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07-16-2006, 10:09 AM
So I was going through the recipe thread, wading through the huge amount of comments posted there and realized that I had no idea where I even wanted to start. :o

I'm an innovative girl, and when I became mentally roadblocked by the sheer volume and mass disorganization, it got me thinking.

Here is my project idea: A 3FC LAWL Cookbook made for us, by us. We already have a plethora of recipes in the recipe thread, and a smattering of others scattered throughout the many other threads. We all have short cuts and tricks we use to make this diet easier. How nice would it be to have everything in an organized, searchable format?

Here is what I was thinking, and please chime in with your ideas and thoughts and questions: :?:
*If you go through the COD, which many of us do not, you can buy the LAWL cookbook which has some pretty good recipes. But not everyone can purchase this or has access to it.
*We have a recipe thread here that is filled with random recipes and ideas
*How many of us are bone tired of coming up with new ideas for dinner or lunch and just want someone, anyone to give us a good and easy idea that we hadn't ever thought of?
*One of my favorite websites in the world is because you can read the recipes, see pictures of the prepared food and read comments by real people who have tried different alterations to the recipe which I then can incorporate.

I'm pretty creative and handy with the Do-It-Yourself stuff. I'd be willing to collect recipes, ideas, tips 'n' tricks, cooking preperations, even a listing of must-have kitchen items for people just getting started that could show up in the cookbook. I'd be willing to format the project and print them off and put them together in an easy to use and durable book form (the advantages of having the material and equipment to do this at my work) and then mail them out to anyone who wants one.

I have some ideas that could even make the books alterable; as in new pages can be printed everly 4 or 5 months and emailed or sent to everyone to add to their books when we collect new recipes and ideas, especially when the holidays arrive.

A friend of mine did something like this for her church and it looked very cool.

What do you guys think? Would anyone be interested in something like this? Putting it together would be the easy part, collecting recipes and ideas from all of you would be the only time consuming aspect so it would have to be a project that has genuine interest. What do you think? :dizzy:

07-16-2006, 10:45 AM
Sommer I think that sounds like a wonderful idea. I need recipes so that I can add variety and keep from getting bored with the food I am eating.

I am new here, this is my third day of LA so I will help however I can.


07-16-2006, 09:11 PM
Ive added recipes of mine to the thread in the past, I certainly am game...tell me what to do.

07-16-2006, 09:15 PM
Sommer - I think it's a great idea. BUT, I understand cookbooks can be a big pain in the butt. Have you ever checked out Aimee's Adventures (she's a WW person who has put together a couple books; I have one and it's really a good book, but they take her a LONG time to do! Plus, I think you should consider charging for the book. Why not! The LAWL book is $32 and I thought it sounded like a lot; for now I just check the 3FC website, but I agree with you that it's sort of all over the place. So, to make a long story longer, I'm ALL in for a 3FC LAWL book. I'm relatively new to the program, but could certainly contribute something!

FYI, if you want to look at Aimee's site (scroll down to see the cookbook) it's

07-16-2006, 10:52 PM
I think it sounds like a great idea but like a big project. I will help out as much as possible but this is gonna be a busy semester for me so not sure how much i can do but hey let me know ill do what I can.

07-16-2006, 10:54 PM
Sommer i think thats a great idea because a recipe book that we come up with will be mostly every day ingredients and it will be alot easier than it being a project to get all the ingredients for the LAWL cookbook recipes so let me know what i can do to help besides posting a recipe. I have the cookbook but many of the things on there i dont use.

07-16-2006, 11:08 PM
Not to drag the idea down...but I would certainly be careful about using the LAWL recipies. I am sure they are copyrighted. I think it's a great idea..just don't want anyone getting into hot water for a good idea!

07-16-2006, 11:45 PM
I'm in!

07-16-2006, 11:56 PM
Just let me know what I can do to help. Sounds like a great idea.

07-17-2006, 12:59 AM
Hi Sommer!! I think its a great idea -- even if one collects them and emails it out in a word document .. I'd be more than willing to help, but it would have to be in august -- we are in vacation mode right now and dont have the time, but in August we are home again.

