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Why I Love to Bake from Scratch

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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 …

Phyllis Hoffman DePiano and Kathy McMakin on the launch of Classic Sewing Magazine

Get to know Kathy McMakin, the woman behind Classic Sewing

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As you know, we announced the new Classic Sewing magazine last month, and the results have been phenomenal. Now, I am excited to reveal the cover of our premier issue.  A Sneak Peek at the Classic Sewing Cover Do you recognize our little star? That’s right, it’s my granddaughter Amelia. And it was so special to share the creation of this magazine …

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Introducing Classic Sewing Magazine

Phyllis Inspiration, Video 19 Comments

I am always being asked, “What’s new at Hoffman Media?” There is always something going on here and always something new, particularly with special issues of your favorite magazines. But today we are launching something truly new: Classic Sewing Magazine! Classic Sewing will have 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, and techniques and will include at least two …

Cantaloupe & Ice Cream — An Easy Summer Treat

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 34 Comments

When I was a child we would take summer trips to my grandparents’ farm. They always had glorious vegetable and fruit gardens, and one of my favorite things was the fresh cantaloupe. Back then, in the golden days, cantaloupe was seasonal and not available year-round as it is today. So the summer harvest of melons was a great time for …

Scones Classic Recipe

How to Make Scones with Clotted Cream

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I love having afternoon tea, especially when a wonderful scone is served as an added bonus. Making scones and a mock Devonshire or clotted cream is really fun. These simple steps will show you how you can create your own delicacies right in your own kitchen. Enjoy, and be creative as you serve delicious tea delights.  A Scones Classic Recipe …

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 …

Silver-Setting

Silver Settings: Spoons & Bowls

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 20 Comments

Spoons are a lovely part of the table setting. Today’s flatware does not include all the different types of spoons that were customary years ago, and we may only have one shape of spoon. So many times, the choice of the type of spoon is puzzling when soups are being served. This short video will explore the soup bowls and …

Dorothy-McDaniel

Simple Tulip Tips from Dorothy McDaniel

Phyllis People, Video 11 Comments

I was lucky to meet Dorothy McDaniel years ago. She has been a featured floral designer in Southern Lady magazine and was a big hit at Southern Lady Celebration. She owns one of the most successful floral shops in the Birmingham area, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, and loves teaching people her tips and techniques for working with flowers. Anyone who …

Phyllis-Handwriting

How to Write the Perfect Thank You Note

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 36 Comments

Taking the time to hand write a note—especially a thank you—is such a wonderful gesture. It can be the bright spot in someone’s day, and it says a lot about how much you value his or her friendship. Of course a note is welcome any time, but I truly believe it’s just good manners to send notes after receiving gifts, …