Springtime

Love on the Table by Beth Albright

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Written by Beth Albright As a Southerner, I’ve always known that food and love are one and the same. My grandmothers both knew this secret and, as we do down South, passed that bit of magic down to future generations, the same as with our stories. Memories and shared recipes all get wrapped and tied with ribbon in faded, stained …

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

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Spring in the south is just so beautiful, bedecked with a rainbow of blooms and a light breeze. It’s the perfect time of year, in my opinion, to stroll the estates and gardens of the New Orleans Plantation Country. Along the winding River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this unforgettable sight offers a unique look into the past. …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

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As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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The whole concept is amazing to me. As one of our most popular and widely anticipated folklore celebrations, Groundhog Day is such a seemingly-silly tradition. How does the groundhog seeing his shadow determine if winter remains or if the season has come to an end? I always watch with amazement at the man who holds up the groundhog for all …

Dreaming of Spring - Lemon Pound Cake with Limoncello Cream

Dreaming of Spring

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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 …

Tea For The Body And Soul - The Ribbon In My Journal

Tea For The Body And Soul

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Every year I start with intentions to create healthy habits, so I was excited to learn that multiple forms of tea have health benefits. We all know green tea is the healthy option that is full of antioxidants and all things good for you! But did you know that green tea isn’t the only healthful infusion? Any excuses to drink …

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Our Top Three Posts From 2016

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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 …

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating Tips from Southern Home Magazine

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By Lynn Terry Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, and truly an opportunity for our homes to look their best as we welcome family and friends. If you haven’t started your holiday decorating and need a jumpstart, let me offer a few easy tips to help put your home in the holiday spirit! We are fortunate to live …

Christmas Tree Theme - The Ribbon in my Journal

Find The Perfect Christmas Tree Theme

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I can’t help but get a thrill when the perfectly themed Christmas tree steals my attention! Dressing up your tree with the same collection of ornaments can become exhausting. I love the practice of using a whimsical theme to guide your selection of tree decorations. You can combine a beautiful mix of holiday pieces to create the perfect Christmas tree for …

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

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When you’re headed to a holiday party this season, remember to bring a hostess gift. These notions of gratitude don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, the gift is just a nice gesture to say thank you for their hospitality. Although you don’t need to break the bank, you should make sure these gifts are sincere and thoughtful. I’m excited …