Family Blessings

Saturday our grandson Charles “McClendon” Stewart was christened at St. Mary’s on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta. His parents are my son Daniel and his wife Catherine. The gown McClendon wore was 107 years old—worn for the first time by his great grandfather Laurence Joseph “Pat” Ward, Catherine’s paternal grandfather. Weighing 9.8 oz. at birth, McClendon was fortunate to be in the dress at 2 months old. (He currently weighs almost 15 pounds). Isn’t he beautiful!
Each grandchild (seven in all) is truly a blessing, and it’s always a celebration for us to gather for moments like these. Watching each child grow and change is almost overwhelming. From christenings to graduations, and all of life's precious moments in between; to have this opportunity to watch our family grow is a gift from God.
Family Secrets

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

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!


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:

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:

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.

Jane & Her New Wheels!

What did Jane get for her 3 1/2 year birthday? HOT WHEELS!! We are all so excited about Jane's custom chair complete with her name on the back and of course in her favorite color, bright pink! The big tray on the front will allow Lucy, her "big" little sister, to share toys and have tea parties! The milestones with Jane are so different than her sister's; however, they are equally rewarding.

Jane has influenced each of us with her resilience and determination. I'm looking forward to burning rubber with Jane!!

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!


Happy Birthday to Jones!
Happy “BIG” Birthday to my husband, Andy (Jones) Kilpatrick. When we married, I found this picture in an old frame behind another photograph. I went nuts over this picture because he has truly not changed . . . that sparkle with a little bit of mischief in his eyes is just so “Jones.”
Happy Birthday Jones! I love you!