Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Fling

The girls over at SITS are hosting a Spring Filing Tuesday. Everyone is encouraged to give something away on their blog, and SITS is hosting lots of awesome giveaways on their blog every hour as well. I wanted to participate in this, but until yesterday was at a loss about what to give away. The rules state that it can be anything new or used and doesn't have to be elaborate at all. Anything from a purse you don't use anymore to a batch of chocolate chip cookies. This doesn't help me much. Anything is just too many things to consider for someone with ADD. So for the last couple of weeks it's been on my mind.

What should I give away??

True to my ADD fashion, I had an epiphany at the 11th hour. Well technically I guess I had about 12 hours to spare since I figured it out around noon, but you get my point. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to come up with something.

So here is what I came up with.



Now I'm not giving you my recipe book, but what I am going to give away is a binder, with a custom cover, a few of my favorite recipes, and a lot of empty sheet protectors.

What is this good for you ask?

Well let me tell you a little bit about my binder.

I'm a bit of a pack rat. I hold onto all kinds of things because I never know when I might need them.

Craft supplies for umpteen billion different craft projects - Check
Enough scrapbook supplies for an entire lifetime - Check
A tote box full of socks in case I decide to start crocheting beads on them again - Check
A tote full of patterned socks, buttons, and embroidery floss to make sock monkeys waiting for my sewing machine to be fixed - Check

One thing I don't hang onto, or have cluttering my house anymore, is magazines waiting for recipes to be pulled out of, or loose papers on which I have printed out recipes from the internet.

I keep lots of extra sheet protectors in my binder just waiting to be filled with that loose paper. Now if there is a recipe I want in a magazine, I don't have to hang onto the whole magazine waiting for that someday that never comes to tear it out and do something with it. I save myself the time and energy of writing them all on recipe cards, and can chuck the rest of the magazine into the recycling bin without a second thought. The recipes from the internet go right in there too. The sheet protectors also mean that my recipe for pie crust isn't covered with actual pie crust from Thanksgiving pie 1994.

I also used to be a Tupperware lady, which means that all my pantry items, flour, pancake mix, instant mashed potatoes, sugar, pasta, beans, etc. are neatly stored in Modular Mates. What does this have to do with the binder, you ask? Well for years I dealt with the issue of while the pancake mix was all fresh in my Modular Mates, I no longer had the instructions on what to do with it. Even though I'd cut them out, somebody would always see that cut out piece of cardboard as garbage. Or I'd fold it and put it into the container, which would mean spilling some of the contents onto the counter when I removed it. So now, thanks to the greatest home printer/scanner/copier ever made , I copy the instructions and put them in the binder.

My binder has made my life so much simpler and allowed me to get rid of a little bit of my pack rat tendencies. Now if I could only figure out how to make everything else fit in the binder.

So my gift to you (assuming you are the lucky winner) today, is your very own binder. No having to make a trip to Office Max to get a binder and sheet protectors. Just a couple of days for it to come in the mail, since I haven't figured out that teleportation thing yet. The Modular Mates and the copier you are on your own to get, but I would highly reccomend them.

How do I get to be the lucky winner, you ask?

Leave a comment telling me why you want to win my binder for one entry.
Follow my blog for a second entry, leave a second comment telling me you are following.

The lucky winner will be picked at random (using random.org, I have a feeling that site is going to get a lot of traffic today) Tuesday March 10th at 9 pm, Arizona time (which is MST all the time, no daylight savings bull puckey here).

Good luck everyone, and don't forget to check out all the awesome stuff over at SITS today!

67 comments:

Mama Kat said...

What a cool idea! Count me in!

Turtles In Alaska said...

this looks great!I am a little bit of a packrat too and even have a binder. But not a recipie one!

Turtles In Alaska said...

I am following.Ü

Megan said...

You and I sound like we could be twins. I have more printed recipes than I can count and more magazines than I know what to do with. This would be perfect!

Megan said...

I'm following you too.

Mamarazzi said...

VERY creative!! i would love to win this!

Happy Spring Fling!!

AndreaLeigh said...

cool idea! fingers crossed!

angie said...

I think this idea for storing recipes is fantastic!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Awesome idea!! And yours is prettier than mine - so I want it, lol!!

Come on over to my blog too - pearl earring giveaway TODAY!!

Rachael said...

what a wonderful idea, count me in!

Carla said...

Add me in! Thanks SISTA!

LenaLoo said...

I follow you!

LenaLoo said...

I also pulled my Spring Fling off at the last minute true to ADD fashion... I knew I wanted to giveaway some hand stamped cards (cuz that is my latest kick and attempt at a job that doesn't have set hours), but I remembered way to late (2am) to bust everything out to make them... So I am giving away stuff to make your own cards and a set of cards I made a while ago :)
Happy Spring Fling!

Susie said...

I run a foodie-type blog and this would help me keep my hard-cover-copies organized. Count me in:-)

Mimi said...

I have stained bits of recipes everywhere! I would love to win.

BTW, I think your blog name & design is fantastic!

Terry said...

I love your giveaway, I've been saving my recipes on the computer but print them out each time I use them and then throw the paper away - this would push me to the next level - being organized!

Pick me..thanks!

DiPaola Momma said...

Super cewl tre fun and USEFUL idea...I want it!!

carma said...

my recipes are thrown haphazardly in a manilla folder - this would be awesome

nikkicrumpet said...

I need to win because anything that makes it easier for me to cook...and gives me one less excuse not to...is a very good thing! And my hubby would be eternally grateful!

koopermom said...

