This is a complete treat for us to be showcasing the FOOD NANNY and her amazing cookbook, The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, on thecraftingchicks.com.  This lovely lady not only has an amazing cookbook, but also has her own TV show where she rescues families from dinnertime disaster.  When you meet her in person, which Brooke and I separately have had the opportunity to do, you just know that she is a true believer in her system and the ability it has to bond families together through consistent family dinnertime.  She recently did a presentation in my area and everyone left with 2 or 3 cookbooks each.  It’s brilliant.

As the Food Nanny, Liz Edmunds helps families with her theme-night solutions and strategies for successful family dinnertimes:

  • Get past the “Yes, buts…” that are keeping you from cooking
  • Plan meals the easy way: a template, pantry list, shopping advice.
  • Involve family members in the preparations.
  • Fill your home with the aromas that convey caring, safety, and comfort.
  • Engage your kids in dinner conversations.

I don’t even know where to start with my new-found obsession with her system.  Who would have thought?  Now remember I have a 6, 5, 3 ¾, and 2 year-old and have way too much going on in my life.  Up until 8 weeks ago, when I met the Food Nanny, I had been looking for a good “system” to make dinnertime and everything that revolves around it more doable.  I bet most of you could find a little bit of you in me, I was officially the dinnertime TROLL:

  • I HATED dinnertime, seriously.
  • I didn’t like shopping for it.
  • I didn’t like planning for it.
  • I didn’t like anxious feeling that revolved around choosing what to make.  This is the complaint I hear the most from my friends.
  • I didn’t like making it.
  • I didn’t like cleaning up afterwards, BOO.  I needed a total paradigm shift. Does any of this sound familiar?

THEN, I met Liz.

I met her in her booth at Swiss Days in Midway, Utah over Labor Day weekend.

This cute lady has more spunk in her smallest toe than I will even have in my WHOLE life.

I walked by her booth, and wanted to see what all the hype was about.  I stopped.  I TOLD HER I hated dinnertime with a passion.  It was true, I did.

She told me the WHY’S of making dinner and dinnertime wonderful for your family: Studies show that children who have regular meals with their families typically-

  • Eat healthier
  • Are less likely to use drugs and alcohol
  • Get better grades
  • Are more likely to discuss serious issues with their parents
  • Are less likely to have eating disorders.

This is when I said, “YES PLEASE, I’LL TAKE SOME OF THAT, and I bet our readers at thecraftingchicks.com will LOVE you too.”

I bought her cookbook.  This is how I now feel about dinnertime with the knowledge in the back of my mind that my family is growing closer together as I do this:

  • I am having fun planning what to eat for each theme night. The themes for each day of the week really take the guesswork out of meal planning. YES!
  • I have a better idea of how and when to shop for all the foods needed to make the dinners.
  • I am trying new recipes and learning more about cooking because her cookbook has the best tips and tricks.
  • I have a newfound appreciation and respect for dinnertime, which fuels the whole process.
  • I am actually enjoying it all, and it’s made my life so much easier.  Systems are the only way to make a whole bunch of things happen, this is a perfect one.

I’m thankful to say the least, to have met her at just the right time in my life.  Leave a comment here on our site and be entered to win a SIGNED copy of her cookbook.  You want this, I’m telling you.  If you aren’t lucky enough to win this contest, go give her some love over at thefoodnanny.com where you can purchase cookbooks and learn more about her system.  Thanks again Liz.

QUOTES from the professionals:

“Liz…takes key ingredients of life-friends and family-and makes them into a daily tradition of mealtime.  These are vital nutrients to keep family and mealtime thriving.”

-Debbie Fields, Founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies

“I recommend this book for every family-especially those who think they don’t have the time or talent to cook great dishes.”

-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, International Radio, Talk Host and author

Liz Edmunds, the Food Nanny, consult with families one-on-one about meal planning to help them create a consistent family dinnertime at home.  She and her husband raised their seven children outside Park City, Utah, where they now regularly welcome their growing brood of grandchildren with their parents for family meals of all kinds.  Visit her website at www.thefoodnanny.com.


