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Today Lucy turned two. Her Mom & Dad thought this vintage-inspired kitchen set would be the perfect gift. I think she agrees.

Meanwhile, I'm tasting and perfecting cake recipes for the cookbook in my test kitchen. I'm keeping those recipes under wraps until the cookbook is completed; well, I may have to share a few of the secrets with Lucy! #Lucy #birthdaygirl #family #GrannyV #VeryVera #cakerecipes #secretrecipes #familytraditions

Harnessing Creativity & Imagination with Cooking

"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity."
- Guy Fieri

I love this quote by Guy Fieri and could not have said it better myself. These are my same thoughts about the VeryVera Summer Cooking Camp for Kids. Yes, campers learn to bake, cook, plate, set a table-etiquette and life skills-but they learn so, so much more.

Space is limited, so register your child / grandchild today for VeryVera Cooking Camp. Ages 6-14: week-long Summer sessions. *Please sign up using the DEPOSIT product and pay the BALANCE DUE the week before camp. (Or pay for both at once, if you'd like!)

June Cooking Camps
Pre-Beginners (ages 6 & 7) June 8-12 SOLD OUT
Beginners (ages 8-10) June 15-19 SOLD OUT
Intermediate June 22-26 8 SPOTS LEFT

July Cooking Camps
Advanced Beginners (ages 11-14) July 6-10 5 SPOTS LEFT
Beginners (ages 8-10) July 13-17 SOLD OUT
Advanced July 20-24 9 SPOTS LEFT

For details, to register, or to purchase a gift card, visit www.veryvera.com.

You Have to Start Somewhere!

You have to start somewhere . . . I started cooking & baking with my mother and grandmother when I was young. It was truly a family affair. I'm now carrying on the tradition with my VeryVera family - with all of my talented & enthusiastic campers! The VeryVera 2015 Summer Cooking Camp for Kids is booking quickly and I know you do not want to miss it! Register today on www.VeryVera.com

Pre-Beginners (June 8-12th): ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT
Beginner (June15-19th): ONLY 6 SPOTS LEFT
Intermediate (June 22-26th): ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT
Advanced Beginner (July 6-10th): ONLY 7 SPOTS LEFT
Beginner (July 13-17th): ONLY 7 SPOTS LEFT
Advanced (July 20-24th): ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT

Thanks & I look forward to seeing y'all this Summer!

Happy Easter!

One of my favorite family photographs is this one from Easter 1958 with all of us in birth order - Bitsy, Trip, me, Harry, and Lou. Many of you recognize those names from the pound cakes that bore their names which were so popular in our VeryVera Cake line. I always loved the fact that I was sandwiched in the middle - I got center stage in every photo and of course I needed it in this picture since by dress stood out three feet!

As we all celebrate the Easter Holiday today, I hope you will think about the old fashioned values that are part of your family history. Sometimes it’s so hard to recreate what you now can’t imagine that your Mom and Grandmother were able to get accomplished. The age span of my siblings and I when this photo was taken was 15 years, so you can well imagine that my mother had her hands full. Thank goodness Bitsy was a very mature 16-year-old girl and Lou was a good baby. I will plead the fifth on where I stackedup in the behavior category, but I’m sure my brothers and sisters would love to weigh in on that one!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Vera

Holly, Jolly . . . the Best Time of the Year!

Spend Christmas with Vera!

This year, our Christmas Semester includes two very special classes that are filled with Holiday cheer:
- SUGAR PLUM FAIRY, DEC. 6
- GATHER AROUND THE TABLE, DEC. 13

Classes are held on Saturdays and start at 9:00 a.m., end at 2:00 p.m., & include a recipe packet, snack, lunch and a bag of goodies to take home. Students are placed in like age groups and circulate between the Kitchen, Kitchen Prep Room, and Craft Room. Appropriate for Ages 6 - 14.

