With busy schedules, after-school activities, late workdays and long commutes, is sitting down to a family dinner still possible?
The authors of Six Sisters’ Stuff (Shadow Mountain, ISBN: 978-1-60907-324-4, $21.99, March 2013) say YES!
In their debut cookbook, the sisters (yes, six biological sisters— Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra) show families just how simple putting dinner on the table can be. From Baked Chicken Fajitas to Slow Cooker Pot Roast Sliders to Mini Oreo Cheesecakes, Six Sisters’ Stuff has nearly 100 easy-to-follow recipes that use ingredients commonly found in your pantry. Each recipe includes easy-to-follow instructions and photographs that eliminate any guess work.
Six Sisters’ Stuff evolved from the sisters’ blog SixSistersStuff.com, that began in February 2011 out of their love to cook, craft, and create. After years of living close to one another, they suddenly found themselves living in different parts of the country and used the blog to stay in touch and share ideas. In just two short years, SixSistersStuff.com has quickly become one of the most popular food and craft blogs, receiving on average 5 million page views per month, with over 130,000 Facebook fans and more than 190,000 Pinterest followers (as of 2/7/13).
Six Sisters’ Stuff also includes a collection of simple and inexpensive craft ideas – how to make hand puppets, felt bows, decorative wreaths, and more – plus lists of fun family activities for road trips, entertaining rainy-day ideas, healthy snack suggestions, and even some recommendations for cheap date nights. This family-focused cookbook is really more of an idea book to help families create fun, lasting memories together.
I am not really one of those who likes trying out new recipes. I like having recipes I can fix fast and easy. Often with a new recipes it takes you an extra 30 minutes because it is new. So I wanted to try some of these, but I wasn't too keen on the extra time I knew I was going to need. Well, I sat down and flipped through the book and the Mexican Enchilada Casserole just caught my eye. There were a lot to choose from and I was soo tempted to try several. Believe me, they are on the list for this coming week:) The family loves mexican food and this one looked easy to double and to cook as well. Take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think.
THE MEAT MIXTURE
READY TO GO IN THE OVEN
JUST OUT OF THE OVEN
ALL READY TO DIG IN!!
Now, I did change things a little bit from the recipe in the book. I didn't have some things handy and other things were changed because I doubled it. Such as no corn and I used a larger dish so the tortillas were a bit different. I kind of did a puzzle out of them:) It was very easy to swap things out for what I had on hand. And I have to say, this meal was almost gone that night and I had one piece left for the next day at lunch. This was wolfed down by the whole family!! They loved it and I enjoyed how fast it was to prepare and how easy it was. I thought it would be quite a bit later for dinner but we were right on time. This is so easy to make it has definitely made it on my favorites list.
Again, this book is one you will pull out over and over. Not only are there plenty of good recipes but also fun things to do, check-lists, etc. And many of the recipes are lightened a bit so you don't have to feel bad over what you are eating. I so enjoyed this new book and how well it was done. Pictures that make you want to eat the food and great advice! Loved Six Sisters' Stuff!!
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