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    A Chance to Win Simplified Dinners!

    June 15, 2012 by Brandy Vencel

    Today, we’re going to do something a little different. I’m going to give you a chance to win something! {Hip hip…} Most of you know that I consider Mystie from Simply Convivial a good friend. She’s a second-generation homeschooling mother of four-soon-to-be-five, and she’s gone and done something pretty amazing: she’s written an E-book that helps us figure out dinner.

    Simplified Dinners: Make Menu Planning EasyHelps who exactly? Well, us. And by us, I mean we mothers who find it difficult to juggle more than two things at a time, so during the school year, lessons + laundry + cleaning + meal prep already equals overload, and we’ve only skimmed the surface.

    For Christmas this year, Mystie gave me a copy of her E-book, Simplified Dinners. She had told me about it before, but I didn’t really get it. When I actually got to look at it, though, I was astounded.

    I am usually a pattern thinker, but when it comes to cooking, I have always had a big disconnect, and because of that, I’ve always been very recipe-dependent. I have never really noticed the similarities between one dish and another. I’ve never grouped dishes by types or been able to improvise much. I don’t know why, but that is the way it has always been for me.

    Mystie completely demystifies the dinner process by grouping meal prep into basic steps that are repeated for four, five, even eight different dishes. She is the first person to have taught me that certain types of meals have almost everything in common but the spices. It has been such a blessing to me, and I say that as someone who already had a process that was working. As one of her ads says, it really is “dinner uncomplicated.”

    Here’s the Official Description:

    Simplified Dinners enables you to transition toward home-prepared, real, whole foods cooking—even for those less confident in the kitchen. There are no packets, boxes, or pre-prepared foods on the master pantry list, but from it you can make a wide variety of dinners, breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. It truly is a sufficient list. And it’s basic. You don’t need to shop at fancy grocery boutiques to eat good, natural, normal food. You can make it with the stuff any standard discount grocery store sells. This is real-food cooking for normal people on a budget.

    In addition to this, her recipes are just plain yummy!

    So. Have I whet your appetite enough? You know you want to win a copy for yourself, right?

    Here’s how you can win:

    • Leave a comment (1 entry)
    • Share this post on Facebook and then comment again to tell me you did (1 entry)
    • Tweet this post and then comment again to tell me you did (1 entry)
    That’s right. I’m giving you three possible entries. It’s up to you how many you get! I’ll announce a winner next week on Wednesday, 6/20/12–the first official day of summer.

    Can’t wait? Want a copy right now? Enter promo code afterthoughts at checkout to get $3 off the entire month of June!
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  • Reply Philippians 4:8 June 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    This looks really interesting! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!!

  • Reply Naomi June 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Also, posted to my Facebook page!

  • Reply Naomi June 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Oooh! I would definitely get a lot out of this. I already try to simplify things so anything that helps me do that w/ ease is a resource I would return to again and again.

  • Reply Rahime June 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Sounds like something I could definitely use. 😉 Organized cooking….what a great concept!

  • Reply Laurie Hawley June 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I NEED this! I hate cooking dinner and need some inspiration, organization and planning system…this might be it.

  • Reply Kansas Mom June 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I’d give it a try.

  • Reply Knittinfarmgirl June 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

    This looks like a wonderful ebook. I’d love to try it out.

  • Reply Pilgrim June 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I have started noticing patterns but haven’t taken the time to figure out a system. This sounds wonderful. I keep almost all the staples she has at her website so it sounds like something I would really use. Thanks!

  • Reply Rébecca N June 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I’d love to have this ebook. I really feel like I could use some help in becoming more proficient in meal planning and preparing.

  • Reply Anonymous June 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Sounds interesting … and I need help in this area 🙂

    Mrs. H
    fourkids at columbus dot rr dot com

  • Reply Beth June 16, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This looks like something I need.

  • Reply Ellen June 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m game… =)

  • Reply A Contrarian's Way June 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Why not? I can always learn a thing or two to help streamline the process!

  • Reply Heather June 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m intrigued. Please enter me!

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