Organizing Favorite Recipes & Iced Coffee Punch Recipe

I have a collection of favorite recipes that I’ve been gathering over the years.  If I try a new recipe and it’s a hit with my family, I add it to the favorites.  I’ll show you how I organize my “recipe’s to try” in another post.

Up until now I’ve used a recipe box to organize the recipe cards.  I showed you that box quite a while ago. It’s worked well, but I’ve been wanting to update and change the cards and organizer for a while now and I finally got it done.

Well, I can’t say it’s completely done, because I still have to finish typing all my recipes, which takes a while, BUT I just keep doing a little at a time. Eventually I’ll get them all typed up and added to my new binder.

and this is it!  I just used a white binder that I had on hand and created some printables, which are NOW available as a set in my shop:
Click the image above to be directed to this item in my shop.

I created a side label for the binder too.

Inside my binder looks like so.  I printed and laminated each dividing page and popped holes in the pages with a hole puncher.

I put a matching weekly meal planning page, attached with a binder clip to the inside of the front cover.  This one is also laminated and I just write the menu out for the week with a dry erase marker and wipe off to update it for the next week.

You may remember the other weekly meal planning printable page that I had in my all-in-one family binder.  I’ve used that, until I decided that I would rather have the meal planning along with my recipes.  (I just didn’t want you thinking that I’m doing both.)  Organization in this household is always changing.
The inside of the binder is organized by section.
Appetizers & Beverages
Main Dishes
Crockpot Main Dishes
Soups & Salads
AND Vegetables & Side Dishes
In my Damask Birthday Party Post, I talked about the Iced Coffee Punch recipe in the photo above.  You simply must try it for your next party or get together.  It’s oh SO yummy! and so easy to make:

Hazelnut Iced Coffee Punch
1/2 cup instant coffee (may use decaf)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 pt. hazelnut coffee creamer (liquid) (can use french vanilla too) 
1 gallon milk
3/4 bag ice
1/2 gallon vanilla ice-cream
boil coffee, sugar and water.  in a large jug or bowl, add ice-cream, creamer, ice and milk; then mix coffee, sugar and the water into the jug. ENJOY!
(note: this is not my recipe – I got it from a family & friends recipe book)

Inside each section, I’m using 4 x 6 photo sheet protectors to hold my recipe cards.
I purchased the protectors at Staples and I really like the fact that my recipe cards are protected from food splatters.

I created three different edit-able 4 x 6 recipe cards.  When I get a moment here and there, I sit and type a few recipes in the cards, print them onto cardstock, cut them out and place them into their proper section in the binder.  It’ll take me some time to get them all typed up, but my plan is to have all our favorite recipes typed and in the sheets soon.

The edit-able recipe cards are available in my shop, these are the different options available:

Each listing is separate and you get 2 total files.  One PDF file that you can type in (or cut and paste) your favorite recipe and you also get lined cards as well.  I keep a stack of lined cards in the back of my binder, in case I have to quickly jot down a recipe to add.

I chose to use recipe cards vs. full 8 1/2 x 11 pages, because I tend to change things around quite a bit and if I ever decide to go back to a recipe box, I can simply transfer the cards from the binder to a box.

Take a look at the rest of the inside sections.  I am SO loving these colors right now! :)
Also included in the printable recipe binder organizer packet are tabs for each section. I cut the tabs out, laminated (which you wouldn’t have to) folded the tabs, and stapled them to the 8.5 x 11 sheet. For a little added detail, I popped a hole in the tab and put ribbon through each one.
I use this cheapo stand to hold the binder up while I’m cooking/baking.
It sits on my counter for easy viewing.
I’m so glad to have this binder (almost) done.  Today, I think I’ll type up a couple more of our favorites to add.

Create a favorite recipe binder for yourself or for a friend, mom, co-worker, bridal shower or wedding gift, etc. This would make a GREAT gift for anybody!  AND you can print the printable pages as many times as you'd like, so you can create organized recipe binders as gifts (FOR personal USE only) as many times as you'd like!

Again, you can find the recipe organizing printables HERE:


May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,
Linking to some of my favorite parties.


  1. Wow. I absolutely must do something like this. I have all my favorite recipes on little torn up sheets, or I just hope to remember where the webpage I found it on is the next time I want to make it! This looks like it would be so fun to use!

  2. I've been using a binder for recipes for a couple of years now. One thing I did, was used page protectors and index tabs, I cut a slit in the page protector so the index tab would stick out further than the other pages. Using the page protectors makes it EASY PEASY to simply print a recipe from the internet and just slip it in a pocket. Your design is incredibly cute though! Love it.

  3. I do the same thing with my recipes to try ;) and your right it does make it easy peasy! That post is coming soon.


  4. WOW!! This is a beautiful binder, I love how you organized it.

  5. Beautiful post and blog!:) Would you like to follow each other?

  6. Very, very nice! Well done and lovely!

  7. This is too cute!!! Very well organized and your print is gorgeous!

  8. I really like this. I have so many recipes that I've cut out from magazines that get wrinkled, crumpled, etc. over time. This would be a great summer project!

  9. Love this, you did a great job and I love the subtle colors that you used!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! (www.watchoutmartha.net )

  10. What a wonderful undertaking and I think the set is just beautiful! I love the little tabs with the ribbon too and the fact that the recipes will stay nice and clean! I'm thinking this is a great Winter project -- pinning!

  11. LOVE this :) and the ribbon tabs are absolutely adorable :) (stopping by from A bowl full of Lemons

  12. Kristin bellandMay 3, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    I absolutely live this. I have a whole drawer of favorite recipes that would look great in this book.

  13. Found your blog via Pinterest and just purchased this set and the coordinating circle labels/tags. I'm super excited because I just redid my kitchen in these exact colors. Thanks for making awesome products and for sharing all your amazing organizing tips!

  14. I have come back to this time and again! I can't wait to get my recipe binder all set up!! I was curious what program you made your pages in? Thanks for some great inspiration!!

  15. I love your recipe organizer pages. My only question is the printed pages are not changeable, correct? Meaning if I want one binder spine to say favorite recipes and another binder to say recipes to try, is there any way for me to change the heading? Also I love main dishes to be broken into beef, chicken, pork, etc...is there any way to customize your pages to do that? Thanks,


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