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Chelsea Peterson
The Adamson sisters started the blog "Six Sisters' Stuff" to help stay in touch. Their most recent cookbook is "A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together." The sisters are, from left, Elyse Ellis, Kristen Hills, Lauren Adamson, Stephanie Loaiza, Kendra Adamson and Camille Beckstrand.

The women behind the "Six Sisters' Stuff" blog, and the new cookbook "A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together" (Shadow Mountain, $21.99), offered tips to help mealtimes go smoother.

Plan ahead. Make mealtime a breeze by planning ahead what recipes you'll be making for dinner that week to save you multiple trips to the store before dinner. — Kristen Hills

Utilize leftovers. You can often reuse main ingredients from previous meals. If you have leftover chicken, find a different way to use it! — Stephanie Loaiza

Set a time. Pick a time that you will serve dinner every night so you know how long you have to prepare your meal. — Camille Beckstrand

Be consistent. Having dinner together as a family will help you develop a habit of having home-cooked meals and eating together as a family. — Elyse Ellis

Prepare ahead of time. If you know you will be busy later in the day, prepare some of your dinner ingredients in the morning to help make dinner quickly. — Lauren Adamson

Make dinner fun. Engage your kids in conversation, let them help prepare their food or use finger foods. — Kendra Adamson

Try different ways to prepare dinner. Using your slow cooker is a great way to make mealtime easier. You can put all the recipe ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning and have a delicious meal ready by dinnertime. Casseroles and one-dish meals can often help you get dinner on the table without having to dirty a lot of dishes. — Cyd Adamson, mother