12 Days of Christmas Recipe Contest Winner – Grandma McNamara’s Potato Rolls

In honor of the release of our newest cookbook, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff, we hosted a recipe contest to find YOUR favorite holiday recipes!  After a lot of baking, cooking and sampling we have chosen 12 of our reader’s favorite recipes!  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Today we are featuring Grandma McNamara’s Potato Rolls submitted by Donna Bailey!


These rolls go back to the Irish heritage in her family.  Her great grandmother was known for her baking and always had honey (in the comb!) on her table, which meant fresh rolls with butter and honey were a staple during the holidays!  Donna’s family carries on this tradition by always serving these potato rolls at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  These rolls taste absolutely amazing and are so light and fluffy!  You are going to love them!


Grandma McNamara’s Potato Rolls
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 16

These rolls are a family favorite and are perfectly light and fluffy!
  • 1 large russet potato (big enough to make ½ cup mashed potato), peeled and chopped
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk, warmed
  • 1⅛ teaspoon instant yeast
  • ¼ cup reserved potato water, luke warm with 1 teaspoon sugar added to it
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cup bread flour

  1. Boil potato until tender. Drain cooking water, reserving ¼ cup for use in the rolls. Finely mash the potato and measure out ½ cup. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together mashed potato, butter, sugar, honey salt and egg with paddle attachment. Mix together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  3. Combine yeast, warm milk and potato water and pour into mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Gradually add flours, about a ½ cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead on low speed for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to achieve a soft dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 60-90 minutes.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Separate into 16 equal pieces and shape into rolls.
  7. Place rolls on prepared baking sheet, about 1½ inches apart. Sprinkle the rolls with a dusting of flour. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise again until the rolls have grown into each other, about 30-45 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Bake rolls for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

 Supplies Needed:
Stand mixer
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Baking sheet


Looking for other delicious roll recipes?
Here are a few of our favorite:
Easy Homemade Rolls
30 Minute Dinner Rolls
No-Knead Honey Wheat Rolls
Garlic Dinner Rolls
Mini Garlic Monkey Bread


You can read more about our new book, The 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ StuffHERE!

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Mini Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pies Recipe

 Call me crazy, but I have never been a fan of pie.  I just don’t love pie crust!  My husband’s all time favorite dessert is pumpkin pie, so he lives for the holiday season to get his pumpkin pie fill!  I decided to surprise him with a pumpkin pie recipe our whole family would love!  These mini pumpkin pies are so easy to make, taste delicious and are perfect for your holiday parties and gatherings!


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Mini Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pies Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 18

These mini pumpkin pies are kid friendly and perfect for a holiday party!
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 15 Keebler Ready Crust Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves until smooth.
  3. Using a ¼ measuring cup, pour pumpkin mixture into shells.
  4. Place filled shells on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until centers of pies are set up.

Supplies needed:
Large mixing bowl
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Baking sheet


 Looking for more delicious pie recipes?
Here are a few of our favorite:
The Best Dutch Apple Pie
30 Pie Recipes for the Holidays
M&M Cookie Pie
Banoffee Pie
Fresh Peach Pie


12 days of Christmas

You can order our “12 Days of Christmas” cookbook TODAY for only $15!

Get the book HERE!

This book is loaded with all of our Christmas favorites- cookies, fudge, dinners, neighbor gifts, decorations, traditions, ideas for service, and of course Christmas morning breakfast. :) We LOVE the holidays and can’t wait to share them with you!

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Easy Baked Rigatoni from The Girl Who Ate Everything

We are SO excited to introduce to you our friend Christy’s new book, The Girl Who Ate Everything. If you follow her blog, you know that she shares the same belief we do about recipes – they should be quick, simple, and taste delicious!

From fabulous breakfasts to delicious appetizers, main dishes, and desserts – Christy’s recipes are perfect for busy moms and are made with ingredients you already have on hand! Plus, each recipe has a photo, so you can see what you’re making (that’s our favorite!). It took me forever to pick JUST ONE recipe to share, but I finally settled on the Easy Baked Rigatoni. My husband gave it 5 stars and two thumbs way up!


