We added carrots, celery, and onions to the basic recipe since we love our vegetables, and did not double the recipe since it says it serves 6 - 8. We're a family of seven and I knew one son would refuse to eat it so I figured we were good. It has served the six of us three days now and we still have some left over. We give this recipe 3 stars as it is not the best bean soup ever, our preferred recipe is better. Maybe because I am not a huge fan of kidney and pinto beans.
I also made Luscious Lime Pie on page 54.
My family were greatly excited to have "Key Lime Pie" for desert for a rare treat (I also made one for the church potluck) but it also got a 3 star rating from the family. My daughters thought it was too sour, my husband said it was too rich. It was good and simple to make so is a quick meal. However, it didn't set up as well as it did in the cookbook picture, when we cut it, after it "chilled" for 2 days, it ran all over the plate.
The cookbook is full of cute stories and jokes, the recipes are basic and simple; made with ingredients most people have on hand (You might need to pick up one or two items) and is set up for full meals if you want to use it that way. Makes it easy to plan menu rotations. It also includes a shopping list of ingredients you need for each recipe which makes it easy. For women who work outside the home, eat out more than they should because they have no time to cook, this cookbook will be a blessing, It will help them cook more at home since the food preparation in most cases take less time than sitting in a drive-through line during rush hour,