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I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be hitting the Main Stage this Sunday for the Country Living Fair in Atlanta to share some ideas for “Starting a Holiday Tradition with your Family!” The Magazine has always been a staple in our home and I’m so honored to be a part of this very fun event at Stone Mountain Park.

You know I’m passionate about traditions, and there is no time like the holidays to truly make memories that last forever. We have so many holiday-time traditions in our own family and I’d love to know what some of your special traditions are this time of year.

The weekend-long Fair will be filled with fun opportunities – from shopping unique vendors to meeting editors and authors like the Beekman Boys and Gena Knox, to fun demos! I’ll be on the Main Stage at 1PM on Sunday, Oct. 27th and I so hope you’ll come by and say hello, and you can check out the whole schedule of events here!

If you love Southern food, there’s a good chance you take the taste of a biscuit very seriously.  A staple in the Southern kitchen from breakfast to dinner, biscuits also allow each person to personalize theirs with honey, gravy, and different preserves. Most biscuits are made with the same ingredients: flour, buttermilk or milk, and some kind of fat or butter, but within the preparation is where many secret steps and family traditions take root.

Being a most adamant fan of breakfast & brunch, for me it doesn’t get much more Southern than the biscuit.  I love the notion of a flour-covered countertop, a strong tin biscuit cutter, and a warm biscuit just out of the oven in time for the meal to be enjoyed fresh.

This week we’ll be talking ingredients, secrets, favorites, and traditions for our biscuit #southernchat.  I hope you can join us in the chat and that we might encourage you to share a special recipe of your own, or make your own biscuits for you and your family. Join in this week for our biscuit #southernchat at 9:00PM est this Monday 3/18/13.

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#southernchat: biscuits (Monday 3/28/13 9:00PM est)

Q1:  If you had to describe a Southern biscuit in three words, what would they be?

Q2:  What’s the secret to making biscuits from scratch?

Q3:  What is your favorite local restaurant to find the best biscuits in town?

Q4: What are your favorite spreads/toppings for biscuits?

Q5:  What’s your favorite meal or recipe that includes biscuits? Feel free to share links!

Giveaways: This week we have TWO extra-special giveaways this week! Just join in the chat by using the #southernchat hashtag sometime from 9:00-10:00pm est on 3/18/13 and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Two lucky winners will be chosen at random.

The first is thanks to Southern blogger, Kate Spears of Southern Belle Simple  and the  International Biscuit Festival to be held 5/15-18 in Knoxville, TN. They are kindly giving away a pair of tickets to Biscuit Boulevard for one of our lucky #southernchat friends to enjoy! Now that is one celebration I’d love to take part in {judges needed?}.

The second is thanks to our friends at Pillsbury, who are giving away a fun gift basket to one lucky #southernchat friend this week! I personally love their flaky layers biscuit, which is my favorite quality of a true Southern biscuit, and they’re so perfect when you’re in a pinch for a quick, home-cooked meal!

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It is that time of year, Summer. When we are lucky enough to find the twinkling of tiny fireflies in tall grass fields all around. A joyous time.

Fireflies create an instant memory & a lasting family tradition. Hours spent chasing them, waiting until just the right moment when the illuminate long enough to find them and capturing them tightly in a great big preserves jar with holes gently puncturing the lid for air. A wonderful glow of lights captured for everyone to enjoy creates a lifetime of family times spent playing.

The wonderful Barnsley Gardens, just north of Atlanta, has a delightful “Fireflies” evening event that is held in their heirloom gardens. Sounds like the perfect place to create some family traditions of your own!

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hardcover books.004In my very humble opinion, there are few things finer than a hardcover book, and they never seem to go out of vogue.

They serve as displays on coffee tables everywhere, showcasing your loves & interests. They fill the shelves of libraries and dens, and one of my favorite new display forms have them flipped backwards so the many pages form a wall of off-white hues rather than colorful spines.

Hardcover books make for the loveliest of gifts and make for a treasured family tradition on so many levels. Despite the obvious gift of the appreciation of reading itself, a thoughtfully-selected book makes a statement of a gesture in of itself.

One of the most treasured of family heirlooms I have to date, is a beautiful black Webster dictionary from 1912. In its front cover is inscribed in the most perfect script a note from my great-grandfather to my great-grandmother wishing her a very Merry Christmas. What a wonderful treasure and a lovely tradition to create for your family when giving the gift of a fine hardcover book!

