Inscribed copies of HGGK & HGGH

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Order copies of the Kate Payne’s books, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking & Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen from the shop here. Books ship flat rate and make an affordable, thoughtful holiday, graduation, housewarming, or wedding gift!

Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen book release

Book 2, Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen,  releases on May 20, 2014. Check out author events and book signings currently confirmed for the tour here. I’m adding events weekly so stay tuned there for updates!


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Ball Canning partnership & giveaway

In conjunction with the launch of an exciting brand partnership with Jarden Home Brands, the makers of our favorite Ball and Kerr canning jars and canning equipment, I’m hosting a fall giveaway.

I’m really excited to partner with Jarden’s fine lines of canning jars and goodies on my monthly canning classes and food preservation blogging endeavors. This partnership means I will be able to bring discounts, new goodies and other fun incentives to class attendees and canning fans.

Two winners will be selected, one local to my hometown, Austin, Texas, and one anywhere in the U.S.

The U.S. resident winner will receive:

The Austin winner will receive:

To enter fill out this form and be sure to enter your city, so I know in which drawing to enter you! I am the sole recipient of this information and will not share your email address with anyone. Winners will be selected on November 5 at midnight CST.

Disclosure: This is an in-kind sponsorship, which means I am receiving in-kind, relevant item donations in exchange for my exclusive support of Jarden’s wares.

A Year of Pies Book Giveaway

I was elated when my friend Ashley asked if I’d share a recipe in her new book, a book all about pies. I said yes immediately, of course, and have anticipated seeing the finished product since those hours I put in last summer testing my gluten-free streusel top apple pie.

I’ve long loved Ashley’s blog and book series, Homemade Living, which includes Home DairyCannning & PreservingKeeping Chickens & Keeping Bees, and even got to spend some time with her during my book travels last year.

My prolific pal has put together a lovely book, chock full of beautiful, informative photos and fabulous seasonal recipes (even some gluten-free!) that I can’t wait to try. I think you’re going to enjoy it.

Enter to win a copy by filling out this form by Monday, August 27 at midnight CST. Your entries are private and will not be shared with anyone. Psst, pop over to the HGGH blog for another chance to win!

Entrants’ emails will be added to the mailing list for my next book’s tour in Spring 2014. I’ve asked for your city and state so I only add you to the appropriate list for your area! Please see additional note on the entry form regarding unsubscribing if necessary.

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
HarperCollins (2011)

With The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, it’s possible and even convenient to create an inviting space for living and entertaining on a budget. From unique decor ideas to growing strawberries on your fire escape, Kate Payne shares fun, low-cost (and often free!) creative solutions that will make anyone feel more accomplished in minutes.

Inside this savvy motivational guide filled to the brim with small-scale creative home projects, Kate’s tongue-in-cheek tone will keep you tuned in to her much-needed advice. In three easy sections, you’ll learn how to create a comfortable space while being time- and budget-conscious. Section One, Home-ify Your Pad, features quick, convenient ways to make your place cozier with low-cost, special touches to help you tap into and show off your inner artist. Section Two, Impressive Acts of Domesticity, teaches how to impress others (and yourself) with the gratifying pleasures of self-sufficiency—a first-time guide to cleaning, sewing, repairing, and other previously out-of-the-question tasks. Section Three, Life After Restaurants, frees you to release the take-out menu, avoid pricey bar tabs, and entertain others in the space you’ve so thoughtfully and gorgeously created.

User-friendly “how-to” sidebars, illustrations, and tips and tricks throughout the book offer easy-to-follow recipes and do-it-yourself craft suggestions for making your home hip, comfortable, and inviting. Keep in mind that this is not your grandmother’s handbook and it’s not the kind of wisdom your mom knows how to impart. Modern women need a modern approach to domestic pleasures—a guide to doing household things on our own terms, because most of this stuff isn’t as hard as we’ve been led to believe. Don’t worry, she’s not asking you to host Tupperware parties or iron your underwear. But as all beginning home keepers know, a sure fire way to feel bad about ourselves is to consult Martha Stewart. So ditch that 2-inch thick handbook, dust off your pots and pans, and join Kate on this journey to incorporating creativity and self-sufficiency on the home front.[/EXPAND]

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Praise for The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking:

My daughter is moving into her first apartment next year. Along with boxes of second hand linens and furniture from the attic, she’s getting this fresh, modern, and enthusiastic primer on all things housekeeping.
Eugenia Bone, New York Times writer and author of The Denver Post’s Well-Preserved blog and the Well-Preserved book

Living comfortably in your home is endlessly rewarding, and all it takes is attention and creativity. I’m so convinced that I’m taking Kate’s advice on bread baking this very week!
Zora O’Neill, co-author of Forking Fantastic! Put the Party back in Dinner Party

I am a huge fan of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking! Kate nailed it in this humorous, creative guide for fabulous, chic, and easy-on-the-wallet ideas. It’s a joy to read a book that makes you laugh and get great ideas from—another must have for my girlfriends.
Kim Barnouin, co-author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Skinny Bitch

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking is a wonderfully insightful, encouraging, non-perfectionist guide for creating a pleasurable home without killing yourself (or the planet). It’s full of information your mother forgot to tell you, that will help you live well and sustainably, and have fun in the process.
Sally Schneider, Founder of ‘the improvised life’ website, author of The Improvisational Cook and A New Way to Cook.

This should be required reading for anyone with a roof over their heads. You’ll find yourself returning to it again and again, whether you’re looking for party ideas or which side of the place setting the napkin goes on.
Ashley English, author of the Homemade Living book series and small measure blog

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking will release your hidden domestic talents. Kate’s friendly voice will transform even the most clueless guy or gal into a homemaking marvel. Loaded with smart, frugal, and pragmatic tips, it is the ideal home-life manual for the modern age.
Marisa McLellan, creator of