It seems I am constantly reorganizing here at Pinewood Castle! Just when I finally arranged a monthly file file system I started typing up my Circle Time Plans (which I need to finish, bty) and most of the crafts and recipes I had filed were transferred to that notebook. Trouble is, I don't like hauling my Circle Time notebook to the kitchen all the time so I decided to arrange my favorite recipes into seasonal 3 ring binders with page protectors.
This is also why I have been posting recipes - I am typing them up from recipe cards and magazines pages so that I can print them out for these notebooks. It's easy enough to copy, paste and share over here!
I figure I can print them out for my children when they fly the coop as well as bridal or baby shower gifts. I have also been doubling most of them as I go since our family has grown. This way we have leftovers or a second batch for the freezer.
I started out by moving them to a cardboard pocket folder a few months ago. I think the binders will be much better. Now I just need several more packages of page protectors!
Here's what I have so far:
The Fall Favorites and Winter Warm-Ups hold feast day recipes in the front, every day soups, stews and baked dishes in the middle, and desserts in the back third, and Thanksgiving in the very back. Recipes using apples, pumpkin, squash, beans, potatoes and cranberries go here.
Advent & Christmas/Winter Celebrations are my special recipes for feasts that fall from December through the end of Lent. This is also for Christmas cookie recipes, Liturgical Teas, Christmas and New Year's meal ideas and other seasonal treats.
Meatless Meals are for Fridays, fast days and Lent. We don't give up meat for all of Lent, but do try to increase our meatless meals. This one holds plenty of soup, pasta, seafood and bread recipes.
Spring Specials will hold everything from Easter through about June. Asparagus, rhubarb, lamb, mint, lemon, stir-fry, salads and stove-top recipes have found a home here.
I started Summer Cooking months ago to hold recipes using summer berries, zucchini, greens, salads, corn and tomatoes. I am also putting no-bake meals and grilled foods here.
I hope this helps us in our efforts to eat more seasonally and locally. I also hope it helps me find what I am looking for and better remember what we have eaten in years past!