Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

Recent Posts By Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

Share the Heart of Easter with Sister Schubert

Please pass the salt. The lemons. The rolls. The simple act of handing things to others at the dinner table goes back to a very basic lesson we all must learn in life: Share. It’s something we teach our children in the playroom and at meal time, and it’s a heartfelt habit that we practice as adults. With Easter coming […]

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Make Easter Entertaining Easy with Sister Schubert

The most special Sunday meal of the year can be simple with my make-ahead secrets. Of all the holiday meals throughout the year, Easter typically brings families together for the shortest amount of time—usually a lovely afternoon after a church service. I’ve always thought of this day as the most special Sunday of the year—and the most special lunch I […]

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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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