Have you ever found a grocery item on sale and wanted to make a favorite dish, bought the item, got home and realized you forgot another item the recipe called for. Or had a family member call you while you at the store having a craving for a special dessert, think you remember everything you need to buy only to get home and find out you didn't remember everything. Well I have and it's frustrating!
I came up with a solution.
I use a index card binder, which I covered with scrapbook paper. I don't write down the recipes but the ingredients I need for favorite recipes. Then if I find pumpkin on sale and want to make Pumpkin Crunch, I can make sure that I have all the ingredients when I get home.
It has 4 different colored sections, I use one section for desserts, one for meat dishes, one for vegetable dishes and one for misc. So if I am at the store and develop a craving for Stromboli I can go over my list to make sure I have all the ingredients. I even go thru my cards and make my menu for a week and use it to do my grocery shopping.