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What would make one decide to make your own recipe book? Having debated with my husband for the umpteenth time about whether to give a store-bought cake or a bouquet of flowers as gifts to both my mom and mother-in-law for their birthdays (we sent them flowers and a card last year) a few months ago, it dawned on me that I had been putting so little effort into my gifts year in and year out or so this year, I had to come up with more meaningful gift ideas for my mom and mother-in-law who love cooking.

While racking my brain, I remembered how, when I was growing up, my mom liked to clip recipes out of soup can labels, magazines, and pretty much anywhere she could find new recipes to try. It was a time when finding easy dinner recipes wasn’t as easy as going online and visiting your favorite food blogs, so every recipe was either handwritten or clipped out of some random recipe resource. All these clippings and notes were tucked into a little box, while her favorites were given a special place on the cork board in our kitchen.

Through the years, my mom acquired quite a few clippings. Some of them had faded over time, while others were so fragile that they probably wouldn’t have survived much longer if I didn’t do something about it. The idea dawned on me while I was flipping through one of our customized photo books filled with family pictures.

It was then that I came up with the perfect birthday gift: a personalized cookbook filled with my mom’s and mother-in-law’s own beloved recipes.

Having just a little over a month to complete both projects, it was definitely an ambitious undertaking.


Step 1: Collect the recipes.

I committed to compiling some of my mom’s and mother-in-law’s most beloved family recipes (at least according to me and my husband, our siblings’ opinions notwithstanding). Under the guise of transferring their collections into digital form for my future reference, I borrowed my mom’s envelope of clippings and my mother-in-law’s notebook full of handwritten Italian-American recipes from her side of the family — with the promise that, yes, I would return them as soon as I was done.

Step 2: Curate the collection, and type up the chosen ones.

It’s a process that, I won’t lie, resulted in some minor disagreements between me and the hubby — none of which, thankfully, got too heated. Since there were just too many recipes, we decided to pick out our favorites among the bunch. But we ran into some difficulty in agreeing with each other’s choices, with him having tasted my mom’s cooking and I having tasted his mother’s as well. Clearly, we both had our own favorites from each household’s recipe repertoire. After whittling them down to a modest 15 recipes each, I tasked the hubby (as he is the faster typist of the two of us) to type them up on the computer.

If it sounds quite tedious, I can tell you now that it certainly was. But luckily, my tech-savvy husband found something that helped make the process faster and easier: the Google Goggles app. It’s a free Android app that captures text from an image and converts them into actual text that you can copy and paste anywhere.

Step 3: Design a consistent and book-friendly format for the recipes.

Using simple pen and paper, I drew some layout ideas for my recipe books. I had never done this before, obviously, so I found some inspiration from the recipe books I had in my kitchen. For organization, I decided to divide the books into chapters, separating the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. I wanted the name of the recipe in a large font on the top of the page, with sub-headings such as Category, Serving Size, and Cook Time underneath. I also wanted a large photo of the dish taking up at least one-fourth of the page, with Ingredients on the opposite side of the photo and the Directions underneath.

For an added personal touch, I added a small “Reviews” section in the layout. This was made up of warm or funny blurbs contributed by various relatives about their fond memories of the dish.

Step 4: Cook!

Since no recipe book would be complete without pictures, I obviously had to do a photoshoot for each dish — and for that to happen, I would need to actually cook them.

In the weeks before Mother’s Day, I cooked nothing but the dishes I was going to include in the recipe books, making sure to make them as presentable as I could with lovely plates and fresh garnishes.

Step 5: Take photographs.

In the beginning it was just me and my point-and-shoot Canon camera, but after some initial (and quite terrible) attempts at food photography, I decided to enlist the help of my neighbor, who owned a DSLR camera and was pretty adept with it.

And even better? He allowed me to pay him in food! After each shoot, I would put a large portion of the recipe we had shot into a Pyrex dish for him to take home — a setup that proved a great convenience to me, since my hubby and I would never be able to finish everything.

If you don’t personally know any photographers or have the budget to hire one, there is no problem in doing it yourself with whatever camera (you can even use your smartphone) you have at your disposal. If you don’t know the first thing about photography, there are many excellent food styling/photography blog posts out there with some helpful tips for beginners. They won’t make you an amazing food photographer overnight, but they will certainly help you take halfway decent photos.

There are dozens of helpful tips and tricks out there, but below are the key takeaways that almost all bloggers agree on:

  • Don’t use the camera’s flash.
  • Use natural lighting, but not direct sunlight.
  • Shoot from the diner’s point of view.
  • Be creative with backgrounds, but don’t overcrowd the shot.
  • Experiment with light and shadows and their effects on your food’s texture.

Step 6: Create your recipe book.

At this point, there was only one decision to make: should I go with a DIY scrapbook for my own recipe book (printing everything on my home printer and gluing them onto a hardcover book with blank pages) or have them published in a sleek, professionally printed recipe book? Eventually, I decided on the latter, as I wanted these recipe books to stand the test of time, and having them published by a reputable printing service would give me a much more durable and robust product.

Here are the options I contemplated on:

For a truly homemade, no-brainer option, simply take a three ring binder, some plastic page protectors, a bunch of tabbed dividers, and insert the photos and printed-out recipes into the plastic pockets. Sure, it’s inexpensive and handmade, but honestly, it’s a mere step-up from the recipe collection techniques my mom implemented for herself.

I have some scrapbooking experience from my days making a secret shrine to the Backstreet Boys (don’t judge) and creating cute friendship scrapbooks for my friends, so I know that doing it this way is just as much a time-consuming effort as it is a labor of love. So when I came across this darling little farmhouse recipe book, the temptation to forfeit weekends lazing on the couch watching a Netflix series marathon in favor of cutting, gluing, and searching for scrapbook papers and embellishments was strong. But in the end, I decided that durability was the most important thing to me, so the power of scrapbooking adorableness did not compel me into going this route.

Knowing that I wanted something truly sturdy and elegant, I did some research online and found out that printing up recipe books that look like a coffee table book wasn’t difficult or expensive at all. I found that you could make your own sleek and durable recipe book with glossy pages and a thick, hardbound cover by using any online photo book printing service.

I spent a lot of time researching the most reputable companies, and if you plan to go with the photo book option, I highly suggest you do the same. Look for reviews, impartial company comparisons, and anything else that will help you decide. But in the end, I went with AdoramaPix because I saw some really good reviews about the great quality of their photo books — plus I found a 25 percent off coupon code for them online.

All I had to do was go to the AdoramaPix site, select my choices for the cover, shape, and orientation, size, paper finish, and design. They had a pre-set design for cookbooks in their food category, but I chose to design the layout myself so I could fully customize the entire recipe book. After selecting my options, I simply had to upload my photos and export my recipes and other texts in any layout I preferred using their online photo book designing tool. It was a pretty easy process.

My grand total for two 20-page recipe photo books amounted to a little over $60 (thanks to the coupon) and shipping was free for orders over $39. However, since I wanted them to arrive as soon as possible, I sprang for expedited shipping and received my own recipe books after a few days which would have been one week if I had chosen the free standard shipping.

The result? The moms were seriously impressed! They absolutely loved the idea and vowed to make their own recipe books as gifts for all their friends this Christmas. They’re meaningful, creative, and incredibly useful!


A DIY Recipe Binder is an easy and practical way to organize all of your recipes–and to keep adding them! Free printables included.

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it’s been around for a long time, but that says something right there…it’s still around because it WORKS!  I’ve had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this past week, my current ones needed a makeover.  I use them A LOT, and they were in sad shape.  So…I’m sharing them with you, plus all the free printables you need to make your own DIY Recipe Binder!

How does it work?

