Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

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Join our biggest Blowout Sale yet! It’s first come, first serve, so don’t wait. With discounted prices on all books, back issues and special issues you can stock up on delicious southern recipes, beautiful decorating inspirations, and stories from the women who’ve been there. I love to escape the winter chill with a warm cup of tea and a stack of …

Moving after 25 years - The Ribbon In My Journal

What Moving Has Taught Me

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As I write this, I am taking a break from packing. Neal and I are moving in March to a home that is under renovation. Our house we are in has sold and we are very grateful for that. As I sift through 20 plus years of stuff, I have come to realize several things: Things that I knew I …

Tea For The Body And Soul - The Ribbon In My Journal

Tea For The Body And Soul

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Every year I start with intentions to create healthy habits, so I was excited to learn that multiple forms of tea have health benefits. We all know green tea is the healthy option that is full of antioxidants and all things good for you! But did you know that green tea isn’t the only healthful infusion? Any excuses to drink …

Stay Warm With Southern Style Minestrone

Stay Warm With Southern Style Minestrone

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When the temperature drops and you want to feel warm from the inside out, there is only one thing to do! This winter I will be keeping warm with a bowl of this delicious slow cooker Southern Minestrone soup. The recipe is one of many comforting and welcoming reprieve from the cold included in the Taste of the South’s Slow …

Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

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Christmas cookies. There are so many flavors, colors, shapes and wonderful memories! Every year I find myself in a sea of Christmas cookies. Everyone has a favorite and undoubtedly they will be disappointed if they don’t find it on the plate when Christmas day finally arrives. Although it’s a job and half to bake all the cookies, I love to …

Holiday Entrée

Show-Stopping Holiday Entrée

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I’m already planning my holiday entrée’s for this year’s gatherings. When every seat at the table is full, the menu preparations are all the more important. If you’re from the South, you’re sure to make enough food for everyone to be able to go back for seconds and take home enough leftovers to feed them for the next week. No …

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

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When you’re headed to a holiday party this season, remember to bring a hostess gift. These notions of gratitude don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, the gift is just a nice gesture to say thank you for their hospitality. Although you don’t need to break the bank, you should make sure these gifts are sincere and thoughtful. I’m excited …

Christmas in St. Augustine

Celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine

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I just love the traditions and beauty this time of year. Although I don’t often get to travel during the holiday season, I so enjoy seeing the different decorations and holiday magic of each city. When I do travel I tend to head north towards the cooler weather. Neal and I had the best time when we went up to …

Grateful

A Grateful Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. There is the time off from work and school, family gatherings, and of course, the incredible food. Often this day is a reminder not only of the innumerable blessings that I have, but also of how I easily forget to be grateful for those blessings on a daily basis. I have been blessed …

Green Bean Side Dish

Last Minute Side Dish Inspiration

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Thanksgiving is a big holiday at my house! I love the magic of autumn leaves falling and the crispness in the air. I especially enjoy savoring all of the extraordinary foods prepared with traditional recipes passed down to each generation. Grandmother Norton’s dressing was always a favorite. My all-time favorite was her icebox fruitcake; I still have her handwritten recipe. …