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Wreath Roundup - Day 6. Jingle Bells! When all else fails “more cow bell” makes any corner sing. ©️OxmoorHouse
Wreath Roundup - Day 5. Double Door Drama! Salvaged doors from an episcopal church provided an elegant backdrop for these simple, classic wreaths photographed two years ago at a weekend home on the lake. ©️OxmoorHouse - - - - - - #wreath #christmaswithsouthernliving #christmas #christmasspirit #christmasdecoration #holiday #photooftheday #christmascountdown #christmastradition #decorating #christmas #tistheseason #seasonsgreetings #southernliving #christmasbooks
Wreath Roundup - Day 4. It’s hip to be square! This super simple wreath donned the door during a holiday shoot with over-the-top mid-century accents back when Madmen was all the rage. ©️OxmoorHouse
Wreath Roundup Day 3: Hump Day becomes sweet Holiday with delicious doses of chocolate ... caramel ... peppermint ... butterscotch ... ©️OxmoorHouse
Wreath roundup...Day 2. Flashback to an outdoor entry table for a Hanging of the Green brunch several years ago. Classic colors of Christmas. 🌲 Merry Merry!©️OxmoorHouse - - - - - - #wreath #christmas #christmaswithsouthernliving #christmasspirit #christmasdecoration #holiday #photooftheday #christmascountdown #christmastradition #decorating #christmas #tistheseason #seasonsgreetings #southernliving #christmasbook
Wreath Roundup...Day 1. A decade of Christmas shoots yields loads of decorating inspiration. 🎵 Fa la la la la! 🎶 ©️OxmoorHouse - - - - - - #wreath #christmas #christmaswithsouthernliving #christmasspirit #christmasdecorations #holiday #photooftheday #christmascountdown #christmastradition #decorating #christmas #tistheseason #seasonsgreetings #southernliving #christmasbook
This little ✨light ✨of mine always shines! ⭐️
Visions of Sugar Plums. The non-traditional palette on this Christmas with Southern Living shoot is truly merry and bright!! - - - - - #christmaswithsouthernliving #christmasdecor #dessertparty #holidaydecor #holidayparty #sugarplum #entertaining
A green oasis amid the fireworks of Fall 🍁 @shoppebham at halftime. Can I move in? - - - - #myrtle #moss #magiccity #fiddleleaffig #orchid #conservatory #greenhouse #verticalgarden #ferns #wreath #garland #tree #holiday
For those who reached out for my Chestnut Soup recipe in response to yesterday’s @ldeibirmingham post, here it is as it appeared in Cottage Living magazine so long ago. It’s a holiday standard on our table. Enjoy! (photo by Becky Stayner) - - I first enjoyed this soup in France, where the matriarch of the family with which I lived prepared it with fresh-roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. Back home, I had difficulty finding fresh chestnuts, but discovered jarred whole chestnuts a worthy, and less labor-intensive, substitute.
These frizzled leeks have displaced fried sage leaves as my new favorite garnish. Are they healthier than potato chips? Hope so. Only half made it to our plates the other half leapt into my mouth. 😜
Yesterday this pre-release was a bestseller in MS. After @elizabethheiskell appeared on the @todayshow this morning, it’s No. 1 in Party Cookbooks and No. 39 out of ALL 9 million books on Amazon.
So excited to know this yet-to-be-officially-released book—The Southern Living Party Cookbook (publishing Nov. 20)—is already a bestseller in Author Elizabeth Heiskell’s home state of MS. Of course the @todayfood contributor, @debutantefarmer and @elizabethheiskellofficial caterer extraordinaire, along with @southernlivingmag deliver a stunning, modern update to the original 1972 Southern Living Party Cookbook to inspire a new generation of cooks, hosts, and party people, just as the original book inspired their mothers and grandmothers. @meredithsimbks #booksmatter
My little charmer! 🐍
Thrilled to see one of my Spring titles, @cheftoddrichards SOUL, named one of @publisherswkly “Best Books of 2018” It’s an important message that Todd weaves through his recipes, and the book is a visual stunner thanks to the creative talents of so many. I am grateful! #booksmatter
Time to sing it from the mountaintops..it’s pub day for Martina’s Kitchen Mix! Loved working on this one and, as always, with @martinamcbride Your bookshelf needs this book! You will L😍VE Martina’s recipes!
She’ll kill me for posting, but I’m so proud of Ella for all her accomplishments!! (type-os in this are another’s 🙄)
Forget the Christmas goose (who the heck cooks that anyway these days?)...go for the roast heirloom turkey with Southern satsumas made beautiful by food stylist Kellie Kelley! @southernlivingmag @meredithsimbks #christmaswithsouthernliving2019
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as October always does when we start shooting the annual Christmas with Southern Living book. The fun starts at the front door for the “Sterling Traditions” chapter (because you always hang your fine silver from your door knocker 😉) @meredithsimbks @southernlivingmag @sunnyhousestudio @kaycstyle @kellikelly1 @phyllisdrennenlyons @mattyryan137 #christmaswithsouthernliving 2019
It’s pansy time again! Wish I could recreate this pretty planting made for a Southern Living magazine shoot that @buffyhargettflowers created for my new teal front door, designed by @zoegowen and photographed by @laureywglenn #door #doors @benjaminmoore #bermudaturquoise @rejuvenation #doorknocker
Look what arrived today...advance copies of Martina’s Kitchen Mix #martinaskitchenmix So proud of this second project I was lucky enough to produce for Martina with such an exceptionally talented team @meredithsimbks and @timeincfoodstudios plus so many creative freelancers. It’s a beauty from cover to cover thanks to each of you! I cannot tag you all since IG limits it to 20 but you know who you are. I am so grateful to have worked with each and every one of you!!