DIY Recipe Binder: Organize Your Recipes

I type up my favorite, tried and true recipes–the ones that I gather out of all my other cookbooks and from other sources–slide them in sheet protectors, and the place them in binders under a specific category.  I love the sheet protectors, because as I’m cooking, if something spills on it, it’s easily wiped up, and the recipe isn’t ruined. I don’t always type them up–if I get them online, I usually just print them out and place them in the binder.


At the back of each of my binders, I have a pocket divider. This is where I put any new recipes, and recipes I want to try, then if we like it, I slide it into a sheet protector and keep it in my binder. If we don’t like it, then it’s easy to toss.

I now have three binders!  You can either have more of the smaller binders, or less of the thicker ones. I don’t like my binders to be too big, so I tend to go with the thinner ones.  Each binder is organized by like categories, making it easier to file and remember where recipes are.

I LOVE them.  Seriously, it is worth the time to type up your recipes, I promise! When I first started, I just did a few every day until I was done, so it wasn’t too overwhelming.  Now, it doesn’t take too long to add a new recipe, and it’s super easy to maintain.

When I just re-did my binders (which were in sorry shape), I created fun printables for the cover, spine, each category, and the tabs. AND…I’m sharing them with you!  Just download the files, and print!  Make sure you look at the print view before printing–I had to make some small changes to my margins so it would fit the best on my paper.  I ended up with a small white border at the top and bottom of each paper, and I just trimmed them off. They were only about 1/8 of an inch, so not too much.

The tabs are actually circles, and I have the text at the top of the circles.  Just print on to your choice of scrapbook paper or cardstock, then use a 2 inch circle punch to cut them out. I laminated mine so they would last a long time, and used doublestick tape to attach them to the back of each category page—making a cute tab!

 You can also print and cut out the spine cover, and slide it in the plastic cover.  Easy!

You can download all the printables below. I also included a blank page, so you can add your own text with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Canva.

Here are the colors I used:

Dark Gray:  2f2f2f

Light Gray: 6c6c6c

Dark Pink: ff7996

Light Pink: ffc4cc

Dark Green: 7a9800


Light Green: 7db400




Thirsty Script Bold

Century Gothic


Century Gothic is my own font ( you can use their fonts or yours), so you’ll need to have that downloaded on your computer before you start.  It’s a free font!!


To download the files, just click on the files below!



I added the sample recipe page after several requests.  I like to keep it very simple, and type them in a Word document, then saved to a Recipes Folder with subfolders for each category.  The font size for the title is 18, and the text is at 14. I also do only one recipe per page, no matter how short it.

Recipe Binder Files (zip file–all-in-one)

OR…download each of the pdf files below!!!

Recipe Binder Tabs 

BLANK divider page (image file, for editing)

recipe book spine

recipe book spine BLANK (image file, for editing)

recipe binder breakfast

 recipe book appetizers

recipe book breads and rolls

recipe book candy

recipe book cookies

recipe book cover 1

recipe book desserts

recipe book holidays

recipe book main dishes

recipe book salads

recipe book side dishes

recipe book soups

recipe book yummy drinks

recipe book crockpot page

recipe book frostings

recipe book miscellaneous

Recipe Book Sample Recipe

Recipe Book Crockpot Tab

recipe book tabs frostings and miscellaneous


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Recipe Binder – Organize Your Recipes

Quit looking through your whole cookbook shelf or Pinterest board to find the one recipe you’re wanting to make! A recipe binder is the best way to keep your favorite recipes organized and in one place so you can always find what you need in a few turns of the page.

If you’ve been around for longer than about 2.5 seconds, then you know I’m all about meal planning, shelf cooking, grocery shopping on a budget, and feeding my family affordable and filling meals. But want me to let you in on a little secret?? I actually despise cooking! Literally, I don’t like it at all, not one bit.

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BUT I do like how much money we’re able to save versus eating out, that it sets a good example for our kids, and that it allows us to be able to spend our hard-earned money on things I’d rather spend money on! Enter one of my biggest secrets… the recipe binder. It’s the perfect way to cook regularly, affordably, and simply, for your family! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to all the juicy details!

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Watch the video over how to set up a recipe binder online HERE or keep scrolling for a look at my recipe binder below… you totally need one!

So simple, right? Keep on reading for a recap!


Remember when your mom or grandma had the fun handwritten recipe cards you could flip through and find what you needed? Well, the times have changed and more likely than not, you’re probably not writing down your favorite recipes any more.

If you’re anything like I used to be, then you find an awesome recipe on the internet the whole family loved, but then you can never find it again because you can’t remember what it was called or which website it came from.

This is where a recipe binder comes in to save the day!

Print those recipes you just made and loved and keep them in your new favorite kitchen tool. I even go so far to make copies of recipes from cookbooks and put them in the recipe binder! It’s so much easier to find them because you don’t have to search through 20 different cookbooks… Even if they are all beautifully displayed in a rainbow. 😉


Alright, now you have all your favorite recipes, let’s get them in your recipe binder! Here are the tools you’ll need to make your own:

  • Binder – Obvs go for the cute one if you can find it, but don’t spend a lot of money! Most importantly, you want it to be sturdy and big enough to hold all of your family’s tried and true recipes as you add to it.
  • Dividers with Tabs – A recipe binder is all about organizing your recipes to make them easier to find, so you’ll need some dividers that can hold up and withstand the test of time. Plastic is the best way to go!
  • Page Protector Sheets – Okay, so you don’t have to have your recipes in these sheets, but they’ll really help the pages last longer if you do. They also clean off easily if there are any spills.
  • 3-Hole Punch – If you choose to skip the page protectors, then you’ll need to punch your pages so they’ll fit in the recipe binder.

Super easy! You’re going to love this so much, you’ll want to make one for all your best friends and family members. Luckily they make great gifts that won’t cost you a fortune!


The key to easily being able to find the recipe you’re looking for is to use those dividers and keep it organized. Do whatever makes the most sense to you, but I recommend organizing it by protein. That way if you have something sitting in your fridge or freezer that needs to be eaten, you can easily turn to those recipes to find one that will work with the ingredients you have.

Here’s how I have mine organized:

  • Appetizers/Sides/Breakfast
  • Soups
  • Italian/Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Beef/Pork/Seafood
  • Desserts

You can easily get a lot more detailed and break those down into separate categories, such as casseroles, slow cooker, Instant Pot, sheet pan, one-pot, etc. if that helps you keep it better organized and find your recipes.


There are a few things you should write down when you print off your recipes before adding them to your binder. These will save your bacon the next time you make it!

  • Make a Note – Write down your family’s reaction towards the recipe. This will help you remember who all loved it the next time you go to make it.
  • Write Down Adaptations/Substitutions – You’ll never be able to remember what changes you need to make to the recipe the next time you make it! Help yourself out and write down any changes you made to it or any substitutions you tried out and loved.
  • Only Add Recipes You’ve Tried and Liked – Remember, this recipe binder is only for the recipes you’ve made and the whole family (minus the picky eaters) liked! If you tried it and it was just meh, don’t add it.
  • Have a Separate “Need to Try” Binder – If you’ve printed out recipes to try but haven’t tried them yet, create a “Need to Try” binder and add them to that. Keep it organized in the same way so you can easily find a recipe that uses the ingredients you have on hand. Then once you try it and love it, you can make any notes and move it to your tried and true binder.

This recipe binder is going to become a member of the family and will hold so many great memories as you cook for your family over the years! It also makes it easy for other members of the family to easily be able to find meal ideas or cook the meal on the day of.


Obviously you need some recipes to start filling up your binder to make planning meals easier! Pinterest is always a great resource when you’re looking for anything and everything to give you ideas. is another of my go-to’s because you can search for recipes by the ingredients that you have, which is what shelf cooking is all about!

