And another week is here. Is it me or are these weeks just flying by?!
This week I wanted to talk a little bit about recipes. I get many emails asking me how I avoid the dinner rut each week and honestly I think it’s just because I’m constantly trying new recipes. I know that scares many people but you’ll never find a new favorite meal if you don’t try new recipes. The way I look at it is this…some recipes are winners and well some are not but what we are is never bored :) Of course it does take time to source out new recipes week after week (especially that meet my specific criteria) but as I find new favorites I add them to my Family Favorite Recipe Index. Then on weeks where I’m rushed and have less time to plan and look for recipes, I can just pull from our favorites list. It doesn’t take me any longer to prepare a new recipe than it does an old one. As long as I have a recipe to go by I’m good.
I’m definitely an amateur cook but as I try new recipes and build my index I gain more and more confidence. Yes I’ll still have failures and probably always will (remember my pizza braid?) but that’s okay as long as my successes outnumber my failures in the long run, right? :)
Do you have a Family Favorites Recipe Index? If you’ve got one posted on your blog will you please link to it in the comments for me (it may go to spam but I’ll keep checking there and move them over)? I’d love to come take a look and maybe add some new recipes to try to my growing list. To keep my lists organized I simply open up my recipe folder in my bookmarks and then save the link into the appropriate sub-folder. I have my sub-folders listed like this:
Allergy Friendly, Appetizers, Beef, Breads/Muffins, Breakfast, Chicken, Desserts, Drinks, Holiday, Meatless, Misc, Pizza, Pork, Potatoes, Salads, Soups and Veggies.
Some of the sub-folders even have sub-folders. Sure makes it easy to find what I need later. And so I never lose my bookmarks (again) I use Xmarks. Works great!
Here is what’s on our menu this week:
Tuesday: Chicken and Thyme over Pasta
Wednesday: Mexican-Style Ravioli
Thursday: Dinner out, yay!
Friday: Leftover Buffet
Saturday: Mac & Cheese & Carrots served with sausages
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
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Have a great week everyone. Also don’t forget to enter to win a seat in my latest organizing workshop giveaway! This giveaway closes on Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00 pm PST.