I’m Not Dead Yet!

  I know many of you have been greatly disturbed about the lack of Grumpy posts in 2017. You’ve found them to be a great source of comfort and wisdom in your life and suddenly, they’ve been yanked away! What happened? Is Grumpy in prison? Is Grumpy deceased? No. I’m still here and I’m still writing the Grumpy Gardener. The […]

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Expand Your Palate in Columbia, SC This Year

  You get the feeling that Columbia, SC is hitting the ‘thriving metropolis’ threshold by the number of acclaimed chefs and restaurants popping up around town. Case in point, Sarah Simmons of NYC’s Birds & Bubbles and City Grit now has two Rise Bakeshop and Gourmet Goods locations. Soon after Sarah opened her first location in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood, […]

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An Idyllic Haven in the Lowcountry

Just the drive through the lush, idolized Lowcountry of Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina is enough to melt away any cares. Whether you’re seeking a weekend girlfriend getaway or a quiet romantic escape, Palmetto Bluff is just as magical as it looks in photographs. A haven for any traveler seeking refuge underneath a canopy of Spanish moss, Palmetto Bluff was also […]

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First-Ever Latin All-Star Charity Dinner Comes to Unexpected Southern City

Latin cuisine is heating up the South in some unexpected places. Louisville chef Anthony Lamas is hosting the city’s first-ever Latin all-star dinner at his top-rated restaurant, Seviche, on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Named by USA Today as one of the best places to eat in the city, Chef Lamas is bringing in two other Louisville-based Latin chefs, […]

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Sit A Spell At Monmouth Historic Inn

With the beauty of 26 acres of manicured gardens as its backdrop, Monmouth Historic Inn is the modern portrait of the antebellum mansions in history books. Monmouth is where you’ll find guests enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the veranda sipping a Mint Julep or perusing the grounds full of fresh blooms. Built in 1818, the inn hosts 16 luxury suites […]

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A Bayou Stay in the New Year

If you’re already begging for a restart button after a busy holiday “vacation,” this Southern Living Hotel Collection property offers relaxation with open arms. Located just 30 miles outside of New Orleans, The Southern dubs itself as the hub of hospitality in the quaint town of Covington, Louisiana. In 2011, new owners reopened the doors of this 1907 landmark, unveiling […]

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5 Ways to Dodge the Winter Blues

The holidays are behind us, the cool weather has settled in and a day off seems far away. Welcome to the winter blues, which is said to hit the hardest on the third Monday in January. It’s called “Blue Monday,” and it’s often considered the most depressing day of the entire year. When days like Blue Monday are gray, short […]

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DIY Mail Holder

Here at Southern Living, we love a good DIY. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Craft Box Girls – led by craft guru Lynn Lilly – are creating fun, easy-to-make projects to spice up your entertaining, wedding planning, or holiday gifting. Check back every other Thursday for some DIY inspiration. One my biggest resolutions for 2017 is to be more organized. I am starting […]

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Christmas Mornings Teach Some of Life’s Best Lessons

Growing up in Troy, Ala., I would wake on Christmas morning and run headlong toward the gleaming tree to see what was underneath it. There’s nothing like that magical anticipation, but my favorite memories of childhood Christmases somehow come back to the kitchen. Even then, the joy of putting a delicious meal on the table for my family seemed like […]

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Chef Mike Davis and Bobby Williams

Every year, Chef Mike Davis of West Columbia’s Terra, sits down with his father-in-law, Bobby Williams, CEO of the beloved Lizard’s Thicket meat-and-three restaurants, to plan out their annual Christmas Eve dinner. Trained by the likes of James Beard Award-winning chefs Susan Spicer and Frank Stitt, Mike always prepares a signature beef cut that is accompanied by sides from the […]

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