In Search of Solitude

In Search of Solitude

Phyllis Lifestyle 38 Comments

Solitude is an intriguing word. It is defined as “the state or situation of being alone;” not being lonely, but being alone. Solitude to me is a peaceful word, and brings to mind a state of calm and serenity. There are times in my day when I need quiet. I don’t want to hear the radio, the chatter of crowds, …

Southern Home

Celebrating Southern Home

Phyllis Giveaway 13 Comments

I’m amazed and humbled every time Hoffman Media grows, whether the growth is the addition of a new title or to our team! In the past year we have seen a lot of growth with the addition of two new titles: Bake from Scratch and Southern Home. Blossoming from the pages of Southern Lady and our similar titles, Southern Home …

My Favorite Easter Memories

My Favorite Easter Memories

Phyllis Lifestyle 20 Comments

I have many fond memories of Easter Sundays as a little girl. I loved my smocked Easter dresses, bouquets of fresh flowers, and singing my favorite hymns at church. My favorite Easter tradition was dying Easter eggs. My sister, Janice, and I always loved picking out the most beautiful color combinations and elegant designs for our eggs. Now, dying Easter eggs is …

Footsteps of a Southern Lady Centerpiece

Footsteps of a Southern Lady

Phyllis People 18 Comments

I had the privilege of speaking in Mobile, Alabama last week at the Signature Fundraiser of the Assistance League of Mobile. The theme was “Footsteps of a Southern Lady.” Carol Bishop and Elizabeth Harrison came to Birmingham several months ago when they were planning this event and we shared some fun ideas on decorating for ladies luncheons. Elizabeth chaired the …

A Giveaway with Saphyr Pure Linen

A Giveaway with Saphyr Pure Linen

Phyllis Giveaway 52 Comments

An Interview with Rory O’Mara, Founder of Saphyr Pure Linen I have collected antique linens for many years and always celebrate when I find a linen sheet. Linen is such a wonderful fabric because the texture is soft and it’s a cool fabric to the touch. Imagine my delight when I discovered Saphyr Pure Linen, a modern collection of fabulous …

Still at Sister’s House

Phyllis Inspiration 43 Comments

We are still there, and sister is at the beach! While she’s been gone, I’ve had full run of the house, and full parent duty. Last week, my Dad was in the hospital and I stayed there to help both my mom and him if they needed it. Hospitals are a very interesting place. When I was a child, I …

The History Of Purses

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

I promised myself when I was growing up, that I would never “dig in my purse” as I had watched my grandmother do repeatedly when looking for the house key after a day out with me. I have never seen a purse so deep and cavernous as the ones she would carry, except perhaps in Mary Poppins. It had everything …

Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Introducing the Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Phyllis People 4 Comments

Barbecue may not have been invented in the American South, but Southerners have certainly worked hard to perfect it. In Daniel Schumacher’s cookbook, Southern Barbecue & Grilling, you will find more than 125 recipes, including all of the fixin’s, desserts, and tools to get the job done. Whether charcoal, gas, or wood burning, fire up the grill, gather the family, and get ready …