Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Review of Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking

In our homeschool we don't just focus on the core subjects like reading, math, and science.  We also focus on life skills because we want our kids to be prepared for all they can be by the time they graduate high school.  Cooking is a life skill I have been working on with Buddy for a little while now.  This is why I was excited to receive a copy of Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking to review with him.
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Everyday Homemaking is a website created by Vicki Bentley.  She designed her site not only to sell her homemaking products, but also to give parents practical ideas and tools to help us manage our time and household.  She believes in helping get the kids involved and teaching them while they help.  Her website is filled with ideas, tips, products, and resources to help the family.  Vicki is no stranger to raising children as she is a mom of eight children and a foster mom of fifty children.  She knows how busy a schedule can get and has great, simple ideas for making it work.  The Homeschool Review Crew got to review two of her products: The Everyday Family Chore System or Everyday Cooking.  Both of these products are available as e-books or in print format.  If you choose to purchase e-books they are $15.99 and if you want a physical book they are $19.99.
Buddy put sticky notes on the recipes he wanted to make for us.
We received a physical copy of Everyday Cooking and as soon as it arrived in the mail, Buddy hijacked it and starting marking which recipes he wanted to try.  Then I told him that he would be doing the cooking for some of the recipes and he marked more with Post-It Notes.  He looked at me and said, "I can make these."  So I put him to the test.  He picked out Chili Pie to cook for us for dinner.  He even remembered what ingredients we needed at the store to make the recipe (that is how I know he is serious about cooking, he knows what he needs).  We decided to double the recipe so that dad could have lunch the next day too.  I had to drop my car off at the shop and Buddy stayed home to make dinner.  He followed the instructions for recipe all on his own.  He did a great job!  He was even taking pictures for me along the way so you all could see what he did.  The only part he got a little worried about was that the meal was taking longer to bake.  I forgot to tell him that since we used a bigger pan and doubled the recipe it would take longer to bake.  Once it did finish baking, it was EXCELLENT!!!  We have a new family favorite.  The next Buddy cooked, he made us Kale and Kielbasa with Potatoes.  He got it all ready and the only thing I did was close the Instant Pot and set the timer for it.  Buddy likes using the Instant Pot, but always wants me to make sure it is closed right so we don't have any issues pressure cooking and I completely understand that.  This recipe turned out great too.  I have also personally tried a few of the recipes  - oven roasted potatoes, pizza dough, and the kale dish Buddy did, but I added white beans too.  All of the recipes we have tried are easy to follow, use regular ingredients, and taste great.  They can be adjusted to what your family likes.

Buddy's Chili Pie he cooked for us all on his own.
Included in this cookbook are helpful tips, menu planning charts, sample menus, grocery shopping tips, grocery lists, and instructions for pressure cooking methods.  She also includes substitutions you can use and instructions for using this book for a mini food and nutrition unit for your students.  It has 198 pages and includes recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner from appetizers to dessert.  Her recipes are designed to be nutritious, healthy, and use whole foods.  She even included some of her kitchen bloopers which I got a kick out of because I have done some similar things.
Kale, Kielbasa and Potatoes
We really enjoyed reviewing this cookbook.  I love that I can use it with my 14 year old and he can cook us a whole meal on his own.  We really appreciated how easy yet delicious the recipes were.  I appreciated all the cooking tips and the instructions on how I can use this as a food and nutrition unit for my son.  I  really enjoyed that she uses common ingredients and I don't have to spend a fortune on ingredients that we may not like.  We will definitely continue cooking from this cookbook and I am planning on Buddy doing the unit described in the book when we start school.  Even though Little Miss hasn't gotten a chance to help with any of the recipes yet, she has marked out some of the dessert ones she would like to make with me.  We highly recommend adding this book to your collection.  You can learn more about it on the Everyday Homemaking website and Facebook.  You can check out the book we received here.  As a special to my readers, Vicki from Everyday Homemaking is offering 10% off The Everyday Family Chore System and/or Everyday Cooking in either print or e-book.  She is offering this discount through Labor Day and you just have to add the items to your cart and then add the code TOS10books for the discount.  What a great deal!  I would also recommend clicking on the banner below to read the reviews from my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew because we did get to review different products.  I know I am excited to ready about The Everyday Family Chore System too.
Everyday Cooking and Chores Systems for your Family {Everyday Homemaking Reviews}


  1. How wonderful that you have such amazing budding chefs in your family! Thank you for your thoughtful review, and I hope Everyday Cooking helps your family to enjoy suppertime together. :)

    1. Thank you for creating a great cookbook and we truly enjoy using it.

  2. OOOH Chili pie! I didn't see that one! Will have to mark that one...

    1. It was delicious and quick!!! Its a new family favorite around here.


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