Because I write about food and my many acts of preservation, people often assume that I’m also an expert in a variety of home-based arts. And while it’s true that my kitchen comfort is bone deep, when it comes to gardening, laundry and acts of home improvement, my skills are basic at best.
Happily, I now have in my possession a book that I think is going to change all that. Written by the delightfully ebullient Kate Payne, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking answers my every homekeeping question and offers up a wealth of useful tips as well. I particularly love her suggestion to dab a bit of vanilla extract on a bit cotton ball and then vacuum it up for sweet smelling rooms. I’m doing that tomorrow (my 25-year-old carpets need all the help they can get).
For you canning enthusiasts out there, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s an entire chapter of the book devoted to food preservation. Kate includes information on canning, freezing and ensuring that the food you’re storing (whether we’re talking short-term leftover storage or longer-term preservation) will be safe for you and your family to eat. There are a few really wonderful recipes tucked into this section as well. As soon as I get a hold of some rhubarb, I’m making the Rhubarb Hibiscus Vanilla Preserves on page 228.
If this description has you interested in this book, well, you’re in luck as I have a copy to give away. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post and include your favorite household tip. The giveaway will close on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:59 pm. One entry per person please!
Also, if you’re in the Philadelphia area, make sure to head out to the University of Pennsylvania bookstore this Wednesday night at 6 pm, where Kate will be answering questions and signing books.
Disclosure: The book you see here is a free review copy furnished by the publisher (they’re also providing the copy I’m giving away). What’s more, Kate Payne is a friend of mine and I’m hosting a potluck meet’n’greet for her on Tuesday, April 26. However, despite the freebie and the friendship, my opinions are still my own and are expressed honestly.