  1. That sounds like a cookbook I need!

  2. Oh my goodness. I NEED this. I hate dinnertime.

  3. Amber Robison Says: November 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I have seen her on byutv and have LOVED her show and ideas! What a great giveaway!

  4. Wow. You described me perfectly. I too am a dinnertime troll. I need that book. 🙂

  5. I NEED this book! I am horrible at making dinners and when I do it’s the same thing all the time!

  6. I NEED this book! I hope I win and if I don’t I am definitely going to buy this book.

  7. I would love to win this book. I’ve got 5 kids and dinnertime is such a drain on me most of the time. I keep trying to get a system into place, but I haven’t found success yet. Maybe this book would be the one!

  8. Oh, PLEASE! I need all the dinnertime inspiration I can get my hands on! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

  9. I would love to win and have a copy of this! I don’t really look forward to dinner and would love to learn about healthy foods too!

  10. I’m getting married next year and I’d love to start off our family with some great habits!

  11. oh, pick me! i would love it!

  12. I absolutely dread dinnertime and would love this book! I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

  13. I would love to win her book! 🙂

  14. Uhm, who wouldn’t love this?? I know that my kids and husband and ME would love it! Pick Us!

  15. Please rescue my dinner!

  16. Since I hurt my back and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I have had a hard time with dinners. This would be a blessing!

  17. I would love this! I don’t mind shopping so much, but the menu planning makes me crazy every time!

  18. I need this!

  19. Sherry Drennan Says: November 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Oh my goodness~ as a busy mom of 4, I soooo need this! Count me in!

  20. Jennifer Jensen Says: November 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I have heard great things about this book and I would love one!

  21. I need this book. I hate planning dinner. The choosing is the worst for me. Actually it may be the whining over what I choose. either way it’s not a fun time. Do they have lunch ideas too? Lunch is also a struggle. there are only so many times you can eat sandwiches before going crazy!

  22. Wow, I hate figuring out dinner too! I’m always trying to find new things to try for dinner that are easy and kid friendly but still find myself going back to the same old easy stuff. This book sounds AMAZING!!

  23. Jolynn Page Says: November 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I think I need this. I would love to have the benefits of a home cooked family meal every night… but I HATE “dinnertime” planning it, shopping for it, making it, cleaning it, etc. too! Maybe this would help!

  24. This sounds like a great solution for my family. I’m all about systems, but haven’t found a good solution for dinner. This may be my saving grace!

  25. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Yes, PLEASE!

  26. You described me when you said you hated dinner. I need something to help me out. This would be awesome!

  27. This sounds like it would definitely be helpful in our house. I hate coming up with ideas for things to make, and then after slaving away in the kitchen for an hour all I hear are complaints that someone doesn’t like it.

  28. My family would LOVE for me to win this cookbook. I need a little help in this department 🙂

  29. Bobbi Applegate Says: November 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Wow – I could really use some help in this area! Will check out her website, too. Thanks!

  30. Leah Planinz Says: November 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

    hmmm…maybe I need this because I struggle with dinner times. I would love to find some good recipes that are good for my family.

  31. Oh my goodness, I be very grateful to have this book. With 4 kiddos and the hubby going in different directions each night, even with meal planning it seems like such a chore to shop, get dinner on the table and clean up afterwards. And I love to cook and we try our best to sit down each night for dinner. Love the benefits of this tradition. Thanks for the great giveaway and daily dose of inspiration.

