I joined Pinterest a while ago and started pinning recipe ideas on a few different boards. That made me start thinking about cooking some of those recipes. There were a lot of them piling up in there. The main thing I always dreaded about making dinner every night was that I never had a plan and I would stress about it all day until I figured something out. UGH - not fun! So, I decided to start making a weekly menu. I choose 6 or 7 recipes for dinners for the week, figure out what we don't already have and then make a list, send Chris shopping (hee hee!) and then I'm prepared for the week. We can choose which thing we want for that night and then I'm set to go. This method of planning has worked out GREAT for us. We also don't buy too much fresh ingredients that often anymore and things don't go bad as much. Another win!
I compiled quite the list of recipes on pinterest and decided I should print them out so that I don't have to have my computer in the kitchen with me all the time when I cook. For Christmas, I got an amazon.com gift certificate from my in-laws so I decided to use it toward making my own recipe compilation of my favorite things to make. Recipes we really like make it into the book. I just got this stuff a couple weeks ago because it took me a long time to decide on the book and style I liked best. Here is the one I chose:
Building this book has been a decently long process and it's still ongoing. I find new recipes to add to it a lot. I wanted to find a cool font to use in it so I did a few searches for free fonts and found some really cute ones. I ended up going with one called KG Strawberry Limeade. It's got some cute curls and it's fun but still easy to read for me. I copied some of the recipes straight from the internet and when I pasted them I had the program change them into my format so it was quite easy. I'm sorry these pictures aren't the best but here's a sample:
Here's the recipe I made for dinner last night. Sorry the picture quality isn't great! It's Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups. I like the pattern on the dividers too. Cute stock pots, right?
This morning, I found a new recipe on Pinterest on my Breakfast recipe board called Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Ring. Here is the link to it if you'd like to try it:
Here are some pictures of it. It came out pretty awesome!