Fried Green Tomatoes-Again this Summer

Phyllis People 12 Comments

You know my passion for fried green tomatoes and my love of Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Well, our last visit was totally amazing. David Bancroft and his staff create the most wonderful occasions—even when we just drop in for dinner! Every visit is a special event. If you are near Auburn, Alabama you just have to go. We enjoyed …

It's Our Annual Christmas in July Sale!

It’s Our Annual Christmas in July Sale!

Phyllis Lifestyle 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when the bells are ringing, the snow is falling and the children anxiously wait for Santa to arrive. I’m only teasing! Although, here in the Hoffman Media office it sure feels like Christmas while we finalize each wonderful holiday issue. Like every year, we couldn’t help but spread the holiday cheer with our wonderful …

Celebrating Red Lipstick and Michael Marcus

Celebrating Red Lipstick and Michael Marcus

Phyllis Giveaway 85 Comments

You know how I love red lipstick, high heels, and big hair–the mark of a true southern lady. My grandmother Norton must have put on her red lipstick every morning as she opened her eyes. I can’t remember ever seeing her without it. I just loved it then and I love it now. I was going through some files the …

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!

Phyllis Lifestyle 14 Comments

I love a good strawberry dessert. I remember my Grandmother Norton’s strawberry ice cream that she made in the freezer of her refrigerator. She had a small aluminum loaf pan that she used for her ice cream. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the whole recipe. All I know is that it had sweetened condensed milk and strawberries and that it didn’t …

Independence Day Décor

Independence Day Décor

Phyllis Décor 15 Comments

This weekend, I encourage you to invite friends, family and neighbors to enjoy in the holiday festivities. Offering a front-row seat for all the outdoor activities, the front porch is the perfect spot to spend this Independence Day. Whether you are enjoying a BBQ feast or sharing a collection of irresistible snacks, make the most of your celebration with summertime …

Hydrangeas as Far as You Can See

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that will forever fascinate me! There are so many colors, shapes and sizes. I have even watched friends change the colors of their beautiful blooms by putting iron in the dirt, how crazy! Before planting her first hydrangea bush in 1989, Wendy White was never much of a gardener. In the years since, her …

Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life

Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life

Phyllis Inspiration 13 Comments

What better way to celebrate life’s special events than with afternoon tea? Birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, and retirements of people dear to us call for tea parties, with table settings and delectable fare in keeping with the occasions. Whether casual or formal, modern or traditional, serving four or 400, afternoon tea provides a memorable experience for all ages and genders. After …

Susan Currie’s Style Secrets

Susan Currie’s Style Secrets

Phyllis People 5 Comments

The style of your home is a personal decision. Some pieces in our homes are gifted or passed down, others are instant favorites that were worth the splurge, but they are all a piece of the larger puzzle we call our lives. A great interior designer beautifies and enhances this style without losing the true feel of a home. Too …

Tomato and Corn Tart

Our Father’s Day Picnic

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Fresh corn is one of the many perks that summer brings. The golden kernels are a juicy and sweet delight that I enjoy to this day. There isn’t much that’s better than farm fresh corn on the cob. As a child we used to help mom by shucking the corn for dinner. We’d huddle on the porch around a sheet …

White Flowers: A Shop of Serenity

White Flowers: A Shop of Serenity

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The idea behind this serene wonderland in Birmingham, Alabama, all started with a simple T-shirt. When a dear friend of mine, Diana Hansen and her husband moved into a beautiful older home, they acquired a spectacular garden. Diana says, “I was so inspired by the flowers  there, I began to draw them.” Her husband, a professional photographer, took pictures of …