Friday, November 7, 2014

Southern Living's Christmas All Through the South: Review and Giveaway

The sweetest memories fill my mind of my maternal grandmother, Grandma Cleva and her collection of Southern Living books she would bring out throughout the year, but none so often as when she would display the Christmas books. Even as a young child, I thought Southern Living books were a cut above any other holiday publication that came across my young hands. I am now approaching my 40th Christmas, preceded a few days by my milestone birthday and that treasured stack of Grandma Cleva's Southern Living books now graces the bookshelf in my home. I open up the pages of the books, now each a beloved heirloom, to see the timeless holiday wonder I was drawn to as a child.  

When I received a copy of Southern Living's new holiday publication "Christmas All Through The South", one look at the beautiful cover and I smiled so brightly on the outside AND the inside. This book already has been given a place of honor on our living room coffee table for guests to peruse this season and my enjoyment. It is over 400 pages of Southern holiday splendor in an heirloom-quality hardcover book.    

There are countless recipes I have added to my collection that come to life on the colorful pages of the book. Today, we picked out our Christmas tree and this year, we had a new tradition for our dinner meal with the menu that graces the "Hearty Picnic in the Pines" pages with Rosemary Scented Cold Cider, Skillet Fried Chicken, and a Caramel Drop-Banana Bread Trifle.  

I was delighted by the recipes to create an array of festive pancakes for a one-of-a-kind Christmas Morning brunch, including Red Velvet Pancakes and Hummingbird Pancakes and this is going to be a fun new tradition in our household. 

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I'm a cake girl, and the collection of holiday cake recipes in this book absolutely amazed me. There is going to be a captivating cake parade at my house this season thanks to these recipes, including one for the renowned white cake.

The book is a showcase for Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions through pictures and words that weave holiday visions past and present. This year, it is welcomed as an heirloom I will one day pass down to the next generation.   

Here's some joyful holiday news just for YOU: one of you will win your own copy of this beautiful keepsake book, valued at $40.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below and tell me if you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s been passed on to you from a family member or friend.  

Details:  This giveaway closes on Sunday, November 9, at 8:00 pm EST.  Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of Southern Living Christmas All Through The South for the purpose of my honest review. This giveaway was provided by YC Media.  All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.  


  1. My grandmother used to bake banana bread at the holidays. While not a traditional Christmas recipe for most, it was a special holiday treat in our family. She gave me the recipe years ago, but I haven't quite duplicated her magical touch.
    -Kris E.O.

  2. My Grandma H used to make a banana cake, whit yellow cake with banana between the layers. It would have cool whip fro icing and cherries on top.

    My Grandma R used to make homemade peanut clusters and FANTASTIC Pumpkin pie. :-)

  3. My mom makes the most amazing cookies! I love using her sugar cookie recipe to bake my own.

  4. My Mom would make stained glass cookies- they were beautiful AND delicious!

  5. It would not be Christmas without my Grandma Wells's gingerbread men. To be precise they are really more like molasses cookie men and the eyes, mouth and buttons MUST be currants not raisins!

  6. My favorite holiday recipe that has been passed down in my family is Boiled Custard. My grandmother passed this recipe down to my mother about 70 years ago and Mom passed it down to me 40+ years ago. One day I will pass the recipe down to my daughter and to my daughter in law. It is a time consuming recipe and is loaded with calories but it is always the beverage of choice with a slice of my Mom's fruitcake recipe. I have been a Southern Living reader since 1973 and plan all of my holiday meals and other special occasions from my collection of Southern Living recipes dating 1973-2014.

  7. My favorite holiday recipe was passed down to me, and if cranberry marshmallow salad. It just isn't thanksgiving without it!

  8. I have two recipes handed down from my grandmother Forner that I always use during the holidays. Stuffing for the turkey and sweet potatoes. Since moving to Texas from Ohio as a child these "Northern" recipes always take me home for the holidays.

  9. Southern Living Magazine has been (and still is) one of my favorite magazines since a very small child. I loved looking at all the beautiful pictures inside . I even framed a few to decorate my room. As I got older, love to try out the recipes inside. Made wonderful thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

  10. Congratulations Kris Elvin O'Brien! Please e-mail me your mailing address to