5 Tips for the Perfect Pound Cake Every Time

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Placing a freshly baked pound cake on the serving table is something I never tire of. Whether it’s a fancier caramel apple variation or the beloved classic with that delicious crumbly top, pound cakes inherently produce lots of oohs and aahs. This classic American dessert is renowned for being a simple yet elegant creation that feeds a crowd and pleases …

The Perfect Morning Tailgate Menu

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Is anyone else on board with “tailgating from home?” With early kickoff times, many fellow football fans are opting set up a tailgate spread in the comfort of their own kitchen, and of course, inviting their friends and family to join! Don’t get me wrong, traditional tailgating is wonderful. But sometimes, the comfort of gathering in a home is a …

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My Top 3 Fall Favorites

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Like I’ve said before, this time of year is so revitalizing for me, and I just can’t help but soak up all of the wonderful things that autumn has to offer! It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are my three fall favorites. 1. Football My love for Saturdays full of football in the South runs deeper than …

Why Monogramming Is Still My Go-To

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I have blogged about monograms for a long time. I think with our Classic Sewing magazine and the machine embroidery monograms that we offer, beautiful monogram designs naturally catch my eye. Sunday before church started, this couple came in and introduced themselves, revealing that both of their first names started with Rs as well as their last name. Without thinking …

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A Love for All Things French

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I have been to France twice in my life, and each time, I fell in love with so many things in this dreamlike country. When Cindy Cooper told me she was editing her book on French Country style, my heart rejoiced! For those of you who know me, you know I adore all things colonial and British (insert my affection …

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Memories of Pecan Picking

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As August winds down, our wonderful fresh veggies and stone fruits are gradually going away here in the South. Oh, how we will miss them! As harvest season approaches for apples, pears, and pecans, I am already planning my fall recipes. My grandparents were farmers, and every fall we prepared ourselves for the “picking up” pecan season. I always thought …

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A Tale of Two Banana Sandwiches

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The other evening, Neal and I were sharing the story of his banana sandwich with our friends. Now on the surface, a banana sandwich is a simple thing. Bread, mayo or peanut butter, banana—done! NOT at our house. First, let’s talk about the sandwich itself. I am assuming a banana sandwich is a national favorite. At least it is here …

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A Timeless Tradition

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Taking afternoon tea simply never goes out of style. There is just something extra special about celebrating a moment with a tradition that has stood the true test of time. Yes, the custom originated in Europe, but this drink has ties around the world. And that is exactly what our new book Tea Parties Around the World by the editors …

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Final Comments on Camp Gigi

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Thank you for your comments about Camp Gigi! For those who insisted on a photo of the finished product from the makeover…here it is! And yes, I wore the makeup all day with great pride, which just thrilled the girls! So many of you shared ideas and traditions from time spent with your grands, and each story was wonderful to read. I …