I love cooking!!! Well… I love pleasing others when they’re hungry – especially my husband! Therefore, the notion of creating my own recipe book has been in the works since I first got married.
It began with printing recipes on index cards and putting them in a cute photo album.
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I always intended on taking pictures of the food and printing it on the backside… but that just never happened! (Good intentions…)
Here lately I’ve been brainstorming how I can combine my love of bullet journaling with a great way of recording my recipes. Around Thanksgiving I incorporated a recipe in my first bullet journal.
However, that just didn’t seem to do it for me. The idea of flipping through multiple notebooks through the years seemed ridiculous! So that’s the only recipe spread I ever created in my actual bullet journal.
That spread got me thinking…
what if I devoted an entire notebook to my recipes?
What if I hand lettered it and wrote memories with recipes and even tracked the changes with each recipe??? (Because of course, I never do it exactly the same way twice!)
After gather all these scattered thoughts, I sketched out an idea in my old bullet journal. I posted a photo to my Instagram, and I received great feedback! This gave me the motivation to give it a go.
Around the same time, Rhodia had so graciously sent me a silver Rhodiarama softcover to sample. (Let me just say, I love Rhodia notebooks!!!) I decided what better way to use my new Rhodia than to create my own recipe book?!
I already highly recommend Rhodia notebooks for bullet journaling. But Rhodia notebooks are also perfect for a project like this because the paper is so thick – which means minimal ghosting. (That means you can use bolder colors and it doesn’t show through as much as others.) Not to mention, the pages are silky smooth! I love the way my Tombow Dual Tip Brush Markers feel on the paper.
My Recipe Book
However, you can honestly use any old notebook for this project! The most important aspect of putting this together was developing a system for making it usable. I didn’t just want a pretty memoir – I wanted to be able to use it for myself!
In order to find my recipes easily, I created a series of indexes that aligned with the types of food I make most frequently. I also put these at the BACK of the notebook, so that I don’t have to think of everything now. As I fill it in, I have room to add more indexes.
My favorite part, of course, are the actual spreads. The idea of filling in this cookbook through the years excites me, because it’s not just about recording a recipe…
It’s about adapting and perfecting the recipe. I added sections for recording how I changed a recipe and rate it each time. (That way when something turns out great, I can actually replicate it!)
It’s also about the memories made with a meal. So… I also added a memories section, so that I can record the funny, the sad, the goofy, and whatever else happens around the meals I create. I truly believe food brings people together, and why not cherish the moments that are created over supper?
I hope you enjoyed a peek into my new favorite project! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for weekly updates on the progress of my cookbook.
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