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
Acre Interior

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
Lace Cookie

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
Princess

How Love Changes Lives: Raising a Princess

My friend John Croyle is the founder of the Big Oak Ranch. Rising to recognition as an All-American defensive end at the University of Alabama during head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s tenure, John had to decide whether to play professional football or to start a children’s home. In August 2014, John and Tee Croyle will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the …

PhyllisHow Love Changes Lives: Raising a Princess
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Say Hello to fresh style’s Newest Contributing Editor, Annie Sloan

There are people in your life that you have always hoped you would get to meet, and it is a beautiful thing when your paths actually cross. I got to meet one of my dream ladies: Annie Sloan! Annie Sloan, who developed the decorative paint Chalk Paint® over 20 years ago, is one of the most creative women I know. …

PhyllisSay Hello to fresh style’s Newest Contributing Editor, Annie Sloan
Whipping Cream Pound Cake

An Ode to Miss Jo and Her Whipping Cream Pound Cake

There are certain fragrances we encounter that can trigger an emotion or a memory. I remember how wonderful my grandmother smelled when she was slathered in Jenkins lotion. There is just nothing that matches that fragrance. Baby lotion does the same thing for me—oh that wonderful pink Johnson & Johnson baby lotion and powder. Evergreen fragrance reminds me of the …

PhyllisAn Ode to Miss Jo and Her Whipping Cream Pound Cake