Cute Recipe Storage

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I thought I would show how I store my recipes.  Several years ago, I bought one of these recipe baskets at a Longaberger basket show.  I even had to buy the cute “Recipes” tie-on.

I think this was purchased around 1996 or 1997.  These baskets are expensive, but they are sturdy and do hold up very well.  I love the lip on the cover, where you can rest a recipe while you are reading it.

I bought a ton of recipe cards with plastic covers.  I’m a messy cook and baker, stuff gets splashed around.  I do have a few recipe books, but if I like a recipe enough, I’ll write it on a card and put it here into my basket.

Once in a while, I tear recipes out of magazines, and print them from the internet.  Here is my pile of recipes “to be tried.”

I really need to give myself some sort of deadline for trying these recipes before I either write them on a card, or toss them.  I think some of these papers are older than six months.

Until I try the new recipes, I fold them up and store them in front of my recipe cards.  Looks like it’s time to try some of these out!

How do you store your recipes?  Do you have a basket or container? A three ring binder?  Cookbooks? Do you just look up recipes on the internet?

Linking to: The Gypsy’s Corner/My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia



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I’ve read a lot of blog posts and news stories about today’s date of 10/10/10.  I know this is off-topic, but here are 10 photos that I took today.  We took a last minute trip to the White Mountains, and here 10 of my photos.

Back to our usual posts this week; I have lots to talk about!

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The Wood Pellets are Here!


We recently ordered wood pellets for our stove for the winter.  We talked my brother into coming over to help us bring them into the basement.  I didn’t get any pictures of them working, but here’s a picture of the ginormous piles:

I hate to think about it, but we’ll probably be turning this thing on within a month…ugh!  We do love the feel of the heat from the pellet stove, but I hate to think about the approaching cold.

Here’s a picture of the stove in action last winter.  It’s actually kind of pretty when it’s running.  The heat just feels so much warmer than our baseboard heat.  We bought this stove when the cost of oil went crazy-high.  Even though the cost of oil has gone down, the pellets are still less expensive than oil.

You can check out this link that I wrote last year for some ideas on how to conserve heat in the winter.

What type of heat do you use in the winter? (If you have to use heat at all?!)  Do you have it ready yet?

So, Who is Ready for Halloween?


Yesterday, Handy Boy and I were in Rite Aid, and I saw a worker putting out some HALLOWEEN CANDY.  Yes, candy corn and snack  sized Halloween items.  Already.

I still have to buy Handy Boy some school supplies.  I know, nothing like waiting until the last minute.  Thankfully, the list is short, and I already have some of the supplies needed at home.  I think it’s a bit weird, though, to be looking for school supplies near Halloween Candy!

I’m not a fan of really hot weather, but I’m just not ready for fall yet.  We are having too much fun doing “summery” things.  Last summer in New England, it POURED most of the summer, and it really limited a lot of the things we wanted to do.  I think we are trying to make up for it this summer.  School starts soon, and there are still a few more things I wanted to squeeze in first, but I think we are going to run out of time.

Are there any home or yard projects you want to finish before back to school time (if you have kids?).  Many states have started school already.  Please write in the comments section about which projects you want to complete before fall really starts.  I refuse to believe that fall starts when they put out the Halloween candy!

There are several projects that I want to complete before school starts.  I need to order some photos for scrapbooking, do some actual SCRAPBOOKING, organize a few areas of the house, and put some photos of our old houses up on this blog.

Yikes.  I’d better get crackin’.

Remodelaholic Friday

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I recently found a great blog called Remodelaholic. She has all sorts of great home DIY projects.  Lots of great information and photos on her site!

Today she is having a link party where people post projects, recipes, crafts, etc. Go check it out! I posted a link to our “Before and After” Kitchen renovations.

Click on any of the buttons on her post to go check out the tons of great projects listed.

Do you have any projects planned for the weekend?  The weather is finally a bit cooler, so Handy Man has some projects on the Hunny-Do list to tackle.  The shed project is getting a rest for a bit, while we save up money for the next bunch of materials we will need.

Summer is Really Here!


Corn on the cob, and playing on the beach…ahhhh, summer is here!

Another Rain Storm

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Well, here we are, having our THIRD huge rain storm in about a one month span.  Here are some pictures from the first huge wind storm that knocked our power out for five days.

I like the canoe that this nearby house had in their yard.  I think this was from the second storm.  Honestly, its hard to keep track anymore.  There’s no snow on the ground, so I’m guessing the second storm.

Today, several roads were closed in the area due to flooding again.  This is CRAZY!  I know we live near the coast, but we usually don’t have flooding THIS bad.  What’s up with all the weird weather?

I continue to be plagued by small, but annoying illnesses.  I’m hoping to get well soon so I can start posting more.  Handy Man can’t WAIT to work in the yard this weekend.  It’s (finally?) supposed to be in the 70s!

How’s the weather where you are?

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