Recipe Binder

It’s a holiday here, making it a nice long weekend! This gives me more time to tackle projects around the home to help get organized. I go back to work tonight and so I may not have as much time this week to be working on larger projects, but I’m going to keep making baby steps in the direction of my goals and spending this month getting ready for a great September and beyond. I’m just going to work on one thing at a time and keep trying to progress. I love this quote (I’m not sure of the source) that says “Progress is progress, no matter how small” and I also love that Tony Robbins says “Progress equals happiness”. In other words, baby steps in the right direction are a powerful force.

My project for today is to start a recipe binder. I have a few “binder projects” that I’m presently working on, so watch for a couple more binder posts in the future.

Like most people out there, I have a stack of cookbooks, a recipe box, and a hefty Pinterest board full of recipes. It’s time to get them all in one place. One of my best friends has had great success with having a healthy recipe binder and using that to meal plan and do her food shopping, and it’s time I take a lesson.

Basically, the reason for the recipe binder is two-fold:
1. To organize all my recipes, and have them in one convenient location, to encourage meal planning, money saving, and time saving.
2. To make it simpler to eat healthy and to encourage good choices.

I went to Pinterest (where else?) sure that I would find a great free printable kit and this wonderful website did not disappoint.

This is the printable I used:

http://www.fabnfree.com/2014/06/10/free-recipe-binder-in-3-color-options/#more-2099

And I like Martha Stewart Home Office (Staples) divider tabs.

Here are some quick photos of my binder in progress:

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Now I’ve just started and got the basic layout organized. I’ll work, little by little, on transferring recipes and getting my binder well stocked.

How do you organize your recipes?

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Food Prep

My project for today was food prep. To start, I bought some great local vegetables and did a garden harvest. The reason for today’s task is pretty simple- when I spend time on the weekend doing food prep, I eat better than when I don’t. And of course, when I eat well, I feel better, I work harder, and I come closer to my health & fitness goals. So this is a good step, and it’s time well spent. I spent a good part of my Sunday in the kitchen with an apron on, and that really is a happy place for me.

Here are some photos from my day:

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first row: our local vegetable shopping trip, squash puree, washed and chopped broccoli, prepared turkey scallopine (a favourite of mine!)

second row: tomatoes washed & chopped, grated zucchini

third row: zucchini & tomato puree, taco seasoning (similar to Rachael Ray’s recipe), bean taco zucchini boats (beans, taco seasoning, salsa, tomatoes, cheese), garden greens chopped & ready for salad

fourth row: refresher juice (cucumber & celery juice with coconut water), beet juice, pretty beets (and my nails happened to coordinate!) and ingredients for overnight oats (berries, almond butter, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, oats- I change this up nearly every time, depending on what I have on hand).

I had a productive day, and my fridge and freezer look a little happier! Lots of great food prepared so I can be a little more organized and hopefully healthier this week.

Cheers to time-saving and healthy eating this week!

Happy August!

For me, the month of August is going to be about getting motivated and setting the scene for many months of pursuing my life goals through personal development. Specifically, I have outlined the start of 2016 as a target date for many of my goals. Many of my plans are set in motion to begin at the start of September 2014 and run through the end of December 2015. In other words, I have 16 months’ worth of plans and goals that I will be working on.

I just recently bought a new day planner- Kate Spade New York. It is so pretty. I think a day planner is something to get really excited about and really invest in, because I use it all day every day for many, many months and it’s a great way to be excited about organizing my day, week, month, year and keeping on track with my goals. This particular planner starts August 01, 2014 and runs through December 2015- exactly the 16 target months and as a bonus it starts in August instead of September.

I read somewhere that September is the other January- as in, a good opportunity for a fresh start. I just LOVED that. I thrive on a fresh start! So, this planner starting in August is a great opportunity for me to say that August is the new September! I’m enjoying a fresh start a little early. If you’re looking for an excuse for a fresh start, this is it! It’s day two of a long, wonderful month with plenty of opportunity to shine!

My focus in August will simply be about getting back in the swing of things and preparing to pursue my goals in September. I’m not saying I’m going to wait to be successful and accomplished, but I’m leaving August open to enjoy summer and be more laid back. I’m using August as a refresher month in productivity and pursuing goals. I’m going to work on taking small steps that will help me progress.

My task for today is to clean up! I believe in the difference my home environment can make. I’m always striving to make it beautiful, make it a place I love to be. This morning, I cleaned out our vehicle, and today I’m going to give our a home a nice, good clean.

If you’re thinking cleaning your home is a good place for you to start bettering your life (and for me, it is!) and this task seems overwhelming to you, this is a good resource:
http://www.flylady.net/

Here’s to a great month of August!