Building Families One Meal at a Time: Six Sisters Release New Cook-Craft-Create Book
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.
Join the Family Dinner Challenge
According to Pew Research , only about half of families make dinner a daily ritual and another third eat together a few times a week. Roughly one in 5 families (20%) eat together only occasionally or never. In conjunction with the book’s release, on March 4, 2013, SixSistersStuff.com will launch a 4x4 Dinner Challenge. Families are encouraged to eat together as a family at least four times a week for four weeks. Families can register online at www.SixSistersStuff.com and receive meal tips, ideas for family activities, and helpful recipes to assist in making this challenge a reality. “We grew up knowing the importance of feeding our families a home-cooked meal and sitting down to eat it together,” said Camille, the oldest sister. “Even the busiest of people can make the food and project ideas we share, which will give you even more time to spend with your family and loved ones.”
My thoughts: And can I get an "amen"? I get cookbooks periodically from publishers. Most of them are good for a recipe or two. I file them up with my books and pull them down when I'm stumped for what to make for dinner but then run into the usual problem - I don't have all of the ingredients. I struggle mightily with executive functioning skills. It's a real disorder, people! I doubt it's in the DSM-IV, but it is thrown around as a diagnosis. It is not terminal. Usually.
Anyway, I did it again. I got up on Sunday morning and stared at the stove. It didn't blink and magically make dinner so I thumbed through the Six Sisters. What ingredients did I already have? Also, haven't I already put the ingredients I have in some kind of mixture before? It starts to taste the same. If it isn't something I don't have and/or complicated, I've already made it. Or not.
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken but it was a hit. It's a lot like Huli Huli Chicken only instead of using ketchup, you use a vinegar mixture with a little bit of lemon lime soda. Okay. I didn't have any of that. I just used water but it was divine. Family loved it. It was sooooooooo easy and we had dinner nearly complete. I added these rolls:
Incidentally, I didn't have pecans. Even if I had pecans, I wouldn't have used pecans. This was perfect and would have been great for pecan lovers, too.
Later that week I made Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu (You might be seeing a pattern emerging, here) and last Sunday it was Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Roast. All of them great. Big. Hits. My picky kids liked them all. I have bright green sticky notes sticking up all over the book. I have the ingredients. I haven't tried all of the combinations together, after all. And they are EASY and QUICK. Yes, I have a propensity to use the slow cooker but prep time is itty bitty especially in contrast to the flavor and originality of the food.
Later that first night, my sister showed up with her boys. She started looking through the book and saw the other parts of it that are striking. A few examples:
- 101 Fun, Easy, and cheap indoor activities for kids.
- 50 Fun Date Ideas.
- Spring Cleaning Checklist
- 72 Hour Kit in 52 weeks (do one thing a week)
- How to make Pallet Bookshelves
- 40 Road Trip Ideas for Kids
There are more. I ended up beefing up my staples like including more cream cheese and Heath chips for desserts. But generally speaking, I can look at most of the recipes and say, "I've got that" and end result is something new and different.
Side note: After looking at the book for a half hour, my sister determined that she wants this book. She tried to steal mine but admitted that she'll buy it for herself.
*I received a free copy of this book from publishing company in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.