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Thursday, August 05, 2010

College Dorms

College dorms are notorious for being small rooms with 2 or more teenagers trying to live. Teens today go to college thinking they have to have all the conveniences of home. They think they need all of their clothes and shoes, plus a full kitchen and all their electronics. But with one small closet, 1 desk and a twin bed, it gets hard to stuff all their belongings into their assigned areas.

Try to explain to your Freshman that they don't need as much as they think they do. 4-5 pairs of shoes is more than enough, they only need their winter clothes, they only need one coat, etc. Try to get them to strip down their wardrobe. Also remind them that there are common areas. Everything doesn't have to go on in their dorm room. They can treat the cafeteria as their kitchen/dining room. They can treat the TV room/living room/lobby as their den where they watch TV and gather with their friends. They can treat the library as their study area. The dorm room can basically be their sleeping and storage area. It doesn't have to be their all-in-all.

An mp3 player can take the place of a stereo. A Laptop can take the place of a desk top computer. A flat screen 19" TV is more than enough in a dorm room. These take up less space, they have a smaller "footprint".

Have them coordinate with their dorm mate on decorating and sharing appliances. For instance one can bring a small refrigerator while the other brings a small microwave. One can bring the area rug and the other can bring the curtains. One can bring an iron and the other can bring the ironing board.

Think how best to organize in small spaces. Think vertically. Can you use underbed storage? Cubbies? Plastic drawers? Hangers that hold 4 prs of pants vs. 1 pr? Get them a basket for their shower supplies that they can carry. Another basket for a girl's makeup. Make everything do double duty. Stretch your imagination to come up with ways to make that small space work.

You may not be able to paint the walls but you can add color in the bedding, curtains, accessories.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley

Aaron Freeman married Mary Bentley and they had a son named...
...Rev. Moses Freeman who married Mary Fannie Ball and they had a daughter named...
......Mary Jane Freeman who married Rev. William Rees and they had a son named...
.........Green Hill Reese who married Tabitha Jane Freeman and they had a son named...
............William Hanes Reese who married Nancy Rebecca Lunsford and they had a son named...
...............Bailey Bright Reese who married Lillian Vianna Conner and they had a son named...
..................William Wilford Reese who married Geneva Margaret Lamb and they had a daughter named...
.....................Eleanor Elaine Reese who married William Avery Huneycutt and they had ME!

Aaron Freeman was born about 1745 in Chowan County, originally Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County (which eventually dissolved with precincts becoming counties), NC to John Freeman and Sarah or Elizabeth (or Sarah Elizabeth?). He is listed as a son of John Freeman in John Freeman's will (Bertie County Original Wills, CR .010.801.5). He and his brother, John, moved to NC in 1763 possibly traveling Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg's Trail. Aaron and John were pioneers in the truest sense of the word as they were among the first settlers to move to the Piedmont and eastern slopes of the Southern Appalachians. They did so at a time when the area was still controlled by the Catawba and Cherokee Indian Tribes, and indeed, the French and Indian War was still raging. In NC. this war was known as the Cherokee War and it was a dark and bloody time in the Western Piedmont.

Aaron is believed to have remained with John through the Summer of 1763, helping his brother clear the new land and then returned to his father's plantation. Aaron later returned and it appears that he joined his brother, John, in trading with the Cherokee and Catawba Indians in Georgia. Aaron was living with John when he met and married Mary Bentley on 17 Dec 1769 in Bertie County, NC.

Mary Bentley was born about 1749 in Rowan County, NC to Thomas Bentley, Jr. and Hannah Thomas.

Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC, Record #08501139, Bond #000124905, Rowan County, NC, 17 December 1769 .