And be sure to save these dates for our Winter Cooking Classes:
- WINTER COMFORT FOOD, JAN. 10
- VALENTINE'S DAY, FEB. 7
- EASTER, MAR. 21

SEMESTER DISCOUNT: Sign up for 3 Semester classes and receive $25 off with promo code SEMESTER. For details or to register, visit www.veryvera.com.

James Farmer Book Signing!

VeryVera & 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts present:

A Book Signing w/ author & Southern entertaining expert James Farmer. Taste recipes from his latest book Dinner on the Grounds, meet the author, + have him sign it!

Food: VeryVera
Location: 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts, Aiken, SC
Date: Tues. Oct. 7
Times: 5 - 7 pm
Cost: As many books as you wish to buy!

About James Farmer: Native of Kathleen, Georgia, James Farmer is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book, A Time To Plant (2011) Sip & Savor (2012), Porch Living (2012), Wreaths For All Seasons (2012), A Time to Cook (2013), and Dinner on the Grounds (2014), published by Gibbs-Smith Publishers.

In Spring 2013, James opened his design and antique store, James Farmer Inc., in downtown Perry.

James is the national spokesperson for The American Camellia Society, and is an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine. He has been featured on NBC TODAY, HGTV Gardens, Paula’s Home Cooking, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Woman’s Day, Traditional Home, and The Local Palate. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Jules Collins Smith Art Museum at Auburn University and was recently recognized as a 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient.

An Evening to Remember

Last week I had the pleasure of preparing dinner for one of my very favorite people, Dr. Bleakley Chandler, in honor of his eighty-eighth birthday. Bleakley, who has been a good friend and client for many years, and his precious wife of sixty-one years, Jane, were kind and gracious hosts. 

The birthday boy and king of the household, Bleakley, is as energetic and spry as the first time I met him. From brisk walks in his neighborhood to quickly responding to emails, he is, no doubt, more on the ball than you or I. 

So, is age just a number? In Bleakley's case, yes; absolutely. 

It was a wonderful and unforgettable evening, and I so look forward to Bleakley's eighty-ninth!

 

VeryVera Fall Cooking Classes for Kids!

School is in session! That's right, VeryVera's Fall Cooking Classes, starting this month, include:
- HARVEST TABLE, SEPT. 20
- HALLOWEEN, OCT. 18
- THANKSGIVING, NOV. 15

Classes, 9 am-1 pm, include a recipe packet, snack, lunch & a bag of goodies to take home. Ages 6 - 14. Sign up for individual classes OR if you register for the entire semester all (all 3 classes), you receive $25 off w/ code SEMESTER. Register now: www.veryvera.com.

2014 June Cooking Camps Report Card

How did the June Sessions of Cooking Camp go? Beyond what I could have imagined--they were absolutely splendid! I have received so many kind notes and emails, including this one from Angel, the mother of Kayla who was one of our VeryVera Summer Cooking Camp Campers of the Week! This email just warmed my heart. 



"We are very proud of Kayla and her accomplishments . . . Kayla wants to be a chef and own her own restaurant so this really inspires her . . .Thanks so much for continuing to organize this camp. She really enjoys it. We will definitely see you next year in the Advanced Class."

I just cannot express how much joy I receive working with and teaching these kids about cooking, and how proud I am of all of my campers. Congrats to you, boys and girls, for a job well done! Each and every one of you received an A+ in my book.

 

~ Vera Stewart

THE Summer Must-Have Item

What will all the cool kids be wearing this Summer? One of these . . .

I am proud to present the new VeryVera Summer 2014 Cooking Camp tees, designed by the team at Wier/Stewart! Each child who attends camp receives a free shirt, recipes, cooking instructions, and much, much more. The first camp is only one week away, so be sure to register today before we are sold out!

June 9 - Beginner Class
June 16 - Pre-Beginner Class
June 23 - Intermediate Class

July 14 - Beginner Class
July 21 - Advanced Beginner Class
July 28 - Advanced Class

*The Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Pre-Beginners Class runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Every child attending camp must fill out a registration form. If you need a form, please email Nicole@veryvera.com and she will email you one! Register on our website: www.veryvera.com

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