Every now and then my husband wants to go to Staples to look for a binder or file folders, or some other boring thing to organize the farm paperwork. And I love it. Because while he looks for plain old boring things I wander the aisles looking at pens, and glitter, and stickers, and markers, and journals, and various other art and office supplies that are significantly more fun and colourful. AND I search every time for 8.5x5.5” page protectors (half of an 8.5x11” computer paper). Because I KNOW they exist. How could they not? And I want them to keep my recipes in.
You see, I have a template on my computer that I keep to type my recipes into. I like to have all my recipes formatted in the same way, and when I find a recipe I like I can just plug the information into the template and it looks uniform with my other recipes.
I made the template half of a page, because it seems wasteful to use a whole page for a lot of recipes. But I’ve never been able to print them out for use because I wanted these hypothetical page protectors first.
And for a couple of years now I’ve come up empty handed. Until very recently.
Oh yes, I found them. It was a glorious moment that night in Staples. My eyes caught a glance, and everything kind of slowed down. I walked towards them in hopeful anticipation, and reached out - could it be true? It was! Here they were! I knew they were out there! I KNEW IT!!! And now they were in my hands. And not only they, but a cute little apple green binder that matches my Kitchenaid mixer and a few other green accessories in my kitchen. It was meant to be. It was a Staples Happily Ever After.
Just thought you might need some good news for your day.
So I’ve been busy printing them out and arranging them. I created lists for meal ideas, toddler snack and lunch ideas, and a reference page to remember how to cook some of the little things perfectly.
I’ve also been noticing the gaps in my recipes, so I’m on a mission to collect a few good ones: cinnamon buns, tzatziki, puffed wheat cake…
(And P.S. I also bought chalk so I don’t have to use Little M’s huge sidewalk chalk on our chalkboard wall any longer. Pretty stoked about that too. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I get pretty excited over little things.)