Monday, November 25, 2013

Organizing Your Holiday Recipe Binder by The Graceful Rose

Today we have Ayelet from The Graceful Rose guest posting as part of our Organize Me!! For the Holiday's Series.  She is very talented and always has such great projects and recipes she is sharing.  Make sure you check out her blog!

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Hello GYCT readers!

I'm Ayelet (pronounced I-Yell-Et) from The Graceful Rose, and I'm so happy that Chelsea asked me to be part of her Organize Me For The Holidays series!  I'm a busy mom of 6 and 8 year old girls, PTA president, Girl Scout Leader, etsy shop owner, and blogger so...yeah, this time of year gets a little crazy for me!  I get a lot of questions from my friends and family about how I manage to get so much done, and really, it's all about planning ahead and getting things organized before you begin.   Last year, I made a recipe binder, and this year, I thought that making one specifically for the holidays would be a good idea, especially with all of the potlucks that are starting to pop up on my calendar!

To make your own holiday recipe binder, all you need is a binder (I got mine at Target), a set of dividers, some washi tape, and a sharpie.  A three hole punch is handy, but if you just have a single hole punch, that will work too.


Now, settle on in for a movie and grab that stack of magazines that you've been hanging on to because you like one of two of the recipes.  Go ahead...tear those pages out and recycle the rest of the magazine.  Feels good, right?  Less clutter!

I also printed off my tried and true Thanksgiving recipes, and a few goodies that I plan on baking for teacher and school staff treats.



 

Now, if the recipe takes up a whole page, you can either whole punch is or glue it to a piece of printer paper.  I like doing that, because I can get one recipe on each side of the paper.  For recipes that don't take up a whole page, just cut them out and stick them onto a piece of paper.  For recipe cards, I like to use some washi tape to just tape one edge down...that way the picture is in front and then you can flip it over like a book page to the recipe on the back.


 Now, let's make those dividers look cute!  I took a piece of washi tape and folded it over the tab on each divider.

 Then, I trimmed the edges with scissors.  Voila!  Cute, customized tabs that match my binder.  It's the little things in life, people ;-)


For my binder, I decided to divide my recipes into 5 sections, based on how my holidays look.  I host some things, I go to some pot lucks, so I decided that the first two sections needed to be mains and sides.


Next, I bake a LOT during the holidays, and I also give a lot of baked yummies and jarred items as gifts.  So my next two tabs are for those recipes.


Finally, if your family is anything like mine, during the holidays you have more crazy evenings than usual.  For these nights, I like to have 4 or 5 easy meals that I can whip up in 20 minutes or less - hence my busy nights tab.


Divide your recipes between your tabs and stick your weekly menus at the front - they should be super easy to plan now, thanks to your binder!  You should also be able to plan any holiday dinners, gift exchange parties, school parties, or the like - all of your recipes are in one handy place!


I hope that you make your own recipe binder this holiday season, or even better, make one for someone you love!  I think that a recipe binder would make a great gift for young couples, new graduates, or even new parents.  Enjoy!

You can check out my other organizing and crafting projects on my blog, The Graceful Rose.  I hope you stop by and say hello!




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