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 …

Be Mine With A Love Letter

Be Mine With A Love Letter

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than with a beautiful love letter? I just treasure the little notions of love that I have been presented with from those closest to me. Love notes can be elegant or even crafty and fun. Both are a beautiful way to portray how much that special someone means to you. You can …

Gracious Living in the New Year

Gracious Living in the New Year

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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 …

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 …

Lets get organized! - The Ribbon In My Journal

Let’s Get Organized!

Phyllis Inspiration 15 Comments

January is the month to get organized, as well as to simplify our minds and lives. For me, this means I start cleaning out my kitchen. After the holidays I find extra tools, pans, and books cluttering my cooking space. Those over sized pans are essential when serving the family come Christmas dinner, but during the rest of the year …

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

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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 …

Bold and Elegant Tea China

Bold and Elegant Tea China

Phyllis Décor 10 Comments

I very much enjoy a good cup of tea, and I especially enjoy a beautiful set of Tea China to accompany the occasion. My attention was quickly drawn to the elegant Royal Albert Lady Hamilton china pattern, while flipping through the pages of TeaTime magazine’s January February issue. Truly, any way this tea set is styled, the bold and elegant …

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating Tips from Southern Home Magazine

Phyllis Décor 7 Comments

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 …

Holiday Entrée

Show-Stopping Holiday Entrée

Phyllis Lifestyle 10 Comments

I’m already planning my holiday entrée’s for this year’s gatherings. When every seat at the table is full, the menu preparations are all the more important. If you’re from the South, you’re sure to make enough food for everyone to be able to go back for seconds and take home enough leftovers to feed them for the next week. No …