Ribbon Jar and Meal Plan

May 28, 2009 in Cooking, Crafts - 10 Comments
My little one has been taking long afternoon naps lately which has left me a lot of time for my favorite thing: new projects. Here are a few things I have completed recently:

Ribbon Jar

I love ribbon, but my collection used to consist of this tangled mess:

Now, they are spooled on doll pins for a much nicer display. The ribbons are easier to find as well. Eventually, when I have more ribbon (which I’m sure will happen) I’ll organize them into jars by color. And eventually, maybe I’ll have of a shelf full of these jars, looking like a candy jar rainbow. Only in my craft room dreams.

Meal Plan
To say that cooking is my least favorite task would be a grandiose understatement. I thought that if I turned meal planning into somewhat of a craft, it might become slightly more enjoyable and, if nothing else, more organized. I started by typing out all of my “tried and true” recipes. I had so many overflowing cookbooks, Internet printouts, handwritten jargon, and unorganized chaos that this was quite a task in itself. I threw out recipes that I never used and typed up the rest. I had the cards printed as 4×6 pictures and then laminated them.

Next, I made a box to hang on the refrigerator to hold the recipe cards. At the beginning of each week, I pick the meals I want to make for that week and put them in the box holder. That way I don’t have to scribble down my meal choices in my planner or on the grocery list like I usually do, only to misplace later.

I covered a lunchbox tin with coordinating papers and ribbons (of course) to hold the remainder of the recipe cards.

I divided the cards into categories and made dividers and tabs.

Maybe, just maybe, this is my first step to enjoying cooking.

Maybe someday, I, too, will baste and sauté with feeling and pleasure.


  • Greg and Alyssa May 29, 2009 at 4:04 am

    You. Just. Blew. My. Mind.

  • Julie May 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Maybe I would enjoy cooking too if I made it crafty. For now I guess I will just enjoy making other things (not meals). Way cute (not as cute as Blake)!

  • Kourtni May 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    You are just the cutest! Maybe I’ll decorate my shopping cart with cute ribbon so I’ll enjoy grocery shopping more. Crafts make everything better.

  • Lindsey May 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Kourtni, the visual image of that is just TOO funny!

  • katie May 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Seriously. I feel lazy. and boring. Can you come to my house?

  • Linz May 30, 2009 at 3:41 am

    You are amazing! I love the recipe cards so much and the ribbon jar is so adorable.

  • Sarah May 30, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I LOVE how you organized your ribbon! So smart!

  • Salem June 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ribbon jar idea!!! I am totally stealing that one…thanks!!!

  • Natalie June 4, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Wow I need more details from you on how to do all that stuff!!!! I think I could handle dinners if I had a plan! You are amazing. I would have no idea where to start!

  • lesliejones53 August 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Hey i just wanted to know what does it mean that you had them printed at 4×6 pic? is this some thing u can do on your own computer i really dont know how to use word. thanks :0

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