Six Sisters’ Stuff from Recipe Magic
Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra
Genre: Cook and Craft book
Pages: 200 Paperback 9 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Date Published: March 4th, 2013
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Building Families One Meal at a Time: Six Sisters Release New Cook-Craft-Create Book
Cook, craft, and create with recipes, projects, and ideas from the blog SixSistersStuff.com. Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra are six sisters who share their easy, affordable recipes and crafts in this collection of family favorites. These pages contain more than 90 tried-and-true recipes that use ingredients commonly found in your pantry, with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs of each dish. Charming do-it-yourself projects, such as stained Mason Jars and a Ruffles and Yarn Wreath, are fun to create and require little time or money. Suggestions for indoor activities for kids, healthy snack ideas, or an inexpensive night out are among the many lists included in the book.
The first thing I do when I get my hands on a book of crafts or cookbook is to flip through an fan the pages by glimpsing for something to catch my eye. When I did that with Six Sisters’ Stuff and their debut cookbook I couldn’t help but get excited. One of the reasons that I think food blogs are so popular is because of the incredible photography that really makes something appealing. Then being able to take that same eye-candy and put it in a handheld book to take to your own kitchen is all the more. Blogs and online recipes are great, but being able to unplug and do something for your family is even better and that is what these six sisters have provided in this first cookbook and as a mama who is still getting the hang of it all support in a form like this is definitely welcome.
The book itself is very bright and a neat square size. It’s paperback, but has tabs on the covers that could be useful as a quick minute bookmark and that’s pretty handy. I’m a pretty big collector of cookbooks lately just trying to trial and error and find things that work. So often I find some that are gorgeous, but the ingredients are either non existent in my rural neighborhood or cost an arm and a leg and are used once. Trying to find something exciting for me to cook as well as the family to eat, but affordable and simple to buy ingredients for should not be so difficult! However, with Six Sisters’ Stuff I can find these things, I know these things, and these recipes are totally do-able, but I wouldn’t have thought of them on my own. I enjoy cooking, but creating recipes are not for me. Just like in my quilts, I love to quilt, but would prefer to follow a pattern than just make up my own. Pretty much going through Six Sisters’ Stuff I haven’t found too many recipes that I wouldn’t try and be excited about for us all. 🙂
But this isn’t just a cookbook! It’s a craft book too! Much in the way that I feel about my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook because it has tips and tidbits on crafts and decorating activities so does this one! But this has more. It has more pages, more activities, more crafts and it’s not just Christmas. It does have a snowman, but it also has pallet bookshelves (visit Pinterest recently?), gift ideas and more in between the recipes.
*sigh* From the soups to the desserts this is a treasure…
*Thanks to the publicist for providing a copy for review.*
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 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.