Southern Cottages

Southern Cottages

Phyllis Lifestyle 5 Comments

The term “cottage” means something different to each of us. I think of my grandmother’s house as a cottage. She had a large walnut tree in the side yard, a porch swing, and small intimate rooms. I can still see her crisp white curtains being blown by the breezes whenever she opened the windows every spring. There is something magical …


Mardi Gras

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

When I was a little girl, our family lived in Mobile, Alabama, and every year Mom and Dad would take us to the Mardi Gras parade to see the floats and make our attempts at catching candy and beads as they were thrown out into the crowds. Our next-door neighbor rode a float every year, and she would save us …

Super Bowl Soups

Super Bowl Sunday

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

It is hard to believe this is the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. It amazes me the number of people who never watch NFL football that are totally tuned in to the Super Bowl every year! Did you know that the sales of televisions are higher the week of the Super Bowl than any other time of the year? …

The Culinary Traveler

Culinary Traveler in West Virginia

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

I spotted a wonderful young man in this video—my son Brian Hart Hoffman! He has taken on the role of the Culinary Traveler and finds the most wonderful places to visit for those of us who love great food. This time he is taking us to West Virginia, a great place to visit that offers wonderful places to dine during …

Valentine Tea

Valentine’s Day Tea

Phyllis Lifestyle 15 Comments

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to express love and admiration to those who are important in our lives. A tea is the perfect time to celebrate special ladies in your life. A best friend, a daughter or daughter-in-law, or a precious granddaughter will love being the honored guest at your table. Tea is a time when the world slows …

One-Pound Brownies - The Ribbon in My Journal

Delicious Brownies to Bake this Winter

Phyllis Lifestyle 7 Comments

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 …

Time to Get Organized - The Ribbon in My Journal

Time to Get Organized

Phyllis Inspiration 31 Comments

January has always been a month where simplifying and reorganizing is on my mind. I don’t know if I long for quiet, simple surroundings after the wonder and excitement of the holidays or if I realize my home is in need of its annual face lift. I read somewhere (wish I could recite the source) that a beautiful home is …

Gena Knox - Attic

Cookbook Author Gena Knox’s
Southern Cottage

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 4 Comments

The Cottage Journal’s latest special edition, Southern Cottages, features a variety of beautiful homes. Among them is the home of cookbook author Gena Knox. With business owner and mom also among her credentials, Gena is already an inspiring woman. To see her home—with its warm touches and creative accents—only adds to her appeal. Gena’s love for the South is as …