Ye ‘ole faithful blog also has some of my favorite recipes, not to toot my own horn or anything… You can find those tried and true recipes here and on as well!

Alright, well there you have it! You’re now the meal planning master with you handy dandy recipe binder, filled to the brim with your family’s favorite meals. What’s your go-to tried and true meal the whole family loves? Share them with me in the comments below, I’m always looking for new meals to try!

Wanting more great ideas?

Happy recipe binder-making!

How to Make an Awesome DIY Recipe Binder

One item that has been on my 30×30 list forever has been to organize my recipes. I had a giant stack of magazines that I’d saved just for one or two recipes, cookbooks with bookmarks on my top favorites, Pinterest boards overflowing with food pins, and printed recipes stuffed inside cookbooks, never to be seen again. Something needed to happen, but I kept putting it off because I knew it would take a good chunk of time to sit down and organize everything.

Making your own recipe binder will take time, but hopefully if you do it right, it will save you a ton of time in the future because all your favorites will be printed and organized in one place! I’m sure there are lots of different ways to make a recipe binder, but this is how I’ve done mine. I take zero credit for this idea, by the way! My friend Hannah has hers organized like this, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to make one for myself.

NOTE: The recipe binder is not intended to be a replacement for your cookbooks. It is specifically for organizing recipes you find online/someone tells you/you found in a magazine. This is to organize all those random recipes scribbled down on scraps of paper or folded between pages of a notebook. Additionally, if you do have a cookbook you use for just one recipe, why not make a copy of the recipe and give away the cookbook? No need to keep an entire cookbook for just one or two things.

To make a recipe binder, you will need:

-A binder

-Clear plastic page protectors (the ones with holes punched on the side already)

-Some type of divider tabs

-A printer and copier

Obviously your organization method will vary depending on what types of foods you eat. If you’re a vegetarian, you clearly will not have categories organized by type of meat like I do, but you get the idea. My main tabs at the top are: Entrees, Crock-Pot, Soups/Stews, Sides, Desserts, Breakfast.

Compiling the binder is time consuming but easy! All you need to do is start putting recipes into the page protectors and then file them away into the appropriate category. Depending on where the recipe is, you can do one of the following: 

1. If your recipe is in a magazine: tear out the page OR make a copy of the page (see above for an example)
2. If your recipe is in a cookbook: make a copy of the page
3. If your recipe is on Pinterest/online: print out a copy of the recipe (see below for an example)
4. If your recipe is handwritten on a scrap of paper: retype the recipe and print OR tape the recipe to a larger piece of white paper to file into the binder

See? So easy! After all your printing and typing and copying, you should have all your recipes together in one place, organized for easy reference. Now recycle those magazines you’ve been holding on to, and get to cooking!

This recipe binder makes me so happy! It’s so easy to find recipes now, and I love how they are organized by type so I can flip right to the category of food I’m looking to make. I was glad to be able to cross this off my to-do list. Shoutout to my friend Hannah for the brilliant idea!

Questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you!
How do you organize your recipes?

How to make a DIY Recipe Book (plus free printables)

One of my friend’s has just gotten into baking and wanted a way to organize her recipes. I suggested a binder but she thought this would be too bulky and doesn’t have a lot of recipes (binders can hold 200+ recipes). So I made some printables and turned them into a recipe book for her!

I made the recipe book at A4 (the page size we use here in Australia). However, you can print printables at any size you like including A5, half letter size, US page size etc.

If you want more flexibility in the order of the pages as well as the ability to add more and remove them later, use a discbound system such as Arc or the MAMBI Happy Planner – both brands sell the discs separate to their planners.

Related: How to choose a binding system for your planner (comparison and which one I like the most) 

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  • To make the rainbow colors POP, see this post with printing tips: 7 Ways to make colors POP when printing using an Inkjet printer 
  • Print the front and back covers onto cardstock (I used 280GSM) from Officeworks. eBay is a good place to start for smaller quantities
  • The clear cover I used was from Officeworks in the binding section
  • I have a GBC comb binding machine but you could also take the pages to your local office supply store and have them spiral bind it for you, or use a discbound system such as the ARC or MAMBI

The printables can be printed at any size you like including: A5, half letter size, 7 x 9″ etc. : step by step printing instructions.

Click the image below to download the recipe book printables. If you’re an existing subscriber, you can login here (the password was sent in the initial subscription confirmation email).

This recipe book is in a similar style to the meal planning and planner covers I shared previously.

Other pages you may want to add to your recipe book:

  • Kitchen conversions & cooking tips
  • Print 2 recipes per page (see this page for printing tips)
  • Pages with space for a photo (these are included in the recipe binder printables in my shop
  • Favorite recipe websites
  • Recipe index
  • Recipes to try
  • Family favorites
  • 30 minute meals
  • 60 minute meals

Because tabs / divider can get damaged in a recipe book if you put it on a shelf, here are a couple of ideas for keeping your recipes organized:

  1. Write each recipe category in a different color (you may want to add an index to the front of the recipe book) e. g. cake recipes in pink, slices in blue, cookies in green etc. I previously shared my favorite pen brands (and which colors I recommend using if you want to color code).

Related: Ultimate list of the best planner pen brands and how to choose colors for color coding 

2. If you have a lot of recipes, make a different recipe book for each category and use a different color/and or pattern for each recipe book. I have tons of printable recipe sheets and planner covers in my shop!

3. Add a colored dot or a small page flag to the top or bottom corner of the recipe book for each category (chicken recipes, slow cooker, cupcakes, 30 minute meals etc.)- you may want to add a legend/key/index to the front of the recipe book. Then when you’re flipping through your recipes it’ll make it easier to find the one you’re looking for

4. Add a strip of washi tape to the side of the recipe pages – sticking with the same color scheme and use all different types of patterns – or using the same pattern in different colors (I recommend the Doodlebug washi collections for this – they’re my favorite type of washi!)

Related post: Planner Organization: How to color-code your planner (so you’ll actually use it effectively)

Want recipe pages in rainbow that match this cover? I shared some in this post.

Don’t forget to download the recipe printables here.

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Organize all of your favorite recipes and recipes you want to try in one cute place with these cute, pretty, and practical DIY Recipe Binder Printables

DIY Recipe Binder Printables

Well it’s about that time of year! Things are getting super busy, we’re on full-on planning mode with school and birthdays and holidays, and it’s time to share a free printable to help out with all of that craziness.

The past 2 years I’ve shared printable planners that were super practical to make your home and holidays an efficient machine (and, let’s be honest, they’re totally for me too. You can check these out at the very bottom of the post where I’ve included links to more printable freebies). This year I’m sharing one that’s both practical and for pleasure.  Ready? Recipe Binder Printables!

I’m so excited to share these, and also just have them because I’m a total foodie.  I LOVE trying new recipes and creating my own, and since I’m being honest today, I have recipes EVERYWHERE.  I know it drives Mr. Gracious nuts. But I have some in file folders, some in regular folders, some in piles, some in drawers, some in cabinets, some scribbled in notebooks, and some in my recipe box.  And… Maybe some where I can’t think of right now or even some that I’ve forgotten about.  In any case, I’m making it my mission to get them all in ONE place, and I’ve made these free printable recipe pages to help me get the job done.

So enough of my rambling.  Let’s talk about what’s in this DIY Recipe Binder Printables pack.

Inside the Free DIY Recipe Binder Printables

Think of these as a printable cookbook of the best kind, a personalized cookbook binder, where you get to keep all of your favorite recipes and all of the recipes that you want to try, all in one cute place.  I was having a really hard time deciding which colors to make it so I ended up making 4, yes FOUR, different ones: Aqua and Gold, Pink and Gold, Navy and Gold, and Black and Gold.  You can use just one color scheme or mix and match, totally up to you, but each one is 43 pretty pages long.