Easy Baked Rigatoni from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6

This Baked Rigatoni is the perfect weeknight dinner. The Italian Sausage gives it just the right amount of kick.
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 3 spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2½ cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and place back in the pot.
  3. Add the sausage to a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned and crumbly. Drain and add to the pasta.
  4. Discard the leftover grease and add the olive oil to the pan. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes or until veggies are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the onion mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture and toss together.
  5. Add the marinara, ½ cup of the mozzarella, and ¼ cup of the Parmesan. Toss together until combined.
  6. Pour mixture in to the prepared dish and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. Cool slightly and serve.

Equipment needed for this recipe:
9″ Square Bake Pan
Garlic Peeler (optional)Garlic Crusher (optional)


Be sure to check out Christy’s cookbook, HERE!

You can also follow The Girl Who Ate Everything on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

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Make and share holiday memories with the FREE OneDay App!

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to one of our favorite free apps:
The OneDay App.


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We received so many positive comments and emails about how much you loved this app that we wanted to share with you some of the upgrades and changes that have happened with the app since that post.

First of all, this app is currently still FREE, so hurry and download the app today!


Now, with the holidays right around the corner and Halloween just days away, I know that most of you are going to be running around like crazy with final preparations and making sure that everything is ready for the perfect holiday season. But really, isn’t the holiday season a time to make some special memories? Holidays were always my favorite time of year and now with this app, it’s easy to record those memories in a matter of seconds.

Let me quickly explain what the OneDay app is all about . . .

OneDay is a free app that you can download on your phone or tablet. And I promise- it’s incredibly user-friendly.
There are many different themes for different ages (from babies to grandparents- they’ve got you covered!).

First, decide what you want your “story” (a.k.a. recorded memories) to be about.


Depending on which story you chose, you will be prompted with the question to ask the person being interviewed. Push the red button to start recording.


After you are finished recording the answer to the question, push the red button again to stop recording. Click “save” to keep the short video (or delete it and do it again . . . as I have done many times!).


You can continue to record more questions or you can save this story for another day to finish later. When I have made these videos, I usually ask 3 or 4 questions in a row . . . I figure that I have my child’s attention and that I had better take advantage of it while I can!


Once I feel like I have enough content, I exit out of the questions and click play. It takes a couple of seconds to stitch them together and add some music, but within less than a minute, you have a little piece of today that you will cherish forever! The best part about this app: it’s so easy to use. You don’t have to do any editing or have a degree in graphic design- the app does all of that for you.


From here, you can email the video to family and friends, upload the video to YouTube, share it on Facebook, or do anything else with it that you would like to. It really doesn’t get any easier than that!

And just in time for Halloween, they have released a couple of new Halloween questions . . . you can check out me asking my son those questions here:

My favorite video was the one I made with my 2 year old daughter –  she has watched me make a couple videos of each of her older siblings and wanted to get in on the action. Of course, it wouldn’t work to ask her questions, so I quickly browsed through the different stories available and noticed that there was a section for babies and toddlers. They were simple and sweet and there is an option to flip the camera around so that she could watch herself while we recorded her. Anyway, her darling video is one of my favorites (is there anything better than a happy, clean baby fresh out of the tub? I think not!):


The holidays are incredibly busy, but there are so many magical moments that you won’t want to miss – this app will help you record those special memories and have them forever. And since the app is completely free, you definitely will want to add it to your phone or tablet!

*At this time, this app is only available on the iPhone, however, the Android app is in development and testing and is expected to be released in early 2015! We will keep you posted. In about two weeks, you can sign up on their website to be on an email list to be notified when it’s released.

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Reese’s Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Reese's Rice Krispie Treats

We never grow tired of chocolate and peanut butter!  When we have family get togethers we each bring a pot luck dish.  It never fails that a dessert with chocolate and peanut butter seems to always show up!!  You will love these loaded Reese’s Rice Krispie Treats. Peanut butter cups inside and also on top!   The best part about this recipe – it’s No Bake!!

