Giveaway: Edible Handicrafts without the Sugar High

Mystie has done it again. You all know I love her Simplified Dinners. I love that it taught me that cooking makes sense. I enjoy seeing patterns, and with cooking, I just wasn’t seeing it. Mystie’s approach to simplifying dinner totally changed that for me. Now, she’s created a similar product: Simplified Dinners for New Cooks.

It was back during the original 31 Days of Charlotte Mason that I first realized that cooking could be a handicraft. It is, possibly, the perfect handicraft for a non-crafty mom such as myself.

The one and only craft that I know how to do is decorate cakes, and I prefer to separate handicrafts from sugar highs. I told this to Mystie, and she presented me with my very own Simplified Dinners for New Cooks {hereafter SDNC} banner.

Oh, yes.

Edible Handicrafts without the Sugar High


When Mystie sent me an advanced, early copy of SDNC, she asked if there was anything she could do to make it better. My response was if it would actually cook dinner for me, that would be great.

Mystie reminded me that children who know how to cook can do exactly that!


The way this works is that we teach our children some basic cooking skills first. Mystie has provided a list of thirteen basic {and I mean really basic} skills to teach, and once they know them, they can cook any recipe in the entire book.

All by themselves.

Well, she suggests supervising at first. Of course.

The point is, this is a cookbook just for beginners, which makes it a perfect option for handicrafts.

My 12- and 10-year-olds are slated to make cinnamon muffins this afternoon, actually. They are so excited to do this on their own!

And now your kids can, too.


Enter to Win a Copy for Your Family!

That’s right! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a copy of Simplified Dinners for New Cooks. Contest ends midnight EST on Sunday 3/8/15. Winner will be announced here on this post shortly thereafter.

If you don’t win, or just can’t wait to purchase a copy, Mystie has kindly given us a discount code that will give us $5 off of any version of Simplified Dinners. Just go here and use the code AFTERTHOUGHTS.


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