Shadow Mountain (Mar 2013)
Summary: In their debut cookbook, the sisters show families just how simple putting dinner on the table can be. 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. Also craft ideas and fun family activities.
Who Are The Six Sisters?
The six biological sisters are Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren and Kendra and they have a blog at sixsistersstuff.com sharing their love of cooking, crafting and creating. There blog has become one of the most popular food/craft blogs with an average 5 million page views per month.
A Delightful Surprise
I’ve read and reviewed a lot of recipe books and one thing I’ve found is that they usually have some recipes our family wants to try, but also LOTS of recipes that just aren’t right for our (picky) family. It’s not that there is anything wrong with the recipes, they just contain ingredients we have no interest in eating, or require expensive or rare ingredients or tools or just take too long to prepare. Sometimes the ingredients themselves we like but not the way they are prepared.
I think I can safely say EVERY SINGLE RECIPE in the Six Sister Stuff book is something our family would eat. Here are just SOME of the yummy recipes I want to try:
- Black Bean Taco Soup
- Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
- Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos
- Grilled 7-Up Chicken
- Creamy Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes
- Snickers Apple Pudding Salad
- Mini Maple Pancake Muffins
- Root Beer Float Cookies
Come to think of it, most of the recipes I want to try are made with chicken and/or bacon, and/or ranch, 3 of my favourite foods. There are quite a few Mexican/Spanish type dishes. There are a few healthier ones too.
As a matter of fact, my husband wanted to make Parmesean Sesame Chicken Strips (pg 36) one night while I was gone but he couldn’t find the sesame seeds at the store so he made it with sunflower seeds and he added bacon bits and he said it turned out very good. I didn’t try any but it’s odd for him to follow a new recipe when it comes to meal time foods (as opposed to desserts.)
For the Crafty Foodie
I can’t properly review the craft sections since I am NOT crafty and will probably never use them. Here is some of what you will find:
- Pallet Bookshelves
- 14 Days of Valentines
- Do It Yourself Ice Cream Cone Piñata
- The Ultimate Kid Wash
- $6 Wire Hanger Christmas Ornament Wreath
- Spring Cleaning Checklist
- 50 Fun Date Ideas
- 100 Healthy Snack Ideas
- 101 Funk Easy and Cheap Indoor Activities for Kids
- Build Your 72-hour Kit in 52 Weeks
- 40 Read Trip Ideas For Kids
The one about building a 72 hour kit was very good. If you don’t know, it’s a kit that is for emergencies that has what you need to survive for 72 hours like food, water, meds, etc. Instead of spending lots of money and time to build it all at once, you add something every week for a year. I don’t think I’ll do it this way but it gives me a good idea of what I need to include as well.
Suggestions to Make the Book Better
The only thing I’d suggest really is to make the book lay more flat. I had to put heavy things on top just to get it to stay open to the page I needed. That’s one thing that really irks me with recipe books or any book where you are following instructions. The instructions are clear, the photos are beautiful, but it needs to stay open.