Mary Brenna Reich

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Mary Brennan Reich’s Successful Start

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Starting your own company or business is hard work, and if you know me, then you know that watching an idea bloom and grow into success is near and dear to my heart. I know firsthand how challenging it is to run a business, but at the same time, it’s so rewarding! I met Mary Brennan Reich when she was …

Bake from Scratch Cookbook

Introducing: Bake from Scratch Cookbook

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Yesterday we officially announced the Bake from Scratch Cookbook, and I’m so excited for our readers to get their hands on this beauty! These 350+ pages feature a collection of recipes from our first year of publishing Bake from Scratch magazine (2015-2016). With so many delicious recipes within reach, home bakers will have an endless supply of inspiration. From the …

Taking Tea

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Drinking a cup of hot tea has always been relaxing for me. I especially love taking afternoon tea. TeaTime magazine’s new book, Taking Tea, is a celebration of this art. I have experienced afternoon tea at several of the establishments featured in the book, such as the Willard, Windsor Court Hotel, the Peabody Memphis, and the Grand America Hotel. Lorna …

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

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Every year around this time, I begin looking forward to December. The cooler weather, the cheery mood and, of course, Christmas day are all on my mind! Company-wide, we’re producing and editing holiday content for all of the publications that will go to newsstands in November/December. With so much beautiful holiday inspiration around the office, it’s hard to not get …

Savings of Up to 60% on Back Issues

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If you’re a long time reader of Hoffman Media publications, I have an exciting announcement for you! We are offering a major deal on digital back issues. Issues from 2014 have been marked down to $3.99, 2013 issues are $2.99, and anything from 2012 or before is now $1.99. That’s up to 60% in savings! This is an excellent opportunity to …

A Coconut Cake That’s Perfect For Entertaining

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In the south, we love to entertain. Whether hosting intimate Sunday suppers or formal soirees, we pride ourselves on being gracious hosts and paying keen attention to detail. Of course, most gatherings would not be complete without our favorite recipes, and assembling a lineup of delicious dishes is frequently the focus of the Southern hostess preparing for company. This stunning …

Learn How to Make This Adorable Lemon Curd Cake

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Easter in the South is a big holiday. After church, friends and family gather around the table to share a meal that’s full of classic dishes and sweet surprises. Easter lunch wouldn’t be complete without a showstopping dessert, and this Lemon Curd Cake is just that! PEEPS and Easter go hand in hand, and our friend Matthew Mead developed this …

Floral Arrangements at Biltmore

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Asheville, North Carolina is home to a favorite place of mine, Biltmore. Neal and I visited Biltmore last month so that I could see the fashion exhibit that is currently on display throughout the house. I was working on a feature story for the next issue of Classic Sewing and wanted to see the re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt’s incredible wedding …

How to Make Decoupage Easter Eggs

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Easter is only two weeks away! One of my favorite parts of the Easter weekend is gathering with my family to decorate Easter eggs. Colored eggs are a universal symbol of Easter, and cultures around the world have been putting their own spin on decorated eggs for years. There are endless materials and techniques for creating gorgeous custom eggs, but I …