So I have finally gotten my hands on the new Recipe Organizer from Me & My Big Ideas. I love their Happy Planner so I wanted to give this a try too. I don’t own very many recipe books, and I generally use Pinterest to store recipes found online. I don’t like cooking straight from a blog post as then I have to move my tablet to the kitchen and keep swiping it with messy hands to keep it on. (Not to mention, many blog posts are so image heavy its hard to find the actual instructions.) Hopefully with this new recipe book I can write down the recipes I like so that I have one place to go for them all without dealing with all that other stuff.
The front of the book has the shopping lists and a three page glossary of cooking terms. The book is then divided into eight sections with tabs for different types of foods.
The tabs are: Family Favorites, Main Dishes, Slow Cooker, Entertaining, Healthy Fare, Quick and Easy, Desserts, and Misc. Personally I am not in love with their choices so I will make new labels for some of the tabs.
I plan to keep- Main Dishes, Desserts, Entertaining and Slow Cooker. I will switch the others to Breads, Lunches, and sides. I think I will keep the misc. until I think of something else I want.
One thing I love about this book is that, like the Happy Planner, it uses the ARC system for its pages. This means that I can take pages out and move them around change them as I see fit.
I immediately got started entering my first recipe. We always make corn muffins using the recipe from the back of an old Quaker Corn Meal canister. We no longer have that canister or buy that brand but we kept the recipe from the back. Each time I go to make these I cross my fingers that I still have the little cup out recipe because I am sure that one day it will get lost or accidentally thrown out. It’s just too little. This was the perfect recipe to transfer over. I pulled out a sheet and got to work.
I love how the pages have prompts on the side so that you don’t forget to write down the oven temperature or cook time. The prep time and servings information will also be helpful if it’s been years since I’ve made something, or if someone else is using my book. It comes with enough pages to write down 192 recipes, one on each side of the paper which should be way more than enough for me.
Of course, after I got all finished I noticed that the colored top right corner of the page was unusual. I then looked at the rest of the pages and realized that this color coordinates with the section of the book that the page is from. Great. So now I have Corn Bread as a main dish. (Actually, that would be awesome, but no. )
I looked over the rest of the pages and the only other difference I saw between categories was for the Slow-Cooker pages. They have this nifty little icon which is actually pretty adorable.
So if you purchase this book keep that information in mind, but otherwise the book is completely customizable to meet your needs. Below you can see this book on top of my Happy Planner to see the size comparison. They are pretty much the same, which makes since being that they share the same $24.99 price point.
Overall, I think that I will be getting a lot of use out of this book to record all the dishes that I make from randomly found internet searches as well as recipes that I keep in my head. Also, this will be a written record if anyone… maybe my husband? Wants to make one of my dishes.
Interested in purchasing your own? Currently they are only available on the MAMBI website,but they should be in Hobby Lobby this fall.
Do you have one? Tell me what you think in the comments!