Not long ago, I told one of our granddaughters that I would like to know if there is anything she'd like to have when I die. Her immediate response was, "Your Recipes." So, I've been thinking it over, how best to do this, and I decided to refurbish my recipe box system. On eBay, I was able to find a very nice METAL recipe box. My old one, that I've had for 40 years, is metal, and although it looks horrible, it is still perfectly serviceable Here they are, side by side:
I am copying the recipes onto the larger 4" x 6 " cards and putting them in plastic sleeves to protect them. I also bought (at Wal-mart) a set of stiff plastic dividers that had the letters of the alphabet on them, and have attached labels over the letters for the various categories ~ i.e. breads, cakes, poultry, etc.
Here are a few of the dividers and a package of ruled index cards that I am using:
And here are the little plastic sleeve protectors. Current used to sell something called "recipe savers." This is the same thing:
Going through my recipes has sent me on a trip down Memory Lane. Many of them have the names of individuals that shared them with me and the dates I got them. Some of them are in my mother's handwriting. Those few (the old copies) I will keep for myself in my dresser drawer. Some were written by my girls before they could spell very well, and I will save those also.
I plan to go through my cookbooks and pull out the frequently used recipes to add to the collection, and also I have some 3 ring binders of recipes that I've kept. I will add the ones I really use.
When it is all done, I will put her name on the top with instructions that she is to have it when we are gone. This has truly been a labor of love.
I shared this post here at Simple Lives Thursday.