We stayed put for Labor Day. It was kind of heavenly to just hang around here and get some things done and play tennis and hang/swim with friends. We made a big breakfast after which I took a good look at my recipe book sitting on the counter: I love that thing. My Mom gave it to me when I got married. In it she put a ton of our favorite family recipes: And since then it has been added to. And added to. And added to some more. A recipe from one of our first “couple friends” who made us roasted chicken on a long, lazy day as newlyweds: My newly-married high school friend’s fav. that she scrawled out for me one day: Recipes that looked good that I tore out of an awesome recipe magazine my sister got me a subscription for one Christmas years ago: My “Turkey Bible” I got when I made my first Thanksgiving turkey: Other random recipes torn from various magazines: …and newspapers: My favorite roll recipe was crammed in there:(more detail on that mouthwatering recipe back here) And the whole wheat bread we can’t get enough of:(more detailed instructions on that recipe here) This one I scratched out on an old bill because I loved it so much when my sis-in-law made it…it’s called “Cowboy Caviar”:That one is a regular at our house every time I make Mexican and although we do eat it with tortilla chips, I don’t know why the word “potatoes” is scribbled there on the bottom… So many recipes I scribbled together on scraps at people’s houses when I loved something they made: I have no idea what this one even is…nice handwriting. …this is how I keep notes of what is swirling around in my mind:…and hey, if a recipe is close, why not write it right on there?? It made my heart sad when I saw that purple “baby food” on this one: How the heck did I get to the stage when I don’t need baby food any more for crying out loud!?! Bottom line: this book was a wreck of good memories and sentimental collections.…and something needed to be done about it. Especially because I’m seriously sprucing up our dinner menu around here. I have thought for years that I would type everything all out all neat and tidy and print it all out, but after that many years of thinking about that plan, I decided to go with an alternate route: I took out all the recipes and things I had jumbled up in my cabinet. And whipped up my new pride and joy that I would like to introduce: Is that a beauty or what? Let me indulge and take you on a little tour. I put all my recipes I wanted to keep in sheet protectors. That way I didn’t have to get rid of them, because I am WAY too sentimental for that. The dessert section is not quite proportional with the rest of the book…it’s kinda bulging, but hey, who can turn down a recipe for “warm chocolate cake?” That one is a true masterpiece my friend in Virginia passed on to me after a dinner party she hosted. I think it’s been made for every book club meeting I’ve ever had since then 🙂 I only put the tried and true recipes in the sheet protectors. The ones that have passed the test of being loved by our family. The ones I want to keep because they look good and I want to try them out I put in the pocket in the beginning of that section…see on the left below?If those turn out to be family favorites they will earn their spot in the sheet protectors. I’m not kidding around when I say this is my new pride and joy. I’ll admit my heart skips a beat when I pull it out when we’re ready to make something. My kids give me the business about that little fact. I think they’re a little bit jealous that I got such a good three-ring-binder and I only let them get the plain old cheap ones for their school work. But man oh man they sure are happy for me…and for them when they cook…and for the yummy food that’s a product of that thing.