Great idea!

07-17-2006, 01:12 AM
I think that is a great idea. I know we all have our favorites. I would be more then willing to help out as well.

Let me know what I can do!

07-17-2006, 01:37 AM
I know it sounds like a lot of work but my day job has me stuck in front of a computer for 8 hours a day watching a program and answering people's questions and making sure that patients in the hospital get to where they need to go. This actually has me at about 6 hours of the day twiddling my thumbs, reading, playing online or doing homework. It would actually be nice to have a project to work on while I wait for the day to pass.

Thanks for everyone's support! My idea wasn't really so much ripping off the LAWL cookbook (but I don't think you can actually copyright a recipe) in that my idea was that sure there are 100s of recipes you could dig through...but we all have our easy favorites or adjustments to the tried and true (how many of us are sick to death of tuna fish?)

Let me start thinking about and brainstorming how to go about putting the project together and getting things started. How fun!

07-17-2006, 02:18 PM
When considering something of this nature-you have to be really, really careful. Any of the recipes from any of the LAWL cookbooks, materials, etc. are copyrighted-and doing so here is in violation of some of the rules here at 3FC. There are also rules about selling/trading items using 3FC as the base as well.

Personally-I think that the safest bet is for those who want the LAWL cookbook/recipes-to try and find one cheaper on Ebay if they can, or to buy it from their center if they really want it.

Recipes made up by members themselves are welcome, but I believe are best served in a simple recipe thread. If changes need to be made-or anyone wants me to do something with the recipe threads or put up "stickys" on something or another-just let me know, and I will be glad to help.

We just can't have 3FC be the base around selling anything, trading anything, passing around copyrighted materials/information, and blah, blah, blah...I am sure you all understand. ;)

07-17-2006, 02:57 PM
Aphil- I didn't say anything about selling anything. I had no intention of money being part of anything. And it wasn't the trading of recipes from the LAWL cookbook, it was our own recipes that we love to use. Like we all have versions of things like tuna and chicken salad and things to make them tasty.

I just thought I'd clarify my idea. It has nothing to do with the buying and selling of anything and it had nothing to do with LAWL's products, but just a way to make it easier and more convenient to share this kind of info.

07-17-2006, 03:02 PM
Sommer - I think its a great idea. Several times I've said to myself we need to comb through all the old posts and get all the tips and hints people have gleaned from the CODs. It would be great to have that available at your finger tips. I would be willing to help out.


07-17-2006, 03:11 PM
Beanie- Yeah I've been writing things down on post it notes and now my desk area is a post it note graveyard. I don't even remember half of them and there's no organization to it. I read something and think "Hey that's fantastic!" scribble it down and that's probably where it ends. Once I started thinking about it, all kinds of neat ideas popped up into my head. As an alternative to printing it out and sending it to people, setting it up as a pdf or word document where the recipes are page long, maybe with alternatives and adjustments to recipes that people have mentioned along all the recipes in a print out format that prints them on 3 x 5 cards so you can make your own recipe index. Updates and additions to it could be emailed or posted here in Newsletter fashion like what Katie did for her family.

And how about all the new people that come in and are overwehlmed by the vast amount of information we have in experience, stuff that the center can't necessarily give. I bet new people would find it a relief to have the experience, wisdom and tricks of people who've already done it.

I'm a very do it yourself, creative, project sort of person. I live for this kind of thinking.

07-17-2006, 04:49 PM
Sommer I think the pdf format would be great then people could just print it off and there would be no cost to you for printing or shipping. People could print it of and put in a binder thats easy enough. I still think the idea is super!! Let me know what I can do.

07-17-2006, 05:24 PM
Sommer what a great idea. I know I don't even look in that thread any longer has it's kind of hard to locate what you want. I can only wonder how a new person to this site feels. Thanks for wanting to do this. Let us know what you would like us to help with.

