Rae Grant Interview and Books Giveaway

Author Rae Grant is one of the writers I feel lucky to work with as part of the wonderful team of contributors who volunteer their time here at Simple Kids.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Rae Grant also happens to be one of my nine year old daughter Jillian’s favorite authors.  We own her books Cooking Fun, Crafting Fun, and Homemade Fun and all three get lots of use at the Fleck house.  Rae’s buttermilk pancakes are a Sunday morning tradition and Jillian is currently going through a paper crafting phase, decorating our house for Christmas.  These books don’t spend much time on the bookshelf, to be sure!

I have two treats for you today.  The first is the interview Rae graciously gave to Jillian.  The second is that Rae is generously giving one Simple Kids reader a chance to win all three of her books!


An Interview with Rae Grant

Jillian: At our house, we like your snickerdoodle cookies. We make them a lot. We call them “Rae Grant cookies.” Do you have a favorite kind of cookie?

Rae: Thank you Jillian, that’s the best compliment! Hmm, my favorite cookie… I think around Christmas time it is Snowballs, also know as Russian Teacakes. Have you ever made them? I can send you and your mom my recipe if you’d like. (Kara’s note: yes, please!)

Jillian and her paper bead necklace

You have a lot of neat ideas for kids for all times of year. What do you like to make for Christmas and Winter?

I can’t wait for December to arrive so I can start making simple crafts to decorate our house for the holidays. I love to sit around the table with my family and friends and make paper chains, fancy and simple, and lots of paper snowflakes. I also love to make cookies and popcorn balls.

I am learning how to sew. Did you learn to sew as a kid or as a grown up? Who taught you?

I started to hand sew when I was a Camp Fire Girl. My mom was also a very good sewer and she set up a sewing room where we kids could go and use her sewing machine. We learned a lot on our own that way, but we always had her around to ask for help when we got stuck.

Do you ever have ideas that don’t work for crafts or recipes? I have them a lot and then I have think of new ideas to make it work. What do you do when that happens?

Oh boy, yes sometimes that happens. Take my chocolate pudding recipe in Cooking Fun. I can make that recipe several times over and it is always perfect and then suddenly it just doesn’t thicken in the same way. I try to go back over the steps to see what I might have done incorrectly. Sometime that just happens. We usually eat the pudding anyway since it tastes good.

When I’m starting a craft project, I have to be sure to read the direction a few times before starting. That helps me to get a picture in my head about what I think it will look like. If a step doesn’t make sense, I try to make the same thing several times, like a paper snowflake, until I get it. Once I get it, then I can make the project just the way I want it to look. Sometimes I still ask for help from someone who knows a little more than me. I like to craft with a friend so we can share ideas and help each other.

I am reading Little House on the Prairie. What was your favorite book as a kid?

Hands down, my favorite book was Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think I loved all the delicious food descriptions and of course since I was a horse crazy girl, I love that Almanzo Wilder had a colt of his very own. Have you read that book?

It is snowing here today. When you get a snow day, what do you like to do?

When we get a snow day in New York City, we like to sled ride in Central Park, the big wooded park in New York City. The park has great hills for sledding and all the children run to the park with their sleds to celebrate the snow. Of course, some of the parent don’t sled down the hills and scream like crazy but I’m one of those parents who will do that. I like to feel like a kid as much as I’m allowed. We also like to make hot chocolate on snowy days.

Thank you for letting me interview you, Rae. I love your books! xoxo – Jillian, age 9

Thank you Jillian!! I’m so glad to hear from you. It makes me happy to know kids who love to use my books…Merry Christmas!

More Rae Grant

The Giveaway

One lucky Simple Kids reader is going to win a copy of Cooking Fun, Crafting Fun, and Homemade Fun from Rae Grant! Please note: today’s giveaway is open to readers in the USA or Canada only.  Thank you.

To Enter

Leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day?

Bonus entry: visit Rae’s blog, My Little Hen, and become a subscriber (scroll down to the bottom left-hand column and “subscribe to this blog’s feed”).  Then, come back here, and leave me a separate comment letting me know  that you did.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST, Sunday December 12th, 2010. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I am new to “My Little Hen”, and became a subscriber!
    Looks GREAT!

  2. I love quilting on a snowy day…
    Merry Christmas, and stay blessed!

  3. I love Rae’s blog and have been using her Homemade Fun book this winter with wild abandon.

    Hot chocolate and making something carby like cinnamon buns with my girls on a snowy day is priceless! Then I send them out with their dad to make a snowman and cuddle with the baby by the fire.
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  4. I’d *just* resolved not to enter any more giveaways because it was making me crazy, and then I saw this. I LOVE Rae Grant!!

    But to your point: on snow days, we make hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, but my favorite thing to do is making snow ice cream. We have lots of taste tests to decide if we like maple syrup, condensed milk, or chocolate sauce best for toppings.
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  5. I’m also a subscriber!

