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Monday Made-It

Happy Monday!  I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics today.  I haven't done a Monday Made-It since summer!  This is unheard of.

Since I'm out of the classroom, today's Monday Made-It is not school related.  I did work on something at home that desperately needed to be taken care of.  I may be a little embarrassed to show it to you!  Let me start by saying that I hate to cook.  Hate it.  I am also a super picky eater.  I would eat cereal for dinner every night if my husband let me.  He doesn't.  Luckily, he's a good cook.

We have many cookbooks in our house but don't use any of them.  Instead we like to search online for good recipes.  After making it, if we like it, the recipe goes in our personal recipe binder!  Good system, right?  Yeah, check it out...

Painful, I know!  I have been wanting to fix this for months now, but just never seemed to have time.  Today I finally decided to tackle it.  I browsed Pinterest for ideas, but ended up creating one that worked just for us.  I started with a new binder (since the other was broken).  I designed a cover and divider pages with tabs.  Each recipe will go in the binder in a sheet protector.  My husband isn't the neatest chef, so I need to protect those pages!

And here's the final product...

This last pages is my favorite...
There is a pocket behind this page for take-out menus!  We don't have a spot in our house for take-out menus, so I thought this would be perfect!  All I need to do now is organize the recipes (the not-so-fun part).

Have a great week!


  1. I love the take out tab in your recipe binder. I need to add one of those to mine!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. That's really cute Sara! I don't print my recipes, but love the idea of a binder for take-out menus!


  3. I love this idea for recipes. I've been doing the same things with mine (well throwing them in a cabinet after I print them off of pinterest) and then don't know which ones we liked when I go back to figure out a dinner. I'm going to have to put together a nice binder like this to store those on-line recipes that we want to eat again!! :) Great job, and thanks for sharing.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  4. Awww, Sara! Years and years ago my grandmother took all of our old favorite family recipes and printed out a cookbook for each of the grandkids. She had it organized much like you have yours. Your blog post inspired so many awesome memories and reminded me to grab that book to cook up some tasty grub for tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Cute idea. I have an old fashion recipe box. I'm beginning to think it needs a facelift.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  6. I made a binder for my 92 year old grandmother this summer of all of her recipes. She had billions. She carts them back and forth from her home in Georgia to my parents home in California. They were kept in a folder and were falling out all over the place. I typed up her favorite recipes and put them in sleeves too. She LOVES it! Love the Take-Out menu idea!
    I've been trying out Ziplist.com as suggested by Courtney from Polka Dot Lesson Plans. I haven't gotten to dig deep into it, but so far, it looks pretty neat.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. Oh, Sara, I don't even cook and I want one of these! It is so colorful and organized, and (happy sigh), lovely! You could do the next Monday Made It post on how you made those tabs... I know I would love to find out because they could be used in lots of ways! Think about it? Thanks for the (wonderful!) share!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade


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