Holiday Special Issue Giveaway!

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There are some things that will never go out of style, and at Hoffman Media, 31 years of experience publishing extraordinary books and magazines make our work timeless. So as the merriment of the season approaches, and we all begin making our lists, it is my great pleasure to give a bundle of our stunning 2014 holiday and special edition …


Pumpkin Mousse Tartlets Recipe

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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without something pumpkin on the table. And every year, I can’t wait to serve a new, wonderful pumpkin dish to my family and friends. You see pumpkin in everything these days—lattes, donuts, breads—but I think it really shines most in a classic dessert. The recipe below is so easy and beautiful, we knew it just had to be the cover …


Our Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

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Beautiful lights on the tree, crackling fires glowing on the hearth, and scrumptious food on the table are sights and sounds of the holidays that I long for every year. It’s a celebration of the gift of life, and it’s a blessed time of family and joy. In that spirit of joy and giving, it is my great pleasure to …


Amelia’s First Sewing Project

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After I wrote the blog post last week about my quilting projects, I received a very special surprise. Amelia came for a visit, and I had planned our activities, but she had other ideas. She came in (while still in her gown) and announced that she was going to make a quilt for her new doll. I could have jumped …


Celebrate Veteran’s Day Today and Every Day

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This past week my dad, Oliver Norton, was given the flag that had flown over the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and then subsequently flown in the city of Hoover. It was a family celebration as my husband, Neal, a career fireman, presented him the flag folded and neatly placed inside the triangular case. It was amazing to see my siblings, …

Needlepoint Kit

Cool Weather Means Needlework Time

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One of my favorite things to do in the fall is start a needlework project. I have selected my project for the holiday season: Winter Sampler from Elizabeth Bradley Designs. I love the primitive design and the colors just fit my décor perfectly. When the weather turns cold, it is fun to sit by the fire in my favorite chair …


Deep-Dish Apple Tart Recipe

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When I walked into our test kitchens last fall, I was intrigued by this little creation. I had always wanted to learn how to make one of these “folded pastry” pies, but when I tried, mine completely unfolded. It was only when I saw that it is made in a pie pan that my heart skipped a beat. Of course, …


The Study Bible for Women

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In my travels, I get to meet the most interesting people. I am often invited to speak at various women’s organizations and ministry groups, and it gives me an opportunity to really connect with the readers of our magazines. I get to meet new friends and visit with dear friends from my past. It is amazing the accomplishments of women …