As the days tick by until Santa's big scene, our halls are getting decked and our calendars filled.
Stepping into Nancy and Carol Carpenter's historic Columbus home during the holidays brings to mind a more gracious time. Bay leaf wreaths at the windows and mantles dressed in swags of greenery blend with warm colors, decor and furnishings that comfortably meld the present with the past.
For 50 delicious Novembers, the annual Country Store Bake Sale has helped fill Thanksgiving tables to overflowing with some of the tastiest homemade cakes, pies, candies, cookies, cheese straws and other goodies this side of the Mississippi River.
With house rules like "Feel free to fall in love," and "Dance wildly if you want to," you might expect the unexpected at Crawgators Restaurant, recently opened at 1586 Lake Lowndes Road in the New Hope community.
Fall is a wonderful time to break out the stew recipes. Brrrr nights and blustery days call for comfort foods to fill the tummy and warm the heart. Most of us enjoy a traditional hearty beef stew, but variations are endless, as some of today's recipes illustrate.
No bones about it, for fun-minded cooks, Halloween is a great time to set the imagination free.
Even to the deep South, autumn finally comes. Temperatures tease us, hinting at sweater weather ahead. Daylight retreats, day by day, and nights are ripe for sitting out on the porch, happily hatching plans for Halloween costumes, holiday menus or letters to Santa.
From the moment they pass through handsome, carved doors that once fronted the old New Orleans Stock Exchange, diners know they've arrived at a distinctive destination.
For Ray Merchant, serving up smooth, silky frozen custard cones, sundaes, splits and other sweet bliss is a far cry from the gritty sleuthing he did as a railroad detective for three decades.
As hot Southern summers wane into late August and September, young watchers who have patiently monitored vines at Palmer Home in Columbus finally hear the pronouncement: "Muscadines are ready!" And like other fans of the big grape, they fill up their shirttails with the sweet and tart fruit, to enjoy fresh off the vine.
Saturday's kick-offs heralded more than another autumn of gridiron action; they launched a fresh season of tailgating, too.
Here comes Labor Day. But instead of mourning the passing of summer, segue smoothly into the season of touchdowns, turkeys and evergreens with a lively outdoor party that celebrates the last 20 or so summer days still officially left.
Every second Sunday in August, come rain or come shine, the faithful return to a wooded spot "10 miles out in the country" from Carrollton, Ala. Here, for more than 100 years, generations have gathered to celebrate family and faith -- not to mention a hearty Brunswick stew and old-fashioned all-day singing at Spring Hill Baptist Church, first established in 1842.
While most of the world slumbers at 4 a.m., the day is under way at Ole Country Bakery in Brooksville.
Cookbook titles aside, that phrase, "the joy of cooking," might have been coined for Sigga Head.
Sometimes kids just need a little inspiration to try something in the kitchen. Sultry summertime offers a great opportunity to tempt them to make some simple, fun and yes, even healthy, snacks. The time together with mom or dad -- or grandparents -- can be a memory-builder, too.
Whether celebrating Independence Day weekend with a host of friends or a small gathering of family, add a flourish by showing your colors. Red, white and blue strawberry appetizers or a patriotic potato salad will have the crowd talking. Or how about an American flag cake for dessert?