Childhood Keepsakes Remind Us to Keep Handwork Art Alive

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 29 Comments

I was sitting in my sewing room the other day and looked around at the keepsakes I have kept through the years. I have wonderful artwork from my boys when they were young, quilts from grandmothers, embroideries and crochet from the women in our family, paintings from my mom, and many other things that have special meaning for me. There …

Wedding

Create a Family Treasure for a Special Bride

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 17 Comments

When Vanessa James got married and I was searching for a special gift for her, I decided that I would sit down and write all my favorite recipes in a three-ring-binder cookbook for her. Since all new brides struggle with dishes to cook for two, this just might be something to consider. Vanessa said this was one of the greatest …

Back to School Memories

Phyllis Lifestyle 32 Comments

“Back to School”—those words alone send chills down my spine. This year my little grandson is going to 5-year kindergarten and will be there all day: 8:00 to 3:00. Seriously? I can already see my bed-head sleepy boy trying to get up, get dressed, force down breakfast, and reluctantly go to school knowing that playtime is now restricted to the …

Meet the Hoffman Media Test Kitchen

Phyllis Blog Spotlight, Lifestyle, Video 4 Comments

One of the questions that I am asked most often is this: “Do you really cook all that food in your magazines?” Yes, but we have an incredible test kitchen that works magic so that all the recipes you get in our magazines are created, cooked, tested, and graded just for you. Watch below to meet the team who works …

Yellow Roses and Lemons Flower Centerpiece

The Easiest Flower Centerpiece Ever

Phyllis Décor, Lifestyle, Video 20 Comments

I love sprucing up the house before guests come over by throwing together a floral centerpiece as simple as it is stunning. The combination of fruit and flowers always makes a wonderful arrangement. You only need a few things: · Lemons · A Dozen Roses · Greenery · Floral Picks · Floral Foam See a full step-by-step below, and then …

It’s Christmas in July!

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

The very thought of that makes me tremble, but the reality of magazine publishing is that Christmas is celebrated year-round. Here at Hoffman Media, we are finishing the Christmas covers of our magazines…in July. And what’s more, we are writing all these wonderful articles and taking fabulous photos of Christmas scenes and settings, finalizing the season’s offerings. Most of our …

My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe — With a Twist

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 32 Comments

Mrs. Stewart was a sweet little lady in Mississippi who had this amazing pecan pie recipe. She would not share her recipe with anyone, including her family. Well after tasting this delicious creation, I wanted the recipe very badly. I begged—yes begged—and much to my disappointment she told me that she doesn’t share this recipe. As our visit ended, she …

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Acre Restaurant: A Favorite Auburn Spot

Phyllis Lifestyle, People 16 Comments

Neal and I love to visit our Morgan in Auburn and take her out to eat as a treat for all of us. I kept searching for someplace wonderful and finally found out about Acre. Acre—what an unusual name for a restaurant. I just knew there was a great story behind this place. I called and made reservations and was …

Ice Water Challenge

Have You Heard About the Cold Water Challenge?

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 8 Comments

Firefighters across our country are participating in the Cold Water Challenge—a call to support charities in their communities—and I have watched with great delight. You are probably wondering what this has to do with The Ribbon In My Journal, but sponsoring charities is near and dear to our hearts in our company and our family. My husband Neal is a …