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!

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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. Trish White says:

    Subsribed to Little Hen too!

  2. We do not have snowy days…but i would like to go sledding!
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  3. Go outside and build snowmen.

  4. I spent years outside sledding as a kid, but I’m not much of a fan of the cold as an adult. Now I much prefer to stay inside and bake.

  5. Ahhh snow days. They are my son’s absolute favorite. We always start the day out with a nice hot breakfast, then we hit the white stuff! We do it all, but last year I really got into trying to build the coolest igloo for him.
    After we are frozen to the bone we come in and warm up with some hot chocolate, and I have to make monkeybread for him it’s his favorite, and since I started it one snow day it has now become a tradition. it started snowing earlier today and the excitment already started bubbling up, but it stopped and we were bummed.

  6. Subscribed to littleHens blog.

  7. We don’t have snow over where we live…but if we did, I would take the kids in our backyard (if we had one), and build a snow fort. They’d love it!

  8. I don’t know why but snow days always make me want pizza. So we make pizza on snow days. I love watching the kids run around outside-but I am not great with the cold myself-so I designate myself head pizza baker and stay inside instead 😉
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  9. Knit, bake and watch movies!

  10. On snow days we love to head outside to shovel snow, make snow angels, and build snowfamilies (as long as the snow is packing!) then head inside for hot chocolate embellished with whatever we have on hand…whipped cream, sprinkles, candy canes…

  11. I subscribed to My Little Hen!

  12. What a fantastic interview, Jillian! Loved it! On snowy days we head to Central Park too!!! So fun with my wee ones. I love Rae’s books, but haven’t had the opportunity to buy one yet. I’m crossing my fingers!!!

  13. I haven’t had many snow days since I live in Mississippi, but one thing I’d like to do again on one is jump on a trampoline covered in snow. SOOO much fun!
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  14. I love to make hot chocolate with the kids! Crank up LOTS of fun movies and play boardgames.
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  15. Just subscribed. So excited!
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  16. Stare out the window with a warm cup of tea in my hands.

  17. Just subscribed to My Little Hen.

  18. Since we homeschool, they’re sort of all snow days in the winter. 🙂 Nothing is so important that we can’t blow it off because the roads are bad! But sledding would probably be my kids’ first pick, with hot cocoa to come home too.

    That, or exploring Antarctica… http://magicalchildhood.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/a-visit-to-antarctica/. That’s pretty awe inspiring!
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  19. Snuggling on the couch with some hot chocolate.

  20. I subscribed to My Little Hen.

  21. Watch my kids playing outside:) I’m a Georgia girl living in Wisconsin, so I freeze in the cold! But the kids love to play outside in the snow.

  22. Great interview!
    My favorite thing when snow falls is to… listen. I love the quietness.

  23. We rarely have snow days, but my favorite thing is to make hot chocolate, and snuggle down with the kids with a couple of great read-aloud books

  24. I love sitting in front of the fire watching it snow in the backyard and play board games.

  25. Love to ski when it is snowing…cross country:)

  26. LOVE My little hen thanks for the opp. to subscribe! We did the trees (before seeing them here) for our Christmas presents!

  27. We love to play outside in the snow all day and then drink hot chocolate by the fire when we get cold! We also play a lot of board games!

  28. Snowman! (Not that we get snow days here. Ice days, yes. Snow days, no.)

  29. A snowy day calls for sledding, skiing, snow angels, and hot chocolate!

  30. Bundle up the kids so they can play in the snow and then make them hot chocolate. 🙂

  31. Ummmm I’m kind of a grinch when it comes to snow so snow days generally mean coffee and books under a blanket for me LOL The boys love snow though so I bribe my brother to take them out 😉
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  32. watch out the window as my kids play in the backyard:)

  33. We don’t have snowy days, but I would like to go figure skating!
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  34. as a kid it was to go sledding with my family and then come home so cold and enjoy some hot chocolate as an adult its watching my son enjoy it
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  35. Our favorite snow day activity is snow tubing followed by a big cup of hot chocolate!

  36. we don’t have snow days here, but when I was little I love to bask in the peace

  37. One of my favorite things to do on a snowy day is to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, a book and my son. We could read together all day.

  38. I have subscribed to Rae Grant’s feed… what a fun blog.

  39. Make snow angels then come in for hot chocolate
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  40. subscribed to Rae’s blog
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  41. drink hot chocolate

  42. Favorite thing to do on a snowy day (like today when we are expecting 12 inches!) is to be curled up with a good book watching the snow come down.

  43. drink hot chocolate~

  44. i love! playing in it~ and walking around @ night….w. snow falling….to see it in the street light’s glow. (:

  45. admittedly, we don’t exactly have snow days in the South very often. But in ’93, we were all snowed in for a full week, and the thing that i remember the most is my dad making bananas foster over the fire.
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  46. My favorite thing to do is play in the snow with my family and then all warm up with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Thanks for the givewaway!

  47. I like in Florida so no snow days but on rainy days we love to stay in and make fun stuff out of modeling clay. My little ones love to look at their new creations and it’s fun.

  48. I love sledding on a snow day!
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  49. Oooo, I love snow days for playing in the snow, cuddling under warm blankets reading stories with the kiddos and baking something yummy!

  50. We usually make snow angels but are back inside quickly so we can have hot chocolate.