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Weekend trip to Magnolia Market: Where to stay, eat and shop!

I've been meaning to write about our trip to Waco FOREVER now but time got away from me. Better late then never right?! Any who--this past January I had the amazing opportunity to go with my friend Rachel on a fun filled weekend trip to Magnolia Market. No kids, no laundry, no dishes, just a couple girls with big suitcases on a mission to find all the treasures, eat all the food, drink all the coffee and hopefully run into Chip and Jo.

trip to magnolia silos where to stay eat and shop

We flew into Waco in the evening and drove by the Silos before checking into our hotel. Everything was closed around it with the exception of a couple restaurants. We stayed at the Home2 Suites by Hilton and it was great! Very close to the Silos, free breakfast, clean rooms, friendly staff-- what more could you ask for? =)

the silos waco texas

First things first, cupcakes! The Bakery is open before the store and we got up early to get there just before it opened at 7:30. Not many people were there yet so we were first in line. The rest of the day the line was out the door and way down the sidewalk. Soooo glad we got there early! We each got a couple boxes of goodies to take back to our families. The cupcakes are AMAZING. Just get a bunch the first time. You won't want to wait in line for an hour to get more later. And trust me you will want more than one!

Magnolia Bakery

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The gates were open to the yard and garden even though the store wasn't open yet, so we were able to take photos before the crowds arrived.

Magnolia Silos waco texas


Magnolia Silos


magnolia silos

It was sprinkling off and on in the morning so the tables were wet but by the afternoon it had stopped and someone was walking around drying everything off.


girls trip to the silos

One of the most exciting parts of the trip was the Magnolia Warehouse sale! Apparently this only comes around once - maybe twice a year. When we decided which weekend to go we didn't even know this was scheduled during our visit. And we didn't realize how awesome it would be until we got there. We were walking around the Silos taking pictures and several other people we met mentioned they had been and we should go. So since we had a little time before the store opened up we decided to give it a shot. YOU GUYS, so much stuff at clearance prices. I was a little overwhelmed at first but then got my act together and filled my little bag with as many goodies as I thought I could fit in my suitcase. By the time we made it to the checkout counter they had marked everything down an additional 30%. What!? So naturally we took our goodies to the car and made another round! 

Magnolia warehouse sale waco texas

And we met Joanna's mom!


We drove back to the Silos to visit the store and check out the food trucks for lunch. There was so much good food! Magnolia Table wasn't open yet when we went so we didn't get to try it. But hey-now we have a reason to go back! (As if the cupcakes aren't enough) =)

Magnolia market Waco Texas

Girls trip to Magnolia Silos

Trip to magnolia silos

trip to Magnolia Silos


This was taken just before closing when the crowd died down. When we went through the first time around noon it was shoulder to shoulder. 

Plan your Magnolia Silos trip

As you can see from the photo they have a little shipping station at the store. So if you don't want take all your goodies with you on the airplane you can have them shipped. They were running a special when we went-anything over $100 ships free. But since we had done so much shopping at the warehouse sale our purchases at the store didn't meet the requirement. (This is where our big, lightly packed suitcases came in handy.) 

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After the Silos we visited Harp Design Co. The house they fixed up for them from the show is right beside it. And lucky us-they were having a sale too!

harp design co

clint harp store

clint harp store

clint harp studios

We got our mid afternoon pick-me-up from Common Grounds

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Then took our cowboy coffee on the road to McGregor to see the Magnolia bed and breakfast


Magnolia Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia Bed and Breakfast

We also took a quick tour of the Dr. Pepper museum.

dr. pepper museum waco texas


And we saw the original Magnolia store on our way to the warehouse sale. 
magnolia waco texas

Did I mention we wanted to try all the food? =) The Pie Peddler is down the street from the Silos so we stopped here for a bit to re-energize. Delicious!

the pie peddler waco texas

the silos

The Findery is also walking distance from the Silos and has some really cute things. Definitely worth checking out!


Antique store waco texas

For dinner we went to Hecho En Waco. It was right down the street from the Silos also and so delicious!


Silos


It was such a fun trip with the sweetest friend. Have any of you been to the Silos? I'd love to hear your stories! Any fun things you'd recommend doing that we missed?

Easy and delicious peach and blueberry tart

Summer is here, and with it comes all of its perks: lazy pool days, late nights, BBQs with friends, farmers markets, and tons of fresh fruits and veggies to name a few.

My family and I live in South Carolina and are blessed with lots of outdoor markets in the summer, which we usually check out on Saturdays. Plus walking is a good form of exercise especially if you're planning to eat yummy desserts later.

If you love dessert like my family does, you might also be looking for ways to stay fit and still enjoy the occasional desserts. It's never to late to get in a family fitness groove together.

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, and I always look for those first. They are perfect for snacks on hot days, as well as for baked treats!

I've made peach cobbler a few times already this summer and decided to try out something new. This tart recipe is so easy and soooo good!

peach and blueberry tart recipe

Peaches and blueberries are delicious together, but you could sub the blueberries for blackberries or raspberries, too!

peach and blueberry tart recipe

Let's talk about puff pastry for a minute. It's easy to use, and you can whip up a super simple and delicious dessert in no time with very few ingredients. Perfect for last-minute dinner guests!

peach and blueberry tart recipe

Easy and Delicious Peach and Blueberry Tart

Ingredients:

  • 3 large peaches, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

To make the tart:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  • Thaw the puff pastry in the fridge until you can unfold it easily.
  • Thinly slice peaches, and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Add to peaches, and mix well until all are coated.
  • Carefully unfold the thawed puff pastry, and place it on prepared baking sheet.
  • Layer the peaches in three rows on the pastry, leaving about a 1" border around the edges. Top with fresh blueberries.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the exposed layers of pastry with egg mixture.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until crust is puffed up and golden brown.

To make the glaze:

  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and milk or cream. Drizzle over tart before serving.
  • Enjoy!


A printable version of this recipe can be found here.


I love that this recipe calls for just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

peach tart recipe

Make sure you leave at least a 1-inch border around your puff pastry. I carved a little line with my knife to ensure it puffs up nice and fluffy.

peach and blueberry tart recipe

I love it topped with fresh blueberries. Yum!

peach and blueberry tart recipe

I let it cool for about 15 minutes before adding the vanilla glaze.

peach and blueberry tart recipe


peach and blueberry tart recipe

The perfect summer dessert!