Sunday, October 29, 2006

October COOKBOOK challenge from pasta to vegies!

........ok on to the catagories this week...Let's get sorting and get DONE with this cookbook. this is our last set of catagories. Finish up your cookbooks and report back in your pogress! I want to hear if you have gotten them into a system you can use and enjoy!

* • Pasta

* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less

* • Salads

* • Soups

* • Vegetables

Lets finish these recipe files and books up so we can USE them and enjoy them.
Is yours made for a gift?? Let's get it done AHEAD of the season....

and lastly, this page looked so great I had to add it in --even if it is a dessert!--for inspiration!

best wishes

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cookbook Challenge: International, Kids, Meat, and Menus

this darling recipe title card/page is made by jacquie at using SEI paper. Bravo!

Time for a few more catagories!
I was able to work on my little 2-up cookbook of my grandmother's recipes this morning for a few hours and added in a couple of the dimensional stickers from Daisy Hill at Walmart. Very cute. I basically added these at each tabbed dividor page. I made my own tabs with cardstock and darling brads also from Walmart that are shaped like pots, pans and rolling pins. When I am ALL done I will share some pics. I need to add rubber stamped wording to each dividor tab and cuten up some of the page cards with doodles.
Here is a idea shared at scrapjazz for an altered/homemade recipe book

another cute recipe box

Here are the next catagories to get finished this month:

* • International Favorites

* • Kids Cooking

* • Meat, Poultry & Fish

* • Menus for Every Occasion

Be sure to take a good look at the samples. there are so many cute ones!
get inspired and then get BUSY!


Saturday, October 21, 2006

October Recipe Challenge: dietary, grilling, eggs, and entertaining ideas!

Continuing on our october challenge posted below in previous posts here at the blog we are sharing tons more ideas for recipe cards and files and pages here....

more card Dividers

It is time to start sorting the next group of recipes including:

* • Diets for Special Needs

* • Entertaining

* • Eggs

* • Grilling and outdoors

* • Healthy Eating

Let's get these recipes into the books and get those loose recipes organized into something we can treasure and share!
We are bout halfway done with our catagories! Time for you to catch up if you are lagging! LOL
Here is the complete list

* • Appetizers
* • Beverages
* • Breads
* • Comfort Food
* • Desserts or Chocolate
* • Diets for Special Needs
* • Entertaining
* • Eggs
* • Grilling and outdoors
* • Healthy Eating
* • International Favorites
* • Kids Cooking
* • Meat, Poultry & Fish
* • Menus for Every Occasion
* • Pasta
* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less
* • Salads
* • Soups
* • Vegetables

Heat it up and let's get moving!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Cookbook Challenge: Appteizer and Beverage examples

Cookbook Challenge: Appetizer and Beverage examples

You might need more examples to get you going on your beverages and appetizer recipes. Let's get these two catagories sorted and filed in the next day or so. Great project for watching a movie over the weekend! I bet you have time for that! This really won't take long if you GET STARTED :)

recipe file folders

recipe lunchboxes

recipe box dividers

recipe cards

Beverage pages 12x12

And here is a great article on altered recipe file boxes by Missy Fortenberry of whose altered box is shown above.

Let's get busy!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Family Cookbook References page

Cut and paste these sections into your own format, use colored cardstock and pattern papers, and print out to make a page for reference in your cookbook. Or make several cards to fit your 2-up or 4up albums. You may not need all this info but you can pick and choose what to include for your use in your cookbook!

1 cup = 240 mL (milliliter)
1/2 cup = 120 mL
1/3 cup = 80 mL
1/4 cup = 60 mL = 4 tablespoons
1 tablespoon = 15 mL (= une cuillérée à soupe in French) = 3 teaspoons
1 teaspoon = 5 mL (= une cuillérée à café in French)
1 fluid ounce = 30 mL
1 US quart = 0.946 liter ~=1 liter

1 ounce = 28 grams
1 pound = 16 ounces = 454 grams

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 foot = 12 inches = 30 centimeters

400° F = 200° C = gas mark 7
350° F = 180° C = gas mark 6
300° F = 150° C = gas mark 5

Volume-to-weight conversions

Note: Since the volume measurement of an ingredient depends on how you pack the measuring cup/spoon and on the ingredient itself (how it is cut, its density, its water content), the volume-to-weight conversions are not absolute: they are simply a reflection of my own experience.

