3 Ways to Create a Centerpiece Using Multiple Small Arrangements

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My post last week about my garden got me thinking about how I plan to use what I have growing this year. When entertaining, there is simply nothing quite as beautiful as an arrangement of flowers sitting in the middle of the table. It immediately draws your guests in and creates conversation, warmth, and beauty.  However, even when I am …

See What’s Growing in My Garden This Year!

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Today is a happy day—I can officially say that my garden is in full bloom! It’s always a wonderful surprise when I see little green shoots emerge from the prior year! I’ve mentioned before that my garden is equally as special to me as my most cherished and time-honored recipes. So, I am thrilled to invite you all into my …

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day spending time with your loved ones. Valentine’s Day is such a happy time to celebrate the people in your life who really mean the most. It’s not just about the flowers and chocolate; it’s truly taking time to recognize all the things your loved ones do for …

Little Flowers

It’s the Little Things

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Thank you for your response to our post last week about letting go. I always love a new year because it gives us the opportunity to take an inward look at ourselves and think about how we spend our time. I think as I grow older, I realize more and more the little things in life are the things that …

Footsteps of a Southern Lady Centerpiece

Footsteps of a Southern Lady

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I had the privilege of speaking in Mobile, Alabama last week at the Signature Fundraiser of the Assistance League of Mobile. The theme was “Footsteps of a Southern Lady.” Carol Bishop and Elizabeth Harrison came to Birmingham several months ago when they were planning this event and we shared some fun ideas on decorating for ladies luncheons. Elizabeth chaired the …

Springtime

Love on the Table by Beth Albright

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Written by Beth Albright As a Southerner, I’ve always known that food and love are one and the same. My grandmothers both knew this secret and, as we do down South, passed that bit of magic down to future generations, the same as with our stories. Memories and shared recipes all get wrapped and tied with ribbon in faded, stained …

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

Spring in New Orleans Plantation Country

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Spring in the south is just so beautiful, bedecked with a rainbow of blooms and a light breeze. It’s the perfect time of year, in my opinion, to stroll the estates and gardens of the New Orleans Plantation Country. Along the winding River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this unforgettable sight offers a unique look into the past. …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

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As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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The whole concept is amazing to me. As one of our most popular and widely anticipated folklore celebrations, Groundhog Day is such a seemingly-silly tradition. How does the groundhog seeing his shadow determine if winter remains or if the season has come to an end? I always watch with amazement at the man who holds up the groundhog for all …

Dreaming of Spring - Lemon Pound Cake with Limoncello Cream

Dreaming of Spring

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Spring is always a delightful time at our home. The tulips that we labored to plant in the fall are popping up all around. And the daffodils are competing for the first bloom! When we had our ranch (it came with Neal when I married him!), I got this bright idea that we would plant daffodils all over the meadows …