It’s Christmas in July!

The very thought of that makes me tremble, but the reality of magazine publishing is that Christmas is celebrated year-round. Here at Hoffman Media, we are finishing the Christmas covers of our magazines…in July. And what’s more, we are writing all these wonderful articles and taking fabulous photos of Christmas scenes and settings, finalizing the season’s offerings. Most of our …

PhyllisIt’s Christmas in July!

My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe — With a Twist

Mrs. Stewart was a sweet little lady in Mississippi who had this amazing pecan pie recipe. She would not share her recipe with anyone, including her family. Well after tasting this delicious creation, I wanted the recipe very badly. I begged—yes begged—and much to my disappointment she told me that she doesn’t share this recipe. As our visit ended, she …

PhyllisMy Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe — With a Twist

Show Off Your Favorite Summer Plants

I absolutely love planters. There is something intriguing to me about grouping plants in containers to show off their beauty. I had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin last week and wanted to share some wonderful plant displays that I have seen this summer. The planters with the old iron and weathered wood were so creative. They look so old …

PhyllisShow Off Your Favorite Summer Plants

Exclusive One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 1

One of the most wonderful days of my life was when I met Paula Deen. She had been writing for our Taste of the South magazine, and I watched her show religiously, but meeting her in person changed my life and the life of our company. Paula was our 2004 Southern Lady of the Year for our magazine, Southern Lady. …

PhyllisExclusive One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 1

Celebrate Bastille Day with Our Paris Guide

Our CCO Brian loves to travel. Here, he shares with us how he fell in love with Paris, and his guide to see this city off the beaten path. It was love at first sight. Paris. The City of Light! The first time I visited it, I was on a trip with my high school French class. As soon as …

PhyllisCelebrate Bastille Day with Our Paris Guide

How to Throw a Camping-Themed Birthday Party

Planning a party for boys is no small task. For my grandson’s 6th birthday, my daughter-in-law Katie planned a wonderful party with the perfect theme for the birthday boy—Camp Hays. Since Hays is an outdoorsman, she planned a camping party complete with a campfire, s’mores, hot dogs, and all the water balloons they could stand. My son Eric, Hays’s dad, …

PhyllisHow to Throw a Camping-Themed Birthday Party
Acre Interior

Acre Restaurant: A Favorite Auburn Spot

Neal and I love to visit our Morgan in Auburn and take her out to eat as a treat for all of us. I kept searching for someplace wonderful and finally found out about Acre. Acre—what an unusual name for a restaurant. I just knew there was a great story behind this place. I called and made reservations and was …

PhyllisAcre Restaurant: A Favorite Auburn Spot
White Flowers

The Simplicity of White Flowers

White bouquets have their tradition steeped in wedding décor. We traditionally think of all-white bouquets as the standard of all weddings. It is elegant, sophisticated, and very beautiful. Baby christenings traditionally boast all-white floral arrangements. White is just the perfect color for any occasion. Brides today have opted for colored bouquets, selecting their favorite seasonal flowers for their floral arrangements …

PhyllisThe Simplicity of White Flowers
Ice Water Challenge

Have You Heard About the Cold Water Challenge?

Firefighters across our country are participating in the Cold Water Challenge—a call to support charities in their communities—and I have watched with great delight. You are probably wondering what this has to do with The Ribbon In My Journal, but sponsoring charities is near and dear to our hearts in our company and our family. My husband Neal is a …

PhyllisHave You Heard About the Cold Water Challenge?
Giveaway Winners

Find Out Who Won the Fabulous Fan Giveaway!

Thanks for entering (and sharing!) the Fabulous Fan Giveaway. I love being able to reward loyal Ribbon in My Journal readers, and I’ll definitely be hosting more giveaways in the future. The lucky ladies below have each won one of the following items. Please use the contact me form to claim your prize. Eleven quarter yard cuts of Riley Blake …

PhyllisFind Out Who Won the Fabulous Fan Giveaway!