Time to get the kitchen ready for holiday cooking and baking. Starting my holiday kitchen prep with organized recipes.
My goal is to get our kitchen ready for baking. Our recipes have been a hot mess. I have cards from when we were first married as well as things we print and tear from magazines.
I’ve talked about my need to stop making clutter worse because organization is not my strong suit. Finding ways to organize any part of my day-to-day activity is the goal.
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I love to purchase items that are pretty and practical for our home. That way they have function as well as look pretty sitting out.
Anytime you’re looking to decorate your house but keep decor at a minimum always purchase items that can become part of your decor naturally.
Our Recipe Card Mess
As part of my holiday kitchen prep this year getting our recipes organized was at the top of my list. I’ve had this old recipe card holder since Ray and I got married 28 years ago.
Some of the recipe cards have really faded and are starting to lose some of the ink so I need to rewrite those. A few of the cards were hand written by family members so I will keep them and put them in my new wood recipe box.
Try my favorite Chocolate Cake Cookies if you are a chocolate lover like me.
Recipe Card Assessment
I took an assessment of what we had to determine what to purchase to make my life easier.
- Hand written recipe cards and recipes on loose paper
- Printable recipes from the internet and magazine tear outs
- Cookbooks (just a few)
One thing I’ve noticed Ray and I do often is move our recipe card all over the counter while cooking. It’s usually hidden under all of the cooking supplies. We need a place to sit the recipe while working.
Recipe Card Solution
Now I know what issues need solving. This helped me purchase exactly what we needed.
When I found the wood recipe box from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target, I was so happy. Exactly what I needed. A beautiful box, with a place to sit the recipe card while I cook and bake.
The Hearth & Hand line is one of my favorites from Target. Since launching five years ago I have bought many items. The price point is affordable, and the quality has been great.
Have you tried the flour sack hand towels? They are the best.
The Hearth & Hand line works very well with my love of pretty and practical decor and home essentials. The classic colors and stoneware look so good in any kitchen. I can use most items all year long while adding in a few holiday new arrivals easily.
I also bought the wood cookbook holder. This will work many ways. We use lots of printed recipes from the internet, and this will be a great place to sit those while cooking. Going to grab some clear sheet protectors to put those recipes in.
Ray uses the iPad from time to time when trying new recipes. Once we know we like it we then print it out. In the meantime, he will be able to use the cookbook holder for the iPad.
New potholders are something I replace each year as well. The red ticking and green plaid color potholder set this year have a great classic style. Of course, I had to grab these Morning Beautiful stoneware coffee mugs.
Our kitchen works best for us when we have everything handy. Making the most of time with my family and friends is what the holidays are all about. Now that I have my holiday kitchen prep done, I won’t need to worry about wasting time instead of being with my family.
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