About the Book:
Cook, craft, and create with recipes, projects, and ideas from the enormously popular blog SixSistersStuff.com. Every recipe and project included in this book is quick, easy, and fun. More than 100 family-favorite recipes (including an entire section of slow-cooker recipes), use ingredients commonly found in your pantry. The crafts and home décor projects have easy-to-follow instructions with photographs and can be made with little or no money. We don t profess to be amazing chefs, they claim. We just know the importance of feeding our families a home-cooked meal and sitting down to eat it together.
Our mom and dad taught us so many great values, and we are thankful that they instilled the importance of family time in our lives. 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. SixSistersStuff.com is an online phenomenon. More than 5 million page views per month More than 50,000 Facebook followers Nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter More than 80,000 followers on Pinterest
About the Authors:
SixSistersStuff.com began their blog in February 2011 with six biological sisters (Camille, Kristin, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra) who 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.
This book is just full of well, Stuff! I was unfamiliar with the Six Sisters when offered the book but when I read through it I found a very comforting series of recipes and some really cute ideas for crafts. A lot of the recipes are geared towards family dinners which makes sense since they are focusing on families eating together. The meals come together pretty quickly and in most cases take advantage of canned foods or packed spice mixes. They feature vegetables which I love as it's so important to get kids to eat their veggies.
I tried several recipes out of the book, finding most success with the deserts. I did try the 30 Minute Dinner Rolls but sadly they had no flavor. Yeast needs time to grow and it just wasn't given that time with this recipe. I'd have as soon made biscuits in the same amount of time and had a bread with some taste to it. But that fail aside there are several recipes in the book I will try as soon as the garden starts to come in.
The crafts and tips are very intriguing and as soon as someone can direct me to where I can purchase some spare time I will certainly try some of them. Overall I enjoyed the book and will be using more of the desert recipes for the firemen in the future.
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The 4 x 4 Dinner Challenge from The Six Sisters:
During the month of March, we encourage you to have dinner with your family four nights per week, for four weeks. It’s really easier than you think…and we’ll provide tips and recipes to help you throughout the month. We all know that family dinners are important – they’re often the glue that binds families together, that provides us valuable time to discuss the day’s events, and even gives us moments to laugh and enjoy each other’s company
Recipe Demonstration: Sugar Cookie Bars
I cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsps vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter softened
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 - 5 cups powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients until well blended. Add more or less powdered sugar depending on your desired consistency.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease a half jelly roll pan or other rimmed pan 13x18x1".
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Stir in vanilla. (Remember, I am using just laid, farm eggs and the yolks are VERY yellow so my batters are always a bit neon.)
In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients
and mix just until blended.
Spread on baking sheet. The dough will be just like cookie dough - heavy and sticky so it helps to spray your hands with cooking spray. (YES IT DOES!).
I wasn't happy with how it looked so I pulled out my little roller and rolled it smoother. But that's me.
Bake 10 -15 minutes until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took the full 15 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting and well, dump it on the cooled cookie. I will be honest and say I hate this kind of frosting. It makes my teeth ring. The next time I make these cookies, and I will because I think it is a brilliant way to make a lot of cookies in a short amount of time, I will make a different frosting.
Spread it evenly with an offset spatula. I sprinkled some decorative sugars on the icing and I had no jimmies.
Then I just cut them (be sure to clean your knife after each pass or you just have a mess. Otherwise they cut and came out of the pan very easily) and got them ready to send into the firemen.
I think these would make EXCELLENT bake sale cookies. Very easy to make and portion. I did find the frosting sweet but the cookie was yummy. In fact I had some leftovers that I put in the freezer. I also had some leftover chocolate mousse from our belated Valentine's dinner. I took out a couple of frozen cookies, scraped off the vanilla icing and then topped the cookies with the chocolate mousse. THAT was heavenly....
I also made the Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars.
I'll show you that recipe on another day. They were very, very yummy!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Six Sister's Stuff for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.