Galentine's Tea

Happy “Galantine’s” Day!

Phyllis Lifestyle 7 Comments

Valentine’s Day really does just make me smile! It’s the first bit of brightness and celebration after an often long and dreary January—what a breath of fresh air! This day is celebrated in many ways other than romance. Some families have delightful Valentine’s traditions, and now, “Galantine” celebrations seem to be the thing to do! Which honestly, makes so much …

vintage Christmas tea party

Are You Steeping Your Tea the Right Way?

Phyllis Inspiration 13 Comments

Holiday tea parties are nothing short of magical! Tea parties are near and dear to me because they feel like such an elegant occasion, but they are fairly simple to prepare. The china, place settings, and sweet and savory finger foods are all key elements, but a tea party is only as good as the quality of tea served! And …

teatime table setting

A Timeless Tradition

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

Taking afternoon tea simply never goes out of style. There is just something extra special about celebrating a moment with a tradition that has stood the true test of time. Yes, the custom originated in Europe, but this drink has ties around the world. And that is exactly what our new book Tea Parties Around the World by the editors …

Lemon-Coconut Scones

An Easter Tea Menu

Phyllis Lifestyle 11 Comments

With Easter just around the corner, what better way to prepare for Sunday afternoon get-togethers than a light snack and tea menu from our lovely TeaTime magazine? From guest editors of TeaTime magazine:    Easter is a time for rejoicing. Our simple but elegant menu—featuring traditional favorites such as deviled eggs, ham and cucumber tea sandwiches, and chocolate—is sure to enchant …

Turn About is Fair Play - The Ribbon In My Journal

Turn About is Fair Play

Phyllis Lifestyle 26 Comments

Well, I see my dear Sister took over the blog while I was out of town. And so many of you loved her responses! I thought it was great. When she picked us up at the airport, we went by to see the progress on the house. Wow! The talented workmen had really accomplished a lot while we were gone. …

My Side of the Story – A Sister Tale

My Side of the Story – A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

When Phyllis said she was going to be away for a few days for rest & relaxation, I jokingly said that I was going to take over the blog and tell my side of the story! So here goes! When Phyllis and Neal were contemplating the offer on their old house, she was worrying about where they could live for …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

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 …

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

Exclusive Tea Towel Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway 65 Comments

I’m giving away one of TeaTime magazine’s new tea towels! Their online boutique has grown to now include whimsical shirts and precious tea towels. One lucky reader will win a beautiful tea towel featuring the There’s Always Time for Tea design. This design is one of Diana Hansen of White Flowers’ exclusive designs for Tea Time Magazine. The towel is printed on …

Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

Join our biggest Blowout Sale yet! It’s first come, first serve, so don’t wait. With discounted prices on all books, back issues and special issues you can stock up on delicious southern recipes, beautiful decorating inspirations, and stories from the women who’ve been there. I love to escape the winter chill with a warm cup of tea and a stack of …

Tea For The Body And Soul - The Ribbon In My Journal

Tea For The Body And Soul

Phyllis Lifestyle 17 Comments

Every year I start with intentions to create healthy habits, so I was excited to learn that multiple forms of tea have health benefits. We all know green tea is the healthy option that is full of antioxidants and all things good for you! But did you know that green tea isn’t the only healthful infusion? Any excuses to drink …