To save on computer ink, you could also choose to print any of these in gray scale. And while we’re on that subject, I ran out of printer ink and didn’t get to print off my own recipe binder to use and take pictures of for you, so I have to wait until this weekend when I can grab some (Wahhh!!). But I didn’t want you to have to wait for yours, too, so I’m just going to share it with you today anyway.


Here’s what you get:

Binder Printable Covers – You get a front binder cover page, back cover, and even 2 spine cover options, in all 4 color schemes.


Divider Covers – I figured everyone would want to organize their categories for the recipe book a little differently, so I made the covers for every category that I could think of in each color scheme and also left a set blank in case you want a category that I didn’t think of.


Printable Recipe Pages for Binder – The recipe section includes a recipe index that you can use either at the beginning of your recipe binder or at the beginning of each section of your recipe binder so you can always find the recipe you need, quickly and easily. Plus, it has printable recipe pages in 5 different designs in each of the color schemes.




Setting Up Your Free DIY Recipe Binder Printables

Once you’ve downloaded your recipe binder, you’ll need a few things to set it up.  Of course you can go the frugal route and keep all your recipes together with binder clips or binder rings, but I recommend using the supplies below to make sure all of your favorite recipes are well-kept and safe from spills and kitchen accidents.



Okay. I think we’ve covered everything.  It’s time to actually get your own recipe binder printables and get started!


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Now for the good part! You can get your own Recipe Binder Printables for FREE by just entering your email address below.

After you enter your email address, a confirmation email will be sent to you. This is just to keep spammers from adding email addresses of people who don’t want the emails.  Click on the confirmation link, and the printables will automatically download.

The Recipe Binder Printables are in a zipped file in PDF format.  I would recommend only trying to download on a device where you can unzip the file. To unzip, view the zipped file in your downloads folder, right click on the file, and click extract all.  This will make all of the PDF files accessible to you.  Also, make sure you have proper PDF reading software on the device you’re using to access the printables.  The files are LARGE, so they may take a moment to download.

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A DIY Recipe Book | Ashley Brooks At Home

A few years ago, my mother surprised my brother and I with handmade cookbooks full of our favorite family recipes. Such a wonderful, thoughtful gift idea, it means so much to me to have all our prized recipes right at my fingertips. So, today I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to create a DIY recipe book of your own. Considering we’re spending so much time at home these days, that means more time for cooking/baking and more time for fun projects like these! Whether you want to surprise someone with a special, meaningful gift or you’re on a mission to make a personalized keepsake for yourself, below are some fun ideas to keep all your family’s most treasured recipes and happy memories in one very special place.

A DIY Family Recipe Book

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Our Family Recipe Book

There are so many great DIY recipe book options to choose from (I linked to a few recommendations below), but to create a cookbook similar to ours, its really quite simple. All you need to get started are a few basic office supplies:

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, label the dividers by type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts etc…) and place them in the binder.

Next, throw a handful of sheet protectors into each section and its time to pull it all together!

Gather your favorite family recipes, your favorite family photos, additional kitchen related memorabilia and begin to fill up your binder.

Below are a few ideas to spark some creativity:

Choose A Fun Cover Photo

My mom and her good friend made their recipe books together (and all these pies!), so they decided to add the photo and title below to each book.  Brings a smile to my face every time 😁.

Gather Recipes From Past Generations

We have a handful of amazing recipes that have been in our family for years. I plan on passing those recipes down through future generations, so I’m so grateful to have them all in one place now. (I’m also excited to incorporate Bill’s family recipes to the book now too!)

Our recipes are by no means perfect looking. You’ll find handwritten notes, magazine clippings, printouts from the web, you name it. However the recipe was found, is often how it made its way into the book – and that’s the way I like it!

To me, its more than just a cookbook, its a collection of memories – a time capsule of sorts! I love seeing my grandmother’s handwriting, reading my mom’s fun notes and sorting through all the magazine clippings. It reminds me of the days before we went to the internet for virtually everything.

Include Favorite Holiday Recipes

Over the years, we’ve created a collection of go-to holiday recipes. As we find new recipes, they get added to the book.

A few favorites:

  • Halloween: Jack-O-Lantern Cookies (First made these for my big Halloween bash around age 13!)
  • Christmas: Beef Tenderloin ( Our go-to Christmas appetizer. A special treat we enjoy just once a year.)
  • Easter: Garlic Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb (We found this recipe in Food & Wine magazine about 10 years ago. Its been a favorite ever since. It’s so good – and easier to make than you’d think!)

Incorporate Family Photos

And last but not least one of my favorite aspects of the book – all the fun family photos.

At the moment, our cookbook includes mostly childhood photos. Perhaps along the way I’ll add a few more. We shall see! If it has something to do with food, it just may make its way into the cookbook.

Below are also some additional recipe book ideas that may be of interest as well 😁.

Keepsake Kitchen Diary

Family Recipe Journal

Create My Cookbook

Recipe Photo Book

DIY Recipe Book In Canva



90,000 How To Make A Cookbook | 8 ideas for storing recipes


Today the site “Mom can do everything!” offers several ideas on how to make the cookbook beautiful and convenient for you. Every woman has to cook. And we all, regardless of whether we like to spend time in the kitchen or not, are trying to find new interesting recipes. Someone is looking for simple quick cooking ideas, while someone is constantly in search and creation of culinary masterpieces. We download recipes from the Internet, save them on the pages of our social networks, write them down on sheets of paper, on the phone.And in this sea of ​​information they are quickly lost, and for half an hour we have been looking for where did we write down the recipe for that wonderful pie?

There are two types of how recipes can be stored:

  • electronic;
  • paper version.

Electronic cookbooks

  • My recipes folder. This option is pretty easy to do, just create a folder with that name on your computer and create separate directories for “Soups”, “Meat”, “Desserts”, etc. in it.and distribute the recipes to these folders. It is important that each recipe is written in a separate file and the file name corresponds to the recipe name.
  • Culinary Notebook Program. It is free and easy to download and install. The interface is quite simple, you can create sections and subsections, and then create recipe pages in them. In the program, you can copy and paste recipes from the Internet.
  • OneNote culinary notebook program. This program is already present on any computer in the Microsoft Office folder.It also allows you to create a hierarchy and save recipes.

Paper Cookbook Ideas

Paper Cookies can be stored in the following ways:

At times, it seems like making a cookbook is very difficult. If you don’t have enough time to lay out the recipes and put them in order, use the basic FlyLady principle – take small steps. Even if you write down one recipe a day in a cookbook, there will be 365 by the end of the year! How do you store recipes?

Final individual project “Book for writing recipes with your own hands”


Ludwig Nikita, student of the 5th grade MCOU Rudovskaya secondary school

Project type


Relevance of the project

Classics will always be relevant. This also applies to books. A recipe book with its characteristic smell, design, structure will always find its admirer.

Recipe books will be the best gifts for older people. After all, it is difficult for them to understand what it means to “google borscht”. Also, cookbooks will appeal to classics lovers. After all, the book will always be closer than the screen of the monitor. Here you can make your own notes, bookmark delicious salads, leaf through a book under a warm blanket before going to bed.

The goal of the project

Creating a book for writing recipes with your own hands.

Tasks of the project

1. To study the literature and Internet resources on the topic of the project.

2. Develop a layout for the future book.

3. Book creation.

4. Presentation of the finished work.

Methods used

Gathering information from books, magazines, Internet resources.

Expected Result

Book for recording recipes.

