Southern Lady magazine has been a favorite of my mom's for several years.
The last couple of years of my life have been pretty hectic so I've been drawn to quicker, grab and go meals than some of the recipes and ideas for decorating and entertaining that you'll find in this wonderful magazine with its vivid photography and colors throughout.
But, I've found myself drawn to Southern Lady just recently.
I'm a fall lover.
Halloween, Thanksgiving, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, gourds, mums...
I just love it.
Southern Lady is published every 2 months so this issue is the September/October issue.
Even though I don't entertain all that often, what I think I love about Southern Lady is the attention to using natural and classic types of table settings and decorations rather than chintzy, fake looking stuff.
Can you tell I'm not an interior decorator?
I absolutely love this table runner with its initial so proudly displayed...I want one of these for my Thanksgiving table...of course mine would be an S...Tee Hee :)
My husband is not a hunter but I was drawn to the section called "Cabin Chic."
Especially the outside pictures...nature all around...and my favorite mums and natural lighting...oh my, can I move here please? I would never be able to leave my house I'm afraid if I could look out my window and see this view.
Southern Lady always has a section on historic sites...homes and places to travel...this month the focus is on Richmond, VA. If you have any inkling of interest in the South, you will love these sections. Again, the photography is some of the best I've seen...it's not just the photographs though; it's as if the person taking the pictures knows art when he/she sees it...no matter what he/she is looking at. Gorgeous.
Again, more natural decorating ideas...
I just melt in candlelight (no pun intended) :)
Of course, there are food sections in Southern Lady...but there's always a theme...this magazine doesn't just gloss over the theme either...it goes all the way with the food, the decorations, the venue, the dishes, etc. (by the way, I'd like to own that serving dish on the left, please...thanks).
Look at the boots as vases!!
Oh my, I just saw the plates to the left of the boots.
For this dinner party the barn has actually been turned into the dining room.
Can you see the horse sticking out his head in the top left photo? He wants barbeque too!!
And, of course recipes...I will be giving those Cowboy Cornmeal Rolls a try!
Other recipes from this section include Apple Slaw with Chive Dressing, Barnyard Baked Beans, Barbecue Beef Brisket, and Chocolate Chess Pie.
More dinner ideas...another gorgeous and natural venue...the yard!
With such an incredible view in the front yard why would someone eat anywhere else??
How bout that centerpiece on the right??
Recipes in this section include Fall Salad with Molasses Vinaigrette, Beef Tournedos with Sweet and Spicy Corn Relish, Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Lemony Sauteed Spinach, and Apple Galette with Ginger Crust and Five-Spice Cream.
The pictures are mouth watering!!
This photo is from a section called "Cinnamon Swirl" which includes recipes and photos of delectible Cinnamon Rolls, Snickerdoodles and this Cinnamon Cafe Latte.
Please add those mugs to my shopping list....thank you and Amen.
Ok, be honest, who doesn't love Snickerdoodles???
One of the last sections is called "Cookbook Worth Collecting" and this issue features a cookbook called The Blackberry Farm Cookbook.
I don't have this one, but my mom does. It is as incredible as it sounds.
There are stories of family, more incredible photography, regional information and cultural highlights of cooking in Appalachia...and of course, recipes.
I'm a southern girl and always will be so I realize I may be a little biased...but this magazine is now one of my favorites. The South is portrayed by taking advantage of its special features and beauty...including a love for people and home.
I love this one.
Or, could you already tell that?