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Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 - Your Days Are Numbered


I'm so sleepy, but I want to do this post before I find that 2007 has vanished. What a year this has been! I made many changes to my blog this year. I realized how many when I looked here and saw how my blog looked in the summer of 2006. What a difference!

I wanted to change the look and feel of my blog and I did it. I also wanted to include some advertisements, which I did by joining the Blogher Ad Network and the Boston Blogs Ad Network. So far, I'm not making much money, but every bit helps. I gave much of it away to a local organization that provides food to those in need. I had given to them before, but because of your support, I was able to give a little more than I could have otherwise. Thank you!

Another thing that I finally did this year was organize my recipes. I had lots of random pages in folders and couldn't find anything. Over years, I had cut recipes out of magazines, newspapers, and printed them out from blogs. It was getting totally out of hand. Over about a week, I threw out a bunch of recipes, then organized the remaining ones by type and put them into four notebooks. What a joy it is to look for recipes now! I actually find what I'm looking for.

I'm doing the Homemade Bread Pledge that I mentioned here, which will be an event going from 2007 into 2008. Keeping my pledge is one of my goals for the new year. So far so good! I also want to organize all the recipes on this blog, so they are easier to find.

In 2008, there are some other blog changes that I'd like to make, but I'll keep some to myself. I'd rather make the changes and then let you see them. I'm submitting this post as part of Nupur's Best of 2007 Event. On New Year's Day, there will be a Roundup of all the posts. It will be interesting to see what everyone did this year. Have you made any resolutions for 2008?

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18 comments:

Nupur said...

Thank you for participating, Anali :) Your recipe binders look amazing!! Mine are mostly "bookmarks" on the computer and I can never find anything I am looking for :D
Your homemade bread pledge is something that is part of my new year's resolutions also: to make more bread at home and experiment with more whole-grain bread.
Happy New Year to you!!!

Asha said...

Happy new year! Great job of collecting recipes in binders, I used to do the same and then ran out of space. Now I use rewritable CD!:D
Enjoy and happy 2008! I will see you next year!:)

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

make that loot and have a happy napy new year

Nance said...

You are way ahead of me in terms of preparing for 2008. I'm still in a bit of a Christmas hangover at the Dept.

Let me get back to you...

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Kudos for such excellent organization! I've made one binder for recipes and it's full now, so I guess I need to branch out and make more, specific to the type of recipe. Of course, I'll need a huuuuge one for desserts. :-)

Mizrepresent said...

yep, i've been organizing too! in 08 i will live my wildest dreams...how about that? :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

May 2008 be good to you, Anali.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Hi Anali,

Just a short note to let you know that I tagged you for 7 Random Facts... meme...
http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=1295

Participating is totally optional so I won't feel offended if you won't have time to post it :)

Have a great day, Margot

dfunkydog said...

Again me, I forgot to tell you that your filed recipes are very impressive!! The only place where are have recipes except the books, is my computer (blog backup) and some bookmarks for things I would want to try.

Anali said...

nupur - You're welcome and thank you for putting together such a cool event! I guess we are both going to be big bread makers in 2008! :D

asha - Happy New Year! I'm running out of space too and have to buy another binder! I keep adding dessert recipes like crazy! ; )

torrance stephens bka all-mi-t - Well, a happy nappy new year to you too! LOL! Hopefully 2008 will be a prosperous one for us both! : D

Anali said...

nance - LOL! Okay. I'll be checking up on you over at the Dept. ; )

cookie baker lynn - I realized that I have to get another binder too. I've been printing out recipes like crazy. And I think your fudge recipe did it! : )

mizrepresent - I hope that all your New Year's dreams come true! ; )

Anali said...

susan - All the best to you too in the new year! ; )

coffee & vanilla - Thanks Margot! I'll be putting up the meme hopefully before next year! ; )

dfunkydog - Welcome! Thanks! I guess I'm still old fashioned in wanting to keep my recipes on paper. There's something really comforting about flipping through the pages. ; )

Zen Chef said...

Happy new year to you!
My resolution for 2008 is to make more money by working less hours. I still have to figure out how to do this! haha
Great job on your blog!
:-)

Anali said...

zen chef - Happy New Year! Now that's a resolution worth keeping! I'd like to figure out how to do the same! ;D

Gretchen Noelle said...

Your recipe binders are inspiring. I have envelopes of recipe cut outs. It used to be one and somehow it has multiplied! Your homemade bread pledge sounds challenging but it just may get the better of me since I am just starting to experiment with baking more bread. Happy New Year!

Anali said...

gretchen noelle - Welcome! Happy New Year to you too! Recipes do seem to multiply don't they? Must be all the ingredients! I'm behind on my bread baking too. ; )

Mansi Desai said...

Nice job with those binders Anali!! wish you a successful 2008!

Anali said...

mansi desai - Welcome! Thank you! They are coming in very handy! Happy New Year to you too! : D

 
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