I love cookbooks! I honestly could write one if I had the time. I love to compile my recipes and try new ones and tweek others.
You would think with my love of recipes and cookbooks that I would have dinner time all worked out. Oh, how I wish that were true. But I am on my way and I wanted to share with you what I have come up with. My Dinner Book! This book consists of a menu planner, shopping list, and all my tried and true recipes along with some new ones I want to try. Let me show you how I put this together.
First off the supplies you need are:3 ring binder page protectors tab dividers This great Grocery List from Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest all your favorite recipes or you can take a peek at mine and see if you want to use any
The first thing I did was go through all my recipes to make sure I got my tried and true ones and threw in the ones I wanted to try. I didn’t worry about an order here. I made it so each recipe got its own page. I want to be able to toss it if it doesn’t work and move it around my binder once I have used it so we have some variety.
I then made this cute cover from Crystal Wilkerson’s Sweet Summertime Labels. I tell ya, it has to be cute so that I will want to use it.
I placed my Grocery List from Abby in the front. I made enough copies to last me a year. I know the last thing I will do is make more copies once they run out, so planning ahead and having plenty is a good strategy.
Then I placed my recipes in the page protectors.
I got my page dividers and made the sections that I wanted. You could do what you want, but my sections are: This Week (where I place my grocery list, weekly menu, and the recipes for that week), Recipes, and Recently Used Recipes. I have one more page divider in the binder just in case I think I might need it for something. 🙂
So here’s my plan of attack. Each Sunday I will sit down and make my weekly menu and grocery list. I will then go grocery shopping on Monday or Tuesday, (or hopefully have what I need on hand). Then I will be all set for dinner time!! Whahooo! I’m hoping with this and my freezer meals I will be all set for baby girl #3 who will be heading our way in about 2 months.
Do you have any tricks or tips for dinner time to share? Let us know.