Judging by the other posts I've read so far, everyone seems to be stumped by this week's inspiration:
One time when I was bored out of my mind, I ...
When I read this last week, I started thinking about it, and for the life of me, I couldn't come up with anything either. I'm apparently not easily bored. I mean seriously, if worse comes to worst, there has always been TV, and I usually have a book stashed somewhere nearby. That said, as I was reading the other posts people had come up with ... or not come up with as the case may be ... one thing did come to mind.
After collecting approximately six bazillion recipes over time, none of which I had actually gotten around to attempting, I decided that it was time to organize them somehow. Up until the most recent version, one of my favorite computer resources has always been the office version of Outlook, because it is so versatile. I set up a custom recipe card form that would print on my preferred 5x8" index cards, photo included. By doing that, I was able to categorize all of my recipes by multiple sort options. Say I had an appetizer that had chicken in it, I might have tagged it with "appetizers," "chicken," and "holiday." I could also set up any kind of view I wanted, which made it easy to print out lists and menus. That worked great - for a while!
There came a point where I switched computers and upgraded my software. It wasn't until then that I realized you cannot export custom forms from Outlook. Or at least you couldn't. I haven't dared try it again to find out if that has since changed. No matter what I did, it wouldn't work. I was able to export some of the fields, but not all. I was crushed to say the least. Soooo ...
This other time when I was bored out of my mind, I ...
Re-typed every one of those six bazilion recipes into Word and cross-referenced them to an Index. Now, when I want to retrieve one of those recipes, I simply pull up the Index, Ctrl+Click the recipe, and it opens directly to it. Although I have them sorted into only a handful of documents by type (too many for one ginormous document), I can add them to the Index under any category I want. The bookmark still opens to the correct document/place. I can't sort the recipes or make lists like I could in Outlook, but at least they are more manageable this way.
It actually turned out to be [kind of] a good thing in the long run, since when each of my nephews, and one of their girlfriends, went to college, they asked me to make a cookbook for them. It was a no-brainer doing that from Word.
Now, of course, the problem is that I have a bazillion new recipes stored all over the place. Pinterest for one. I love Pinterest. You should check it out if you're not familiar with it. It's like a virtual tackboard where you can pin all sorts of things. Then there are the recipes from other blogs that I follow - those are categorized in my Google Reader feed which, sadly, is going away in July, so if you follow blogs there, it's time to find a new resource! Then there are the recipes I come across in magazines. In an effort to cut down on paper/clutter, if I come across a recipe that interests me, I'll first Google it to see if I can find it online. Even if the magazine doesn't post their recipes, or you need to be a member, often times you will find that someone else has posted it. If I do find it online, I'll e-mail it to myself and store it by category. If I can't, and it's not a magazine I plan to keep, I'll tear out the page and scan it.
So, how do YOU store your recipes???
And, if you've got a "bored" story to share, feel free to leave it in the comments below, or if you're a blogger, link up with one of the host blogs:
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