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My Top 3 Fall Favorites

Phyllis Lifestyle 30 Comments

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 …

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September Happenings

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Well, finally September is here, and I can officially put out all my harvest and pumpkin items. The thrill of autumn never gets old. I can just look at a pumpkin and smell the cinnamon and nutmeg that permeates when I bake a pumpkin pie! The leaves are beginning to turn here in Alabama, and for that, I am grateful. …

pecans

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 …

Table Setting

Etiquette Q&A: Table Setting Tips from Southern Lady

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With Thanksgiving next week, I wanted to share some table setting tips to help you prepare for the holidays. I wear many hats and am always involved in many projects. As editor-in-chief of Southern Lady magazine, I enjoy hearing readers’ questions and responding with solutions and tips. Getting everything ready for Turkey Day can sometimes be daunting, but these table setting …

Thanksgiving

Give Thanks and Make Delicious Thanksgiving Dishes!

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When we were kids, going to our grandparents’ house was the Thanksgiving tradition that we loved. It was always fun to catch up on the latest boyfriends, school news, and plans for the future. We had three boy cousins and seven girl cousins. The guys would get away from us as quickly as possible to toss the football or talk …

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, …

Halloween Candy

Trick or Treat: Fun Halloween Candy Facts

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Happy Halloween! Quite possibly the best thing about this holiday is all the candy! Reese’s, Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat—did you guys know they make white chocolate Kit Kats? Man, they sure are good. There are so many types of candy to choose from but my favorite by far is a Heath Bar. The toffee flavor is my favorite in the …

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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, …

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 …