NC Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
Name: Aaron Freeman
Spouse: Mary Bently
Marriage Date: 17 Dec 1769
Marriage County: Rowan
Marriage State: North Carolina
Source Vendor: County Court Records - FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 - 0500957
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

On 12/17/1769 Thomas Bentley wrote a letter requesting that his son be permitted to sign the Rowan County marriage bond, issued by Thomas Frohock, allowing Aaron Freeman to marry his daughter, Mary Bentley, as follows:

"Sr [Sir] if you please to let Aaron Freeman have licence for my daughter Marry Bentley [sic] I am Sattisfied so far let my son sign the licence bond I hope you are in better health then when I saw you last No more at present but your humb servt [humble servant]

December ye 17th day 1769 [signed] Thos Bentley

Wits [Witnesses] present

Benjamin Bentley (his mark)

James Freeman (his mark)"

Aaron had a tavern or trading house, and he evidently traded with the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, and, maybe, the Saponi Indians. On 3 May 1774 Aaron was issued a tavern's license. He was living in the forks of the Yadkin River, Davie County (formed from Rowan County), NC near "Trading Ford," which was located on a trace, roadway, or path known at that time as the "Old Spartanburg Trail" in Rowan County, NC.

Aaron and Mary Freeman had 8 children:
1) Joshua Freeman (DOB: Abt 1770 in NC; DOD: Abt 1855) married Patsy Caldwell.

2) Jesse Freeman (DOB: Abt 1772 in NC; DOD: Abt 1845) married Fanny Price.

3) Rev. Moses Freeman (DOB: 9/14/1774 in Wilkes County, NC; DOD: 1/18/1859 in Madison County, NC) married Mary Fannie Ball.

4) Thomas Freeman (DOB: Abt 1777 in NC; DOD: Abt 1865) married Mary Elizabeth Ball.

5) Isaac Freeman (DOB: Abt 1787 in Iredell County, NC; DOD: Abt 1855 in Craven County, NC) married Spicey Thomasson.

6) Aaron Posey Freeman (DOB: Abt 1782 in Iredell County, NC; DOD: 11/3/1861 in Topaz, Douglas County, MO) married Elsie Ball.

7) James Freeman (DOB: Abt 1785 in Iredell County, NC; DOD: ? ) married Jane Patterson.

8) John Freeman (DOB: Abt 1793 in Iredell County, NC; DOD: Abt 1870) married Rebecca Hopson .

According the the Wilkes County, NC Deed Books, Aaron purchased 200 acres on 28 Oct 1782 on Little River, Beaver Dam Branch, North Side Forks of Yadkin, Wilkes County, NC.

1787 NC Colony Census
Name: Aaron Freeman
State: NC
County: Bertie County
Township: Freemans District
Year: 1787
Record Type: State or colonial census
Page: 003
Database: NC Early Census Index

1790 U.S. Census of Bertie County, North Carolina; Roll: M637_7; Page: 354; Image: 209; Family History Library Film: 0568147, "Aaron Freeman"
Name: Aaron Freeman
Number of Free White Males Under 16: 1
Number of Free White Males 16 and Over: 1
Number of Free White Females: 3
Number of All Other Free Persons: 2
Number of Slaves : 2
Number of Household Members: 5

1800 U.S. Census of Salisbury, Iredell County, North Carolina; Roll: 29; Page: 630; Image: 308; Family History Library Film: 337905, "Aaron Freeman"
Name: Aaron Freeman
Township: Salisbury
County: Iredell
State: North Carolina
Free White Males Under 10: 1
Free White Males 10 to 15: 2
Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Males 45 and Over : 1
Free White Females Under 10 : 1
Free White Females 10 to 15 : 1
Free White Females 16 to 25 : 1
Free White Females 45 and Over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 : 5
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
Number of Household Members: 9

In the 1800 U.S. Land Tax for Wilkes County, NC, Aaron Freeman is listed as having two houses, a barn and a "still house" on 150 acres.

Deed from Joshua Freeman (son) to Aaron Freeman (father)
From Deed Book 9, pgs 48-49, Buncombe County, NC Archives
Made: October 18, 1803, Recorded: 1/1804
"Know all men by these presents that I, Joshua Freeman of Buncombe County & State of N. Carolina, for and in consideration of the sum of sixty dollars to me paid in hand by Aaron Freeman of the county and state aforesaid at and before the sealing and signing of these presents, the receipt and payment whereof I do hereby acknowledge, for myself and my heirs I do hereby bargain, sell, confirm unto him, the said Aaron Freeman, his heirs & assigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land in the county of Buncombe & State of N. Carolina containing seventy-five acres on the main ridge between Sandy Mush and Turkey Creek.

