I just had something happen, again, that has happened to me enough times that I am seriously going to change the way I use Pinterest.
I suffer from a hereditary excess of recipes (I can't help it - I got it from my mother) and they're kind of everywhere. I have recipes in books, recipes in emails, I have recipes in Google Documents and in Evernote. I have recipe "boxes" on various websites like AllRecipes. I have scanned copies of recipes in my grandmothers' and great-grandmothers' handwriting. I used to have software that kept them all straight, but it required a ton of data entry and it became obsolete after a couple of computer upgrades (I think it ran on Windows 3.1). I have recipes saved in random folders on random hard drives. I have recipes in descriptions of Google Calendar Events on my Menu Planning calendar (this system is HIGHLY inefficient). I even set up a separate email address for a while to which I could email recipes to myself so that I could keep them all without cluttering up my primary Gmail account (that was pre-Evernote).
Thus, if I want to make something a second time, I have to remember where I put it. This is a stupid system. One of these days I'm going to put all of my recipes into ONE system (probably Evernote). Today is not that day. I still have 14,000 pictures to catalog. (The problem is I take photos faster than I catalog photos).
While getting ready to go to the grocery store just now, I decided to make Crock Pot Italian Chicken again, because we're going to be at the park on Wednesday and it would be nice to get home and have dinner ready. So I went to Pinterest to find the recipe.
Found it! Knew it was there. Yay. Until I clicked.
|SON of a ....|
Ok, fine, I remember that it had chicken and Italian dressing and bow tie pasta, so I Google, and I find a recipe, but it's missing an ingredient. I knew there was more to it than chicken, cream cheese, and Italian dressing packets. There was one more ingredient, but I don't remember what it is.
More Googling, and I finally find a recipe that has too many ingredients (who needs vegetables!?) but it's enough to jog my memory. The missing ingredient is cream of chicken soup. Ok, fine. I can go to the store.
But now it's pouring.
This has happened to me more often than not when I've gone back to find a previously-used recipe in Pinterest. It's almost like the pins expire over time. I don't know, but I'm sick of it, so I'm not going to keep recipes in Pinterest anymore.
From now on, if I see a pin with a yummy looking recipe, I'm going to copy it to Evernote, because then I will know that can find it again when I want it. It's annoying, because it's going to be more clicks between finding a recipe and keeping it, but hopefully I won't lose anything else. I guess I should probably pick a permanent recipe solution and stick with it. I've started using OneNote for other things (the Neighborhood Association, Work, Writing, rolling to-do lists) so maybe I can keep Evernote for recipes only, and use OneNote for everything else.
Jeez, first world problems, right? How do you keep your recipes? Has Pinterest lost your stuff before? How do you deal with all the data in your life (pictures, recipes, things I haven't thought of yet but will bug me when I get around to worrying about them)?