11.26.2016

Fall Festivities in Austin

Fall, while not as cold as many other parts of the country, is still one of my favorite times of year in Austin.  The summer heat starts to die down {slowly}, and it starts to become very comfortable to be doing things outside that don't include water.  We've enjoyed a few gorgeous hikes in the Hill Country  {one, I'll be sharing in an upcoming post}, and we've also enjoyed some good food and festivities this season.  Here are a few snaps from the past month or so.






One of the highlights of the season - making incredible baked pumpkin donuts with cinnamon sugar - thanks to my sweet friend Amanda and her recipe {find it here on her amazing blog}!






And our table, ready for Thanksgiving, which was delicious!  We got to spend the day, cooking, eating, and relaxing with my parents at home here in Austin.  We are so thankful for our life here, our family and friends, health, jobs, and everything else God has blessed us with.  I hope you had a fantastic fall season wherever you are!



Thanks for reading!

11.03.2016

The {New} Magnolia Silos



It's been over a year since Magnolia Market has moved into their new location at the silos in downtown Waco, Texas, and it just felt like time to take a quick day trip up to visit again.  Last weekend, Matt was busy all day, so it was the perfect time for me to go take my time and wander around the grounds.  And wander around I did.  The last time I was up there, it was literally just a store.  I was really very impressed to see how much progress Chip and Johanna have made in just one year - it is literally a complex of different areas to eat, drink, shop, play, and spend your day at.  Beside the main store, they have Magnolia Flour {the bakery}, the soccer field {a large grassy area with balls, games, swings, and even bean bag chairs for adults and kids alike to enjoy}, the Magnolia Seed + Supply Shop {with garden}, and a food truck area with a ton of covered outdoor seating and string lights.  The whole place just screams, "come and stay a while!", which was clearly Chip and Johanna's intention behind The Silos.


















Even with all of the new Magnolia additions, my favorite part was still the store.  For such a large building, it really doesn't feel too overwhelming, because they have it divided up well.  I noticed a large amount of new products since visiting last year, and the vignettes and stylings just provide so much home inspiration for me.  I definitely left feeling... well, inspired {I'm trying to think of another word to use here, but this one just keeps coming to mind}! 

Another stand-out was their new bakery - an adorable black and white brick building that welcomes you to the Silos.  Just as cute on the inside, the bakery was simple, rustic, farmhouse - just like the rest of the Magnolia brand.  With a line wrapping around the side of the building, I parked myself in line, expecting to have some time to read on my Kindle, but it moved surprisingly fast.  Although they have other baked goodies, I mainly came for the cupcakes, and they did not disappoint!  I took home three to try {although only two actually made it back home to Austin}: "Lemon Lavender" - lemon and lavender vanilla cake with lemon buttercream icing, "Shiplap" - vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream icing, and "Nuts + Bolts" - vanilla cake filled with pecans and walnuts and cream cheese icing.  All of them heavenly {Nuts + Bolts was my favorite}! 









The best part is that before Chip and Johanna converted the silos, my friend Tessa and I had stopped by on our trip to Waco {read about it here} and predicted that the little building out front - previously an abandoned flower shop - would end up being a bakery.  But it really exceeded my expectations {in design + cupcake goodness}.