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Good-bye, and Hello!

Did you notice that when I started this whole family table series of posts that I was very non-committal about how long I’d be posting about it? Yeah, I’m kinda sneaky that way. I’m also kinda distractible that way. I wasn’t sure how successful I’d be, or how long the experiment would hold my attention.

After a few months, though, I think I can confidently declare that my attempts to re-gather my flock around the table have been successful. I have noticed two things lately: 1. the children look at the food on the table and see that we are all seated together and ask “Is it Family Table Night?” on nights that it isn’t officially Family Table Night; and 2. the Sweet Pea will ask me, at least once a week, with a hopeful glint in her eye, “Are we having Family Table tonight?” These two things tell me that not only was I successful in making our family table into a regular occurrence, but I also succeeded in getting my family to like it. This spells success in my book. 

I think our family table is here to stay. I know there will be seasons where busy-ness resumes and we are flung far and wide again (spring soccer is just around the corner), but I at least feel like we have something to return to once the season passes; an anchor with a line that we can retrace back to the table.

So even though the family table will continue in our home, it won’t continue here on the blog. The time has come to move on to new areas of discovery. I’ve been distracted. By what, you ask?


That, my friends, is my recipe stash. For over 10 years I’ve pulled recipes out of magazines, clipped them out of newspapers, and photocopied them from library cookbooks. Since I began my diet restrictions in earnest, and since my meal planning has moved to an online format (thanks Plan to Eat!) I just don’t cook from it much anymore.

But look at that stash! There is so much good stuff in there (note the bulging “Desserts” file). And as if that wasn’t enough, I also have a binder full of recipes clipped by my grandmothers.

I might not try out the Cool-Whip topped Jell-o “salad”, but Sweet and Tart Sauteed Cabbage certainly has potential, yes?

And so, I’m saying hello to my recipe stash again. I’m making a determined effort to cook through a good portion of it. And (here’s the kicker) I’m committing to entering those winning recipes into my Plan to Eat account so that we can enjoy them again and again.

I’ll be here on Wednesdays to share the week’s winning recipe, and I’ll have it all formatted for you to import into your Plan to Eat account (you’re welcome!) Maybe it will motivate you to tackle your own stash of magazine articles and newspaper clippings. Surely I’m not alone in my recipe hoarding habit? Surely. Right??

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  • You are SO not alone, I have to do this exact thing, now, to find some time….. Oh, goodbye sweet Facebook Game, I have found Plan To Eat now to replace you – Amen!!! LOL

    Luana February 3, 2013 AT 1:50 pm
  • Ok.Ok. You just convinced me to sign up here for the free trial on Plan to Eat.And then I will get the years membership. I have Cookbooks, index card recipe boxes(x3), Binders and so many loose ones I can’t count. The biggest problem is ACTUALLY using them. Importing them into the plan and really using them is going to be GREAT.

    So Amy I think you might have just become my BFF…Thank You

    Sherri February 1, 2013 AT 10:33 am
  • I can’t say “YES!” enough times. Not only do I have binders, and stacks of recipes I printed out, I also have piles of cookbooks. While I loved the Family Table series and have attempted to start it with my own family (not going so well, as the kids are under 2 and have the attention span of fleas, but we’re not giving up), I’m looking forward to the recipe rescue project and the inspiration it will provide to tame my own collection.

    Janine February 1, 2013 AT 9:57 am
  • I had a recipe accordion file which i recently reduced to a stack. But now it keeps spilling out of my cookbook cupboard whenever I take something out. Time to tackle it again. Hadn’t thought to enter them on my account. Great idea!

    Jennifer January 31, 2013 AT 5:14 pm
  • This is inspiring me to keep better track of my recipes (and write some of them down!!) – I have so many recipes that it’s hard to keep track of.

    Naomi January 31, 2013 AT 8:26 am
  • I DID have a couple binders of recipes. That’s why I started using PtE. I eventually got them all uploaded and now it’s much easier to track down recipes to try.

    Crystal January 30, 2013 AT 10:13 am
  • Not alone. I keep telling myself that I’ll go through and purge or enter my recipes. Someday. You are inspiring me to make someday happen sooner!

    Courtney January 30, 2013 AT 9:18 am
  • You are certainly not alone!! I also have my Grandmother’s (and mother’s) clippings from the 1960s! Some maybe earlier!

    Joe Joe January 30, 2013 AT 7:59 am

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