Reese’s Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20

A No Bake dessert loaded with peanut butter and chocolate!
  • 5 cups cocoa krispies cereal
  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons karo syrup
  • 10.5 ounces snack size Reese’s peanut butter cups (about 16), divided and cut into small chunks
  • ⅔ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cups peanut butter chips

  1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Melt your butter in a big pan. Add in marshmallows and karo syrup. Stir over medium heat until smooth.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add in Cocoa Krispies. Stir until well blended. Then carefully fold in 8 cut up peanut butter cups. Gently press into 9 x 13 pan. You may need to spray your fingertips with non stick cooking spray to spread in the pan easily.
  4. Sprinkle remaining 8 peanut butter cup chunks over the top and press down gently.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for about 30 seconds and stir. Continue to microwave at 20 second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Spoon into a sandwich baggy and snip the corner off the bag. Drizzle over the top.
  6. Melt the peanut butter chips in microwave and follow the same steps as you did with the chocolate chips. Then put into a sandwich baggy and drizzle it over all.
  7. Let set up for about 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from House 344

Equipment needed for recipe:
9 x 13 pan
Glass measuring cup

You will love these Rice Krispie treat recipes:
S’mores Rice Krispie Treats
Classic Rice Krispie Treats
No Bake Chocolate Berry Balls
Butterfinger Rice Krispie Treats
No Bake Scotcheroo Bars

12 days of Christmas

You can order our “12 Days of Christmas” cookbook TODAY for only $15!

Get the book HERE!

This book is loaded with all of our Christmas favorites- cookies, fudge, dinners, neighbor gifts, decorations, traditions, ideas for service, and of course Christmas morning breakfast. :) We LOVE the holidays and can’t wait to share them with you!


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Craft Fail – the Book!

We’re going to get real here for just a moment. If you’ve heard us speak, or watched any of our videos, you know we are not professionals by any means at all. Of course, what we put out here on our blog is definitely our best work, but a lot of the time, you don’t see the “behind the scenes” work.  We are constantly trying new things – both recipes and projects – but only the best of the best make it onto Six Sisters’ Stuff. At least once a week we get picture messages from each other of recipes or crafts that have horribly failed.

That’s why we were ere so excited we heard about this book:

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It had us rolling on the floor, in tears, laughing uncontrollably. Maybe it was because it had been a long, stressful day, or maybe because we were going on too little sleep – but seriously. Whether you’re an expert crafter or a novice, this book will definitely get you laughing. From home decor, to fashion, holiday, kids crafts, and foods – the book is full of hilarious disasters. With full-color photos and priceless commentary, it will have you smiling from start to finish.

Our personal favorite? These Reindeer Marshmallow Pops!

The eyes. It’s like a car crash…and you just can’t quite look away!

And the longer you look at it, the funnier it gets. :)

We know what it’s like to work so hard on something to have one sleeve too short, or one key ingredient missing, or something fall apart right after hours of work. It’s frustrating! But – as Heather points out in her book, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when things do go terribly wrong, you can find comfort that you are not alone – and Craft Fail is proof. :)

It’s the perfect gift for the crafting expert or novice (or if you just need a good laugh!)

You can purchase it on Amazon through the link below!

Heather is also the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com.

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***We received an advanced copy of CraftFail to review, but all views and opinions are our own***

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Acorn Cookies and Smart Cookie Book Review

 My cute friend Christie (who blogs at Love From the Oven) has come out with a new cookbook!  It is called Smart Cookie and it is full of fun and delicious  cookies.  She has created darling cookies out of store bought cookies!  This is by far my kids favorite book!

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(Click HERE to view the book)

Below is her Adorable Acorn Cookie recipe.  They were so easy to make and my kids loved helping me!

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Acorn Cookies and Smart Cookie Book Review
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12

  • 12 Nutter Butter Cookies
  • 12 small pretzel sticks
  • 6 ounces of chocolate candy coating
  • ⅔ cup chocolate sprinkles

  1. Cut the Nutter Butter cookies in half through the center point. Break the pretzel sticks in half.
  2. Melt the candy coating according to package directions.
  3. Dip the cut end of a cookie into the candy coating, covering only about one quarter of the cookie. Immediately sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles over the candy coating.
  4. Dip the end of a pretzel stick into the candy coating and then attach it to the candy coating on the cookie, this becomes the acorn’s stem.
  5. Place the cookie on waxed or parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Allow them to dry until the candy coating is firm to the touch.
  6. Makes 24 cookies

Here are more delicious cookie recipes!
Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles
Almond Joy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate M & M Cookies
S’mores Cookie Cups
Cupcake Cookie Poppers

If you are looking for a fun gift this year, I highly suggest this Smart Cookie Cook Book – It would be perfect for kids and grandkids too!

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