"Beginning on a beech standing on the south side of a branch called the Big Branch entering into Turkey Creek & runs north one hundred and ten poles to a white oak; thence wet one hundred and fifty poles to a white oak; thence south one hundred & ten poles to a stake and pointer; thence ninety poles to the beginning as entered the third of May, 1794.

"Which sd. piece or parcel of land with all ways, woods, waters, & every other appurtenance thereto belonging or appertaining I have hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrator sold, set over, conveyed, released, and confirmed in open market to the sd. Aaron Freeman & his heirs & assigns forever. And I do hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns that I and my heirs, executors, and administrators shall and will warrant & forever defend the sd. piece or parcel of land with all and every of its members and appurtenances free from all lawful claims of any person or persons whatsoever unto the sd. Aaron Freeman. In witness whereof I have set my hand & seal 18th of October one thousand eight hundred and three."

Signed, sealed, & delivered in presence of: Abraham Davis
Joshua Freeman
January Session, 1804
"The within deed was acknowledged in open court and ordered to be registered."
Certificed: D.Vance. Clk

From 1804-1820 he was an Indian Agent in Buncombe County, NC. He finally settled in Buncombe Co. N.C., and acted as a trader and Indian agent. There is a land transaction between Aaron Freeman and Creek Samuel Lowe around 1812/1814 for land on Turkey Creek in Buncombe Co. N.C. A number of Indian families lived on Turkey Creek in Buncombe Co. N.C. in the early 1800's because it was a sort of inter-tribal community for the Indians.

In 1807 Aaron and Mary were listed as members of Newfound Baptist Church in Buncombe County, NC.


Thomas Snelson Daniel Ponder John Longmire
James Roberson William Grantham John Paterson
Isaac Miller Aaron Freeman Joshway Huckkerby
James Davis Thomas Ingram Jacob Caler
Reuben Black John Plemons Thomas Plemons
Peter Plemons Jonas Spivey Sanna Burnett
David Miller Jacob Miller Thomas Able
Jesse Freeman Benjamin Robards David Cole
Peter Mason Thomas Chadwick Ritchard Willson
Joseph Willson John Stuard Beevi Swim
Matthew Black Jos. Paterson Thomas Cook
William Neighbors Seth Sievas Wiliam Triplet
Wiley Gergaines William Robards Eddard Doyle
David Clayton Rhoday Grantham Elizabeth Ponder
Anna Hamten Debrah Wilson Mary Miller
Jededah Miller Mary Freeman Nancy Gunter
Elizabeth Addington Margret Paterson Marthey Gadyer
Sarah Black Mrs. Longmire Jan Huckkerby
Elizabeth Plemons Prissilla Davis Sarah Marton
Mary Willson Elizabeth Plemons Jain Ingram
Susannah Roberds Marthy Roberds Jane Dunkin
Mary Thompson Elizabeth Garmen Sarah Miller
Jemim Roberds Mary Merrou Margret Pipenger
Rachel Willson Margret Willson Sarah Black
Nancy Swim Mrs. Jo Cogdale Mrs. Mason
Rebeca Davis Catharin Miller Frankie Cornet
Mary Stured Elizabeth Shadwick Olley Cox
Susanna Prater Elizabeth Abel Rachel Snelson
Rachel Cole Sary Blacke Berry Huckaby
(one lost) Delila Addington Jane Plamons
Fanny Freeman Sary Miller Fanny Miller
Moses Ball Elly Dover Patsy Dover
Susannah Rich Susannah Neighbors Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth Rogers Jane Ford Elizabeth Lewis
Margaret Perry Hannah Triplet Permelia Gergaines
Margaret Roland Anna Dayly Mariah Crosbey
Christiana Wells Nancey Brown Alley Freemon
Aaron Freemon James Blacke Thomas Triplet"

