Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!

Recipe Websites

I found a post online from the Fort Smith Public Library that listed these websites.  Many of them I have checked out before.  I am posting this because it’s a great list!

  • AllRecipes.com — A delicious site! Search for a recipe by keyword, or do an advanced “ingredients search” to find a recipe that you can make with the ingredients you have on hand.
  • Betty Crocker Online — A fun site where you can find recipes, ask cooking questions, plan a dinner menu, and even find a recipe that uses ingredients you’ve already got in your kitchen.
  • CopyKat Creations — provides recipes for dishes from popular restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Outback Steak House, and many more.
  • Epicurious: For People Who Eat — Food, drink, cooking tips, recipes, and more. Provides a searchable database of over 11,000 recipes.
  • Martha Stewart Recipe Search — a searchable database of recipes. Search by ingredient, type of dish, and more.
  • Mimi’s CyberKitchen — Provides a searchable recipe database, helpful kitchen hints, cookbook reviews, and links to other cooking sites on the Web.
  • Rec.food.recipes Archive — Provides archives of the Rec.food.recipes newsgroup, searchable by category.
  • Recipe Link – A searchable directory of cooking sites on the Internet. You can even search by recipe.
  • The Global Gourmet – food and recipes from around the world and from many different cultures.
  • Top Secret Recipes — Ever wondered what goes into those dishes they serve at the chain restaurant? Now’s your chance to duplicate it at home.
  • Yahoo’s Recipe Section — This is a comprehensive source for links to recipes of every type, from appetizers to desserts.

Christmas Checklists

I found a neat blog and the author has great checklists to get ready for Christmas, gift buying, etc.  All free to download.  She also has lots of other neat organizing tips on her blog.  Thought I’d share this with all of you!  http://www.meckmom.com/2007/11/27/get-organized-for-christmas/

IRS says it’s OK to go paperless!

I just read a post in a blog that referenced this IRS publication. The IRS is recommending scanning your important documents and saving them to a CD or DVD, preferably in a safe location away from your own home or office. I have been scanning my papers for the last year or so. I did check with my tax preparer last year if this was OK and she said it is.

When I started doing this, I decided that it was safer than a stack of paper records which could be damaged by water, fire or just lost or misplaced. They can also be searched a little easier if you convert your PDF files to a searchable PDF with OCR (optical character recognition) software. There are many options for this also.

Recently I have been reading about storing or backing up your PC to a secure online website. This may be another option as long as they are very secure and safe, but I would still have my own DVD backups kept in a safe place.