Recipe Journal [Part II]

STARTING THE DESSERT SECTION

This post is a continuation from the last recipe journal post, Setting Up My Recipe Journal. Or you can watch the process video here to catch up. I decided against one big table of contents for this book. I couldn’t commit to adding tabs to the pages to separate sections, and I also just didn’t like the idea of numbering all the pages in one go. I’m still undecided, so that’s why you’ll see spaces for a page number not filled in yet.

BREAKING UP THE JOURNAL

I broke the book up into six sections: Breakfast, Appetizers & Snacks, Drinks, Salads, Entrees, and Sweets. We eat lots of small meals and desserts, so those sections are a few more pages than the others. I think we will have plenty of room to grow in this book. I got it here and may buy a second one to spill over into because I really like it so far.  Anyway, each section has it’s own smaller table of contents. So, for example, Breakfast has a title page that also doubles as a contents page for all of the breakfast recipes in the section.

I imagine the first section to fill up will be Desserts. I bake a lot of cookies for the family and those are the sort of recipes you just can’t wing it with, measurements need to be accurate.

As I worked on a few pages I began to feel a little repetition. This obviously led to my making stickers for my recipe journal. I printed up the simple pieces that you need on every page, over and over again. It’s been so helpful on the days that I don’t have as much time, but still want to work on the book.

 

Here’s a process video of me setting up a spread for my very first cake from scratch. I can’t believe I turned thirty before I even attempted making a cake that wasn’t pre-made and pre-packaged in a cardboard box. When Isla’s first birthday was coming up, I knew I didn’t want her first cake to be made by anyone but her mommy, so I decided this was the prefect excuse to try a cake from scratch.

ADDING MEMORIES MAKES IT A JOURNAL VS. A BOOK

I got the recipe here and it was super simple to follow! I made a double batch because I can’t help myself sometimes, I got excited. I didn’t use all of the frosting because I didn’t want to overwhelm my daughter’s brand new taste buds but I think I ended up using a perfect amount! The cake and the frosting were very rich and buttery! I had to include a picture of baby girl at her first party and I cannot wait to look back on this spread for years to come.

The other two recipes are super simple pies (lemon and lime) that I have been making since I was a child myself. I think they were a way for my mom to teach us how to read a recipe, but now and then I get a hankering for one of them. I’m pretty sure we got the recipe’s off of the packaging on one of the ingredients.

 

recipe journal key lime pie

recipe journal easy lemon pie

 

RECIPE JOURNAL SUPPLY LIST:

Stamps: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Stamp Blocks (similar, I can’t remember where I found mine)

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR RECIPES? DO YOU HAVE MULTIPLE SYSTEMS?

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