Terms of project implementation

3 months

Stages of project implementation

I. Theoretical

II. Practical



INTRODUCTION …………………………………. ………………………………………….. 4

CONCLUSION …………………………………………………… 14

REFERENCES ……………………………………………… …………..15

The development of the information society has made some adjustments to the cooking process. Now the hostess is not standing in the kitchen with an open cookbook. A woman prepares delicious salads, first or second courses, desserts with a tablet in her hands. Or with a laptop running a recipe website. Or with a smartphone loaded with a program with step-by-step instructions on how to create a culinary masterpiece in the kitchen. Recipe books are gathering dust on the shelves and seem to be fading into history more and more, giving way to modern technology.

The recipe book is a classic of the genre.

Classics will always be relevant. This also applies to books. A recipe book with its characteristic smell, design, structure will always find its admirer.

Recipe books will be the best gifts for older people. After all, it is difficult for them to understand what it means to “google borscht”. Also, cookbooks will appeal to classics lovers. After all, the book will always be closer than the screen of the monitor. Here you can make your own notes, bookmark delicious salads, leaf through a book under a warm blanket before going to bed.

Project goal: to create a book for writing recipes with your own hands.

Based on the goal, the following tasks were determined:

1. Study the literature and Internet resources on the project topic.

2. Develop a layout for the future book.

3. Book creation.

4. Presentation of the finished work.

The advantage of recipe websites is that you can quickly find the dish you want. For example, you have beets and eggs.It is enough to write a salad of beets and eggs in the search engine – the system will return thousands of results. You will definitely find the recipe you need there. But often the result of a cooked dish can be disappointing. Indeed, proven recipes are recorded in books, and no one bears responsibility for information on the Internet. This is probably why cookbooks will be on sale in stores for hundreds of years.

My first task was to develop the pages.

Having studied a lot of information on the Internet, I found ready-made page layouts for my book (Fig.1).

Fig. 1.

I wanted the pages of my book to have the effect of antiquity. To my regret, I did not find the information necessary and useful for me in the library. I had to resort to Internet resources. As a result of a long search, I managed to find a way to age the pages, i.e. with which you can give plain paper the effect of antiquity.

To do this, take regular instant coffee (Fig. 2)

Fig. 2

Dilute coffee with hot water and apply it to the paper using a sponge soaked in coffee solution (Fig.3).

Fig. 3

Next, dry the painted coffee sheets. After the leaves have dried, they need to be ironed with an iron (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4

Having ironed each piece, I begin to fold them in half and form a book. Having folded, we fasten our future book with clamps. Using a ruler and a clerical knife, measure and make sewing slots (Fig. 5).

Fig. 5

Then I take five blanks folded into each other and start stitching Fig.6).

Fig. 6

After sewing all the blanks, we sew them together, forming a book (Fig. 7)

Fig. 7

At this stage of work on the project, I was faced with the task of developing the cover of my future book for writing recipes. Yes, it turned out to be not so easy. I drew more than one drawing before choosing the one that fits. As a result, it was decided to select the cover according to the color of the sheets and sew it from a suitable material. For the cover, I chose a beige-orange material and cut it out.For the basis of the cover, I took a hard cover from an old student’s diary. Using a glue gun, I covered the blanks with the material and glued them to the stitched sheets (Fig. 8).

Fig. 8

Fig. 9

Here’s a book I got (Fig. 9, 10)!

Fig. 10


Each hostess has her own secrets – family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Such cookbooks with valuable records inside smell in a special way, they breathe warmth and comfort, this is a whole story of one family. Opening it, we seem to be transported back to childhood, inhaling the smell of aromatic homemade pastries and delicious dishes. Is such a “helper” needed if you can find any recipe on the Internet today? Definitely, it is necessary, because in it we write down little tricks, secrets, important nuances, so that cooking is enjoyable, and the result of the hostess’s work is no worse than that of eminent chefs.This attribute requires special attention. It is not only the content of the pages that is important, but also the beautiful design, so I think that my book will find its application in our family and the recipes from its pages will be used by more than one generation of our large family.



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DIY marshmallows – a simple dessert ◈

Print recipe

A very simple recipe with simple ingredients. Do-it-yourself marshmallows are no different from those sold in the store. They look like marshmallow or marshmallow or soufflé.The resulting layer can be cut into small squares or used to make a cake. The dessert turns out to be very cheap, it is pleasant for them to feast on coffee, or to prepare any other desserts that use this sweetness. You can store it for a long time in a tightly sealed container.


sugar – 220 gr.
gelatin – 10 gr.
water – 120 ml.
lemon juice – 1-2 tbsp. l.
vanillin – a pinch
icing sugar – 1 tbsp.
starch – 1 tablespoon
vegetable oil – for film lubrication

Cooking time (180 minutes)

Ingredients for (10 servings)

DIY marshmallows – a simple dessert. Cooking process:

  • Pour gelatin with water, about 60 ml.In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the water, sugar, vanillin and citric acid.
  • Prepare the form in which the marshmallows will solidify. Cover with cling film and grease it with vegetable oil. Take such an amount of films so that it is enough to cover the top of the form. Put gelatin on fire in a water bath. When completely dissolved, remove from heat.
  • Put a saucepan with sugar solution on fire and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour the syrup into a container with gelatin in a thin stream and beat with a mixer at the same time. First at low revs, then gradually increase the speed. When the mass begins to rise, turn white and increase in volume, stop whipping
  • Pour the resulting mass into the prepared mold and cover with foil on top. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Better at night. Then open and cut into squares. The film must be greased with vegetable oil, otherwise it will be impossible to remove it.
  • At the final stage, mix the starch and powdered sugar and roll the marshmallows in this mixture.Put them on a sieve to shake off excess dust and that’s it – the marshmallows are ready!

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Nutritional value

  • ◈Calories: 321.69 kcal.
  • ◈Fat: 0.11 g.
  • ◈ Carbohydrates: 78. 14 g.
  • ◈ Protein: 2.71 g.
  • ◈Portion: 100 grams

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90,000 New Year’s tips from the Rabotnitsa magazine / Back in USSR / Back in USSR

To date, advice, such as “how to meet …” “how to spend …” and “what to cook for the new year” is replete with the entire Internet, blogs, magazines and television.Previously, it was possible to draw inspiration for the holiday only from magazines.

Further from the author: Of course, the most complete guide for women at all times was considered “Worker” and “Peasant”. About “Krestyanka” in the next article, today we will look through and see what the “Worker” made us happy on the holiday.
Everything begins in the 80s and in the 90s with general recommendations for cleaning the house before the new year. Further, as the theater begins with the coat rack, the decoration of the house begins with the tree.
And not always standard.So, for example, in the late 80s, “Rabotnitsa” suggested making compositions of pine, thuja and cypress instead of a Christmas tree. The twigs had to be greased with glue, and sprinkled on top with salt or grated polystyrene, and a candle should be stuck in the middle of the bunch. Ready!

Also, in such compositions, the editors suggested using indoor plants, for example, a violet or cyclamen. Cones, rain or tinsel could be added to the branches as a decoration. By the way, I noticed that everywhere in the decoration of a house, a Christmas tree or a table, the key decoration was “rain” in the 80s and early 90s.
And many options were offered to make garlands from colored paper, and in the 90s the tradition was still relevant. The editors also suggested using cotton wool, styrofoam, Christmas tree decorations, sparklers and candles to decorate the house.
Toys could be made with their own hands according to the pattern, which they also printed on the pages of their magazine; all available household tools were used for such crafts.

