Vietri Santa Gift Set

We Have a Winner!

Phyllis Giveaway 9 Comments

I am excited to finally announce the winner of the Santa Doll and The Magic of Old Saint Nick: The Adventure Begins book by Vietri founder Susan Gravely! Congratulations to Gayle Cooper! I truly hope that this gift brings you and your loved ones joy this Christmas season. This book is not only wonderful for reading to children but also …

Chocolate pie and trifle

Two Chocolate Desserts That Kids and Adults Will Love

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

When planning a holiday menu at my house, it is important that I have plenty of kid-friendly dishes. Especially in the dessert area. And what child doesn’t just love chocolate? Actually, what adult doesn’t love chocolate? Simply put, chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. Time and time again I’ve seen rows of nut-studded pies, spiced cakes or cookies, and cheesecakes galore. But …

The New Vietri Pattern + A Giveaway Grandmothers Will Love

Phyllis Giveaway, Lifestyle 14 Comments

I had the privilege of speaking at Bromberg’s store last week for a Vietri holiday event. As the women and men came in and took their places, I asked the question, “How many of you collect china or dishes?” Every hand went up in the room. Now, why should I be surprised? You know I love beautiful tableware and have …

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays!

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 5 Comments

We all kick into hyperdrive during the holidays. There are triple the errands, triple the meals, and triple the “projects,” as we call them in the South. Yet, we just miraculously keep going! Any other time of year, this number of to-dos would seem nearly impossible. In fact, we probably wouldn’t even attempt the insanity. But in these couple of …

Halloween front porch

Yesterday Brought Back A Hilarious Halloween Memory

Phyllis Lifestyle 17 Comments

When I was a child, I loved Halloween because we got to dress up and be something we normally were not. As soon as the sun set, we started our trip around the block. Mom and Dad lived in a subdivision that made a complete loop like a racetrack. So going around the block was our appointed path! One of …

Holiday Happenings!

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

We have been Christmas-ing for the past few months at Hoffman Media, and I just love this time of year. I get so excited when the holiday photography begins, and I start smelling aromas of the best holiday dishes coming from the test kitchen. It won’t be long until festive music will be playing everywhere! There are numerous new issues …

Reaching Out

Phyllis People 84 Comments

I have been sitting here reflecting on the events of the past three weeks and wondering, what do you say? My dad passed away a couple of weeks ago. It was life-changing for our family, but we know he is in Heaven, pain-free and happy. For us, we know that in our minds, and we just need our hearts to …

ornament collection

A Favorite Collector’s Item

Phyllis Décor 9 Comments

For three years in a row, Classic Sewing magazine has released an annual Christmas ornament featuring the exquisite and delicate artwork of Judy Jamieson. And I am excited to announce the gorgeous 2018 addition! Judy’s artwork is displayed on a glass china ornament with a dainty lattice edge that mimics lace edging in many of the sewing projects that I …