Ever since I can remember I have been ripping out of magazines. In the 80's, at boarding school, it was Chanel ads (and oh do I wish I still had them - coversealed and fading on the wall above my bed).
By the 90's I had started to hone in on interiors and travel shots. I have a stack of scrapbooks with these pasted into, a labour of love in front of telly, pj's on, scissors in hand and gluestick at the ready.
Nowadays, I'm still ripping out interior pics I love, but I've moved onto recipes (the pages lie in a box patiently waiting for their time of glory - the great pasting which happens but twice yearly in these busy times).
Here's a page from an old book I use all the time.
I have several recipe scrapbooks - a couple of everything books, a dessert, and a kids scrapbook. I'd like to say there's order and index, but unfortunately that's not how I work.
And if I notice a recipe I haven't tried, and probably won't, then I just paste another right over the top.
I started my kid's recipe book last year when I realised Griffin and Coco were surviving on spag bol, fish and home made pizza. They eat at an earlier time to Scott and I so I tend to think quick and easy with them. I have been building up a book of interesting options for them to eat and me to make. And those two are Fussy (yep, with a capital F).
Donna Hay kids is great for inspiration. The latest is out, or possibly has been out for a while judging by the one sorry looking copy left on the newsagents stand I bought.
This month they have an article on lunches. Yay. This year I decided not to put anything processed into the lunchboxes. What was I thinking - my day is full enough without adding baking. But actually, it's not that hard. There's an easy recipe for ham and cheese pinwheels I'm going to be ripping and pasting.
Pikelets are a fav, and there's great healthy baking over at babybites. I make the snack bars most weeks.
These are on the menu for the next playdate....super cute!