I used to look at Kate Gosselin as another mom of multiple multiples and think, "Wow, she's really got it together...and even manages to find the time to cook from scratch for her family".
It left me feeling guilty for taking advantage of those convenient freezer meals I'd often stock up on with every trip to Costco. Chicken nuggets, taquitos, bagel bites...you name it, we had it.
Then I learned that Kate had a personal organic chef and all my beliefs about her (and guilt) went out the window.
I had to find a new role model...someone who understood the demands of motherhood but also believed in the importance of providing delicious, home-cooked meals for her family. Someone who was REAL...and, most importantly, someone who practiced what she preached.
Someone like Jenna, my amazing fellow twin mommy friend, who just published her very first e-cookbook - E-licious: Must Have Recipes for Every Occasion.
Let me tell you a little about Jenna because she is simply AMAZING!
She's a SAHM to her adorable twin boys and a loving wife to her trucker husband. In addition to balancing her roles as mom and wife, she raises the cutest little chickens and proudly showcases them on her blog. Together, she and her husband plant and harvest the most spectacular gardens each season, growing most of their own food.
I've been following Jenna's blog, The Newlyweds, for at least a couple years now and she's the person who got me excited about gardening, cooking meals from scratch and menu planning.
In fact, the first summer I decided to start a fruit/vegetable garden, she held my hand the entire way and never once complained about the endless e-mails I'd send her with annoying questions. Now, I have her to thank for the abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies we've been able to enjoy for the last two summers!
Each week, Jenna would post her family's menu for the week, along with links to the recipes. For her own personal recipes, she would post step-by-step directions along with pictures which will leave you drooling.
What I love is that she makes cooking look easy...and fun. And Lord knows how much I dislike being stuck in the kitchen so for me to be excited about cooking is saying a lot.
I began making some of her recipes, like the Sticky Chicken in a Crockpot (which is now a weekly staple in our home) and the cheesy enchiladas. Not only did my family enjoy these recipes but they were simple and delicious. And there's no better feeling than providing a wonderful home-cooked meal for your family.
When I heard that she was finally publishing a cookbook, I was super thrilled for her! I could easily see her being the next Pioneer Woman someday, with her very own cooking show!
Just look at some of these pictures and tell me you don't want to try these recipes....
|Bacon Ranch Mini Burgers|
Because she's big into meal planning, some the recipes will leave you with enough leftovers for another meal later on in the week. For instance, the Sticky Chicken recipe is a meal in itself but you can also use the leftover chicken for the King Ranch Chicken and/or Chicken Divan recipe.
E-Licious is divided into 10 sections based on the occasion, such as Backyard Barbeque, Date Night, Weeknight Meals, Crockpot Meals, Desserts and more. There are a total of 45 delicious recipes with easy to find ingredients.
At only $4.99, this book is a bargain! Cooking scrumptious, satisfying meals instead of eating out and buying frozen meals will save you much more than the cost of the book!
If you'd like to purchase E-Licious: Must Have Recipes for Every Occasion, Jenna has offered my readers a 20% discount using the code HELENE20.
Click HERE to purchase the book directly!
Jenna has offered to send one of my readers a FREE download of her e-cookbook!!
To enter this giveaway, leave me a comment simply telling me what you do to simplify your life in terms of providing meals for your family. Be sure to include your e-mail if it's not visible in your profile.
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This giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email.
* I won a free download of this cookbook in a giveaway. As one of Jenna's biggest fans, I was more than happy to do a review for her, based on mine and my family's love for her recipes!