Booked! Can’t wait to see you in March with a few of my favorite ladies. ✈️ snap by @eiffelparis #anydaycanbeavacationdaynow
The ghosts of my neglected garden. Look out! #ghostpepper Recipe in Story
French family and friends...apologies for my poor French pronunciation 🙄 in this video. I urge everyone to buy tickets to attend the annual @ldeibirmingham Southern Soirée sunset dinner @jonesvalleyteachingfarm on Sunday, October 7th (tickets are available at the link in my bio). Gather in the bountiful edible gardens of our city’s vibrant urban farm school to mingle and enjoy a signature cocktail and appetizers. Pull up a chair at the communal tables and sip French wines while enjoying an array of dishes, inspired by our organization’s namesake Auguste Escoffier, and prepared by the culinary pros who are members of our local chapter. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Last year, LDEI Birmingham awarded $10,000 in grants and scholarships to female students, teachers, entrepreneurs, and non-profits focused on food. We’re making our city even more delicious! #ldei #ldeibhmsoiree2018 #howwefundthefuture
When you bump into your college roommate from Texas at Sewanee Family Weekend, among a dozen other paths crossed, it’s easy to see what a small world it is! @abgibbs4 @prgibbs #austincollege #sewanee #goroos #ysr
Super excited that this book is soon to be hot off the presses. We’ve come full circle, ending Oxmoor House books not far from where it all began with this revamp of the Southern Living Party Cookbook of 1972 (the bestselling Southern Living book of all time). Oxford, Mississippi caterer and TODAY show food contributor @elizabethheiskellofficial narrates this beauty that is packed with the best recipes from the original book blended with inspired new recipes for entertaining that are destined to become classics for a new generation of cooks. @sidmemphis Editor letter in @southernlivingmag is the perfect coming out party for the all-new edition. This book is poised to be the belle of your bookshelf thanks to the hard work of so many. @elizabethheiskell @meredithsimbks @mattyryan137 @preich @melissahelenb @callienash @timeincfoodstudios @lydia_pursell_designs @laureywglenn @kaycstyle @margaretdickey @heatherchadduck @antonisachilleos @protazio @kourtneywithak21 (tag a talent...because I can’t begin to name all the gifted hands involved).
I’m used to posting about my kids, my authors, or the great work of my creative teams, so forgive the self-promotion. That this article appeared in @PublishersWkly two weeks ago, seems like foreshadowing in hindsight now. Just a week after its publication, mass layoffs and the shuttering of Oxmoor House (the book division of the former Time Inc.) has me ready to return to author collaborations again. The link to the serendipitous article about two of my collaborations, with Martina McBride and Chef Frank Stitt, is in my bio. @pwpics Thanks PW and Clare Swanson for including me!
Birmingham was hit by its own storm “Hurricane Meredith” this week. It decimated brands, jobs, livelihoods, dreams...and has left the destruction of great projects in various stages in its wake. Sadly, such storms are becoming more and more prevalent in the publishing industry. Oxmoor House would have been 40 years old next year. The imprint was started by Southern Progress Corporation, which founded Progressive Farmer and Southern Living magazines in the 60s. It was exclusively a direct mail book division at first, selling books from its brands to subscribers. It was bought by Time Inc. in the 80s and morphed into a machine, churning out quantity often over quality. Over the last several years under great leadership—a team who truly understood the book business—we’d upped our game in terms of quality content, design, photography, and caliber of author...and won some big awards along the way. I started working for Time Inc brands as a freelancer on my first story in 2001 for Cooking Light, which was also shuttered in Hurricane Meredith this past week, and I continued to develop recipes and produce stories as a freelancer for the magazines Cooking Light, Southern Accents, Cottage Living, Coastal Living, and countless Oxmoor House titles (all remnants of these storms now) as well as Southern Living. For the past four years I’ve worked exclusively on staff at Oxmoor House books mostly on titles for Southern Living, Coastal Living or outside authors like Rick Bragg and Martina McBride (just to note two recognizable names of so many of our gifted authors). This snap is of some of my Fall and Spring titles that are either very lucky to be at the printer already or sadly now in complete limbo. My heart aches for my authors, colleagues, our great work culture, and yes I grieve for myself. I truly loved my job. Storms are erratic and unpredictable. I’m excited to see what silver linings may come after this one. I’m nothing but available!
#sweetadeline Sundays at the lake. You still know how to hold court @addiecobbs_ 😘
I may be a mom of girls, but it’s taken the masses of native begonias on our side yard to make me a pink person.
Here we go! Get ready to get your party on. The Southern Living Party Cookbook release is just around the corner and expert Southern caterer and author of the bestselling #whatcanibring cookbook @elizabethheiskellofficial is ready to be your party whisperer, guiding you every step of the way in her downhome witty style. Stop by to see her and get your book signed!
I love old books...especially illustrated or typographic covers. When my husband’s grandmother died there were boxes and boxes of books being given away. I took more than I should’ve because they all seemed special...some possibly valuable. Today I was looking for inspiration for titles I’m working on and came across these mid century gems, which are just as striking on the inside. #bookcover #bookstagram #bookshelf