Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

Recent Posts By Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

Sister Says: Enjoy My Favorite Spring Appetizer Solutions

Pull my homemade-tasting rolls out of the freezer and try one (or more!) of these five bite-size favorites. After a mild winter in Lower Alabama, spring seems to have sprung. I already see buds on the pear trees and azalea bushes. And I’m starting to get invitations to outdoor get-togethers and cookouts with friends who are ready to fire up […]

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Roll Into Spring with Sister Schubert

Is your spring schedule filling up fast? Mine is! Planned around my son Alex’s soccer games, my travels across the country keep me busy. I have the pleasure of meeting so many of you at cookbook signings and talks at various events, but in between trips, I’m putting together weeknight meals like many of you. Plus, with warm weather approaching, […]

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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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4 Ways to Make the Countdown to Christmas Really Count!

Christmas is coming with its flurry of festivities. I develop an annual plan to pull it all off with ease — and with time built in to spend with my family and friends. I’d love for you to have that kind of plan, too. After all, your undistracted presence with those you love is the best present to give. Make […]

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Simplify Your Thanksgiving Table and Bring Families Together

The Thanksgiving meal may be one of my favorites of the year. Beyond the delicious food, having extended family members come home or fly in from afar makes the dinner table special. If you’re hosting the meal, it can take “some doing,” as we say in the South, to get that menu planned and the table set. But gathering family […]

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A Few Fall Favorites from Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

From cozy cashmere turtlenecks to the socks knitted by my sister, Charlotte, my favorite things about autumn bring familiar comfort — all the more so because of the chill in the air. Finally, we’ve gotten some colder days and nights here in Lower Alabama, where I live with my husband, George. And up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we […]

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Share Springtime Celebrations

As the weather warms up, many of us start making party plans. For couples getting married this spring, we want to throw a brunch. For mothers-to-be, give a baby shower. For next-door neighbors, have a cookout. We even say, ‘Yes,’ when teens ask if they can have a sleepover. (Maybe spring fever is affecting our judgment!) All these events have one thing […]

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Sharing Easter Joy

As Easter approaches in South Alabama, I can’t wait to see the hot pink azaleas burst into frilly blooms. To catch glimmers of snow-white dogwoods amid the pale greens of spring. To celebrate with my family and friends. In fact, Easter is the most profound season of the year to me. A time to reflect on the renewal of nature all […]

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Generosity: The Best Way to Warm Up This Winter

Conquer Old Man Winter by giving someone a little warmth from your heart and soul. My recipe for a favorite chicken soup—along with my Parker House Style Rolls, of course—can help. We’re in the last and often coldest days of winter here in the South. But that’s one of my favorite times of year to knock on someone’s door with […]

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Spread the Love with Sister Schubert’s

When I was growing up in Troy, Ala., my parents never booked a sitter on Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year even happens to be their wedding anniversary, but they made the whole holiday about celebrating the love we had as a family. They hung out around the house with my siblings and me instead of stealing […]

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