  32. It would be a dream come true if dinner and planning became a breeze. I need this book!!

  33. Food Nanny where’ve you been all my life…?

  34. Any help in the kitchen would be appreciated 🙂

  35. I love the food nanny help in my crazy house would be awesome

  36. This book sounds fabulous. I’d love to win a copy!!

  37. She sounds super awesome! I can’t wait to find out more! Thanks for sharing with us.

  38. YES PLEASE!! I need one of these!!!

  39. Sounds wonderful, I sure could use this!!!

  40. I’d love to win this!

  41. I could totally use some help when it comes to dinner! I would love this!

  42. I would love this book!

  43. Wow….sure would love to win this!

  44. Lord knows I need help with meal planning!

  45. I would love to have this book! I cook the same (mediocre) meals each week.

  46. answer to prayers!

  47. Bethany Hargis Says: November 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I love setting down to dinner with my family. Its just the before and after I despise! Would love this book!! Really!

  48. With five girls you know I need this right??:)))

  49. Fun! I am always looking for new meal ideas.

  50. i hate dinner….and I think my family does, too.

  51. I love her show and I would love her cookbook. With four kids it would be a lifesaver!

  52. Wow, that sounds like a much needed system in my house.

  53. I understand your “hatred” for dinnertime completely… it sounds like I need to look into this book of hers!

  54. I. Need. That. Book.

  55. Norma Taylor Says: November 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    OOOooo, I know a daughter that is in dinner limbo and would love a solution! If I win this copy-it goes to her.

  56. Brittany Evans Says: November 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    What an amazing book! 🙂

  57. Yay for such an awesome book!

  58. I have NO dinner ideas!! I need inspiration
    And this book!!

  59. I would LOVE a dinner time makeover in our home!

  60. I would love some ideas on how to make dinnertime work better. We are stuck in a rut and I hate it when I make something and my kids don’t want to eat it.

  61. Wow, my family would agree… I need that book!!!

  62. I’d love to get out of my cooking rut! Sounds like an awesome cookbook!

  63. I could really use a system like that. Right now my system involves my husband coming home from work, asking what’s for dinner, me telling him I don’t know, him making cereal for himself while I try to scrounge up something healthy for the girls, and then me finally making something “quick” to eat around 9pm. Sad…but unfortunately true!

  64. WOW! Sounds like a great plan! Sign me up! THANK YOU for the chance to win! 🙂

  65. Sounds awesome – I need it!

  66. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance.

  67. Oh my goodness! I totally need this! She’s so energetic! Thanks!

  68. oh this would be fabulous to win! i’m always needing and looking for new dinnertime ideas to make it easier and more effective for our family of 6.

  69. I would love to have here cookbook.

  70. I could use this cookbook. It seems like I am always fighting my kids about dinner, and I really get sick of deciding what to make. I hope I win!!!

  71. I REALLY need this book! Help food nanny!
    Great giveaway

  72. I was just complaining to my husband that I HATE dinner time. I never know what to cook. I need this book!! Please!

  73. This sounds like such a great tool. I could definitely get some use out of this- I’m horrible at creating a menu, shopping for the food and executing the plan. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  74. Oooh! I need this book too! My current system is NOT working for me!

  75. Ohh this cookbook is what I just need. I dread dinnertime. I have 2 girls (2 and 1) and they *ahem* whine and whine when I try to make dinner so dinner is sooooooo stressful !

  76. I need this book! Everytime I think about dinner, I get stressed. I hope I win!

  77. Say what???? Why have I not heard of this dinnertime angel before? I too am a dinnertime hater.

  78. this is what i need !!! i dread dinnertime !! i guess it is because my girls (ages 2 and 1), *ahem* whines everytime i start dinnertime. it’s so werid. it’s like they need my attention when i need to get dinner started !! so dinnertime is so stressful 🙁

  79. This looks amazing, dinnertime is so hard while taking care of little ones–I need a system!

  80. I always need dinner ideas, I get stuck alot..

  81. Oh, I so want this cookbook. I’ve heard all about the food nanny and they’ve all been great things! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win! Then maybe my son will eat more than just grilled cheese and spaghetti 😉

  82. I do not cook my husband is the one that is in charge in the kitchen, because he fears our family will not eat because I dont cook 🙂 But I would love to win this I need all the help I can get.