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There is something so wonderful about having children take part in hobbies that you love. Whether it’s golf, horseback riding, stamp collecting or playing the guitar – creating a family tradition of learning new hobbies is such a wonderful treasure that you children are sure to thank you for over and over again.

Dad taught me to play golf at a young age and it’s something I am continually appreciative for. I still have the wooden drivers that I learned on, reminiscent of the Bobby Jones days.  I learned to play the violin in elementary school and came to find out that my Grandfather had played as well and still had his violin, how wonderful! I rode horses, a hobby my “grand master” Aunt continues still to this day.

Exposing your family to new hobbies & interests enables you to share your passions with them, while opening up new worlds of adventure and a lifetime of stories for them to share. What hobbies does your family have?

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Some of the most lovely of family times have included a bottle (or more) of wine.

A wonderful way to remember these times spent laughing with your family & friends is to collect these corks in a large glass hurricane. I’ve seen folks write the date & occasion on each cork with a sharpie, which is great for reminiscing – looking back on a dinner party, a wedding or new years eve. And it also is a nice way to think back on how good a bottle was and be able to look back and see exactly what it was.

And, the corks make for a charming display, especially once you’ve gathered enough – and are great to set up on a bar area or in the kitchen. I love the organic look of all the corks stacked together – simply a treat!

It has come to my unfortunate attention that the Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie drive. Not good for those new years resolutions, but YUM!

I was a Girl Scout when I was younger – Troop 74. And I must say that I learned many wonderful things, many of the basic heirloom traditions that I’ve carried with me still today. The proper dress, cooking & crafting things, camping & making friends, doing good in the community.

A wonderful tradition for children today, as families grow busier and busier – the basic skills are still so relevant and even more important. And, then there is the cookies!  There seem to be new ones that come & go each year, but the old standard trefoils, thin mints, samoas and tagalongs that nearly everyone can releate to!


61 Our difference at IceMilk Aprons can be found in our mission – inspiring others to preserve their heritage. And our new line of heirloom aprons helps you do just that.

To help accomplish our mission, we include an “Heirloom Kit” with each IceMilk Apron.  The Heirloom Kit instantly takes you from apron to heirloom. It is my hope that each apron is treasured part of your life that will one day be passed down through the generations of your family.

The Heirloom Kit includes a “Heritage Tag” that is meant to capture generations of your family by having each woman in your family stitch their initials onto the Heritage Tag.  Your mother, your grandmother, even your great grandmother.  You then stitch your own initials onto the tag and stitch it to the inside of your apron – wearing it proudly.  One day, you will be able to pass the apron down to your children, having them stitch their own initials alongside generations of your family. And hopefully, passing down family recipes that have been influential in creating memories throughout your life, along with the skills needed to truly cook from scratch.

For more on our Heirloom Aprons and our signature Heirloom Kit, I do hope you will visit our website www.icemilkaprons.com.

One of the best family traditions we have is one that was started just this year.  I cannot take credit (though, I wish I could) for my Mom and Sister are the geniuses behind this one.

Grandma passed away in April. Over the next few months, we took turns going through her belongings deciding what everyone wanted to keep, what was meaningful, and what was to be sold or donated. When we got to the jewelry box, we couldn’t decide the best way to share her collection of pieces that were meaningful to everyone.

So, we took turns going through and each picking out a piece of jewelry that we wanted, then passed the box around until everyone had picked several pieces.  We decided we would all have the pieces we selected for the next year.  At Christmas, we will wrap up each piece with a little note or a photograph of what that piece of jewelry “experienced” over the past year – where we have worn it, compliments we got on it, memories that we had while wearing it – and will give the gift to different members of our family to continue on the tradition.

I have enjoyed the pieces so much this year and can’t wait to spread them around and share my stories with the family.  And, what a wonderful way to celebrate Grandma during the holidays, each of us having on-going gifts in her memory that we can share for a lifetime!

Collections are such a genuine way of gathering & displaying things that are meaningful to you.

I started my very first collection on a road trip to North Carolina.  We travel there each summer to see our family. A long haul from Florida, we always took our time on the back roads, stopping at small towns & little shops along the way.

In an attempt to “capture” my trip, I searched hopelessly for an item that I could bring back home & proudly display as my travel trophy. Without too much thought, and with absolutely no significance, I decided to start my collection – thimbles.

The thimbles were easy. They were in every gift shop or antique store around, so no worry of not coming home without a treasure. I carried on this collection for quite a few years, and still have the stash somewhere.

What was your first collection?

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