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Our New Tiny Book of Pies

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I am very excited for this holiday season and for all of the wonderful work our talented staff has done to bring to life our newest book, The Tiny Book of Pies. It is part of our precious “Small Pleasures” series and is the perfect gift book for anyone who loves to eat pie, especially during the joyous holiday season! …

Variations on Pound Cake

Phyllis Lifestyle 25 Comments

Around my house, everyone’s favorite part of the meal is always dessert. I have always loved to bake with my family, and especially love teaching my grandchildren how to bake. A simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for baking with children is Miss Jo’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Miss Jo was a dear lady in my childhood church who …

Introducing the Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes!

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I am thrilled to show you the latest installment in our Small Pleasures book series. The Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes is perfect for your bookshelf or coffee table and is a darling look at the beloved Mason jar. I got to chat with the book’s editor, Cindy Smith Cooper, and I’m delighted to share our conversation so you …

American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

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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 …

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Delicious Brownies to Bake this Winter

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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 …

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A Resolution to Learn to Bake With Yeast This Year

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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 …