  83. I saw her show once and thought she did a fabulous job with the couple. I’d love to get the book!

  84. This book sounds like a Godsend—dinnertime is always a challenge for me with several kiddos who like totally different meals.

  85. I have been wanting her book for a while, so many great ideas in it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Sounds great. I don’t cook often, but I do believe in the power of eating healthy meals together.

  87. Did you know you were using my life in your post? ha, all of that sounds just like me, and I would love to win her cookbook!

  88. Count me in! I’d love some help putting the fun back in dinner!

  89. I hate dinnertime too! I really need help in that department…

  90. I have never heard of her but can’t wait to get my hands on her book. What a great gift for my daughters for Christmas.
    Thanks Jan

  91. I NEED this book! I really hope I can win one. 🙂

  92. I would LOVE to have this cookbook. I also hate planning for dinner. What an asset to that routine!!

  93. Yes, please!!

  94. I would love a copy of the cookbook.

  95. I hate dinnertime too! I never know what to make, which just makes it stressful! I need this cookbook!!

  96. rebecca clark Says: November 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I LOVE this lady! Her plan is simple, and looks easy to follow!

  97. I am a newlywed and need help finding a system that WORKS! I am in 🙂

  98. i definitely use this cookbook! i would love to have FUN at dinner as a family! this sound great!

  99. I love her! My friend Jill was on her show and it has changed her whole outlook on dinnertime. Pick me! 🙂

  100. Amanda Jones Says: November 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I have seen the food nanny show a few times and I LOVE it. I have been wanting this cook book for awhile now.

  101. and i thought i was the only one that hated planning dinners… 😉 maybe this book might help!

  102. Nina Stokes Says: November 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Rescue me, Food Nanny!

  103. I’d love this – thanks for the giveaway!

  104. Whitney Snow Says: November 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I’d love to win!

  105. This sounds like the cookbook I’ve been looking for!

  106. Sounds like a great book.


  107. I would love this book. It looks wonderful!

  108. Ohh, I’d love to get my hands on that book!!

  109. ok, I NEED this!

  110. I hate deciding what to make for dinner…Sounds like this is EXACTLY what I need!!

  111. Theresa Somerville Says: November 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I would love to win this!

  112. I’ve been using her system for about a month now and absolutely love it! Having a cookbook to go along with it would be awesome!

  113. Sounds like a great book–if I don’t win, looks like it will be on my WISH LIST!!

  114. Sounds like a book I could use!

  115. I love cookbooks and this one looks especially exciting!

  116. I love cookbooks, and a themed one sounds terrific!

  117. Betsy Dixon Says: November 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    The planning surrounding the dinner is my all time least favorite thing to do!! This system sounds like it is right up my alley!!

  118. Tara Weinert Says: November 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I have never heard of her before, but it sounds wonderful! Sign me up!

  119. I would love to own this cookbook. I personally can not stand dinnertime. I am more of a breakfast love, my hubbie though is the opposite. 🙂 This would be a huge help.

  120. OH! I definitely need this! 😉

  121. Heather D. Says: November 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Dinnertime and children is so dang hard. Love this to help make my life and mealtime more enjoyable!

  122. That sounds amazing! I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of her book!

  123. I would love to have this cookbook, and incorporate it into our crazy hectic lives.

  124. I’m in a dinner rut and could really use this.

  125. Lisa Zacher Says: November 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    This sounds like exactly what I need.

  126. I totally need this cookbook. I work nights and so its hard when it comes to meals for my family!! I hope I win!

  127. Wow – I could really use some help in this area! Thanks for give us a chance to win!

  128. That is so how I feel about mealtime. I hate the whole process of it! Word for word, everything you said hits home for me. I am a SHM with five kids. They are picky eaters who don’t seem to appreciate all the effort I put into each meal. I used to love to cook, and would love to get back to loving it. BTW… I love your blog. I’m currently building a play kitchen for my daughter for Christmas. Thanks for all the cute blogs! Love it!!!

