The winner of the Whole Family Cookbooks is Kirsten. We hope your day of pampering was fun and that the kitchen being off limits to you went well!

Last year it was Sharon who wrote our Mother’s Day post. It was so beautifully written it made Mom cry (and I got misty-eyed). I can’t live up to that. I’m not even going to try, because Sharon is probably the best writer in our family. But it’s my turn this year to give thanks for this wonderful mother we have.

The mom who loves afternoon tea.  Makes the best Gin and Tonic on the face of the planet. Taught us how to roast a chicken when we were eight and ten. Who painted our nails during long car trips. Took us Easter dress shopping. Planned elaborate birthday parties. Gave up her high-flying career to work from home and be with us. Made us afternoon snacks. Put dinner on the table every night. Catered my entire wedding. Ran NINE marathons and helped Sharon run her first. Who convinced us not to have Troll doll and 101 Dalmatian-themed bedrooms (can’t thank you enough for that, Mom). Taught us to always buy good makeup and always tip too generously.

For the big, the small and for all the things we have forgotten – we are so grateful, Mom. We love you! Happy Mother’s Day!

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we’re giving away a copy of Michelle Stern’s The Whole Family Cookbook. One of the greatest gifts Mom ever gave to Sharon and me was instilling a respect for food in us from a young age. She did that by involving us in meal preparation. What’s lucky is that we ended up loving cooking and being in the kitchen as much as she did (hence this blog). But in order to teach kids to love food, you have to cook with them. And that’s exactly what Michelle’s book does – it provides delicious, kid-friendly recipes that help parents to get their kids cookin’ in the kitchen.

I’ve made quite a few recipes from Michelle’s book, but I’m posting the Kale Chips because Mom loves anything that’s salty, crunchy and comes in bag. But these are healthier and we can all eat them, guilt free!  I’ll be making these for Mom when she comes over this weekend. And because there are no little ones in our family (yet), we’ll be enjoying them with a beer.

To enter, leave a comment telling us your plans for this weekend. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 8th at 6 PM.