1810 Census of Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll 39; Page: 248; Family History Number: 0337912; Image: 00139, "Aaron Freeman"
Name: Aaron Freeman
Free White Males Under 10: 1
Free White Males 10 to 15: 1
Free White Males 45 and Over: 1
Free White Females 10 to 15: 1
Free White Females 45 and Over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 5

1820 U S Census: Buncombe, North Carolina, Page: 72; NARA Roll: M33_80; Image: 77, "Fruman, Aaron" sic, should be Aaron Freeman, Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820 (Ancestry.com had the numbers messed up, not at all like the original document shows)
Name: Aaron Fruman [Aaron Freeman]
Free White Males - 45 + : 1
Free White Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Females - 45 + : 1
Foreigners not naturalized: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Commerce: 1
Free White Persons - Under 16: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 2

Aaron Freeman died 18 Jan 1825 in Buncombe County, NC and is buried at Freeman Gap Cemetery which was in Buncombe County, NC at the time but is now in Madison County, NC (Madison County was formed in 1851). Mary Bentley Freeman died between 1830-1833 in Buncombe County, NC and is also buried at Freeman Gap Cemetery.

It's possible that Mary Freeman was living with her son, Rev. Moses Freeman, in Buncombe County, NC for the 1830 U.S. Census because there is a female living with him that is between the ages of 60-69. On the other hand, Moses' wife, Fannie, would have been about 52 yrs old but there are no other females listed in the household. Is this female Mary Bentley Freeman or did the census taker make a mistake and put Fannie Ball Freeman in the wrong age column? I think it's the latter.

1830 U.S. Census of Buncombe, North Carolina, Page: 263; NARA Roll: M19-118; Family History Film: 0018084, "Freeman, Moses, Sr."
Name: Moses Freeman Senior
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 2
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

I believe Mary was living with her son Aaron Posey Freeman in 1830.

1830 U.S. Census of Buncombe, North Carolina, Page: 260; NARA Roll: M19-118; Family History Film: 0018084, "Aaron Freeman"
Name: Aaron Freeman
[Aaron Fruman]
Home in 1830: , Buncombe, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 80 thru 89: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 10
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
Total Free White Persons: 15
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 15

Appalachian Aristocracy

*Note* Rowan County was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. It was named for Matthew Rowan, acting governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754.

Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Reductions in its extent began in 1770, when the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.

Rowan County's current county seat is Salisbury, NC.

For more information on Rev. Moses Freeman, see my post at Rev. Moses Freeman

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Butter Bell

I saw a butter bell for the first time last Saturday. Never seen or heard of one before.

You take softened butter and press it into the bell. Put cool water in the dish and upend the bell into the water creating a seal that keeps air out of the crock. This allows you to keep your butter on the counter so it stays soft. Interesting idea.

I got on Amazon and found varying prices averaging between $9 to $20. I love the idea of having the soft butter always available but I wanted to try it "on the cheap". So I came up with my own idea. I bought a small herbal size flower pot for $1and a flat bottomed bowl for $ .50 at a thrift store. So, for $1.50 I had a homemade butter bell. I started using it Monday and it's working great!

More Photos of Our Kitchen

Here are some more photos of our kitchen.

Our coffee bar

Decorating In My Kitchen

This is our kitchen. It's on the front of our house with a "fish bowl" window. I love it. I watch the neighborhood while I'm in the kitchen. This big bay window gives us an eating area. The kitchen cabinets are the original 1984 cabinets and they are still in wonderful condition to be 26 years old! I wanted a bright, cheerful kitchen so I chose a bright blue with bright white trim and I use bright yellow as accents.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Organizing Your Recipes

Do you have a wad of recipes, recipe books stacked somewhere, recipe clippings stuffed in a drawer? Are you wondering how to organize your recipes? I got some great ideas from the Internet.

