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The Votes Are In!

The chance to win a copy of The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking is sadly now over. Congratulations Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen, commenter number 13, Random Number Generator picked your number!

You all had some really fabulous hip tips to contribute, so here are a few of my favorites…

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The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking Book Giveaway!

I first discovered The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking blog about a year ago when I was looking for some good homesteading literature to read up on. When I came across Kate Payne’s blog I was instantly crushing. The prefect mix of DIY, design, and yummy foods. What more could a boy ask for?

Fast forward a year later and now she’s got herself a book, appropriately titled, The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking. When I received my copy of the book last Friday I began anxiously flipping through the pages and fell instantly in love. The book is split up into three sections: A guide to building a “homey” house, DIY home projects, and cooking in the home (including a fantastic chapter on canning and preserving). It’s now Tuesday, and I’ve just about read the book from cover to cover. It’s fabulously written, and almost makes you feel as if you are kicking back over a cup of coffee with Kate Payne herself.

The best part is, the wonderful people at Harper Collins have generously given me a copy of the book to do a giveaway. That’s right, you too can own a copy of The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, and learn to be just as awesome as Kate.

The rules are simple. Just share your favorite household tip in the comments below for a chance to win. All comments must be entered before Sunday, April 30th 12:00am EST. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing all your hip tips!

A Trip to the Library

So often we forget about our local libraries–I know I do. I am lucky enough to have a Queens library within a few blocks of my apartment, and until recently I have never utilized this amazing community service. But the days of going to the library and hunting through stacks and stacks of books are over. The internet has changed all of this, and now you can actually reserve books online. I realize that this is basically common knowledge now, but how many of us have actually done it it? Since starting this blog I have found more books that inspire me than ever. From home cooking, to interior design, to leisure reading, books are wonderful sources of information and entertainment.  So last week I used my library’s online reservation resource and was very pleased by the results.

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The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

The one good thing about the winter is the possibility of a snow day.  Today I got super lucky and my office actually closed, even though it wasn’t all that bad outside. I remember as a child being so excited for snow days, not only because there was no school, but also because I got to watch the trashy daytime TV that we all love so much (don’t we? don’t tell me it’s just me). The same still holds true for my adult self. Even in the days of DVR (which is a wonderful thing) there is something to be said about watching daytime talk shows live.  One of my favorites, though it is clearly not trashy, is the Martha Stewart Show.  For those of you who know me well, you know that I am somewhat obsessed with this woman, not only because she is so fabulous, but also because she’s a brilliant crafter, organizer, project do-er, and cook, among many other things. Upon watching her show this morning, I was excited to hear that she had Rachel Saunders, author of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, on to speak about her book.

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Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It – And Other Cooking Projects

Because my mom is awesome, for Christmas she bought me this book–Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It – And Other Cooking Projects–by the fabulous Karen Solomon.  It is as if this book was created just for me. I’ve been super excited browsing through it this morning and you should be excited too, since I will be featuring some projects from Mrs. Solomon’s awesome book right here on Handjobs for the Home!

Since I know you are all just as enthralled by this news as I am, I’m including a video Karen Solomon created on Pickled Green Beans. The video can be found after the jump…

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