Thursday, August 24, 2017

Everyday Homemaking - Everyday Cooking Review

We recently had the opportunity to review the book Everyday Cooking by Vicki Bentley and published by Everyday Homemaking.  Caty has been in Love!!

The Everyday Cooking ($15.99 PDF) by Vicki Bentley is a family cookbook is packed full of family favorite recipes and helpful tips for the kitchen.  This 198-paged family-style book is filled with tried and true (and tested) recipes, stories and experiences.  You not only get the recipes, but tips on shopping and lists to use.  

Our e-book was very simple to download in PDF format.  The full color pictures looked great on the computer, but we could easily print any pages we desired (in either color or black and white).

Included are full recipes with easy to read ingredients and instructions on making the dish.  These "recipes" include meal options and even recipes on how to make items we use everyday such as Biscuit mix and even help for measuring ingredients.

Helpful tips for planning meals are included.  As well as easy to use meal planning sheets that you can print to fill out and post.  These helpful worksheets help to keep you organized, but also help you to plan healthy meals for your family that are not only good for you but also help you to work on your food budget easier.

There is also a section that helps you to turn this informational cookbook into a study unit for your student.  It lists out how you can easily get this requirement done in your child's education that helps them with ever important life skills like cooking.

There's even a two page section on basic cooking skills that our children (and even ourselves) should know how to do or make.

The recipe format is easy to understand and read.  This is pretty important when younger children are learning to cook and want to be able to themselves.  

Caty loves cooking and the chicken and stuffing recipe was a favorite!!  She has had no problems reading and following any of the recipes that we have tried so far.

The biscuit recipe was very tasty and one the kids have asked for repeatedly.   The breads and grains section is very interesting.  She encourages one base recipe and then you can fix it according to what your family likes.  So if they wanted yeast sweet rolls, you can fix those.  But if you want savory, there are suggestions to adjust the yeast breads recipe to do that and several other suggestions.

Ever hosted a buffet??  This is a skill that many of us learn after much practice.  It takes many years of practice.  Well, Vicki Bentley helps you out with buffet hosting tips.  She gets you set up with many suggestions.

The recipe set-up and all the tips and tricks (including measurements and substitutions) included really make me want to suggest this as a great starter cookbook for those kiddos moving out on their own or even a newlywed couple just setting up their homes.  The price is great for a gift, since you can buy a print copy of Everyday Cooking for only $19.99.

I'm glad we got the opportunity to try Everyday Cooking by Vicki Bentley.  It's been a great addition to our emerging cooking kiddos.  I even had some great reminders on recipes I haven't seen for a while and tips on how to eat healthy and planning/shopping.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out Everyday Cooking by Vicki Bentley from Everyday Homemaking.  Some even reviewed The Everyday Family Chore System.  Visit the link below to see how they used these in their homes.

Everyday Cooking and Chores Systems for your Family {Everyday Homemaking Reviews}
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Family Loss and the Official End to County Fair Season '17

Well..... it is finally over.  It took what seemed like forever, but our county fair season is officially over.

We had a rough week with the loss of our brother-in-law.  We missed out on some fair activities to support his family.  I thought this week, since we have not been doing school, I would post the results of all the kiddos hard work this year with our county fair's open class.

Brayden Veggies

4th place - Youth Zucchini

2nd place  - Youth Cherry Tomatoes

2nd - Pumpkin Pie

3rd Place Berry pie

Brayden - 1st place Youth Chocolate Cookie (Age 11 - 15) - Smore Chocolate Chip

Joey - 3rd place Brownie (Men's Division) - Joey also got 2nd place for corn bread, 1st in mens chocolate chip cookie,  and 3rd place for pumpkin bread.

Caty - Honorable Mention - Marigold

Caty - 1st Place - Best of Class - Canned Pears

Lydia - 2nd place denim recycling project

Caty - Honorable Mention Ice Cream Sundae Paper Mache

Lydia 1st place Clay - Ages 11 - 15

Brayden - 3rd place Decorated Cookies (11-15)

Lydia - 1st place Recycle Glass

Lydia - 1st place floral arrangement (11 -15)

Me - 1st place crochet afghan

Caty - Wood project (10 & under)

Lydia - Wood project (Ages 11 - 15)

Caty - 3rd place Collage - Ages 10 and under

Caty - glass art 1st place

Lydia - glass art 1st place

Caty - Suncatcher

Caty - Feel Better decorated flower pot - 1st

Caty - thrift store find - 3rd place

Lydia - Burlap pillow - 1st place

Lydia paper mache project - (We picked the wrong category for this piece)

Lydia - Thrift store find - (repurposed toy - old tray and made magnets from dominoes) - 1st place

Me - 1st place Gourmet Cupcake - Dreamsicle and (no picture) 2nd place for my oatmeal raisin chocolate chip

Caty - refrigerator magnet

Lydia - Honorable Mention (Rabbit drawing - black and white ages 11 - 15)

Lydia - Mixed media - 2nd place

Lydia - Drawing color (ages 11 -15)

Caty - Painting - Color

Caty - jewelry (made from balloons - ages 10 and under)

Caty Sewing - Honorable Mention

Lydia - Quilt - 1st place Youth ages 15 and under

Caty - Pillows - Sewing/Gifts - 2nd place

One of the scrubby cloths I make

Caty - Clay - 2nd place

Caty - fridge magnets

Lydia - 1st place and Best of Show - Decorated Cookies Ages 11 - 15

Caty - 3rd place decorated cupcakes (Feeding flamingos)

Caty - 1st place recycled toys (Beach ball bag)

Lydia - 1st place - Recycled toy (turned a monkey game into a fall tree)

Hope everyone had a great week!!  See everyone next week.