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Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is this week and it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in one of my favorite snacks: tortilla chips with a savory dip. Here are two recipes for delicious Mexican-inspired dips that are sure to please everyone in your household. And for those who don’t drink alcohol, I’ve included a recipe for a refreshing Cantaloupe Agua Fresca Fizz …

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Dahlias by the Sea

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By now you probably already know that I love beautiful gardens and have a special affinity for artists. You can imagine my excitement to read this article from the Cottage Journal Summer 2016 issue about Sus Miller and her gorgeous dahlias. She is a Maine-based artist who brings her colorful garden to life through watercolor.  Text by: Tovah Martin Photography by: Kinda Clineff Sus Miller admits that she’s …

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A Cozy Tennessee Farmhouse

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I wanted to share with you this beautiful farmhouse that is featured in our latest Southern Lady Classics issue, Southern Style. I hope it will inspire you to pursue a home full of life and style! And if you’re a fan of the Southern Lady Classics collection, you’re in luck. Southern Lady is now offering a subscription to the six special collector’s issues produced each year. …

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Tea Fit For a Queen

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With the entire world celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, I thought I would share with you this delightful tea, developed by TeaTime magazine. It is truly fit for royalty, whether the queen of England or a special lady in your life. Enjoy! From TeaTime March/April 2016  Although the birthday of the British monarch, whoever he or she may be, is …

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Six Tips for Creating a Personal Monogram

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With the advent of modern day home sewing and embroidery machines, you can create your own linen collection by purchasing monogram designs and embroidering your own linens. For the sewist today, monogram designs can be downloaded to an embroidery sewing machine, and very quickly a set of beautiful linens can be created. Here are some “tips” for creating your own:  …

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The Perfect Derby Party Recipe

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With the Kentucky Derby only a few weeks away, I thought I’d share this fun recipe for Derby Bars with you. These sweet squares, featured in Paula Deen’s Southern Desserts 2016, are full of chocolate, pecans, and a little bourbon. You’ll find similar desserts served all over Kentucky, especially in pie form. Whether you’re looking for cool, no-bake treats that are …

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A Culinary History Lesson

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As a publisher of several food-focused titles, I’ve long been fascinated by the history of tableware, particularly when it serves a hyper-specific purpose. Proprietor of the New Orleans French Quarters’ Lucullus and Louisiana Cookin’ contributor, Patrick Dunne, delights us month after month with his musings on culinary antiques. His latest article on asparagus was no exception. I hope you’ll enjoy …

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Writing Sympathy Notes

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When Neal and I visited Biltmore House recently, we saw letters and notes the Vanderbilts had written years ago when the “house was in mourning.” We found these intriguing—each note or letter was written on black-banded stationery. I commented about that, and the curator pointed out that during a time of mourning, not only did the family dress in black, …

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How to Create a Beautiful Blossom-Inspired Napkin

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This elegant water lily napkin fold is perfect for a ladies’ luncheon, bridal brunch, or other gathering. It might look complicated at first glance, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to create!      Lay flat a square napkin, and fold each corner to meet at the center, pressing folds as you work to create a square. Flip …

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A Summer Dress for My Granddaughter

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The second issue of Classic Sewing has been released to subscribers and sewing shops. You know I just love antiques and vintage collectibles, and I wanted to share with you the dress I made for my granddaughter, which is featured in this issue. I have a wonderful collection of vintage reproduction handkerchiefs that Lori Taylor of Dallas gave me when …