Butter: 1/2 cup = 1 stick = 4 ounces = 113 grams
Butter: 1 tablespoon = 14 grams
Comté cheese, grated: 1 cup = 100 grams
Crème fraîche: 1 cup = 240 grams
Fresh cheese: 1 cup = 240 grams
Greek-style yogurt: 1 cup = 280 grams
Gruyère cheese, grated: 1 cup = 100 grams
Heavy cream: 1 cup = 240 grams
Light cream: 1 cup = 240 grams
Milk: 1 cup = 240 mL
Parmesan cheese, grated: 1 cup = 110 grams
Ricotta: 1 cup = 250 grams
Yogurt: 1 cup = 250 grams

Almonds, shelled, whole, blanched: 1 cup = 125 grams
Almonds, sliced: 1 cup = 70 grams
Almond meal (a.k.a. ground almonds): 1 cup = 100 grams
Cashews, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 130 grams
Chestnuts, shelled, cooked: 1 cup = 130 grams
Hazelnuts, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 120 grams
Macadamia nuts, shelled, whole: 1 cup = 125 grams
Pistachios: 1 cup = 125 grams
Walnuts, shelled, halves: 1 cup = 100 grams

Cacao nibs: 1 cup = 120 grams
Chocolate chips: 1 cup = 160 grams
Cocoa powder: 1 cup = 120 grams
Honey: 1 cup = 300 grams
Honey: 1 tablespoon = 18 grams
Sugar, brown: 1 cup (packed) = 170 grams
Sugar, confectioner’s: 1 cup = 130 grams
Sugar, granulated: 1 cup = 200 grams
Sugar, granulated: 1 tablespoon = 12.5 grams
Molasses: 1 cup = 280 grams

Flour, grains, etc.
Bulgur: 1 cup = 190 grams
Dried beans: 1 cup = 180 grams
Elbow macaroni: 1 cup = 150 grams
Flour, all-purpose or whole wheat: 1 cup = 120 grams
Polenta: 1 cup = 160 grams
Quinoa: 1 cup = 135 grams
Rolled oats: 1 cup = 100 grams

Fruits, vegetables, herbs
Baby spinach leaves: 1 cup (packed) = 30 grams
Basil: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams
Blueberries: 1 cup = 190 grams
Fava beans, shelled: 1 cup = 120 grams
Mâche: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams
Raspberries: 1 cup = 125 grams
Rocket: 1 cup (packed) = 25 grams
Strawberries: 1 cup (small strawberries, or large strawberries, sliced) = 125 grams
Young salad greens: 1 cup (packed) = 20 grams

Agar-agar: 1 teaspoon = 2 grams
Baby shrimp, shelled, cooked: 1 cup = 100 grams
Capers: 1 cup = 120 grams
Dried bread crumbs: 1 cup = 100 grams
Hibiscus flowers: 1/3 cup = 15 grams
Olives: 1 cup = 180 grams

Pans and dishes
10-inch tart or cake pan = 25-centimeter tart or cake pan
9-inch cake pan = 22-centimeter cake pan
4-inch tartlet mold = 10-centimeter tartlet mold
9-by-13-inches baking dish = 22-by-33-centimeter baking dish
8-by-8-inches baking dish = 20-by-20-centimeter baking dish
6-ounce ramekin = 180-mL ramekin
9-by-5-inches loaf pan = 23-by-12-centimeter loaf pan = 8 cups or 2 liters in capacity

Monday, October 09, 2006

Family Cookbook Contents Page

Time to get started on our cookbook projects. The poll revealed that most of you are happy with a 5x8 or 8.5x11 sized scrapbook style book with movable pages and page protectors. I will try to show lots of examples of this style when possible.

For our next assignmentin this month's recipe organization challenge, let's take a look at our recipes--rmember you have already pulled out your collection and finished tossing out the duds. Now let's begin on our table of contents.

Take an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock that will go through your printer and create a CONTENTS page. Depending on your recipes, it could have any of the following alphabetical catagories.
Pick and choose according to your recipe collection or add in some if needed. If you include a catagory it should have at least 5 - 10 recipes.