    And I loved Farmer Boy for the food, too!
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  6. These books sound like a lot of fun! I love to bake on a snow day. But when I was a kid or playing with Sammy in the snow I always loved a good snow ball fight 🙂
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  7. Kathy Caplinger says:

    Snuggle up and stay inside and drink hot chocolate! But I LOVE bundling up the kids where they are sooooo cute and warm from head to toe to go play outside. I sit inside and enjoy the view!

  8. I love going outside in the snow and making a snow man, or having hot chocolate inside with the kids by the fire 🙂

  9. Subscribed to feed

  10. On a snow day, I like to make hot chocolate, some homemade soup and watch movies, build indoor forts, or do crafts with my girls.

  11. I subscribed to her blog!
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  12. Take the kids outside, then come in and watch a movie and drink hot chocolate

  13. Our favourite thing to do on a snow day is bake. Lots of yummy smells (and eats) make the day more bearable for my rambunctious kiddos.
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  14. Play in it for a little bit and then come in and craft away. In fact that is what we did today!

  15. Subscribed! It looks like a great site. Thanks!

  16. Melanie W. says:

    Play some fun music and have a dance party! ^_^ Or watch a movie about a far away, warmer land!

  17. I love the chance to bake with my son, filling the house with warm sugary goodness.

  18. Melanie W. says:

    I’m now a subscriber of My Little Hen. ps – I love Russian Tea Cakes, too!

  19. We don’t get snow days in Florida, but we do get Hurricane Days and on those rainy, windy days we love to make forts with chairs and blankets!

  20. Making snow cream, playing in the snow (of course!), and drinking hot chocolate 🙂

  21. I subscribed to My Little Hen!

  22. Sit in front of the fireplace and read.

  23. Sledding! It’s my favorite thing to do with my kids.

  24. sledding party!!!!!!

  25. Oooh…I like to send my kiddos out to sled down our driveway while I stay inside and cook something warm and yummy!

  26. In previous years I would have said sledding, but being 6 months pregnant, I’m taking a break from sledding this year. Instead I’m enjoying cups of hot tea and baking with my kids after they come in from romping in the snow.

  27. Drinking hot chocolate with mini marshmallows!
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  28. Good job, Jillian, and thank you!

    Where I live we hardly get any snow, but visiting at my parents’ we’ve seen tons of it. My favorite thing is seeing my little girl so giddy and excited about it. I also like the prospect of hot chocolate 😉
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  29. We love to play in the snow! Great giveaway for things to do inside once we are done outside!

  30. My favorite things to do on a snow day is to hang out with my kids and drink hot cocoa, watch movies and of course play in the snow!

  31. What is this “snow day” you speak of? (Lifelong Texan here!) :-p

  32. Caroline Cebula says:

    Sledding! I’m a big kid at heart, it helps that I have children now so I don’t look silly sledding by myself 😉 Second favorite would be building a snowman.

  33. What fun! Thanks for the chance! We love to take walks and sled ride and then drink lots of hot chocolate!

  34. We like to go play in the snow and then drink hot chocolate.

  35. the kids are out back in the snow with dad, and i get to watch and play with the baby inside, then make the cocoa and warm everyone up when they get back inside!

  36. Sit by the warm fire, watch movies and drink hot chocolate.

  37. Hot cocoa and a lots of reading books.

  38. I went to My little hen.

  39. We live in the south, so only 1 or 2 snow days during the winter. But on those precious days we do all the “snow play” things we can – sledding, snowman building, snow angels and snow cream! We go thru tons of clothing as the kids go in and out all day and get sopping wet! When the sun goes down we make hot chocolate and sit by the fire.

    Love Rae’s books!! We’re enjoying Cooking Fun now – checked out from the library. Would love to own a copy I didn’t have to take back!

  40. Subscribed to My Little Hen – Thanks!!

  41. We don’t see a lot of snow where we live, so when we have a rare snow day, we bundle up and head outside to play. When we get too cold and wet, we hurry back inside, get snuggly warm and drink hot chocolate or bake cookies.

  42. Sledding is the only way to go on a snow day!

  43. if is snowing i like to go with my son and look at the snowflakes coming down from the sky. we sit ourselves somewhere where we dont get wet and we seat outside to look at them .

  44. We always have popcorn, cookies, movies and games on our snow days…these are our favorites. 🙂

  45. Seeing as how when it snows in the ATL, everything comes to a grinding stop…
    We love to snuggle inside and drink hot cocoa and make indoor snowmen after we’ve had enough outdoor time (which lasts about 20 min)

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  46. My favorite thing is to curl up under a blanket with a book or a good movie and hot chocolate.

  47. What a super sweet interview!

    Our favorite thing to do on snowy days is to go out and play! Nothing like making snowmen and snow angles, throwing snowballs, and catching snowflakes on your tongue! Then we come inside to warm up with hot chocolate!
    Pam´s latest post: Advent

  48. Drink hot chocolate or a glass of wine watching the snow. If I could be in a snow lodge watching skiers with a roaring fire- that would be nice too.

  49. Sara Lester says:

    I like to sled with the kids, and then make cookies, popcorn, and hot chocolate!


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