Here's what I would like to say to Southern Living magazine..."Welcome back to my coffee table y'all!" Southern Living has been the must-read magazine in my family since I was a small child. But lately...well, it just hasn't been very "Southern." Mama called me the other day and was talking about the magazine. She said, "You know how I've been saying that I just won't buy Southern Living anymore...'cuz it's so thin and full of nothing? Well, you simply have to go out and buy the October edition. It is beautiful!" She went on to say that "Somebody must have told them that it was bad, 'cuz everybody's (meaning all the ladies in the church) been talking about how bad it has gotten."
Well, I took mama's word for it and when I got to the checkout line at Publix, I picked it up. The cover was certainly beautiful. I briefly looked inside...not at everything...just peeked at a few pages and I liked what I saw. When I got home, I poured myself some iced tea and sat down to enjoy a few moments of rest. Well...I was very happy with the "refreshening" of the layout and design that the Editor-in-Chief Eleanor Griffin and her staff have done with the magazine. Here's some of their new features:
~ Recipes, "Mama's Way or Your Way"--Recipes in the classic style your mama made or those for busy cooks stressed for time during weeknights.
~ Gardening 101--just for moi!--Southern Living has always had a great "Gardening" section, but now they've made it easy for novice gardeners like myself.
~ Great Southern Drives--they take a road, and tell you what to do all up and down it.
~ Half-Hour Hostess--I especially love this new section...recipes to get your party started in 30 minutes or less!
~ Done in a Day Decorating--Projects you can complete in a day!
This issue is packed full of fun, Southern stuff. Just in time for football season, they have a great article about "Tailgating." There's a beautiful "Fall Harvest Dinner Party" featured, with a lovely tablescape and all the recipes for the menu. For all of us Vera Bradley lovers, Southern Living allows you to peek inside an Inn in Florida that has all nine rooms decorated by Vera Bradley.
But my two favorite ideas in the magazine were the "Spooky Lollipops" and the darling "Moon Pies on-a-stick treats!" So, y'all need to run out right now and pick up your copy of this month's issue of Southern Living...enjoy their "bright new look!"
Welcome back to my coffee table Southern Living!