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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Six Sisters' Stuff...Review

About the book:
With busy schedules, after-school activities, late workdays and long commutes, is sitting down to a family dinner still possible?

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.

Capitalizing on the success of their blog, the Six Sisters have put together a cookbook.   Full of crafts, tips and suggestions, this is one of those cookbooks that is just fun to read.

Most of the recipes are easy to make, with ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen.  There is a strong reliance on prepared/canned ingredients like canned soup or frozen bread and refrigerator pie crusts/biscuits.  I did appreciate the recipe for making your own condensed soup.  I need to try that one.

I tried the Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken which gets rave reviews on their website and Pinterest.  It was a total bust with my family. I can count on one hand, the number of recipes I have made in my 16 year marriage that were not well received.  This one was nearly inedible.  One person thought it was too sweet, one thought it was too vinegary and I admit that I questioned the amount of sugar and vinegar called for before I made it.  I have a Teriyaki Chicken recipe that I use both in the crockpot and on the stove top and it's tons better than this one.

Still, I have other recipes marked and the cookbook will stay on my shelf.

Thanks to Shadow Mountain for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the Six Sisters here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/13

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4/5 Stars