My Grandma collected recipes and I have her old recipes and her recipe clippings from newspapers and magazines. I also collect recipes and have a lot of recipe books.

I've tried several different ways of organizing my recipes. I wrote, typed and taped recipes to index cards and have a large box full organized in categories. These are from the 1970's and early 1980's. After that I was able to afford cook books. So I have a collection of the annual Southern Living Recipe books. I bought most of them at book sales and yard sales so I don't have a lot of money in them but they are some of the best cook books I've ever seen. After that phase, I got into the Taste of Home magazines. These are also very good, practical, down-to-earth recipes. I have a couple of years worth of magazines in magazine holders. I also have a special Family Cook Book. I handwrite family recipes in this nice recipe book. This book goes back about 25 years. Last, but not least, I collect recipes from the Internet and keep them in MS Word. I have 3 binders full of these printed out.

I have too many systems going for my 33 years of marriage! When I need that good chowder recipe... is it on a card, in a magazine, in one of the dozen cookbooks or in my binders? I need to spend some time getting it streamlined.

Here are my goals:
■ Easy to find
■ Easy to maintain and add to
■ Easy to browse
■ Kept clean
■ Easy to share

Here are some ideas I saw on the Internet.

This person uses an accordion folder organized by categories. This isn't big enough for all mine but it's a good starter system. It can hold any size whether it's clipped from the newspaper or a whole page printed from the Internet.

Using pocket pages is a good idea! Either photo pages or baseball card pages.

Using binders with recipe categories. With my large collection I might need a binder for each major category and then use the dividers for sub-categories.

For those who are very neat, make your own recipe books. You can laminate your recipes or place your recipes in page protectors. Laminating can increase the acidity which can eventually destroy the item. So it's up to you whether or not you want to laminate. It keeps you from getting stains, drips, crumbs on them, but it's not good for longevity.

In fact, it would be best to purchase acid free printer paper (it's not any more expensive, make sure the packaging says "Acid Free"). Print on acid free paper and use page protectors in binders. For cards, you can place them in a plastic Ziploc bag while you are using it so it doesn't get splashed. Then take it out of the plastic bag and place back in your box.

If you have antique recipes passed down in the family, be sure to make copies on acid free paper before you do anything to them. If you make your own recipe books and cards, use acid free products. Include a photo. It could be a picture of you (or your loved one) preparing the recipe or presenting the results or just a photo of your dish. If you are good at sketching then make your own sketches. Some people even do "altared books", their cookbooks are personal handmade books. So use acid free products (paper, pens, stickers, etc) for these family heirlooms. I made family recipe books for my niece and nephew when they got married. I bought 8 x 8 scrapbooks and did a page for each family recipe. They really enjoyed those. Here are some wonderful examples I found on the Internet:

Using a rolodex is an idea! You can laminate the recipe cards or not. Make them as fancy as you like or just your own handwriting.

Organizing your recipes doesn't have to be expensive. My Grandma used a shoebox and this person used a Dollar Tree (everything for $1) basket.

If you use cookbooks, you can do some things to help you. You can use bookmarks, sticky notes, paper clips or book darts to mark your favorite recipes. Using colorful ribbons (as bookmarks) or sticky notes can help you color code your favorite recipes such as red ribbons for Beef Main Dish, pink sticky notes for Beverage recipes. You could also tape an index card in the flyleaf and put your favorite recipes and page numbers like Peach Melba Pg 63. You can use a pencil to make notes. For instance, I would write "Stan liked" to indicate that this is something he enjoyed. You may put "Nuts are optional", "My big blue bowl was big enough", "Toast the coconut", "Served this at 2010 Family Reunion and everyone loved it", "Good for Sunday School Class", "Makes a lot more than you realize", etc. These personal notes are valuable not only to you but are dear to your family members when they inherit those books.

Save counter space and turn a small, spare kitchen drawer into a recipe box filled only with your family's favorites. My Aunt Ruth did that until she decided she needed the drawer for other things and she began using a shoe box.