I need this binder because my recipe collection is a mess!! I need to get organized!!

Jingle said...

I so wish I had a photo I could share with you of the STACK of paper recipes I have on my counter! Yup...that is where they 'go.' It's a sad sorry state of affairs! I could so use this! If you want to add to that scrapbook stash check out the three giveaways I have on my blog! LOL!

Heather said...

Awesome give away. I'm so jealous that you have all of your things in Modular Mates. I have just 4 and I love the way my ingredients look in them. Does that make me a dork?

sandy said...

My son and I were just talking about getting our recipes organized. He loves to cook with me, but he can't ever find the recipes that I have written on receipts, paper bags, and paper towels. I guess he just does not get my method. hehe;0)

Tiffany said...

I have a recipe binder that's overflowing and over 20 years old. I think I need to start another one!

Sweet Home Amy said...

I would love this binder! I just moved into a new apt, and just yesterday was looking at a HUGE pile of recipes, either printed out or scratched down on paper!! I love to cook, and would love to have some organization to my recipes!

Lolli said...

Great idea! Very creative! I'd love to win it!

MMM said...

I could really use this! I have all of my recipes saved on my computer and cooking with a laptop is quite intersting!

Joy said...

I could certainly put the binder to good use. I'm forever throwing recipes in my "junk" drawer, making the dish, then losing the recipe. Pathetic. I need to be more organized!

Joy said...

Following!

T said...

great idea for a giveaway!

Happy Spring from one packrat to another :)

DawnS said...

This I could really use - my kitchen is an unorganized mess with recipes and such since I started home cooking a couple of months ago!

DawnS said...

I'm now following your blog - love your blog name too :)

Brandy said...

I use a binder to hold my recipes and it's bursting at the seams so a new one would be excellent. Not to mention mine is just plain and yours is so cute!

dddiva said...

I just love your name- very cute blog I can't wait to check it out further.
I would love to win because I have a Macy's robe box FULL of to be tried recipes and whatnot- do you know how very many that holds? Yeah, overwhelms me too.
We're trying to get organized in our little loonyverse and this would help immensely. :)

dddiva said...

I am following you. :)

The Bush Family said...

Found you from Tattooed MiniVan Mom's blog! Love your blog!! And am now going to follow you! Happy Spring Fling Sits Day!! :)

capperson said...

I would love to win this. I am constantly finding recipes in magazines, off the internet, on food boxxes, and just everywhere. I could so use that binder..lol

Tricia said...

I have so many recipes that are so unorganized I'm surprised I can put a meal together!

Tricia said...

I'm following you too.

Valerie said...

Love the idea! I literally have recipes on paper written all over the place. I would love this!

Reeni♥ said...

I want to win the binder so I can get the 100's and 100's of recipes I have organized and in order!! I love it!

Songbirdtiff said...

What a fun giveaway. I LOVE binders. :)

valerie2350 said...

very cute - this would help me get organized

valerie2350 said...

new follower

auntrene said...

I am also a pack rat. Big time.
I think if I win your binder I may try to use it to store coupons. I don't have a system set up right now, That is something I am working on. I have the coupons, no system.
Thanks for the Spring Fling Giveaway.

pam said...

A little organization in my life would be a great thing.

Very nice to meet you!!

Single Girl said...

Oh I like it!

Nessa said...

What a great idea! i need a binder to help get organized! I seem to be on an eteranl quest to get that way, but haven't managed it yet! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nessa said...

I am now a follower!

Brooke said...

i have a index card recipe book - but i'm out of cards. my recipes are growing faster than i can keep up!

Michelle said...

That is a neat idea.....I'm in!

Heather said...

Great idea! All of my copied, cut out recipes are stuck in my Joy of cooking recipe book. What a mess!

Sharlene said...

You would cry if you saw how disorganized my recipes are. Cute idea. I love it!

Jill said...

Great giveaway I could really use it! COunt me in!

Come by and check out my blog! I signed you follower list. hope to see you soon!

christin said...

thanks for the chance to win this awesome binder!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Bar-b said...

Great idea!!!!! With this win and with a winning apron, I think I will start to cook!

hey, maybe you could include your favorite recipes too ;)

MyLinda said...

Love your giveaway! A project I've been meaning to do but alas I procrastinate again...so how wonderful to have it done for me!

I am Harriet said...

Hi.
I'm just passing by from SITS!
I enjoyed reading your post.

Amanda said...

Stopping by from SITS!

That is a great giveaway!!

We are collecting new recipes everyday!

Ginny said...

What a fun giveaway. I'd love to win because my recipes are unorganized & all over the place!

Ginny said...

I'm following

Jennifer said...

I would love this. You know where my recipes are? Probably not, you've never been to my house. I'll tell you where they are. Folded ip and stuffed in a plastic holder thingy that hangs on the side of my fridge. No kidding. Sad, I know. I hope I win! :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMG I'm HERE!!! You know how OCD I am and print all these recipes out that are either in my purse on the couter or in a drawer! LOL Rick gave me a expando file folder to put them in, that is just another annoying spot for them .. LOL

I so love it! Thanks girlie!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

You know I'm a follower! Muah

Marrdy said...

Wow, I love this. And thanks for stopping by!

Michelle said...

I am a binder fanatic

Lorna said...

Ok everyone. I don't know how to close comments on this thing, so this is your official notice that if you haven't entered my giveaway by now, it's too late. I'm off with the list to random.org right now to determine the winner. Good luck everyone.