My cooking magazines, websites and me

There are few things that get me as excited as when one of my cooking magazines comes in the mail. Yeah, I know. What an exciting life I lead! Well, we can’t go to Italy every month so I guess I’ll just have to keep my cooking magazines for excitement.

I’m trying to do a better job organizing all my magazine recipes. Currently I’m subscribed to Taste of Home and their sister publication Simple and Delicious. Since they share the same website, it’s easy for me to glance at the magazine with my laptop in front of me and add the recipes I like as I go.

I wish they had a better organizational system like the one at Food Network’s site. They have a great recipe box with custom categories so you can keep everything organized. They also appear to be building more of a community site over there since I was asked to set up a profile. Social networking meets food? I might never leave.

Speaking of social networking, if you use Facebook, check out my page. I post reminders from all the posts and some extra tidbits of information. Sometimes I’ll like recipes that look interesting or just thoughts that don’t make it into blog posts.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are busy for me this semester. Four classes starting at 8am. By the time I finish up my office hours, I leave school at 3:45 and try to duck rush hour traffic. Luckily, I’ve got the menu plan working. I’m also trying to be better at bringing my lunch with me. Hopefully, I’ll get better with that. This was one of my missions last semester that didn’t go very well. I’d either forget my lunch or was just too tired/lazy to bring it with me. I also bought a case of Arizona Green Tea to keep in my office. I was spending a lot of money on bottled drinks last semester. The case I purchased at BJ’s was $8 so I’m going from $1.50 per bottle to 33 cents. I know I should be bringing a refillable container but we are making baby steps here. I used to be so good at all of these things but when I stopped working full-time back in 2006, I lost all those good habits. Now I’m getting back on track.

See, things aren’t always frugal around here but at least I’m trying to get better. Even if I just save on the bottled drinks. That’ll save me about $2.25 a week. I get one bottled drink, usually juice, after I finish my coffee (which I bring from home). Over the course of the semester, that’s $36. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but that’s $36 in my pocket rather than in the vending machine.

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