Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 14, 2014

Another Hot Mess

I have been threatening, for YEARS, to type up all the scraps of paper with recipes scrawled on them.  It was my intent to do it in 2013 and I'd gathered them all together, then jammed them into a cubby space near my printer. I never 'got a round tuit', and it made searching for recipes quite challenging.  Since I had finally cleaned and organized my craft room, that mess in the cubby really stood out.  I got the craft table cleaned off and decided it was now or never.  The computer takes up so much room that my incentive to get it done quickly is great, because I can't craft.  


So many scraps of paper.  I ended up throwing out a lot of the recipes too....like the 20 different recipes for apple pie.  It's just easier to buy it.  I will make apple crisp, but not pie.  I threw away a lot of sugary baking recipes simply because I cannot be tempted to bake that stuff and leave it around the house because neither of us needs to be stuffing our face with it.  

Some of  my notations amused me.  Apparently writing out 'chicken breasts' took too much time, even though I started writing 'breasts', so I shortened it to 'chix boobs'.

I was thumbing through this cookbook and was about to transcribe this recipe when I read the pink note.  It looks like a good recipe but I guess it 'bums me out'.

I went through all my old vegetarian cookbooks and transcribed all of the recipes I used to make.  I am giving the books to a friend because I never made 85% or more of the ones in there.  I'm sorry but I wish people would stop making recipes that include curry, nuts, fruit, raisins and other really weird combos.  Gross.

I got about 50+ pages typed the first day, and I just have that small stack left to do.  I'd even made handwritten recipe cards and laminated them and all those are being transcribed as well.  My intent after they are printed is to put them in page protectors in a 3 ring binder and keep it readily at hand in the kitchen.  

Glad to have that project finally done!  I've only been meaning to do it for the past 10 years!

22 comments:

  1. Awesome JoJo! Chix boobs???? OMG that cracked me up.

    I remember when I got engaged I went through all my mom's (many) cookbooks and family recipes and TYPED (yes, on a TYPEWRITER) up coloured recipe cards for my own collection. I still use them to this day; 34 years later....

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    1. My mom sent me a few typewriter-typed recipes while I was out in CA and those are getting re-typed in the computer too, except for one where my dad hand wrote, 'good luck! love dad'. I'm keeping that card. I just have so many awesome soup recipes and they've been hard to find. I hate buying the canned crap, which Russell is turning his nose up at now that he's had a few of my homemade soups. So it was time to do it.

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  2. Chix boobs! ha ha that made me laugh. I may even use it a time or two. It's funny you did that because I just went through my recipes (mine are all printed from the internet) and ended up throwing a ton out. They were either a pain to make or just not tasty. Now I'm rebuilding my recipe folder with new ones.

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    1. I'm pleased to announce that I just finished this project this morning. 89 recipes typed and printed. The majority of them are baking. I love sweets!

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  3. Oops! Sorry, in my excitement, I chose the right letters but not necessarily in the right order ;0) Congratulations on achieving your goal. I wonder if you'd like to organise my mother.....

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    1. LOL No I think I'll pass....keeping myself organized is hard enough!

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  4. I wonder if it's the chopping of onions part that bums you out. It always makes me cry.
    Congratulations on your productivity.

    xoRobyn

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    1. i can usually get through the onion chopping if I do it quickly. But I rarely cry if I'm using an onion that was in the fridge.

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  5. That is quite the project! It will be nice once you have it done to have all your recipes organized and at your finger tips. All the work will be well worth it! ♥

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    1. I'm hoping this gives me the incentive to make more soups and stuff. They are so good and so nutritious and none of that canned crap.

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  6. That's great JoJo! I need to do the same thing one of these days! Lol

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    1. You can do it!!!! It's such a sense of accomplishment!!

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  7. Great work! Keep it up!

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  8. Wow, I'm impressed! I always say that I'm going to do stuff like that and never do. I really don't have to worry about it now though because through the course of my many, many moves...the recipes I had all got lost which really sucks because they were family recipes. All's well though because who knows when I would have ever gotten the gumption to do what you're doing. Yay you!

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    1. This project really didn't take as long as I'd expected at all. But for one thing, I was realistic and so a lot of them ended up in the trash. I type very fast, so I could do 20-30 in a short period of time. I only had 90 once I threw some out.

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  9. That's a rather challenging list of things to avoid eating. Way too much work for me, having too many food dislikes! I will eat (almost) anything, just so glad when other people cook it!

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    1. I was raised by a very picky mother, food wise, so I never ventured out to try anything too different. Plus I have a lot of food allergies...deadly ones.

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    2. Ah. One of my 3 kids was a picky eater. Thankfully, she outgrew it, but we never forced her to eat what she was finicky about. Instead, we would ask her to keep on tasting and trying the things she was so sure she hated. Growing up next to Chinatown in S.F. also contributed to my love of little-known foods. My family has long been adventurous with their food likes, so I was exposed to lots of different tastes early-on. Good thing, since I now live in Hawaii, where there are many foods I never knew existed. As my guy likes to say: "It's a big world!" : )

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  10. Hahahaha! I know what you mean about those weird ass recipes that call for curry and fruit, nuts, some flippin' spice you can't get unless you know someone who knows someone who's traveling to India or Thailand, Brazil.. I still haven't organized my recipes either, it's so much easier to jump on pinterest.

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    1. I know right? I get halfway through reading and am like 'coconut milk? Oh hell no!' lmao Yes...Pinterest.....I have lots of those recipes book marked too. Mostly baking.

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  11. Ha Ha! Chix Boobs. I'm going to borrow that the next time I have to write a grocery list for my husband.

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