Food With Friends Cookbook: The Art of Small Gatherings

Food With Friends

Have you ever wondered what to make when you go to a small gathering?  Food With Friends is a cookbook designed for The Art of Simple Gatherings!

07-22-2016 Food With Friends

Leela Cyd shares her style of cooking in the new cookbook Food With Friends.  In the first few pages you are introduced to her idea of a well set table, her secret ingredients, and shares about her family traditions revolving around food.

In the introduction I love how she explains that no matter what her family had planned they stopped and had family meals together.  She realized the impact this had on her life later and has now grown up and become a great cook.  She loves feeding her family and friends.

My Thoughts about Food With Friends

The Food With Friends cookbook is excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner gatherings.  You get recipes such as “Bananas on Fire”, “Apple Fritters and Cinnamon Yogurt Cream” and “Pistachio Rose Clouds”.  I think my favorite recipes in this book are the “Blooming Flower Salads”!  You can eat the flowers.  Really!

I love how colorful this cookbook is.  Each recipe gives thorough instructions on how to create these delicious wonders.  When I thumbed through for the first time I was so excited!  I kept telling everyone around me “Look at this pretty book!”  and “Isn’t this book so pretty?”  I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it helps when the pictures pop out at you.

I am not one that really enjoys cooking, but these recipes are easy enough for me!  It is easy to read the ingredients list so that I could quickly write them down and take them to the store.  The only thing I can think of as a downer is that you really had to search for some of these ingredients. It is well worth the search though.

This book focuses on the art of small gatherings and the recipe serving sizes range from 2-8 servings.  It is perfect for my little family at home although there aren’t many left overs.  It is important to double or triple the recipe if you are having more people over or if you have a larger family to feed.

I love the diversity of foods in this book.  From breakfast and brunch to deserts and tiny takeaways you can plan days of meals out of this book!  Food With Friends is definitely going on my cookbook shelf to use over and over again!

10 Pioneer Crafts For All Ages

Pioneer Crafts

Explore some 5 minute Pioneer Crafts while teaching your kids about the Pioneers!  Do these crafts with the whole family to celebrate Pioneer Day!

Pioneer Crafts

Have you been wondering what to do for Pioneer Day or how to get your kids excited for it?  With Pioneer Day just around the corner, these fun crafts will get you geared up and ready to go!

10 Pioneer Crafts For All Ages

  1. Spinning Buttons or DIY Twirly Whirly Toy

    – Have fun making this 5 minute craft!  Good for ages 4+.  Requires buttons you may want to keep away from babies.

  2. Tic Tac Toe in a Bag

    – Tic Tac Toe in a bag!  This is great for taking a game around your kids can play.  Great for all ages!

  3. Pioneer Yarn Doll

    – An easy doll you can make at home.  You only need yarn no sewing necessary!  Just follow in the instructions.  You can easily make this in 15 minutes or less!

  4. Rag Doll

    – Again no sewing required!  Have some extra scraps of fabric laying around? This is the time to use them!  Cut or rip into strips and follow the instructions to make a Pioneer Doll without having to sew!

  5. Pioneer Handcart

    – This is a paper craft with instructions you can put together with your kids. Ages 5+ with guidance.

  6. Press Flowers

    – This is an easy craft that even your toddler can do!

  7. Pioneer Handkerchief Dolls

    – This craft requires a little bit of sewing.  If you have been wanting to learn how to sew consider starting with this craft!  You could make a family heirloom for generations!

  8. Mini Quilt

    – Want to teach your kids how to make a quilt?  Consider making a mini quilt for practice!  This is great for teaching kids how to sew!  Don’t want to sew?  Get some fleece, cut the corners and make a tie quilt with your family!

  9. Dipped Candles

    – This craft requires planning. You may need to purchase specific ingredients. Great craft for teaching kids how candles use to be made!  They can even make their own!

  10. Lye Free Soap

    This is a quick and easy way to make soap that will be safe around your kids.  No need to worry about mixing chemicals together!  Great craft for making soap molds you could give to your neighbor!


With Pioneer Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start these Pioneer Crafts with your kids!  Some may even open up ways for you to teach them about the Pioneers! How will you teach your kids about Pioneer Day?