Several years ago, I started compiling our family's favorite recipes into binders. I bought some 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 binders and some page protectors and typed our 'go to recipes' into the computer. Then I printed them on card stock and popped them into a binder. These binders have gotten a work out. I pull them out weekly when I'm meal planning or looking for last minute supper ideas. Because the recipes are in the computer, I've printed out copies for friends and even made a couple of 'cookbooks' to share with friends who were moving.
But of course, over the years since everything was first put into binders, I've acquired several new 'keeper' recipes. They've been piling up in my cupboard and I've gotten tired of rifling through the pile to find the one I wanted....so, over the last week, I took some time and typed in the new recipes. My friend (hey Laurie!) asked me how I knew which recipes to add and which recipes didn't quite make the cut. My answer was the test of time. If I find myself making a recipe over and over again (and it's getting eaten over and over again) then that recipe belongs in my binder!
I started with two binders and now I'm up to three. I spruced up the covers with some fresh scrapbooking paper...(thanks for the inpiration on that Kristyn) I'm thinking one day when my kids are ready to start their own households, that these will make wonderful housewarming gifts! (and at the rate I'm going...there will be plenty to share!) These binders are not only stuffed full of special recipes but memories as well!