“Um Mom, what’s for dinner?”
This is usually the first sentence I hear when my kids get home. Sometimes I know what dinner is going to be…sometimes I even have all the ingredients and everything prepped and ready. But some days this daily ritual gets away from me, and my answer is “well, it’s a Mommy invention”.
This used to strike fear in the hearts of my children. They’d look at each other, communicating with glances as only siblings can, expressing their trepidation at the idea. You mean that woman can look at what she has in the house and miraculously turn it into dinner? Is that even possible? “Mom, don’t you need a recipe?” one of them would ask quietly…
They’ve learned though that Mom can cook. They’ve asked me to keep track of some of these “Mommy Inventions” for when I can’t think of what to cook. My youngest has even requested his own cookbook to take with him when he’s grown. Gulp. That means I need a way to organize all these recipes…the ones we like, the ones we’ve made up, the ones we’ve made our own adjustments to…yikes!
Since organization isn’t exactly my forte, I started looking for some options. I needed something simple, that I could periodically update, and where I could make more than one copy. While the boy child is the one who wants the cookbook, presumably the girl child will eventually move out and need to feed herself too, right? That’s where cookbook software comes in.
Matilda’s Fantastic cookbook software allows you to customize your cookbook exactly the way you want it. You can add in your recipes as you find them, and when you’re ready just print the whole thing out on your home computer as many times as your little heart desires. The system is user friendly, comes with several pre-loaded templates, and even has measurement converters for those of us who aren’t so mathematically gifted. It’s a simple way to share your family traditions and keep track of those recipes that tend to get lost in the shuffle. This is a great tool, and even comes with a free trial so you can try it out. Genius!
Suddenly the idea of my kids being able to cook for themselves seems a little less daunting. Now if I could just get them to not grow up…