For children, patterns of New Year’s masks were often printed, which could be made with their own hands, gathering with the whole family for this exciting activity.And to decorate the Christmas tree in the late 80s, the editorial staff suggested baking gingerbread cookies and hanging them on the Christmas tree, and to make the children have fun, do it with them.
And here is what they advised on cooking for the festive table. In the late 1980s, “Rabotnitsa” offered a main course – meat, for example, goose or roast duck, or ham of pork. For garnish, fried potatoes, soaked apples or stewed cabbage. They also gave a couple of recommendations on how to decorate jellied meat or vinaigrette. For me today, this decoration of dishes is no longer surprising, but boring.

In the 90s, recipes for New Year’s pies often appear, and the filling with herring or sbiten Suzdal is popular. I never ate either one or the other. “Christmas carols” and “duck with noodles and mushrooms” are held in high esteem.
As before, a recipe for jellied fish is circulating from room to room. It has been preserved since deep Soviet times. Often there are recipes: vinaigrette, herring under a fur coat, Olivier, vegetable aspic and a bunch of non-alcoholic cocktails.

Of course, there were recommendations for table setting, for example, in the late 80s it was a long white tablecloth with embroidery, napkins folded in a cap or fan.To decorate the table, branches of a Christmas tree or pine were used, as well as “rain” and toys.
A scheme of the “cutwork” ornament for the tablecloth was also proposed. Any housewife could turn her boring tablecloth into a work of art if her pens grew from the right place. In general, I specially looked through the magazines for all the 80s – the setting did not change, every year the same thing. By the way, instructions on how to fold napkins were included in the appendix.

The “Rabotnitsa” approached the advice on decorating the hostess herself more responsibly than “The Peasant” and, in addition to dresses and cosmetics, the editorial staff told and showed fashionable hairstyles for New Year’s Eve.
But preparing yourself for the holiday on the advice of the magazine, as a rule, should begin with taking a bath with milk or salt, or with making tea. Further, face masks from the remnants of salads and a T-shirt according to the trend of the time.
Already in the early 90s, there are various fortune-telling and omens. For example, at Christmas, girls would plant one onion in a pot. Whose bulb grows faster will be the first to marry.

At the end of the magazine there was a page dedicated to funny caricatures for the new year.”Rabotnitsa” just like “Krestyanka” published in the December issue a calendar for the next year.

Do you remember how you celebrated the new year in the 80s and early 90s? And did you make toys with your own hands?

P. S.

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90,000 50 cool resources in English for beautiful ladies ‹Inglex

March 8 is a wonderful spring holiday, so we could not help but prepare a small surprise for all our readers.For you, we have compiled a selection of 50 cool sites that will entertain you and allow you to improve your knowledge of the English language. We hope you enjoy the resources listed.

P.S. Dear men, do not rush to leave this page. Many materials may appeal to you too. In addition, with the help of these sites, you can find out all the secrets of women and begin to understand the mysterious ladies.

Online magazines and sites for the beautiful half of humanity

One of the most famous magazines in the world about the life of stars. If you have always wondered what your idol lives and breathes, then here you will be given all the ins and outs.


Scandals, intrigues, investigations, fresh gossip – these are the words to describe OK! The latest news from the lives of the rich and famous, their bad habits and failed photos – this site will provide food for discussion in the company of close friends.


Women’s magazine for a wide audience. Here you will find interesting articles about psychology, recipes, tips for taking care of yourself, your home, your pets, as well as useful tips for parents on raising children.


Real Simple is a magazine that really just talks about all sorts of things. Here are easy guides to style, beauty, weight loss, uncomplicated recipes and travel ideas.


This is the site of the famous American writer and TV presenter Martha Stewart, who is famous for her simple and effective home improvement tips. The site contains fascinating articles on cooking, handicrafts, and home care.


Better Homes and Gardens is a magazine for those who want to make their home a little more comfortable. Here you will find simple recipes for delicious dishes, tips for caring for plants, as well as life hacks for personal care.

The magazine for arranging a quiet and comfortable family life. You will learn how to cook the most delicious and healthy dishes, how to cut different products, how to celebrate the holiday with the whole family. And also find out what tricks and products will help you improve your health, how to communicate with your teenager, what things in the house should be gotten rid of, and how to be the most stylish and fashionable.


An excellent magazine for those women who are going to or have already had a baby.Here you will find a lot of interesting information about pregnancy and childbirth, parenting and culinary delights for the whole family.


Dear ladies, summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to go in for sports to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the beach season. The women’s edition of Men’s Health magazine is designed specifically for this purpose. Be sure to take note of a few exercises and pay attention to the recommendations of the celebrity trainers. Professionals will certainly not give bad advice!

Another great magazine that will help you tidy up your figure and amaze others with seductive forms. The magazine publishes exercise variations, advice on healthy eating, losing weight, style, building relationships, etc.


It’s hard to find a woman who doesn’t like digging into herself and reading articles on psychology … Psychologies is the world’s most renowned psychology journal for a wide audience.He will help you understand yourself, get rid of complexes, improve relationships with others. The magazine also features articles on culture and fitness and fun online quizzes.


Vogue is one of the finest and most popular glossy magazines in the world. The site publishes articles on the latest fashion trends, reports from shows, news about beauty and makeup, interviews with famous designers and models.


Marie Claire is a magazine for fashionable girls.The site contains articles on fashion trends, beauty and makeup, celebrity stories, political news, and a horoscope in English.


An appetizing site for beginners and professional chefs. Unusual recipes and simple quick dishes, detailed cooking guides and interesting design ideas – what else does a good housewife need?


Another great online magazine that will make your mouth water.You will learn how to prepare gourmet and dietary meals, as well as how to make food not only tasty, but also healthy.


If you are a designer at heart and rearrange furniture every block, you will love this site. Hundreds of cool unique home decor ideas await you. Each article is beautifully illustrated so you won’t have any difficulty understanding it.

Video channels on YouTube for beautiful ladies

17. Womenshealthmag

Video version of the Women’s Health magazine above.The channel posts interesting materials about proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle, sports, losing weight, building relationships, beauty, style, and career.

18. Womensworkouts

Another great video channel for active and athletic. The author posts videos with various complexes of physical exercises. These videos will help you not only lose weight, but also get beautiful shapes.

19. Zoella

The channel of the most popular beauty blogger in Great Britain, Zoella, has already gained more than 10 million subscribers! Here you will find hundreds of video tutorials on fashion and style, beauty and makeup, hair and body care.

20. Pixiwoo

Another popular beauty blog where you can listen to real British speech. The author constantly uploads new video tutorials on makeup: for every day and festive, extravagant and modest, “hastily” and requiring a couple of hours of free time – every girl will find here what she is looking for.

21. Homecookingvideos

Home cooking adventure is a channel for those who want to surprise their loved ones with delicious and unusual food. Basically, the author posts a video with recipes for simple dishes that can be quickly prepared.I am glad that you can easily find the ingredients for most of the recipes in your local store. And no ostrich eggs or pine seeds!

22. Simplecookingchannel

This channel contains videos with very simple and at the same time delicious recipes, many of which require you to have only 3-5 ingredients and 20-30 minutes of free time. You will also learn how to serve even the simplest dish beautifully.


Are you engaged in self-development and always try to think positively? The author of the video of the channel will tell you how to become more confident, get a taste for life, get rid of depression and just be a little happier.

24. Hgtvhandmade

If your hands are not made for boredom, after watching these hand-made videos, you will definitely find something to do with yourself. The author will show you how to create a masterpiece from scrap materials in just a few minutes, make a sweater for a dog without a single stitch, make a pineapple vase and cook something delicious in the blink of an eye.

25. Simple home art decor ideas

A channel that will help you make your home more comfortable and unique. Hundreds of interior decor videos are posted here. By the way, you can use these ideas to make gifts for your friends with your own hands.

Books Every Woman Should Read

26. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins

Adaptation (Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate).

