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Remembering My Grandfather Through Postcards

When my mom gave me a little cardboard box and told me that I would love it, I had no idea that the contents would delight me as they did. Inside was a small collection of hand-embroidered postcards that my granddad sent home from France when he was stationed there during WWI. My dad’s father, Oliver Street Norton, bought these …

PhyllisRemembering My Grandfather Through Postcards
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Final Video Interview with Paula Deen

This is the last segment of my interview with Paula Deen. I am so excited that she shared the details about her new TV Network and the crazy things we can expect in addition to her good Southern cooking. She is a natural on camera, and her network will be more fun than any of us can imagine. AND you …

PhyllisFinal Video Interview with Paula Deen
Simply Grace

Meet Vicki Hardiman of Simply Grace

Vicki Hardiman and Joni Crenshaw are creative sisters that I met years ago when we started our first magazine Just CrossStitch. They designed some of the most beautiful samplers to cross-stitch that were available back in the 1980s. Today Vicki has pioneered another wonderful business, Simply Grace, with unique dresses for little girls. When my first granddaughter was born, Vicki …

PhyllisMeet Vicki Hardiman of Simply Grace
Paula Deen Exclusive Video - Part 2

One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 2

As you know, one of the most wonderful days of my life was when I met Paula Deen. For the past 10 years our friendship has blossomed, and our joint-venture, Cooking with Paula Deen, now reaches over three million readers across the country. If you haven’t already, watch the first installment of this intimate chat in our three-part video series. …

PhyllisOne-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 2
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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
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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
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!
Tea

Meet TeaTime Editor Lorna Reeves

When our company launched TeaTime magazine several years ago, we knew there was an audience of tea drinkers and people who loved the ceremony of tea. Lorna Reeves is the editor of TeaTime and has led this magazine to accept the 2014 World Tea Award for Best Tea Publication.  She is a leading authority on tea and a much-sought-after speaker …

PhyllisMeet TeaTime Editor Lorna Reeves
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Calling All Artisans and the Perfect Lace Cookie

When our team returned home from Victoria, Canada, after hosting An Occasion for Tea, they brought me a little surprise gift from Ivana Smulik. When I opened the cellophane wrapping, I found the most intricate cookie I have ever seen. I contacted Ivana asking if I could share this work of art on The Ribbon In My Journal. She graciously …

PhyllisCalling All Artisans and the Perfect Lace Cookie
Father's Day

Father’s Day Memories

Father’s Day is always a big deal in our family. My dad is 85 years old, and he is still going strong and enjoying life. Growing up, Father’s Day meant making his favorite dishes and dessert. He loves a good cherry pie, but it was only several years ago he confessed that it is his favorite. Mom always made the …

PhyllisFather’s Day Memories