Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Menu Organizer and Recipe Holder

Hi Beautiful Bloggy Friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the weekend!

I've been on a cooking kick lately.  I really do not like to cook, but I know it is so much better for my family and our pocketbook if I do.  I've been making a valiant effort.  I'll head over to KraftRecipes.com, pick out my dinners, add them to my shopping list, and print it out with all of the recipes.  A week's worth of recipes and a shopping list equal several sheets of paper, so I came up with a way to help keep my weekly menu organized.


This project was so easy!  Here's what I did:  a scrapbook paper covered file folder holds all the recipes for the week.  I glued the outside edges of the folder together to create a little pocket.  I used my Cricut to cut out the label and the letters and spruced them up with a little distressing ink.


I Mod Podged scrapbook paper onto a metal sign (I found mine on clearance at Michael's, but I've also found them at the Dollar Tree), used my Cricut to cut out the word DINNER, and made some satin rosette magnets.


The magnetic board is the perfect place to display the recipe for dinner that night.


Now for the best part!  I used 3M Command strips to adhere these to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets.  This cabinet is right next to my stove, so it stays open while I'm cooking and my recipe is always visible and up out of the way (so it doesn't get covered in dinner). :)

This system has been working brilliantly!  It's so fantastic knowing that dinner is already planned, I just have to pick out what I want to cook.  What do you think?  :)

Have a great weekend, Everyone! :)  I'll be linking up to these super parties!


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71 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea!! I am going to do a blog post about meal planning on my blog tomorrow and I'd love to share this creative idea with my readers:)
    http://thelocalhoney.com/

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  2. That's really cute and I love the idea. I hardly ever use recipes, but I may have to start so I'll have an excuse for one of these in my kitchen!!

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  3. Cute idea! I love those magnets that you made!

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  4. I Love This Idea!!! I have something similar in my home, that I made just before Thanksgiving so that I could have the recipe standing up and within plain view to make for easy following. I was just getting ready to talk about mine on my blog next week along with a a few other recipe book and other cooking inspirational things.

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  5. This is a great idea and you made it look so cute.

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  6. You read my mind, girl! I've been wanting to implement something similar at my house. I have a document typed up of all the recipes we love to make that I want to put inside the door of our pantry so I can use it to plan weekly meals. So often I forget what dinners we love to eat; I need a reminder! :)

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  7. What a fantastic idea Erin and it turned out so beautiful!

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  8. E, you've done it again!!! Love love love it!!! I'm so going to have to make one. Making rosettes freaks me out :) so I might have to come over and let you show me how.

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  9. I love the idea of placing it on the inside of the cabinet. I never would have thought of that.

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  10. LOVE this idea! My Mom cooks all the time and I need to get into a better habit of doing so myself. This is a great gift idea and something I also need to make for me. Thanks!!!

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  11. Love it! Simple and functional...perfection. Thinking I need to find a way to incorporate this into my own kitchen.

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  12. CUTE! Those rosette magnets are divine!

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  13. What a cute idea! I love how you kept it simple and functional.

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  14. This is AWESOME!! I've tried and tried before to get myself organized for dinner ... and I usually end up running around like a chicken an hour before dinner with no clue as to what I'm going to make ... but this looks like something even I could do! Thank you for sharing!!

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  15. looooove this! The colors & patterns are beautiful! And I'm such a fan of organization & planning lately...ahhh :)

    Thank you so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!

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  16. So cute!

    And I love that it is on the inside of your cabinet door so that it can be tucked away.

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  17. SO very cute!! I want one. I love how it is tucked away. My recipes always end up cluttering the kitchen. This is brilliant. I am going to make one!! If only I can get it to look half as good as yours!

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  18. LOVE this idea! So convenient to keep notes, recipes, etc in for the week's menu, and no one has to see it. So clever! I just did my own recipe re-org over at www.shadytreediary.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Beautiful idea! Thank you so much!

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  20. That's a great idea, Erin! I love how you prettied it up!

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  21. you've made something we each do everyday....pretty! well done!

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  22. So glad you linked up to my Open House! Be sure and leave a comment if you want to be entered in the giveaway!

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  23. This is brilliant, love it! I'm featuring this on my blog today if you want to check it out.
    sassysanctuary.blogspot.com

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  24. I LOVE this!!!! What a great idea!

    I am your newest follower :)

    www.livingcraftilyeverafter.blogspot.com

    Kelly

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  25. You are so creative. Neet idea and I love the magnet flowers. It's nice to be able to see the recipe without splashing it!

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  26. This is so great! I Love creative things like this! I'm inviting you to visit my site & enter to win a Starbucks Gift Card. http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/02/starbucks-giveaway.html
    DaNita

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  27. This is SUCH a good idea! I love that you can keep it in the cupboard. I'm so making one!

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  28. This is a fantastic idea! So very cute! Too cute to be hidden. I think I would have it on my refrigerator.

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  29. I love this idea! I hope you don't mind my borrowing a photo and linking back to you on my recipe organization post today!