Recipe software is available from free shareware to purchased software. It can keep up with nutritional information, make shopping lists, do menu planning, is easy to sort and organize, and easy to print. A long time ago I tried using recipe software but I lost all my recipes and that was all it took. But I'm sure things have drastically changed since those early days of software development.

This is Cookware Deluxe. I have no idea how good this software is, I just found this image to give you an idea of what recipe software can look like.

I use MS Word. I have a file for Poultry, another file for Beef, another file for Vegetables, etc. So each category is it's own file. When I put in a new recipe I include the Source and any notes. I also put some tags so I can do a Search. Each recipe goes on it's own page. This works real well. Or you could consider using the Google Docs feature. This makes your recipes available via Internet no matter what computer you are on. Let's say that you are at the grocery store and you can't remember how many tomatoes you need for that special salsa recipe. You can use your cell phone to access you Google Docs recipe file. Or maybe you are at work and a co-worker asks you for your favorite cake recipe. You can access your Google Docs recipe files from your work computer. This has the advantage of saving your recipes off site in case your house caught on fire or a tornado hit.

You can use an online recipe box. http://onetsp.com/ is an example of an online recipe box. This also has the advantage of saving your recipes off site.

You could have a dedicated "kitchen" laptop that contains all your recipes. You can copy and paste a recipe into emails for those in your Book Club who asked for a copy of your Divine Chocolate Balls. You can copy your files on DVD's to pass your family recipes on to your children when they get married.

If you have spiral cook books, it might help to use tags and attach the stringed tags to the spiral spine. This would help you locate the recipe book without having to pull each one out. You can use magazine holders to corral them. Make your own holder by cutting down cereal boxes.

If you, or a loved one, are known in your family for special recipes, then you might think about doing a video of you (or your loved one) making the recipe. Make these videos available to other family members via YouTube or DVD. I would love to have a video of my Aunt Ruth making her homemade sauerkraut, or her dill pickles. I would love to have a video of my Grandmother making her lye soap or Grandma making her butter beans or her coconut cake (using a real coconut).

You can use Photo Albums with the self-adhesive pages.

Keep the "Keepers" separate from the "Try Soon" recipes. Once you've tried a recipe and you and your family like it, then it's ready to put in your "Keepers" system. Some people put their "Try Soon" recipes in a plastic Ziploc bag or a pocket in the front of their recipe binder. Some tape the recipes to the inside of a kitchen cabinet, on a bulletin board with their shopping list/coupons to remind them to try the new recipe.

Let's talk about categories. Some of this will depend on you and your family. You will start with some broad categories. Here are examples:
Hors D'Oeuvres
Main Dishes

Then you can break it down into sub-categories. Here are some examples:

Main Dishes..............Pork


Now you can further categorize with sub-sub-categories. For example:


Main Dishes.....Pork.............Chops

...............................................................Hamburger/Ground Beef

These are just examples. You can categorize any way that makes sense to you. For instance, if you are a vegetarian, you probably won't have meat recipes and your categories may be Tofu, Bean, Salads and Soups. Or you may love chocolate and you can categorize your "Desserts" into Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Cakes, Chocolate Pies, etc. Your family may love desserts and you have enough to categorize by Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Tarts, Donuts, etc.

I also have a category for Misc. Things like a soap recipe; how to make candles; how to season a cast iron frying pan; how to clean silver, brass and copper; starch recipe for table linens; uses for peroxide; uses for vinegar; uses for baking soda; homemade cleaning solutions; and other misc things.

You may even consider a separate category for parties or large gatherings. For instance, my husband makes hash for the big family July 4th party. I could keep that recipe in the section for "Large Gatherings". We also have annual themed Halloween parties and I could keep those party recipes in the "Party" section. Same for those recipes you use for showers, church gatherings, birthdays. I never make a punch bowl of punch except for those big gatherings. I never make huge pots of cowboy beans except for those church gatherings so it might make sense to place those recipes in the "Large Gathering" or "Party" categories.

I hope I've given you some things to think about and some ideas. So go organize those recipes!

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