07-17-2006, 06:49 PM
As I stated before-if anything needs to be done to the LAWL recipe thread, or anything else along those lines-things deleted/stickied/reworked, that is what I am here for. If anyone is unhappy with the recipe thread and wants something changed or redone-or started over, for that matter-I would be happy to do it.

07-17-2006, 06:58 PM
I also wanted to add in that I wasn't implying that you planned on selling the cookbook. I just wanted to make clear as well, as another person did on this thread, that you have to be really careful as well about passing out copyrighted recipes, etc. as well that legally belong to LAWL.

Rather than having it in a file that someone has to send to every newbie that wants it-if someone would like to email me the recipes and information, I can make a sticky for them here on the forum-even in different categories, and make it so that no one can post on the thread. This way it would stay recipes only or tips only or what have you...and no one could start conversations or chit chat and get things off track. If a new recipe or tip or something needed to be added, I could go in and add it.

I just think it would be a lot easier for the new people to utilize the information this way. :)

07-17-2006, 11:10 PM
As I stated before-if anything needs to be done to the LAWL recipe thread, or anything else along those lines-things deleted/stickied/reworked, that is what I am here for. If anyone is unhappy with the recipe thread and wants something changed or redone-or started over, for that matter-I would be happy to do it.
Aphil I think that would be a great idea to have an area where we can only post recipes and if we wanted to share what we thought about one we could start a new thread to say what we tried and what we thought about it etc. It's a great thread if you time to weed though all the pages or try searching. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions.

07-18-2006, 08:06 AM
I will take a look at the current recipe thread and take some notes...see what can be done to help. If anyone has some recipes that they came up with that they would like to add that they have not posted on the thread-pm them to me, and I will get them up there after the reworking of that area.
It will take a while to do...but I think I can make a more organized format for the area.

07-18-2006, 09:45 AM
Aphil--thanks for taking the time to help out. I'm sure it's a mess! Having it more organized will help the new and old alike--thanks!

07-18-2006, 10:26 AM
Thanks to all who could make the recipe site easier to use. I would also like to print off my own Sommer if that happens.


07-18-2006, 03:49 PM
It's going to take a while to do, but I am starting by going into the recipe thread and deleting all posts that are just "chat" and not recipes, or answers to questions about the recipes.

If any of you go into the thread right now, it is going to "sound" a little funny, simply because I am just skimming through and randomly deleting those posts. ;) I just deleted for about 20 minutes, and took off about 4-5 pages on the thread. I will do the same thing tomorrow, and try to get it down another few pages. When it is down to only posts with recipes or pertinent information about those recipes, I will start splitting the recipes up into categories-main courses, desserts, etc. and work through it all from there.

Hopefully soon it can all be cleaned up, and the thread will be converted into a few "recipe only" threads-with no chat in them. With all of the talking and posting-it makes it way too hard to "find" a particular recipe-especially since an hour ago that thread was about 50 pages long. :lol:

It will get better...and I will keep you all updated on the progress. :)

07-18-2006, 03:57 PM
Wow Aphil-Thanks!

07-18-2006, 04:34 PM
This will be a great improvement to the Recipe thread! Look forward to seeing it. Make sure Baby #3 stays all warm and comfy until you get this done...haha.

07-18-2006, 05:29 PM
This will be a great improvement to the Recipe thread! Look forward to seeing it. Make sure Baby #3 stays all warm and comfy until you get this done...haha.

He is currently comfier than I am. :rofl:

07-18-2006, 05:39 PM
Thanks aphil for doing this. We all know it's a lot of work and appriciate you making the recipe thread a lot more user friendly.

And thanks to you too Sommer for mentioning wanting to do a recipe book of sorts. Looks like you got the ball rolling to make the recipe thread user friendly too.

07-18-2006, 06:07 PM
Aphil--thanks again--we all appreciate what you are doing and you just taking time out of your day to help us out.

I already have a LAWL recipe document in Word so I love to just copy recipes I want to try then paste them into my word file--then if I like it I keep it--if not--it goes to the trash bin so all the recipes in the file are ones I would make again.

07-18-2006, 06:41 PM
thanks that will be great!!