pumpkins

My Fall Decorations and Why They Are Special to Me

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As of last Saturday, autumn is officially here. The calendar, and slowly but surely, the weather, have confirmed this! I was trying hard not to laugh out loud as I wrote this post, because I have been on autumn overdrive lately, but I don’t seem to be alone on this one. When the season hits, I just can’t help but …

classic pumpkin pie

My Top 3 Fall Favorites

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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 …

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 …

Gift Giving

’Tis the Season for Giving!

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This time of year brings joy, memories, and restless excitement in preparation for Christmas Day. Shopping for presents is always a fun experience, and I have so many delightful memories of picking out the perfect gifts for my family and friends. The anticipation of keeping each gift a secret before the big day makes this month one of the most …

Thanksgiving Table

The Table’s Set—Happy Thanksgiving!

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To all of my Ribbon friends— Happy Thanksgiving! I pray your Thanksgiving is a beautiful day. No matter how you celebrate or with whom, please know that you are loved and you make a difference in our world. In a world of unexpected events, as we have experienced this past year, may we all find bright moments of happiness and …

Grandparents Day

It’s Grandparents Day at School!

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Today as you are reading this, Neal and I are attending Grandparents Day at our granddaughter’s school. Each year, we go see the beautiful classrooms and excited children, and what an amazing experience we have! Their artwork is beautifully displayed, and they are singing their best songs. Grandparents Day is a new concept with schools these days. We didn’t have …

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, …