Gumbo Love Cookbook Giveaway with Lucy Buffett

Gumbo Love Cookbook Giveaway with Lucy Buffett

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When my friend Lucy Buffett called to tell me about her wonderful new book, I couldn’t have been more pleased. Gumbo Love—what a brilliant name for a book! One of my favorite dishes of all time is gumbo. Now there are a million versions of this favorite, so I was thrilled to know she was sharing her recipe along with …

Midafternoon Summer Tea

Midafternoon Summer Tea

Phyllis Lifestyle 23 Comments

It sure feels like summer time here, and when its particularly warm I can’t help but think of afternoon escapes. One of my favorite ways to escape is with a delightful cup of tea in the cool shade. This summertime tablescape perfectly embodies the dreamiest of summer afternoons. Touches of traditional seersucker and delicate eyelet are perfect embellishments for a …

One-Layer Cake | Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake

My One-Layer Cake Obsession

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I love sharing my family with you. Today I asked my son Brian Hart Hoffman to write a blog post about baking. He has turned out to be quite the baker, and I’m proud to say he is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Bake From Scratch magazine. I hope you enjoy: I love to bake, but I’m sure you already …

Oyster Plates

The Beauty of Oyster Plates

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The other day, I was in a conversation about setting an elegant coastal-themed tablescape and what dining options were available. It’s hard sometimes to find pieces that enhance the theme without being over stated. After a roundabout of sorts we landed on the topic of Oyster plates. I love Oyster plates! The sizes, shapes and patterns amaze me. Did you …

Cake For A Memorial Day Crowd

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This weekend is Memorial Day, and I imagine many of us will be headed to the beach or to the backyard for some quality time in the sun to kick off summer! It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the family together. When planning for such an event its important, for your sanity and energy, to find easy recipes to satisfy …

A Gift From Van Atkins Giveaway

A Gift From Van Atkins Giveaway

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Van Atkins is a premiere jewelry store in New Albany, Mississippi, and they are a favorite of mine. Many of you who have read the pages of our magazines for years will recognize their work. Chuck Cooper and his staff have graciously worked with our editorial staff when we have needed beautiful Jewelry to feature on our pages. When Neal …

easy personalized gift

Easy Personalized Gift For Any Occasion

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I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to create a personalized gift. In the new summer issue of Classic Sewing Magazine, there is a fun appliqué project that is perfect for those occasions. Appliqués are a wonderful way to embellish anything from a cloth purse, to a cozy pillow, or even a plush blanket. In this Summer Fun project, …

Empty Nesters

Empty Nesters…Again – A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 23 Comments

Well…I knew it was going to happen! We are empty nesters again! After four months of sharing our “nest,” our upstairs birds have flown the coop! Phyllis and Neal moved out and I have to say it’s bittersweet. It has been a rather interesting experience to share a space with my sister after forty-something years of living apart. There have …

Happy Mother’s Day!

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We were planning a special issue of Louisiana Cookin’ and we thought of a beautiful way to honor our mothers—a Queen Cake!! My mom always made marvelous cakes when we were growing up. It was always a treat to smell the aroma coming from the kitchen. So in honor of our moms, we created a cake just for them. The …

May Flowers

Do April Showers Really Bring May Flowers?

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This past weekend, Birmingham got a bit of rain, and with it we got a gust of cooler weather. Generally, my preference is to have cold weather because I HATE to sweat, but I wondered about our delicate new blooms and if they would survive the chill. Each year, the weather is a little different, and I started think about …