With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Going Paperless

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Going Paperless

Trying to consolidate my huge recipe file box, stacks of magazine clippings, bookmarked cookbook pages and folders full of recipes, I decided to make a place I could turn to where everything was organized and above all, I could instantly find what I was looking for.

I have stored recipes on my computer as documents, printed them out and filed in binders and kept them in large recipe boxes.  None of those systems worked easily for continuous use.
So, I created another blog I use as my on-line cookbook/recipe box filled with our old favorite family recipes.

For the past months I have focused on making and photographing
those favorite recipes before continuing to try new ones.
Since many of the recipes posted on
With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart
are now on this new blog and vice versa, I have it set as private.

Now I work right from my laptop (well, John's laptop) as I cook and bake.
No more hoisting my huge file box to search for a filed recipe and then having to refile after it was used.
No more spending way too much time looking for a misplaced recipe.
Through the years I have revamped my recipe collection from small file boxes to various binders to huge file boxes.  After 35 years of cooking (not to mention the recipes I collected before I married) it was becoming a chore that was frustrating.
Contemplating a fitting name for my new blog, my sweet Jamie suggested I use the name of her blog with a slight change.
A verse from Isaiah  55:2 was perfect.

Why spend money on what is not bread,
   and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
   and you will delight in the richest of fare.


Tracy said...

okay, so I have a question...you have gone 'paperless' so does that mean you got rid of all your recipes in the box? I say I am going to do that but something inside makes me 'hang on' to those paper copies well, 'just because' or 'what if'
Oh my gosh, that recipe for peanut butter brownies looks scrumptious and NOT good for WW...I'm certain it would have more points than I'm allowed :)

marie said...

Excellent idea and the perfect name for your second blog!

Keri On said...

I think the computer is great for storing recipes - convenient and a big time saver! I suppose if you have sentimental attachment to some handwritten ones - because they are your mom's handwriting or a dear friend's handwriting, that you could scrapbook them w/ pictures of those people...and not feel like you need to keep EVERY recipe they ever gave you.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

What a great idea! And nice to have it all at your fingertips!

Lorraine said...

You are very brave!
Love, Lorraine

Beth said...

What a great way to stay organized! I now look up many of my recipes on the blog rather than pulling out the cookbooks.

crochet lady said...

Sounds like a great way for a great cook to be organized!

Life In a Little House said...

Wow that sounds like a great idea! Anna baked up those peanut butter brownies and the kids just loved them!! ~Have a great Memorial Day Weekend ~Love Heather

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Lorraine, a few questions...
Are you typing in all recipes? Even those you've never tried? Or are you scanning them? Did you make a table of contents or just use a search function to find what you want? Are you including tags? This is actually what I envisioned as the purpose of my blog but afraid my collection of recipes has only multiplied.

BTW, your meatloaf picture is gorgeous. I took hundreds of pictures of my meatloaf and none of them looked near that good. Blessings...

Laurie said...

I like the idea of putting all of my recipes in 1 place. I have mine in several forms - just as you did - and with the plans to downsize soon, it would be a good idea to put them on our computer. And I also like the name of your new blog!

Julie Harward said...

A good idea.. and it will be so much easier for you too. How about a link to this blog? ;D

LDH said...

Hi Paula,

I copied and pasted recipes already on my Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart blog to the new one. I am typing in others and adding personal photos of family as they related to a particular recipe since it is a family recipe blog. I can type them in the same time it would take to scan, save and insert. The blog includes just the tried and true recipes. Just like my main blog, I have categories with recipes on my side bar as an index of sorts but I can also use the search feature to quickly get to a post. I am not pitching my big recipe box just in case something happens with the blog or (heavens, no) technology changes a few years down the road and this becomes obsolete. (I am remembering the hundreds of old VHS tapes that are now replaced by DVD's)

As for new recipes, I am trying really hard to limit the number I gather. I'd have to live longer than Methuselah to be able to make all of them : )

What is it about meatloaf... It looks so appetizing on the plate but less so in photos. I have tried to get a decent photo from the last three times I made it and most didn't come out well. Some food are not photogenic!

Maybe you got this LA Times link featuring Tastespotting creator Sarah Gims. With 1000 submissions a day, I think I should be happy about my submissions that did get accepted and forget about all of those 'composition' rejects.
LA Times SArah Gims of Tastespotting

I always appreciate your visits and input!
Kindly, Lorraine

Sue said...

Great idea LDH, it would be wonderful if you would allow us to read your recipes, You share the best recipes and your photography is beautiful too.
Enjoy your weekend.

Ann said...

That was a fantastic idea and I love the name that you gave to your blog.
I have recipes everywhere and I never seem to be able to find them when I need them


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