The Pressure Cooker – A Sister’s Tale

The Pressure Cooker – A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

When Phyllis was redistributing her items during the move, I mentioned that I needed a new crock-pot. “Don’t buy one,” she said “I have a brand new one that you can have!” Once she was “settled” in my house, she mentioned that the crock-pot was in a box in the garage. I went out to retrieve it only to find …

Picking out Paint with Sister

Picking out Paint with Sister

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

The saga continues. Last week, I needed to select paint colors for the house. This is like going to a candy store and trying to decide which color jelly beans to buy—they’re all so tempting! So I went to the paint store, bought the “fan of paint,” and took it back to my new home with Sister. I spread it …

Gracious Living in the New Year

Gracious Living in the New Year

Phyllis Inspiration 9 Comments

This post is part of the Southern Lady Magazine’s “Gracious Living in the New Year” web series.  When we were designing our new home for the remodel, Neal and I planned one large room to serve as the living room, dining room and piano room with the kitchen opening right into the family room. It’s one room for all. I …

Dreaming of Spring - Lemon Pound Cake with Limoncello Cream

Dreaming of Spring

Phyllis Inspiration 23 Comments

Spring is always a delightful time at our home. The tulips that we labored to plant in the fall are popping up all around. And the daffodils are competing for the first bloom! When we had our ranch (it came with Neal when I married him!), I got this bright idea that we would plant daffodils all over the meadows …

Living with My Sister … Again!

Living with My Sister … Again!

Phyllis Lifestyle 24 Comments

In one of my last blogs, I told you the story of our packing and getting things ready for storage. Thank you for the many comments regarding your experiences with packing! But what I didn’t tell you is that our house is not ready, and Neal and I moved in with my sister, Janice, and her husband. When she offered …

Grilled S’more Sandwiches To Share!

Grilled S’more Sandwiches To Share!

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

It’s January, and that means it should be cold here! Instead, it has been more than warm here in Alabama. People are outside going about life like it is a spring day! I have a confession to make; I have never had a S’more! Every time I tell this, people stop and gasp in disbelief. “Really?” they say. S’mores are …

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway 65 Comments

I’m giving away one of TeaTime magazine’s new tea towels! Their online boutique has grown to now include whimsical shirts and precious tea towels. One lucky reader will win a beautiful tea towel featuring the There’s Always Time for Tea design. This design is one of Diana Hansen of White Flowers’ exclusive designs for Tea Time Magazine. The towel is printed on …

Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

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 …

top three posts 2016 - The Ribbon In My Journal - Hoffman Media

Our Top Three Posts From 2016

Phyllis Décor 6 Comments

I can’t believe another year has flown by! Now that I’ve taken a moment to slow down and reflect on 2016, I am amazed at all of the wonderful projects and blessings that took place. I know I cant say it often enough, but I’m truly thankful for every reader and every life the Hoffman Media staff influences with our …

Timeless interiors

Timeless Interiors with Deborah Hastings

Phyllis Inspiration 6 Comments

Timeless interiors evolve around key furnishings that anchor the room—allowing colors, fabrics, and accessories to create visual interest that can easily and affordably be changed with the seasons or trends. With 35 years of experience designing well-appointed homes, design expert Deborah Hastings shares her favorite style secrets to achieving good design that can be applied to any home on any …