  129. Yes please! I could use some of that!

  130. I need this!

  131. I’m excited about how this could really help my family at meal time

  132. I so need this book. Dinnertime is my downfall. I love having dinner with my family but hate coming up with the idea.

  133. I would love this book!!!!

  134. I love eating dinner. It’s just the planning, cooking and cleaning up of dinner that is challenging!

  135. I can always use more help with dinner!

  136. Raelyn Jenson Says: November 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I need that book! Sounds like a lifesaver. BTW, I saw your picture, and I recognize you, Kirsten! We were in a married student ward together at USU years ago. Small world!

  137. I would la la love to win this! Now that I am home more with the new babe I need to really cook!!

  138. I would love to have this cookbook! I’ve truly been needing something just like this!! I will be keeping my fingers crossed!!

  139. Oh pick me, pick me!!! Would love to have her book!

  140. I could SO use a good cookbook to help me out 🙂

  141. This is TOTALLY what I need!!! Thanks

  142. Thanks for the giveaway–I can use all the help I can get!

  143. Andrea Watts Says: November 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  144. I am so impressed with this concept and would love to share the book with all of my daughters. I hope the Food Nanny teaches us all how to make the most of family dinners.

  145. I would love to get new ideas, and learn new ways to do things.

  146. I could sure use some help with dinner time at our house! I would love some ideas on cooking for my family. What a great giveaway!

  147. This sounds like an awesome cookbook — we could definitely use some new ideas for making dinnertime a more pleasant experience in our house! Thank you!

  148. Amy Hawkins Says: November 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I hate dinnertime too. It’s so stressful. This sounds great!

  149. This sounds amazing!! Something like this would help me out soooo much. I too hate everything that goes into to cooking a meal….the planning and shopping….the cooking…. this would be great!!!! Thank You for sharing this!!

  150. I was just sitting down to coffee the other day with a friend and we were discussing how we never know what to make for dinner! Seems each person has their own 3 or 4 staple meals that just keep getting rotated over and over. Would love to win this book! Thanks!!

  151. What a great giveaway! I’ve had this book in my Amazon cart for the longest time. I’m just waiting for the funds to make themselves available so I can purchase it.

  152. sounds like what i need! what a fantastic giveaway!

  153. Sounds like a great book!

  154. I need dinner time help!!!! I have 2 picky eaters!

  155. I just discovered her on BYU tv Friday afternoon!!! Loved her suggestions and can’t wait to try some of her recipes! Thanks for sharing more about this spunky lady!

  156. I would love to have this! I hate cooking and I always dread dinner time!

  157. Sounds like a great system. Anything that helps with dinner time is a thumbs up in my book!

  158. I WANT this cookbook. I’m a firm believer in family dinners but have the hardest time coming up with something to eat every night. Not to mention the grocery shopping…..

  159. I need this book, too!!!! Thanks for showcasing!!! 🙂
    Amy in CA

  160. I feel the same way about cooking!! Like it is way too much work!! I have a full time job and sometimes cooking is the thing I am just too busy for. This needs to change! 🙂

  161. AWESOME! I love the food nanny!

  162. Would LOVE this cookbook! HATE making dinner! Why do so many of us hate dinner time I wonder… maybe cause we don’t have this book! 🙂

  163. Anybody with kids probably would agree that dinnertime isn’t the best time of day. I caught a glimpse of her show once and thought it was great. It would be awesome to check out her book.

  164. This sounds like it would be great for me.

  165. Yum yum! I can always use ANY help I can get in the kitchen!

  166. Love to cook and would love to have this new tool to help! Thanks for an awesome blog. Love to read it!

  167. I hope I’m not too late…this is a great giveaway. Thanks!

  168. Angela Davis Says: November 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I will take any suggestions to make dinner time easier! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  169. I would love to win this!

  170. Oh I would love to win this! I also work nights and have a horrible time trying to find things to fix for my boys when I am gone 🙂

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