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recipe card shopping lists

As I mentioned in this post about my goal to never send a late birthday card again, I'm making a push to get more organized. One thing I HATE doing is making a grocery list. No matter what, I seem to miss something in my hurry to jot things down that I end up making another trip to the store.
My solution? Laminated recipe cards that double as a shopping list!

... what I bought ...

scotch self-seal laminating pouches (4"x6")
dry erase markers

... what I did ...
1) I started by formating my recipes into 4x6 sizes. I put the name, picture & ingredients on one side with the directions on another side. I used Adobe InDesign but you could use Word (or some other similar program).

2) Next, I printed color copies. I trimmed them down to size and self laminated them using the pouches I had picked up. This was a little tedious but I knew it would be worth it in the end!

Now I have recipe cards that double as shopping lists. The laminated cards also stay A LOT cleaner if you drip on them while cooking. I can't tell you how many ratty paper recipes I have in my kitchen that have vanilla extract splashed on them or greasy butter marks.

As long as I have a dry erase marker with me, I'll be able to cross things off my list at the store, wipe it off when I get home and re-use them many times!

Want some of my pre-made recipe cards??? You can download them here:
(disclaimer: some of these recipes are not mine - they were found on other blogs, pinterest, etc. I apologize in advance for not giving proper credit)

Creamy Potato Soup
Apple Dumplings
Chicken Ranch Tacos
Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Oven Tacos
Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
Curry Chicken Noodle Soup (this also has a little basic "grilling check list")
Everyday shopping list

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  1. Such a cool idea, Shannon. I never would have thought to do that.

  2. super cute! i wish i was that organized.... in my next life!

  3. whoa! I am super impressed by how organized you are! I am constantly "substituting" in my recipes or borrowing ingredients from neighbors because I forgot that one ingredient at the store :)

  4. what a great idea! i need to be more organized like that for sure! :) pinning.


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