For this week’s Blogging Through the Alphabet I decided to let you all know about a couple of visits we made to the Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. For those of you who don’t watch Fixer Upper on HGTV, Magnolia is the brainchild of hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines and draws a ton of their fans to the site on a daily basis.
Our visits to Magnolia fit in the same timeframe as our visit to Abilene. (Can you call it a visit if you stayed there only because your car’s transmission decided to conk out in the area? You can read about it in my post, A is for Abilene.) Anyway, we ended up in Abilene for a couple of days but figured we still had time for a stop at Magnolia on our way to Houston (in a rental car).
As luck would have it, our rental car wasn’t ready until after lunch so we got a late start on our three-hour drive. We figured we would be OK to get there before they closed but, of course, since we were already running late we ran into construction along the way and arrived at 6:04 pm (they closed at 6:00 and even at that there was still a line of people inside behind the locked bakery door).
Now there was a positive to getting there in the evening, decorated with lights the buildings and silos make a pretty site but not for someone who would be flying home the next day and have no opportunity to try the cupcakes she had been eyeing on the Magnolia website.
We continued on our way to Houston where we spent the rest of the evening doing laundry and packing for her morning flight. She made us promise to stop at the Silos on our way back to Abilene and try one of those cupcakes just for her.
Since hubby was flying into Houston to begin his vacation EJ and I decided to stay for a few days to visit with family and do some sightseeing. Hubby arrived on December 4th as scheduled and we headed back up to Abilene since our car (complete with a newly rebuilt transmission) was ready to be picked up. EJ asked if we would be able to stop at the Silos on our way. This time we were sure to make it since we left in the morning and it was only a three-hour drive.
Have you ever seen such a pretty site? We did arrive just after lunch which the Silos website advises not doing because of the crowds but we got lucky since it was mid-week and hubby kindly dropped EJ and I off at the bakery and parked the rental a couple of blocks away (there was a little shuttle that would take you to your vehicle the day we were there).
EJ was super excited to join the line. It was all very well organized with a friendly staff member handing out little pencils and order cards so you could be ready when your turn came up at the counter. It kept things moving so the line wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked.
There were so many delicious looking choices we had a tough time deciding and then we saw the sign on the wall inside and realized we really should go for a balanced diet, especially when traveling so far from home.
After making our choices, EJ and I went out into the sunny courtyard and found ourselves a table while Papa waited for our treats. We didn’t have to wait long before he arrived with bakery boxes and bags.
Hubby’s first words after biting into his ginger cookies filled with cream, “That woman knows how to cook!” Of course, he didn’t expect that Joanna would be in the kitchen baking but he was certain she was responsible for the delicious recipe. As you can see from the slideshow, EJ loved his chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream. Mine reminded me of my gramma’s cupcakes, so delicious.
After our coffee and treats, I decided to do a little shopping while the guys went and checked out Magnolia Seed & Supply. The young man decided he couldn’t leave without having one of their baseball caps (just like they wear on the show).
I encountered a store all dressed up for Christmas with a beautiful assortment of vintage style decorations (totally my style, no wonder I love Joanna’s designs).
There was so much to see I couldn’t take it all in and decided on a few little items to take home (I only had so much room in my luggage and we were traveling in my little Caliber). The salespeople were all very friendly and helpful. They made you feel welcome.
So there you have it, a bit about our visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos. It is definitely on our list for a return visit.
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- Christine @ Lifes’s Special Necessities
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- Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
- Wendy @ Life on Chickadee Lane
- Lori @ At Home: where life happens
- Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach