All Blog Posts Tagged 'Other' (23)

How-To Host a Wicked Wine Tasting Party


Added by Kyla Cox on October 14, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments


Read Part 1 (Selecting & Ordering)…


Added by Kyla Cox on August 19, 2014 at 7:57pm — No Comments

The Dead Do Tell Tales

Old Fort Williams Cemetery in Alabama

I’ve always loved tromping around old cemeteries, pausing to read each tombstone. In the early ’90s, on a walk through the woods near Lay Lake in central Alabama, I came across a cluster of tombstones with a monument in the…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on April 28, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Stained with Blood

The dogwoods are blooming – not where I live in coastal Houston, but farther north and east, in the woods throughout the South. They are the trees in my childhood memories. I was raised in Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Every April, since 1964, the city has held a Dogwood Festival to commemorate…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on April 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Livin' in High Cotton

I recently had someone ask me what “high cotton” means. I was somewhat perplexed. I thought even folks outside of the South knew the George Gershwin song, “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess:


And the livin' is easy

Fish are jumpin'

And the cotton is high.”

I explained that the phrase “livin’ in high cotton” originated during the Antebellum-era in the Deep South. When cotton had grown high…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on February 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

A Different Kind Of Resolution

I was totally intending to do the obligatory Resolution post: do a cleanse, lose 100 lbs, be organized, blah, etc. Obviously that motivation came and went. But this morning I was reminded of a greater goal in which to be resolute: be kind, be thoughtful. I went later than usual to my regular Starbucks; I have been out…

Added by Catherine Fain on January 15, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

My Celebrity Crush

So, I just finished perusing People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive!” issue which has inspired me to reveal to you my celebrity crush. I’ll bet you a million trillion dollars that you won’t guess who it is. Are taking the bet? Good. I’ll give you three guesses. No, he’s not cover-boy Adam Levine. No, he’s not on page 114. He’s not on page 124, either - though that guy is mighty cute. Okay, I’ll be generous – one more guess. No, he wasn’t on last year’s cover, either. Please…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on December 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Antiquing in New Orleans

New Orleans is one of those magical places that oozes inspiration for all of the senses. Your ears will be treated to the rhythmic tunes of jazz and soulful blues in the Quarter. Your tastebuds will be tantilized by the mouthwatering flavors of beignets, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffe′. But it is your eyes that are inspired the most as they feast upon the architectural and interior treats the city has to offer. Asking anyone we know to go on an antiquing trip to New…


Added by Interior Canvas on November 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Pin-Worthy Creations

Do you love Pinterest? Well, it’s time for some Pinterest-perfect posts from around the web. Enjoy my picks HERE!

Added by Emma Tilton on November 3, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments

“Hey Brother. This is Pig…”

My 9-year-old daughter held my cell phone to her ear and spoke to her 18-year-old brother. “Brother.” She’s always called him that. And he bestowed “Pig” on her in the hospital right after she was born. “She looks like a pink piglet.” Even though I gave them fine, Christian names, I don’t complain. These nicknames speak of familiarity and affection. But more than that, they connect us to our roots. Southern roots.

Nothing indicates that a person is from the South more than a nickname.…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on October 21, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

“I've got a thing about trains” – Johnny Cash

Before I go to sleep, I read. In my bed, in the still quiet of the night, with a good book in hand, I hear the sound. I’ve been waiting for it, somewhat distracted from the story. And now I raise my eyes from the page and strain my ears to listen to the whistle of the passing train. The train tracks are…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on October 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Armadillo Eggs

"What's that" is the first thing I said when I layed my eyes on this little nugget. The Grillmaster replied simply "An armadillo egg"...This appetizer is sure to be a game-day crowd pleaser!  Score points with your friends and defeat hunger.

Cool weather means its time to heat up the grill. Get your game face on cause it's about to get serious! Rise-up and follow these simple instructions..

Core a jalapeno, stuff with cheese mixture, encase it in sausage, season and wrap it in…


Added by Justin Cave on October 2, 2013 at 8:48am — 7 Comments

“How about some iced tea? It's the house wine of the South” – Truvy in Steel Magnolias

 I was weaned on sweet tea. My Mama tells the story of how I, just a wee thing on a hot summer day in our hot car, asked, “Does you have any tea in your pocketbook?” She would make pitchers of the amber liquid to keep in our motel rooms when we traveled, because it was all that I would drink. Not water. Not soft…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on September 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

“There’s a Firefly Loose Tonight…” from “Firefly” Lyrics and Music by Ed Sheeran

Do you want to see fireflies? I asked my 9-year-old daughter.

“Oh, yes!” she answered.

“There’s a Firefly Walk this Friday night at Armand Bayou Nature Center. I’ll sign us up.”

And so we went - me, her, and my mother. We arrived in the early evening of an early May day, before the Houston…


Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on September 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wonderful Wall Coverings!

There's something about a wall covering that adds that extra element of color, energy and texture to a room. From smooth, suede walls in a study to a gingham wallpapered ceiling in a child's room, wall coverings provide a way to unite a space together  and enhance its overall effect.  Fort Worth's Emily Gilbert, of …


Added by Interior Canvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

My 5 Favorite Fabric Lines!

If you want to stop an interior designer in their tracks, ask them what their favorite fabric lines are. Although the textile industry competition is getting fiercer and fiercer, most people in the design business have their favorites. We thought it would be fun to get one designer to spill the beans on her top picks, and she was all too happy to do it!  Former Nashvillian now…


Added by Interior Canvas on August 14, 2013 at 9:14am — 1 Comment


In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines...Miss Clavel said, "'s party time!".  We celebrated my daughter's 8th birthday with a Madeline theme~ a party based on one of her favorite books!

Each guest received a beautiful invitation wrapped with a band and tucked inside a felt pouch~ made to resemble the cape that Madeline and her friends…


Added by Lydia Menzies on July 3, 2013 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Boston Strong

I love Boston. My family and I always feel like we're at home in New England's first city even though we've never lived there. The historical city has always held a special place in our hearts. That love affair only got stronger last week.

For three centuries, Bostonians have had a tenacious,…


Added by Susan Scarborough on April 23, 2013 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Compilation: Two Dozen for Dad

by Whitney Long

After compiling a list of big screen classics for Mother’s Day, we upped the ante for this Father’s Day with our “favorites” list of a dozen television shows and a dozen movies depicting some famous and infamous fathers.  No matter what their faults, most often…


Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Culture: America and Music


By Emily LaBorde

“American roots music is at the center of this country’s soul. Without roots music, there would be no American music or modern pop culture today.  No jazz, no rhythm and blues, no pop, no rock and roll, no Beatles, no Rolling Stones, no…


Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

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