Book in original.

27. “Rebecca” Daphne du Maurier

Adaptation (Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate).

28. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

Adaptation (Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate).

Book in original.

29. A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare

Adaptation (Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate).

30. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Adaptation (Upper-Intermediate and Advanced).

Book in original.

31. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Adaptation (Upper-Intermediate and Advanced).

Book in original.

32. The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Original book.

33. Diary of Remembrance by Nicholas Sparks

Original book.

34. “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert

Original book.

35. The Secret World of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Original book.

36. “Memoirs of a Geisha” Arthur Golden

Original book.

Podcasts for lovely ladies

This American Life is one of the most popular podcast series among Americans. More than 2 million people download a new episode every week. The topics of the materials are quite diverse, and they have one thing in common: they all provide food for thought.


Each podcast on this site is an interview with someone in their field. So, famous psychologists will help you understand yourself, cooks will teach you how to cook delicious dishes, designers will tell you how to make a house beautiful and comfortable, and stylists will help you find your own style.


The audio material on this site is quite long, but the authors manage to cover every topic well. It covers issues of women’s health and beauty, esotericism and hobbies, as well as other interesting topics.


Satellite Sisters is a radio show hosted by 5 sisters. They discuss various issues in a woman’s life, give advice and share experiences.

41. WNYC Studios

The authors of these audio materials tell about interesting people, their stories of success and failures, and also give advice on how to build relationships in order for them to develop successfully.

42. Woman’s hour

These recordings raise topics of relationships, women’s health, sports, and other interesting issues that concern many women.


This podcast series is designed to inspire and inspire action. In each episode, some successful woman tells how she managed to achieve her goals and achieve heights in her career.


Dear Sugar Radio publishes weekly podcasts for those women who feel lonely, lost, confused.These audios help ladies find themselves, believe in their own strengths and get out of a difficult situation.


The authors of this podcast series have one goal – to support women who are depressed, cannot find themselves, have lost their zest for life. Especially for the desperate, audio materials are recorded on how to overcome all obstacles in life, get out of the swamp of despondency and again feel like a Queen.

Interesting sites for women

The Secret Society of Women is a forum where there is no place for men, because here ladies discuss pressing issues, share their experiences, ask questions to each other and simply communicate on any topics that are impossible or uninteresting to discuss with men.


Do it yourself! – the authors of this site urge us. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions for preparing beautiful and interesting dishes, making souvenirs of various themes, decorating a house, etc.e. Thanks to the illustrations, you will understand exactly what to do and in what sequence.


Have you had a rough day and are in no mood to read long articles in English? Then go to this resource: funny comics and funny tests will cheer you up. Moreover, the comics are quite non-standard and the ladies will definitely like them: a lot of materials are devoted to cats, and some sketches make you think about the meaning of life.


Baby name generator is fun entertainment for expectant mothers and girls who love to have fun. Take the test and find out which name is best for your child.


The National Museum of Natural History in Washington is known far beyond the borders of the United States. And you can visit it without leaving your home. Following the link, you will find a page that sends you on a virtual tour of the museum: you can see all the halls, study in detail some interesting objects.You will definitely not be bored!

Lovely women, now you have 50 great sites to help you learn English in a fun way. Add at least a couple to your bookmarks. We want to congratulate you on the holiday and wish you warm feelings, positive emotions and only pleasant surprises!

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In 1861, Elena Molokhovets published a collection of recipes “A Gift to Young Housewives” – Russian newspaper

In 1861, a young housewife and mother of many children Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets (1831-1918) published a collection of 1500 reduce household spending “.

The success was overwhelming – both among contemporaries and among descendants. In 1932, Yevgeny Zamyatin, a master of the dystopian genre, noted: “There are two most popular authors in emigration: Elena Molokhovets is in the first place, and Pushkin is in second.” During the life of the author, the book went through 29 editions with a total circulation of almost 300 thousand copies. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the book already contained 4,500 recipes.

Book “A Gift for Young Housewives”

“Life Hacks” of the 19th century

Elena Ivanovna explains in the preface why “every housewife does not interfere with having a good cookbook, and then it will not be at all difficult and not difficult for her to compose a lunch menu, both the called and the simple.I am talking here, of course, only about those housewives who do not keep expensive cooks, but are content with cooks who cook according to their instructions … ” How many products do you need to feed a family of six How to properly make preparations from berries, fruits and vegetables Why not throw away the leftovers: it is useful to drink rice broth for people with weak stomachs, and delicious candied fruits or jam can be made from watermelon peels.

And Molokhovets also gives advice that has not lost its relevance today: a young hostess should have a comfortable apartment. Providing her with such is the direct responsibility of her husband. Elena Ivanovna urges her readers: do not hesitate to remind your strong halves of this!

The author of the cookbook “A Gift for Young Housewives” Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets.

Burman, Bunina, Bagration …

Elena Ivanovna Burman (Molokhovets) was born on April 28, 1831 in the family of the commander of the Vilna infantry regiment.After the death of her parents, the girl was taken care of by her grandmother, who secured her a place in the most prestigious educational institution of the times of Nicholas I – the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens – and paid for the maintenance. A fourteen-year-old girl was next to the daughters of noble noble families – Varvara Delvig, Elena Golitsyna, Vera Bunina, Zoya Bagration …

After graduating from Smolny with excellent grades and receiving a gold bracelet as a reward, Elena Ivanovna returned to Arkhangelsk. She married the architect Franz Frantsevich Molokhovets.Lack of work, low rank and a growing family (the Molokhovets couple had ten children) forced the spouses to move to the more prosperous Kursk, where the architect was promised lucrative orders. It was the constant lack of money that taught Elena Ivanovna to exemplary economy.

She perfectly demonstrated this in the pages of her book.

One of the mouth-watering spreads of the book “A Gift for Young Housewives”.

The myth of a wonderful past

When mentioning the surname Molokhovets, any Soviet person would quote without hesitation: “If twenty guests suddenly appear, don’t worry – go down to the cellar and take one or two hams that hang there.”

There is no such advice in the book of Elena Ivanovna. Such anecdotes were born in endless queues for sausage and dreams in abundant Russia. And although the bourgeois cuisine described by Molokhovets is far from excesses a la Gargantua, the difficult history of the country of the Soviets made both the book and its author part of the myth of the beautiful pre-revolutionary past. At the same time, the complex kitchen life described by Elena Ivanovna – with a huge number of pots, cocotte makers, pies, dessert forks, caviar spoons, and lafitniks made of colored glass – is an important sign of the era.An ingenious characterization of Molokhovets is given by Tatyana Tolstaya in an essay-review “The Golden Age” on the English translation of “A Gift for Young Housewives” (1992):

“All Russians know the famous Leninist phrase:” Every cook should be able to run the state. ” who had never cooked a hard-boiled egg for himself, could he have known about cooks? .. Meanwhile, there was a woman in Russia whose ability to govern his small state Lenin could envy. ”

“A Gift for Young Housewives” was published in the year of the liberation of the peasants.Russian youth was en masse with nihilism. And most of the future “young housewives” dreamed of cutting their braids, fictitiously getting married and leaving to study at the universities of Zurich and Geneva, and not at all preparing thin French pâtés for their beloved husband.

The phenomenon of the book Molokhovets is that, on the one hand, it contradicted the spirit of the times, on the other hand, it was evidence of the coming female emancipation. After all, Elena Molokhovets is one of the first successful women-writers in Russia. Along with fantastic success, prosperity comes to the family.And the Molokhovites move from Kursk to St. Petersburg, where they rent an apartment in a prestigious building.

Alas, it was never accepted in the literary environment. But for future generations she became a painter of everyday life on a par with Gilyarovsky. It is impossible to understand Russian life in the second half of the 19th century without the “Gift to Young Housewives”.

