Pecan Praline Rounds

Peee-can or Pe-cahn?

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The age-old Southern debate continues! I have always said pe-cahn. That’s the way my family pronounces it and has pronounced it for generations. So I think I am right! When we started publishing Cooking with Paula Deen, Paula told me that her family pronounces it correctly, just like other families do in Georgia: peee-can. Which is it for you? Actually, …

fall festivals

Celebrate Autumn Fun with Fall Harvest Festivals

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We all know autumn is my favorite time of year. There are just so many amazing things these months bring! One of the season’s highlights is all of the fall harvest festivals. Traditionally, these celebrations are held on the day of the Harvest Moon or the nearest Sunday. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, …

owl cake pops

Time for Halloween! Find Décor Ideas and Recipes Galore in Entertain & Celebrate Halloween

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Boo! Halloween is just around the corner, which means there’s a lot to be done for fun themed parties and, of course, making treats for the trick-or-treaters. To prepare for the ghoulish festivities next week, look to our Entertain & Celebrate Halloween issue, on sale now.  It has tons of pumpkin-styling and party-decorating ideas to make the next bash for the …

Friends and Family Sale

Get Your Holiday Gift Shopping Done Early

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It feels like just yesterday we were beginning fall—my favorite time of year. Now, October is almost over, and you all know what that means: It’s one month closer to the holiday season! My, how time flies. With the holiday season comes get-togethers with family and friends, cooking, cooking, and more cooking, shopping, and tons of holiday cheer. In this …

Birthday Cake

Big Sister’s Birthday! — A Sister’s Tale

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It’s Big Sister’s birthday, so I am giving her the day off! There are many things that I could write about having an older sister.  A few examples: She was the first child—Mom and Dad practiced on her! She was the first to get her driver’s license—and then had to take our brother and me places! She was the first …

Pyrex

Kitchen Classics: History of Pyrex from Vintage Cottage

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From guest editors of The Cottage Journal:  From the classic clear originals to the colorfully patterned Mid-Century mod collections to the now ubiquitous glass measuring cups, Pyrex has been the choice of chefs and home cooks alike for more than 100 years. Interestingly enough, the story of Pyrex doesn’t start in the kitchen—it starts on the railroad. In 1908, research scientists …

Quilt

The Best Time of Year! Fall Reminds Me of Quilting

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the brilliant show of leaves that Mother Nature gives us. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than to walk through the fallen leaves while gentle breezes of brisk air rustle what’s left on the branches above. I have many memories of fall. One of my very favorite memories is learning …

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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Anyone who knows me knows I love pumpkin spice everything! Give me anything you can think of flavored with pumpkin spice—I love it all! It all started with a pumpkin spice latte several years ago. I just couldn’t get enough. I am not sure if I have an addiction to cinnamon and nutmeg or if having a PSL signals the …

Pondering Moments

Pondering Moments: Trust During Times of Tragedy

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As I sit at my desk thinking about the horrible news of the Las Vegas mass shooting, I can’t seem to compose the words to convey my thoughts. Since we are all friends and have formed a bond through this blog, I am just going to share my random emotions and reactions to the events of the past days. We’ve …