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  30. Wonderful idea! I can't wait to give it a try!

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  31. Hi Erin!

    I am a new follower to your Blog...I popped over from The Answer Is Chocolate :)

    I love this idea!

    Wishing you a lovely Saturday!
    LuLu~*

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  32. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! It's perfect! I too print out my menus for the week but then I have them stuck somewhere on the counter to wait until the night I need it. Then I get stuff all over it while cooking!
    THIS IS GORGEOUS!
    I am making it THIS WEEK!
    thanks!

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  33. E I absolutely love it!! It's so cute it makes me want to cook. I also have an idea to use this in my classroom. I can make a make-up folder for when my students are absent. I also want to make one for inspirational quotes for when I need an extra push and possibly a coupon one. Ummm can you tell I love your crafts!

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  34. Your menu holder is so cute, what a great idea! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Love Song Letters on my "Top Ten Favorite picks from Masterpiece Monday #7, at Boogieboard Cottage. Hope you're having a great weekend! Mary :O)

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  35. I LOVE this!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post up on my I'm Lovin' It wrap up!! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-2-20-11/

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  36. I love that it is hidden away! great idea. I live Kraft food recipes also.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  37. What a terrific concept this is! I love how it is tucked away in the cabinet, but easily accessible, too!

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  38. I have been trying to find a system for this very thing. Thanks for the solution!

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  39. I like this! Dumb question though - how do you get it to stay on the cabinet door?

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  40. Love this!! Just brilliant. I, too, am not an avid meals-every-night cook. This just might solve my problem too!

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  41. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    I love this idea!

    Now I just have to recruit my crafty friend to help me dissect the craft talk in this post so that I can make it. haha

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  42. Wow! Thank you all so much for the comment love! :) You are too sweet! :)

    Shannon, I used 3M Command strips. They usually come with hooks so you can hang things on the wall without a nail. I just used the strip. It's perfect because it won't damage the cabinet when we take it down.

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  43. Newest Follower!
    <3 your blog!
    Stopping by from:
    http://madeofsnails.blogspot.com/
    &
    http://staceylovesscents.blogspot.com/

    I hope you will follow me back :)

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  44. Tons of ideas for other uses... Make one for each child and hang in the mudroom -- great place for important papers and notes that need to be signed (or even just special notes of encouragement!).

    I'm a homeschooler, so I think it would be great for me to hang their weekly assignment sheet on the magnetic part, then put any worksheets or extra papers they'll need right in the folder.

    Beautiful -- thanks!

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  45. SO SUPER CUTE! Your newest follower - no clue how I made it to you - I'm hopping around tonight!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com

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  46. I really love this idea!! Love the paper you used (have the same one!) Absolutely darling, Erin!! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Alison

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  47. I keep my high-use recipes inside my cabinet door like that (bread, granola bars, things I make regularly), but for some reason it never occured to me to put my menu planning stuff inside one too! Thanks for the brilliant idea and great execution!

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  48. I found your blog through whipperberry. I love this idea!

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  49. love this idea!! It is so pretty you could even have it out in the open :) thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!!

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  50. I love this idea! Is so brilliant. I'll be featuring you tomorrow.

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  51. This is a terrific idea, thanks for sharing!

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  52. This is a really cute way to organize meals! I love it. And I love Kraftfoods.com. Such good and simple recipes! I'm your newest follower stopping by from I Heart Naptime!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  53. Linking over from Tidy Mom.... I have not a craft gene in my body, but am totally going to do my best at this one. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!!

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  54. This is so adorable and functional! I love being organized! I'm your newest follower!
    I would love for you to link up at my "scrapbook sundays" over at my blog, bornagaincrafter.blogspot.com
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Lyssa

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  55. I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow as a highlight from last week's linky party. :) What a great project. :)

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  56. WOW....I have got to make this. I'm trying to be organized myself. TFS Bug hugs!

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  57. I've put together a round up of kitchen crafts on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-cool-kitchen-craft-ideas/

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  58. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...Have a WONDERFUL Week!!
    Barb

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  59. Great idea. I am definitely making one of these for my kitchen. I'll be featuring you tomorrow at My Backyard Eden. Thanks for linking up!

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  60. I wonder if 3M Command strips will work with my kitchen cabinets that have hand forged iron doors. Hmm... But I love this idea! I think this will make my cooking a lot easier when I need recipes. Thanks!

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  61. Hi! I wanted you to know that I made some like this for myself (because I fell in LOVE with yours!) and finally posted about them. :0) Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    :0)
    ~robin
    http://cajungal01.blogspot.com/2011/05/two-little-things-that-i-love.html

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  62. I just happened upon this Friday night, and just loved it! I have been looking for a menu planning board, but the ones I have found on the internet weren't for me. Then, I found your post - and ran out first thing this morning to Hobby Lobby to get a few things to make my own version. I featured it on my webpage if you would like to take a look & gave you credit for the idea. Thanks again for the inspiration!

    -Crystal @MrsHappyHomemaker.com

    http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/2011/07/easy-menu-planning-magnetic-organizer.html

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