And to the table laid by Elena Molokhovets, it is not a sin to invite guests today.

A. Kitaev. Golden wedding. For our Party! 1962 year.


  • Celery salad
  • White soup
  • Beef with pickled apple sauce

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Celery salad

Recipe: Peel 4 celery roots, wash, add cold water, cook until soft without salt for about an hour.When they become soft, put in a colander, rinse with cold water, cool. Cut each root into 4 pieces and then each piece into slices, put in a salad bowl, add a very finely chopped onion, 1/2 tbsp. tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tbsp. a spoonful of vinegar, pepper, salt, stir, serve with a roast. In France, this salad is filled with a crust of black bread grated with garlic.

White soup

Ingredients: 0.5-1.2 kg beef, 100-200 g veal shank, 1 baked onion, bunch of greens, 1/2 tbsp.tablespoons of butter, 1 carrot, 1/2 celery, 1/2 parsley, 1/2 – 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup cream, 2 yolks, 400 g white cabbage, 2-5 peppercorns, salt.

Recipe: Boil plain white beef broth, 1-2 baked onions and a bunch of herbs, drain. Dissolve 1/2 tbsp. tablespoons of oil, lightly fry finely chopped 1 carrot, 1/2 celery, 1/2 parsley in it, add 1/4 cup broth fat, pour over strained broth. Stir 1/2 cup of toasted flour with 1/2 cup of cold water, pour into boiling broth, boil, strain.Beat in a bowl 2 yolks with 1/2 cup of cream, pour in, without stopping stirring, 2 cups of warm broth, heat, stirring, until hot. Before serving, dip white cabbage, cut into pieces, blanched and separately boiled in broth, into a soup bowl. Pour in cooked yolks and strained broth and serve.

Beef with salted camelina sauce

Ingredients: beef – 1.2-1.6 kg, butter – 50 g, onions – 3 pcs., 2 tbsp. l. flour, salt, sour cream – 1 stack., yolks – 3-6 pcs., mushrooms – 1 stack., Parmesan – 100 g.

Recipe: Take 1.2-1.6 kg of good beef, put it in salted boiling water, cook until half cooked, so that it is in the juice itself. Cut it into thin slices, sprinkle each piece with Parmesan cheese or any other. Then prepare the next sauce. Take 50 g of butter, fry it with 3 finely chopped onions and 2 tbsp. spoons of flour, stirring well so as not to burn, add 1.5 cups of strained broth, 1 cup of sour cream; Stir everything well, cook a little more.Chop the marinated mushrooms, add to the sauce; then drive in 3-6 yolks, put on low heat, heat, but do not bring to a boil, pour in the beef, put in the oven so that it is fully cooked.

Lean pudding with apples

Ingredients: almonds – 1/2 stack. sweet and 5-10 pcs. bitter, roll – 1 pc., olive oil – 1 tbsp. spoon, sugar – 1/2 cup., jam – 1/2 cup., apples – 6 pieces., syrup 1/2 cup., Madeira – 1/2 cup., potato starch – 1 tsp.l., sugar if the syrup is not sweet enough.

Recipe: 1/2 cup sweet almonds, peel, not crush too finely, dilute 1-1 / 2 cups of boiled water, add a little sugar. Cut 200 g rolls into thin slices, soak in this milk, put on a dish. Grease the form with vegetable oil, sprinkle with sugar, put a layer of rolls, a layer of sliced ​​apples, sprinkle them with sugar, cover with jam or fruit puree, again a layer of rolls, and so on until the end. Cook in a water bath.Then pour over this sauce: 1/2 cup of syrup, 1/2 cup of Madeira or port, 1 cup of water, sugar, if not sweet, put on the stove. Boil, put a teaspoon of potato starch mixed with water, bring to a boil, hold on the stove for 2-3 minutes, stirring vigorously.

How to make a travel journal (travel book) with your own hands

Creating a travel journal is a new trend among avid tourists. So what is it and how to make a travel book with your own hands?

It used to be fashionable to store memories in beautiful albums.The vacation shots were carefully sorted out, the best of them were printed, inserted into plastic envelopes and … thrown onto the far shelf of a bookcase. As practice has shown, impressive volumes of photographs were taken out only on rare occasions in order to demonstrate to friends who did not have time to escape.

With the advent of digital technologies, people began to abandon the transfer of important images to paper. Most people now have files stored on their computer’s hard drive.However, this approach deprived the soul of memories, turned them into standard jpeg images.

Gradually, the tradition of travel documentation is being revived. Millions of happy vacationers take on the task of creating travel books or travel magazines upon arrival. They are a uniquely designed hodgepodge of photographs, candy wrappers and cute things brought back from the tour.

What a travel journal includes

1. Postcards

You can find sets of postcards for tourists in almost every city.They depict local attractions or natural beauty. You can also include postcards received in a foreign land from relatives.

2. Tickets

The main advantage of tickets is to fix a specific date and time. Inevitably, our memory begins to let us down, after a few years it will be difficult to remember when this or that photo was taken. Looking at the ticket, you will know for sure that on September 18, 2016 you flew to the Netherlands, and on the 20th you visited the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

3. Business cards

At the moment, the printing industry is booming. Some business cards can be easily compared to works of art. I love collecting cards for boutiques, cafes, taxis and other useful organizations. Who knows, maybe I will decide to move to town N for good, and the Pizza Home Delivery number will come in handy.

4. Entries from the diary

Impressions are good only when fresh. Something I spoke in rhyme. It is difficult to describe the delight 10 days after the delightful event.Be sure to fill out a few pages in your personal diary in the evenings. Rereading the notes, you will once again plunge into the whirlpool of positive emotions.

5. Photos

Probably, comments will be superfluous for this point. You can endlessly look at a professional photograph of the Egyptian pyramids, but not a single picture can replace the vague photo in which you are standing in front of the tombs of the pharaohs.

6. Cards

Cards give your memories an element of specificity.You have the right to use topography as an auxiliary design element of travel beech, or to focus on the route. Often, a map with key points of the trip is pasted on the front page of a travel magazine and it acts as a table of contents. The rest of the notebook pages are reserved for the description of each location.

7. Autographs and wishes

Often when traveling we meet interesting people and find new friends. Sometimes, out of the blue, you can meet a celebrity and get an autograph.Sincere wishes from new friends will take pride of place in your travel book.

8. Labels and wrappers

There are unusual foods in every country. After each trip, handfuls of candy wrappers are found in the pockets. If the label is clean and has an original design, then why not paste it into a magazine. It will be another reminder of the food adventures experienced abroad.

9. Scrapbooking paper

I love to decorate my creations with designs and textures.Stationery stores and artist salons sell scrapbooking paper. It will give your magazine an individual atmosphere and emphasize the importance of its content. For each specific place, you can pick up the appropriate sheet of colored paper.

10. Brochures

Viewing travel brochures inspires us to travel. Sometimes one “razdavashka” becomes enough to tear a person away from their home. If your journey started with advertising, then by no means throw away such an important document.

During the trip itself, you will not once come across brochures. In museums, on excursions, you can collect handouts for free, to later include them in a notebook of memories.

11. Stickers and Stickers

Use funny self-adhesive faces and arrows to create accents. Without their participation, the magazine runs the risk of becoming a boring official report. I like the comic style of displaying information, when photographs of people are mixed with frames of thoughts, statements, or combined with cartoon characters.

We start making travel beech

For creativity you will need

  • hardcover spiral notebook;
  • glue stick;
  • regular pencil for drawing;
  • scissors;
  • satin ribbons;
  • beautiful fabric flaps;
  • colored pens or markers.

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