Saturday, April 12, 2014

REVIEW: Hey Mom, I'll Start Dinner Cookbook

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to review a cookbook for kids.  I'm not sure what I expected when I told my friend Beth at Acorn Hill Academy that I would write a review,  but I was blown away by what I actually received!

The cookbook is gorgeous!  I mean, look at it!  And if I thought the cover was great, I was in for an even greater treat inside.

Adisson is very interested in doing more cooking for the whole family.  He's always enjoyed being in the kitchen and helping me cook.  His little brothers want to get in on the fun when cake is involved but that's about it.  I knew this would be a great book for Adisson to use to get in the kitchen and learn how to cook without relying on me.  I want to be available for questions, but I want him to know he's capable of starting and finishing a meal all of us can eat--entirely on his own.

What I Loved About the Book

The layout is amazing.  The first few pages discuss how to get your children set up for success in the kitchen.  My fellas love to help out in the kitchen and even though they are responsible for unloading the dishwasher and putting away dishes, they still don't seem to know where everything belongs.  Discussing with them where I keep lesser known supplies and dishes was big help before we even got started with the cooking.

The incredible photos!  The pictures of supplies needed are great and the photo accompanying each recipe is wonderful!  When you see how awesome food can look at the end, it certainly inspires you to try it out!  Most of Adisson's decision making was inspired by the photos.

Tips from the author's sons.  Each recipe includes a tip from one of the author's sons.  My guys like to help out in the kitchen, Adisson especially.  I think being reminded that it's cool for boys to be in the kitchen made flipping through a cookbook sound more fun to the boys.  Plus, those tips are hilarious and helpful!

The ease of reading a recipe.  The aim of the cookbook is for kids with working parents (or parents who are busy outside of the home) to be able to start dinner prior to Mom & Dad getting home, finishing up anything more difficult with a parent (or finishing dinner if it's within their skill set), and having dinner with the family.  That being said, this cookbook worked wonderfully with our homeschooling family.  Each step is broken down very simply.  The progression of steps were easy enough for my 11 year old to understand the instructions, complete the task, and move on to the next step.

The FOOD!  The idea that my son(s) could make a homemade chicken pot pie was exciting!  Adisson hasn't attempted that recipe yet, as he's looking to try a few more out first, but he's anxious to get to that pot pie!

McGhee Tested Recipes

First Up: Pancakes
So far, Adisson has tried out two recipes from the cookbook.  First up was pancakes.  Confession time: When I make pancakes, I buy a box of pancake mix that requires only water.  This recipe called for several more ingredients and Adisson was anxious to try it out!

He first gathered all of the ingredients and supplies needed.  He donned his apron and got started.

Got his apron on, ready to cook!

He asked if I was staying in the kitchen to help him, but I told him I had a few other things to do.  I stayed within earshot of him, in case he truly had a question, but I wanted him to try hard to do this on his own.  He measured and mixed and then it was time for the griddle.  He's helped turn pancakes for me for a few years, but he's never poured the batter onto the griddle.  But now he was ready.

And we had pancakes!  Everyone loved them and we had enough leftover to freeze for another time! He was so proud to be able to start from nothing but a few ingredients and put together something so yummy.  His brothers love pancakes and raved about how well Adisson did with this meal.   Recipe success!


Next up: No Bake Cookies
No Bake Cookies are beloved in this household.  Back when Adisson was just a little guy, I secured the best No Bake Cookie recipe from one of the greatest bakers I dad.  I've used this recipe since my pictured chef was tiny and these are still cookies we make at least once a month.  I was delighted to find basically the same recipe in the cookbook!  Adisson knew right away it was on his "Must Make" list.

Even though he made these recipes on separate days,
he insisted on wearing the same shirt, it's his "cooking shirt" he said.  

Little bit of help from an awesome little brother.

Ohhhhh, the fun part!


About the Author

Because this cookbook is so amazing, I know you're going to want to follow Cherilyn everywhere!  You are in luck!  You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

You can also find the cookbook on Hey Mom, I'll Start Dinner and Amazon.   Plus, can see sample pages at the website!  Seriously, check out those sample pages because you will love them!


Ok, so now the fun part!  Giveaways!  There's a BIG GIVEAWAY going on with some incredible prizes and my giveaway!  First up, I'm giving away a free ebook to a very lucky winner!  You can enter my giveaway below!

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Next up is the big, awesome giveaway.  It ends soon so please, please, please enter right now, today, don't wait, ENTER!!  You'll see the prizes below!

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Disclosure:  I was given a copy of Hey Mom, I'll Start Dinner in exchange for my review.


  1. Nicole, I read this as my 15 year old is in the kitchen grilling chicken for the family for dinner! Keep up the great work letting Addison cook and he will be doing this for you soon too!

    1. Dee, you are a blessed mama! I'm awaiting the day I've got more fellas in the kitchen, what a relief that will be!

  2. Looks like an awesome cookbook! Definitely have to check it out. :)

    1. And you will since you were the WINNER!! :) Congrats!


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