A free gift for you!
It’s the most wonderful time of year… That’s what the song says, so it must be true, right? Absolutely! The holiday season is made up of amazing opportunities to gather with loved ones, remember and reflect on the past while making precious new memories, and most importantly remembering the reason for season. It is fun, exciting, and inspiring, but if we are being really honest with ourselves, then it can also be hectic, overwhelming, and exhausting. There are a million things to do, and it often seems like there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Well, this year Southern Holiday Life is here to help!
We are introducing our first Holiday Planning Guide, and it is a free tool to get you organized and ready to embrace this holiday season with a game plan to maximize this amazing time of year. It is an easy to use booklet that will give you space to plan out the season from Christmas card lists to budgets and menu planning to gift trackers. This is our gift to each of you this year, so that you can spend the your holiday season making memories and living in each moment rather than getting lost in the chaos.
Download the PDF, print and get organized this holiday season!
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They say it takes a village to raise a child, well the same is true for publishing a magazine. We are constantly looking for new writers, photographers, crafters, decorators, cooks. If you are interested in joining this fun Southern owned and Southern made magazine, let us here from you!
To be considered:
If we haven’t made you run for the hills, please send us a sample of your work with pictures (knowing your way around a camera gets you bonus points) to email@example.com.
We are looking for the unique Southern craft, story or recipe. If you think you have what it takes, send us a sample… We will respond to every submission, (because mama raised us right!).
Good Luck Y’all!
Pepper Mozzarella Toasts
1/2 (11.5 oz) jar of Jennifer’s Kitchen Pepper Jelly, Strawberry*
8 oz mozzarella cheese, diced
3/4 T olive oil + more for brushing
Aged balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
2 T heavy cream
fresh basil thinly sliced baguette
Preheat Oven 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Cut baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Brush slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toast slices on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Mix chopped mozzarella, cream and olive oil in a small bowl to coat. Turn toast slices over and top with a spoonful of cheese mixture. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
Top with strawberry pepper jelly and a few slices of basil. Drizzle
a bit of aged balsamic vinegar. Yields: approximately 20 slices.
*works with any JK Flavor, We prefer Strawberry
Jennifer Lee is the owner of Jennifer's Kitchen, a gourmet jelly company based in Homewood, AL. She lives and breathes pepper jelly and is on a mission to teach people that pepper jelly is for more than just pouring over cream cheese!
More than 250 women gathered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on March 4 for the inaugural Lean On: Alabama Lifestyle & Leadership Conference. With close to two dozen speakers on the agenda, the day was packed from the morning’s opening session all the way through the closing reception that evening.
Lean On: Alabama is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that brings women together to form inter-generational partnerships by building an innovative statewide platform which promotes collaboration, development, and investment in each other and the community.
The conference aimed to provide opportunities for the women of Alabama to build relationships while sharing knowledge and experiences, along with learning from others who have forged a path as leaders in their families, communities, churches, government, and businesses.
“The inaugural Lifestyle and Leadership Conference marked the beginning of what Lean On: Alabama hopes to do in our state,” said Mary Lee Caldwell, president and co-founder of the organization. “We are already seeing relationships that were formed at the conference take shape and help people grow personally and professionally. This is only the beginning, and I cannot wait to see where this road takes us.”
Keynote speakers for the event included Amber Aziza, Liz Huntley, Peggy Orenstein, Sarah Patterson and Carolyn Rush. Thirty-six additional speakers also conducted breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Each speaker throughout the day aimed to impart their wisdom in some way – from strategy and tactics to inspiration and goal-setting.
“Be strict about your goals. Be flexible about how you get there,” said Carolyn Rush, director of brand strategy for Worn Creative. “If you see another women up for a promotion, offer her a recommendation. Encourage her. Do whatever you can to stand together.”
Following the conference, Lean On: Alabama will continue working around the state, including launching Iris Circles, which will be small inter-generational groups of women offering opportunities for fellowship, collaboration, and support.
“After our inaugural conference, I am more excited than ever about fostering inter-generational networks of women supporting each other,” said Marsha Grady, vice president and co-founder. “Our conference attendees included women of all ages, colors, faiths, cultures, and walks of life. We learned together and from each other – and left inspired to inspire and empower each other in all areas of our lives.”
To learn more about Lean On: Alabama,
Looking for inspiration for the upcoming holidays?
Check out the Southern Holiday Life Christmas Issue 2015 online. It is full of wonderful recipes, decorating ideas, crafts, and more.
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Southern Holiday Life Christmas 2015
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Southern Holiday Life Magazine is excited to launch a new feature column dedicated to planning and preparing for Southern Weddings and Events.
This new feature column will be focusing on the planning of the perfect wedding or event, whether it be a simple backyard wedding or an elaborate event at lavish venues located in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
Please contact us if you participated in or know of a recent wedding or event in the East Alabama or West Georgia area that we should consider featuring in an upcoming issue of Southern Holiday Life magazine.
Southern Holiday Life magazine is an established lifestyle magazine serving the
East Alabama and West Georgia area. Call Kelly or Leisel Caldwell for rates and more information at 877-959-5253 or 256-357-4557.
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