Your New Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe

My assistant, Lynn Terry, came in this morning and told me her 85-year-old mother was abandoning her family tried-and-true pecan pie recipe for the one that is on the cover of the new issue of Taste of the South. Since we are beginning to see the leaves change here, our minds are turning to pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies. I …

PhyllisYour New Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe

Meet Vintage Milliner Barbara Troeller

Victoria Magazine’s entrepreneur section is a treasure trove of fabulous ladies with immense talent. Vintage Milliner Barbara Troeller is one of them, and I wanted to share her story with you today. A shimmering assemblage of tools, trims, and ephemera provides a veritable playground for preservationist Barbara Troeller. Amidst an extraordinary collection of couture treasures, timeworn hatboxes spill over with …

PhyllisMeet Vintage Milliner Barbara Troeller

Amelia’s Art-Themed Birthday Party

I love sharing party ideas with you because we all are looking for great ideas when planning birthday parties for our little ones—whether grandchildren or children. My daughter-in-law, Katie, planned an art theme this year for Amelia’s birthday party. The invitations were adorable and set the tone for a creative afternoon. Her foods were very innovative, and I loved the presentation. …

PhyllisAmelia’s Art-Themed Birthday Party
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A Weekend at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina

I just love short weekend trips where we can get away, relax, and re-energize. Neal and I did just that and had the privilege of staying at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, just a couple of weeks ago. I had been there many years ago when I spoke at a convention but had not been there just …

PhyllisA Weekend at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina
Paula Deen Passing Out LUnches

Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger Event Recap

As most of you know, sponsoring charities is near and dear to the heart of our company and our family. When the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and Paula Deen asked us to participate in Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger, we jumped at the chance. Not only was the event a lot of fun, but we also …

PhyllisPaula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger Event Recap

Pottery from Blowing Rock, NC

A couple of weekends ago, Neal and I had the pleasure of visiting Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is a beautiful town nestled on the mountains where strolling Main Street is a pleasure. As we walked along the sidewalks and peered into windows, we stumbled across a wonderful shop, “Bolick and Traditions Pottery.” North Carolina is a treasure trove for …

PhyllisPottery from Blowing Rock, NC

Louisiana Chefs to Takeover Birmingham Restaurants

At Hoffman Media, we’re always coming up with new events and ways to interact with the community. So next Tuesday, September 23, in conjunction with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, we’re presenting a Louisiana Takeover, an evening where Birmingham diners will have the opportunity to experience the culinary trails of Louisiana. Seven chefs from Louisiana will be placed at restaurants, allowing …

PhyllisLouisiana Chefs to Takeover Birmingham Restaurants
Tea Basket

Tea Lover’s Giveaway

We love the celebration of tea! And as I shared with you earlier this week, we have a fabulous new book, Tea and Sweets. To celebrate its release, we are giving away a basketful of wonderful tea items. Included in the basket: Pretty Pink Vine (48-ounce) porcelain teapot Lovely tea cozy made by one of our readers Silverplated tea strainer …

PhyllisTea Lover’s Giveaway

A Visit with Martha Pullen

I met Martha Pullen more than 25 years ago when she was at the helm of Sew Beautiful magazine and the Martha Pullen Company. Martha is a dear friend, and this year she has written her second book on business, G. R. A. C. E. I was thrilled to receive my copy. I have always said, there is a book …

PhyllisA Visit with Martha Pullen
Fall House

Fall Means It’s Time For Apple Pie

Last fall, my sweet children took us to Vermont to the Trapp Family Lodge for my birthday. I am a Sound of Music addict, so you can imagine my delight when they announced the plans. The views were breathtaking from the mountains, and there were pumpkins everywhere. My birthday dinner was at a lovely restaurant that was a converted farmhouse. …

PhyllisFall Means It’s Time For Apple Pie