Silo’s Baking Co. [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 2]

Thanks for coming back for more about our trip to Texas!

[If you missed my first post on our trip, you can read it here.]

Today I’m going to show you some pictures darling Silo’s Baking Company.  It’s right on the corner edge of the property. And when Dan and I pulled up the very first day, there was already a line out the door.

Everywhere you turn, there’s a photo opportunity.

And the inside of the bakery, there is an equal amount of eye candy.

There are so many details to soak up….the hand lettered signs labeling the baked goods, the paper the goodies are wrapped in,  the subway tile, the vintage doors.  I could go on and on and on and on. But instead of going on and on, I’ll just let you see for yourself.

Yes, they have a cupcake called ‘shiplap’.  You shouldn’t be surprised! And you also wouldn’t be surprised at how delicious it is!

There isn’t a seating inside the bakery. Just a small space to line up, order and then head outside to this cute area where you can eat and soak up some Texas sun.

And then there is the bathroom….

Dan said he could see me through that hazy glass taking pictures. I’m quite certain I’m not the only person that’s taken pictures inside this bathroom!

That’s a wrap for my second post!

If you missed my first post on our trip to Waco/Magnolia, please click here.

And if you missed the video Dan created, here’s another look.  Click below to watch. You won’t be disappointed!

There are still more blog posts to come on our trip! So come back soon!



The Big Surprise [Magnolia/Waco Trip – Part 1]

In October, we were getting family pictures.  I was nosey as usual and asked the photographer if I could see one of the pictures.  When she showed me her camera, this is what I saw…..

“You’re going… Magnolia Silos”

What?!  I’m going to Magnolia? When? With who?

Dan had booked a trip. Just for the two of us. And we were leaving in a week.

Woo hoo!!!!

This was a momentous occasion for a few reasons. (1) – Dan planned the entire trip.  All I had to do was show up at the airport. (2) – And this was the first time he’d ever done something like this before!  And not for lack of trying.  It was my lack of giving up control and being ok with him booking a trip!  So finally, after almost 20 years of marriage, he just did it.


I’d say de did ok!

And do you know what made a trip to Texas extra special? Dan and I used to live there.  As newlyweds, we moved to Ft. Worth so Dan could attend medical school.  So flying into DFW airport and looking forward to some DIVINE Tex-Mex warmed my little heart.

We flew out really early on a Wednesday, landed in Dallas, got our rental car and drove directly to Magnolia.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be busy? [Well, yes, probably.] Would it be easy to find? What would parking be like? I couldn’t wait.


Right when you walk up, you see the Silo’s Baking Co…which has the most delicious cupcakes ever!

And if you are like me, you imagined that there was actually something INSIDE the silos.  Nope! At least nothing for visitors to see.


The silo’s just provide a rustic backdrop to the Magnolia shops. [That’s how they appear anyway…maybe the employees use them for storage? I don’t know…]


The little eating area sits just outside Silos Baking Company. [I have another blog post about the bakery coming soon…] And it faces the store…there it is….in all it’s glory…MAGNOLIA!


Here are a few more images from our the Magnolia grounds, where we spent hours roaming around, sitting, shopping, swinging, relaxing, chatting…

Look at this bathroom door with the gooseneck light above it!  It’s not often that you want to photograph a bathroom door!

They are genius with their use of turf. It’s looks just like grass but survives the crazy Texas weather. There is no shortage of places to sit and relax on the Magnolia grounds. They have their own bottled water. And food trucks for you to get a snack or meal.  My favorite one was the Silo’s Baking Co. food truck.  It’s an airstream with the most lovely box of flowers and sign.

 And because I have hundreds of more pictures to share with you of the trip, I’ve broken them into a few different posts.  I’ll leave you today with a video that Dan did of our time at Magnolia. I love it – and I’m fairly certain you will too! We picked a song by a Texas group named Caedmon’s Call. It’s a song that I listened to over and over when we lived in Texas almost 20 years ago.  And I think it fits the theme of our trip too.   I hope you enjoy watching!!

Come back for part 2 of my Magnolia/Waco trip in a few days.  There are a lot more great pictures to come!



My Personalized Doormat Project

It’s up and running!  Click here to view the feature of my $7 personalized doormat.

Thanks for all of your support and excitement about this project!


HGTV.COM Update!

My doormat feature on is coming up!

I just found out that the big day is ……

{drum roll please…..}

Monday, December 3rd!!

Click here to be directed to to see the lineup for December.  And if you’d like to sign up to receive a daily email of each feature on the Christmas countdown, click here.

I was asked to be part of this Christmas countdown back in May. I can’t believe that it’s actually time for my doormat feature!

I’m pretty excited!

Jen 2012 Holiday Countdown

Do you remember when I mentioned that selected my $7 personalized doormat tutorial to be featured on their website?!

Well, it’s almost time!! Starting December 1st, is doing a 2012 Holiday Countdown.  Every day in December will feature a new item. And one of those days will be my $7 personalized doormat tutorial!  I don’t know which day it will be featured, but I will most definitely keep you updated.

If you would like to sign up for their daily holiday email so that my doormat post will appear in your email inbox, simply click here (or click on this button below).

This will direct you to a screen where you can plug in your email address.  You will only receive a daily email for the 2012 Holiday Countdown. At the end of the 31 days, no more emails will be sent to your inbox.

I’m so excited! I will let you know when I find out the exact date for my feature. And don’t forget to sign up for their email!


jen Announcement

Today I treated myself to some flowers.

After all, they’re pretty.  It is spring. An I felt like celebrating because I  just found out that my blog is going to be featured on!!!

Isn’t that exciting?!  I received an email this week requesting permission to use the blog post on my $7 personalized doormat.  Do you remember this tutorial?

It will be featured this December on!  They are doing a Christmas countdown from December 1st through the 31st.  And my doormat and blog will be highlighted on one of those days.

So stay tuned!  I’ll certainly pass on any news or udpates as I find them out!


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