American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway 119 Comments

When my granddaughter was born, I immediately started collecting American Girl dolls for her. The first was Felicity, a doll that was being retired. Felicity’s story is based in Williamsburg and the her books teach a lot of American history. Then others followed! I adore American Girl as a company and brand. American Girl dolls are household items for families …

One-Pound Brownies - The Ribbon in My Journal

Delicious Brownies to Bake this Winter

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Who couldn’t use more chocolate in their lives? January’s chilly days call for a little baking—while I’ve told you that I’m already excited to try the bread and cinnamon rolls from Bake from Scratch, I also couldn’t resist sharing a tried-and-true favorite with you. The latest issue of Bake from Scratch has a variety of winter baking delights. They’ve included …

Bake from Scratch - The Ribbon in My Journal

A Resolution to Learn to Bake With Yeast This Year

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

Winter is my favorite time of the year. There is something enchanting about evergreens and snow, just a slight dusting will do. The fragrance of fires burning in the fireplace is wonderful. Winter is a calm season to me. The plants are asleep waiting on their spring entrance, but right now the world is quiet. The sunsets are brilliant in …

Christmas Cookies - The Ribbon in My Journal

My Near-Failed Attempt to Make Mom’s Christmas Cookies

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

Mom always had Cookie Day when we were growing up. It was a whole day dedicated to making her sugar cookies and icing them! Her recipe for these classic Christmas cookies had to be made a day ahead so that the dough could be refrigerated before we rolled it out for cutting. Fast forward many years when we were publishing …

Bake from Scratch - The Ribbon in My Journal

Why I Love to Bake from Scratch

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 22 Comments

Do you love baking from scratch? I do. When I undertake a new baking project, I cherish getting out all of my “stuff” and laying out my pans, measuring cups, whisks, and measuring spoons. There’s nothing quite like carefully adding each ingredient and ending up with a delicious result. Our newest publication, Bake from Scratch, celebrates the many joys of …

Step-One-Steak

Have You Seen Our Step One Video Series?

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The video team we have here at Hoffman Media is truly spectacular. You’ve already seen some of our step-by-step flower arranging, jewelry, and baking videos, but now we have a whole library full! Whether you’re a novice home cook or a seasoned pro, our Step One video series has something for you. Learning a new technique is so exciting, my hope is that …