I first "met" Rae Grant last summer when she emailed me to talk about our shared love of cooking with our kids. She was reading my blog, while I was reading her book and she made the first move to get in touch. One year later, we're still corresponding and while we've yet to sit-down for a cup of tea face to face (we almost made it this past Spring when I was in New York), I feel as though I know her well.
So, imagine my delight when she got in touch this past June to ask if wanted to be a reviewer for her forthcoming book Homemade Fun. Already a fan of Cooking Fun, I was thrilled to get a sneak peak at Rae's new work. And she did not disappoint.
An ode to childhood, Homemade Fun, is a treasure trove of simple, fun and easy activities for children. With chapters separating the activities into categories like Hand Sewing and Embroidery, Building Things, Baking, Papercrafts and Toys, Games and Pastimes, there is truly something for everyone in this gem of a book. When the package first arrived I sat and eagerly devoured each page, with it's old-fashioned fonts and retro design, mentally marking all of the activities I wanted the boys to try. When I reached the baking section, not one recipe was left of the list.
The first we tackled was Rae's popovers. Requiring only four ingredients, I though this would be something Ben could approach on his own. And I was right. A quick pantry consultation and review of the methods required left him feeling capable of producing a tasty treat. As you can see from his brother's reaction, I think he succeeded.
Today I have one copy of Rae's book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter leave a comment at the end of the post (you don't have to have a blog just an email address so I can get in touch). For an additional entry, tweet about the giveaway or link back to this blog post. Contest closes at midnight Friday July 16th. Good luck!
UPDATED: Congratulations to Tricia! The random number generator choose comment #5 and you have won a copy of Rae's book, Homemade Fun.