Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Introducing the Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Phyllis People 3 Comments

Barbecue may not have been invented in the American South, but Southerners have certainly worked hard to perfect it. In Daniel Schumacher’s cookbook, Southern Barbecue & Grilling, you will find more than 125 recipes, including all of the fixin’s, desserts, and tools to get the job done. Whether charcoal, gas, or wood burning, fire up the grill, gather the family, and get ready …

Turn About is Fair Play - The Ribbon In My Journal

Turn About is Fair Play

Phyllis Lifestyle 26 Comments

Well, I see my dear Sister took over the blog while I was out of town. And so many of you loved her responses! I thought it was great. When she picked us up at the airport, we went by to see the progress on the house. Wow! The talented workmen had really accomplished a lot while we were gone. …

My Side of the Story – A Sister Tale

My Side of the Story – A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

When Phyllis said she was going to be away for a few days for rest & relaxation, I jokingly said that I was going to take over the blog and tell my side of the story! So here goes! When Phyllis and Neal were contemplating the offer on their old house, she was worrying about where they could live for …

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 …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

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 …

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 …

A Heavenly Blue And White Home - Southern Style Spring 2017

A Heavenly Blue And White Home

Phyllis Décor 23 Comments

Blue and white runs in my veins! I love anything blue and white. I wanted to share with you a story that was published in the Spring 2017 Southern Style. It makes me smile just looking at the photos of this blue and white home. I share my love of blue and white with the owner and designer of this …

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 …

Favorite Cake - The Ribbon In My Journal

My All -Time Favorite Cake

Phyllis Inspiration 22 Comments

My all-time favorite cake is white cake with white icing. I will choose this every time if I am given a choice and I will bake this when it’s my turn to make dessert. I do love many other flavors and never turn down a piece of cake, but white is always the best to me. I think it goes …

Tiny book of pies - Ribbon in my journal

Our New Tiny Book of Pies

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

I am very excited for this holiday season and for all of the wonderful work our talented staff has done to bring to life our newest book, The Tiny Book of Pies. It is part of our precious “Small Pleasures” series and is the perfect gift book for anyone who loves to eat pie, especially during the joyous holiday season! …