The Back-to School Outfit

The Back-to School Outfits We Will Never Forget

Phyllis Lifestyle 36 Comments

This week, our city is in full back-to school mode. All I can say is I am thrilled I am not going back to school. I really don’t understand this middle of August routine they have created, as we used to go back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day. My grandchildren are going back this week and I know …

Preserving The Season

Phyllis Lifestyle 9 Comments

Autumn is the season that steals my heart year after year. With the warm tones and cooler weather, I savor almost every transition, with the exception of the loss of our favorite summer blooms. The vibrant colors and beautiful arrangements bring life to our homes, which can feel lost with the season change. What many people don’t think to do …

NEW Southern Classics 5 Ways Cookbook

Phyllis Inspiration 8 Comments

I am excited to introduce to you all our newest book, Southern Classics 5 Ways. This wonderful cookbook is filled with easy-to-follow recipes that will be passed down through the generations. It celebrates the suppers, sides, and desserts you and I grew up with. Plus, it offers delicious new twists on our traditional flavors. Here is a little bit more …

No Problem!

Phyllis Lifestyle 121 Comments

Today is my soapbox day. I usually don’t like to rant but today is a good day for this. I don’t know where “no problem” came from in our world today, but when I was growing up, when someone said “thank you”, the reply was “you are welcome”. It seems today the common response to “Thank you” is “No Problem.” …

Casual Summer Cheer

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

Summer is one of my favorite times of year for bringing people together. The vibrant colors require a certain feeling of happiness and need for cheer. Spread your summer cheer with a casual centerpiece. The centerpiece is a great way to anchor any tablescape, as long as you incorporate consistent textures and tones. Without overshadowing the rest of your setting, …

Tea for Coffee Drinkers

Tea for Coffee Drinkers

Phyllis Uncategorized 12 Comments

Coffee is the steaming cup of energy that gets me going in the morning, as I’m sure many of you can relate. I have been a coffee drinker for what can feel like ages, but as much as I enjoy my large cup of coffee, I also enjoy a great cup of tea. For me, a cup of tea is …

Premiere Yarns by Deborah Norville

Phyllis People 8 Comments

One of the most wonderful ladies I have had the opportunity to meet and call my friend is Deborah Norville. You may know her as the two-time Emmy winning anchor of television’s Inside Edition, a top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, and New York Times best selling author. But what fascinated me about her was that she used sewing as her talent to …

Fried Green Tomatoes-Again this Summer

Phyllis People 12 Comments

You know my passion for fried green tomatoes and my love of Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Well, our last visit was totally amazing. David Bancroft and his staff create the most wonderful occasions—even when we just drop in for dinner! Every visit is a special event. If you are near Auburn, Alabama you just have to go. We enjoyed …

It's Our Annual Christmas in July Sale!

It’s Our Annual Christmas in July Sale!

Phyllis Lifestyle 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when the bells are ringing, the snow is falling and the children anxiously wait for Santa to arrive. I’m only teasing! Although, here in the Hoffman Media office it sure feels like Christmas while we finalize each wonderful holiday issue. Like every year, we couldn’t help but spread the holiday cheer with our wonderful …