Finally, he has a name!!

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Prince Louis Arthur Charles has been named. I thought we would never get to this point with this tiny little boy. I did a little research as we were waiting and found out that his father has four names: William Arthur Philip Louis. Then I had even more fun by Googling other royals to check out their names. It is …

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 …

Premiere Yarns by Deborah Norville

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One of the most wonderful ladies I have had the opportunity to meet and call my friend is Deborah Norville. You may know her as the two-time Emmy winning anchor of television’s Inside Edition, a top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, and New York Times best selling author. But what fascinated me about her was that she used sewing as her talent to …

Fried Green Tomatoes-Again this Summer

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You know my passion for fried green tomatoes and my love of Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Well, our last visit was totally amazing. David Bancroft and his staff create the most wonderful occasions—even when we just drop in for dinner! Every visit is a special event. If you are near Auburn, Alabama you just have to go. We enjoyed …

Susan Currie’s Style Secrets

Susan Currie’s Style Secrets

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The style of your home is a personal decision. Some pieces in our homes are gifted or passed down, others are instant favorites that were worth the splurge, but they are all a piece of the larger puzzle we call our lives. A great interior designer beautifies and enhances this style without losing the true feel of a home. Too …

White Flowers: A Shop of Serenity

White Flowers: A Shop of Serenity

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The idea behind this serene wonderland in Birmingham, Alabama, all started with a simple T-shirt. When a dear friend of mine, Diana Hansen and her husband moved into a beautiful older home, they acquired a spectacular garden. Diana says, “I was so inspired by the flowers  there, I began to draw them.” Her husband, a professional photographer, took pictures of …

One-Layer Cake | Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake

My One-Layer Cake Obsession

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I love sharing my family with you. Today I asked my son Brian Hart Hoffman to write a blog post about baking. He has turned out to be quite the baker, and I’m proud to say he is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Bake From Scratch magazine. I hope you enjoy: I love to bake, but I’m sure you already …

Footsteps of a Southern Lady Centerpiece

Footsteps of a Southern Lady

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I had the privilege of speaking in Mobile, Alabama last week at the Signature Fundraiser of the Assistance League of Mobile. The theme was “Footsteps of a Southern Lady.” Carol Bishop and Elizabeth Harrison came to Birmingham several months ago when they were planning this event and we shared some fun ideas on decorating for ladies luncheons. Elizabeth chaired the …

Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Introducing the Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

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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 …

Springtime

Love on the Table by Beth Albright

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Written by Beth Albright As a Southerner, I’ve always known that food and love are one and the same. My grandmothers both knew this secret and, as we do down South, passed that bit of magic down to future generations, the same as with our stories. Memories and shared recipes all get wrapped and tied with ribbon in faded, stained …