Thursday, September 29, 2016

Getting Rid of Cookbook Clutter

When I moved into my first apartment at the age of 16, I knew that I wanted some of my mom's recipes. So, I made a homemade recipe book, and spent a few days writing my favorite recipes down. You see, my parents were in the process of moving to another state (Pennsylvania) over nine hours away. I knew that I couldn't just go home and look through mom's recipes when ever I wanted. Through the years, I added to my homemade recipe book, collecting any recipes that I thought looked good.

 Fast forward thirteen years down the road. I was married with three kids. I had a Taste of Home magazine subscription, recipes from other magazines like Country Side, Better Homes and Gardens, and lots of recipe books that people had given me over the years. I had a whole shelf and a half full of recipes. When I wanted to try a new recipe, just the idea of looking through the stacks of recipes made me stop - there was so many, I didn't even want to sort through them. 

I never used most of them, but didn't want to get rid of them - because I, like most people, occasionally don't know what to make, and want to try something new..... so, I'd keep the stacks piled up for 'someday'.

And a few more years went by....

Last year, my hubby and I decided that we were tired of 'stuff' and wanted to simplify our life by living with less.... the extra recipes, and magazines, and cookbooks had to go....

“Living with less is about having more…. more time, more money, more quality… it’s about adding to your life, not taking away.” 
– Rhoda A Kindred

I went through all the cookbooks, magazines, and recipes. Any recipes that I thought my family might like, I cut out and saved. I made a folder to put them in. My folder has two sides, one for deserts and drinks, the other side for main dishes, salads, and breads.

I divided my personal cookbook into two, (one for breads, desserts, canning, and misc. and one for drinks, soups, salads, vegetables, and main dishes) so they are easier to handle. All my pages are in a clear sheet protector - which is great if you have a 'messy' teen (sorry Faith!!!*) cooking! 

*She's a great cook - almost better than myself, but lets just say, I'm glad for the sheet protectors when she's in the kitchen!!!

I also took all the recipes that we have never used or that we didn't like out of my homemade cookbooks. I want my cookbook to be only recipes that we like and eat as a family. 

Here's the final project:

On my shelf I have:
My Homemade Cookbooks 1 & 2
My Recipes To Try Folder
The Heisey Cookbook (my best childhood friend's family cookbook)
The Dunkard Brethren Cookbook (recipes from the church that I grew up in)
The ABC Cookbook for kids (mine as a kid)
The Molly Cookbook (mine as a kid)
The Moss Weaver Family Cookbook (it has lots of my Grandma Frick and Great Grandma's recipes - some in their original hand writing.)       
My Grandma Stumps recipes on CD

I also have my Ball Canning Book, Presto Canner Manuel, Stove Manuel, and Kitchen Aid Mixer Manuel and a Cake Decorating Book on my shelf.

Here is my new recipe shelf.... 

Now when new recipes come into the house, I go through them immediately - cutting out the ones that looks good enough to try and tossing the rest straight into the trash. It's a great solution that keeps recipe clutter to a minimum, and my recipes organized, and easy to find!

What do you do with your recipes? Please share in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Me: A Compendium Book Review

by: Wee Society 
4 Stars

I thought this book looked cute and was planning on using it for my youngest (age 6). But since my two youngest are in the same grade and do the same work, I thought my cute, curly haired, 4 yr. old, niece might like it..... 
And her Momma says she does! The only down is that it may be a little more suitable for a 6-7 yr. old that can read and write!

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society is a cute, cleverly made, hardback, fill-in journal for kids. The pages are big and bold and colorful. Kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as they write or draw. The large, colorful pages allow for kids to explore who they are and who they want to be.

I loved all the questions that they ask such as: 
What's your favorite jokes?
What's your favorite clothes?
 If I were going to outer space, _____ is what I would pack. 
What I wish was inside my refrigerator.
 If I had a shop, it would be called ___ , and we would sell____. 
_____ is the number of jumping jacks I can do before I get tired.
 I am __ inches tall. 
____ is what time I go to bed.

 I think this book would be great as a home-school supplement for kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. You can purchase the book from Amazon here.

To comply with regulations by the FTC, Blogging For Books Network has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Monster Cookie Recipe - Best Ever!

Monster Cookie Recipe

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 & 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 & 1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M & M's

1. Cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter together

2. Add the eggs, soda, and vanilla and blend well

3. Stir in chocolate chips and M & M's until well blended

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven. Do not bake cookies any longer than 10 minutes. The cookies will set up as they cool.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Why I Don't Sell....

"I don't sell product - I share an opportunity. An opportunity to change ones life - to become healthier, to become wealthier, and to become a better person."
-Rhoda Kindred

I am not a salesman - I'm not really that fond of them to be honest. I find most salesmen to be pushy. Even after you say no - they continue to push, and push, never knowing when to stop.

I enjoy sharing Shaklee with people. I can ask someone if they'd be interested in taking a look at what I have to offer. 
  • If they say "yes", I'm excited because that person is choosing to be open to an opportunity. 
  • If they say "no", I'm okay with that. I am sad that they are shutting the door on something that could change their life for the better, but I respect them for not wasting my time.
  • It's the people that say maybe.... not now, or in six months. Then in another six months, they say maybe next year... Those people are the hardest to share with because you want to believe that they are telling you the truth and that they really are interested. But more often than not, they are just dragging you along, they don't want to hurt your feelings... or they think you'll forget them in six months. If that's you, please just tell us "no". Be honest.

My most favorite way to share is by listening. Try it. Most people just want someone to listen to them. And by listening, I can find out lots about a person. maybe they hate their job, need extra cash, are tired all the time, they have no energy, they need a new car, their kids are always sick, they have asthma, allergies, etc. If I listen to them, they will listen to me because I have something that will help them with any one of the scenarios they tell me.

And the best thing about Shaklee is that when you share it with others - It always works! They will feel a difference, and then they will share it with others, and the cycle continues. Your one share can change hundreds of lives!

"It is normal and right to recommend (share) things that you like or enjoy, like a good movie or a good restaurant. You are calling your close friends, relatives and neighbors to recommend (share) something that you feel is a good deal and they should know about. Whether they choose to take advantage of your recommendation is up to them, not up to you. All you can do is make the offer." - MJDurkin

Sharing comes natural - That my friend, is why I don't sell - I share the Shaklee lifestyle!

"The more you share, the more valuable your share becomes." - Dr. Shaklee


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