Thursday, March 6, 2008
Southern Living & Yellow Peach Tea
When I became a newspaper lifestyle editor in my early twenties, one thing I quickly learned was that I had *better* read Southern Living magazine each month. Frankly, it wasn't even on my radar at the time, but I began to notice during interviews with women on any topic relating to hearth and home, it wasn't "Do you read Southern Living?" but "Have you seen that recipe for x in the new Southern Living?" It was simply assumed you would read it. Well, the recipes and articles were great, but I have always hated-hated-hated the design of this magazine. The name of the magazine was always in a bright yellow font, even at Christmas, and the very thick magazine was stapled, not perfect-bound like a book. (If this sounds picky, just imagine working with me on our own magazine each month!)
That's a long way of saying this: Southern Living, to which I have greatly warmed over the years, has undergone a redesign and it is GORGEOUS! The magazine is now perfect-bound, which means that the nasty stapled cover is a thing of the past. And the name on the cover is no longer yellow! I like yellow just fine, I just didn't want it to be that color all the time. So I'm very happy with my Southern Living magazine this month, which is fitting since I just got some new tea from their Southern Living at Home division. It's one of those home party companies (think Tupperware), but I ordered the tea from a co-worker whose aunt is a distributor. This is the Yellow Peach Tea, and it is so delicious!
Here's what's in the tea: "Apple bits, rooibos, raisins, rose blossom leaves, natural and artificial flavors, papaya bits, peach bits and sunflower blossoms." This stuff is like a garden party in a teacup, so if any of you southern gals see a Southern Living at Home catalog floating around your office, you may want to check it out. And just out of curiosity ... Southern Living remains *the* lifestyle magazine here in the South, but I'm wondering what the must-read REGIONAL magazines are elsewhere in the country. Any of you non-southern ladies care to comment?