* • Appetizers
* • Beverages
* • Breads
* • Comfort Food
* • Desserts or Chocolate
* • Diets for Special Needs
* • Entertaining
* • Eggs
* • Grilling and outdoors
* • Healthy Eating
* • International Favorites
* • Kids Cooking
* • Meat, Poultry & Fish
* • Menus for Every Occasion
* • Pasta
* • Quick & Easy 30 minutes or less
* • Salads
* • Soups
* • Vegetables

When creating your pages, honestly I would not bother trying to type up all my recipes. I love the handwritten look. Just photocopy the backs of any recipe cards when needed and 'scrapbook both the real recipe card and the color copy back'side' onto your 8.5x11 background page.

If you have tons of recipe cards and prefer not to copy or glue down the oringinal cards at all, consider doing a 2-up or 3-up style album and that way you can just slip the cards into 4x6 slots. This is the style I am doing with my grandmother's recipe collection.

ANother great article on making your own cookbook scrapbook is found here

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October Family Recipe Challenge: WHich project appeals to you the most to make this October with your recipes?

Recipe File box 4x6 size

Recipe File box 9x12 size

Photo Album style 2-up or 3-up cookbook

Altered cookbook using a real cookbook as a base

Altered cookbook notebook style with altered cover with real page protector 8.5x11 or 12x12 pages inside

A pretty file folder system for a filing cabinet drawer

A gift cookbook about 5x8 size with 20 recipe favorites

A gift cookbook about 8.5x11 with 20 recipe favorites

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Monday, October 02, 2006

OCTOBER challenge: Family recipes and cookbooks

Recipe File Box photo credit from seller "tina653" :

Photo Credits: Recipe easel by Catherine at Scrapease

Let's get busy on our October challenge right away ...No time to waste. Can you smell the apple crisp baking? Do you have Grandma's cider recipe at hand? And where did that great popcorn ball recipe go from grade school? What happened to all those cards and recipes over the years that you just tucked away for organizing later?

Well "later" is here and we want to create some great recipe files, cookbooks, or folders for your treasured recipes. Using scrapbooking supplies, you can create some wonderful containers for those recipes or duplicate and give the entire collection as a gift. But this will take a little organizing and we want to start NOW before the holidays are upon us and we get too busy.

Cookbook photo credit: Celia at

Decide first of all what kind of container system you like for your recipes. SOme people are used to file boxes but just need a larger one. Other people love cookbooks and flipping thru the pages is more comfortable way for them to find their recipes. Still others feel a need for speed so they make pretty file catagory folders and boxes for those folders. YOU DECIDE what kind of container you prefer that works for your system of searching for recipes. Most of us will use the same kind of system we have now but it needs to be expanded or enlarged or cull out the 'bad' recipes or the ones we don't use ever anymore.

Recipe page example

Your first task is to take out your recipe system and take a hard look at it. How big is it and how big is the job/overflow? Consider the space you have in the kitchen to store this too. How big/tall are your shelves? Don't plan to make a 12 inch tall file box if your cabinets are only 9 inches tall! See what I mean? Think it over. I am using a 2 up photo album for my Grandma Gramlich's recipe cards and my own friend and family recipe cards. I will be altering the album front a bit and personalizing it as well as making some accents for the section dividers and recipes.

Lunchbox recipe file

But you can choose any boxes, files, mini albums or cookbook style you prefer. Many people make 8x8 or 12x12 scrapbook pages for each special recipe. (Do this only if you are speedy scrappers!) Another fun idea is to take a garage sale or Goodwill sale hardback cookbook and alter THAT following their catagories.You could make a creative page set inside that framework and alter each section with your own recipe cards, photos, and embellishments.

Your second job is to cull out all the too-difficult, impractical, boring, or bad recipes you won't ever use. I don't care how pretty the photos are. If you don't have time to make a 12 step pot roast recipe from the New York Times, get rid of it. (Now if it is Grandma's pot roast recipe, keep it for heritage sake and journal why it is special!)

Try to whittle down the amount of paper you will be handling by being picky. Many of us toss in recipes from magazines for "someday" because they look yummy and pretty, but we won't every truly make them. And they are not CONNECTED to us or our family at all. My grandma often says, "Just Keep the Keepers." In other words, not everything is important to save.

But family recipes are keepers, even if you won't ever make them, keep the family recipes. Others may want to have those recipes down the line later on. That is the focus of this challenge.

Examples of cookbook altered projects can be seen here...Keep checking back....get inspired!

Get busy this week!!!