled meatballs and sauce, calzones, pizza pinwheels, chicken fajitas.

  2. I’m very guilty of simply not using recipes or not writing them down–I guess I’m still at the point of being young and inexperienced enough at cooking that no one really cares to know how I make certain dishes, yet. But I’ll keep this in mind for the future!

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