Waco, Living the Magnolia Dream

Arriving in Texas, the first thing that greets you is the heat, the undeniable, dry Texas heat. Next is the sudden realization that there are hardly any mountains around you. Texas is very flat, but at the same time, absolutely beautiful. 

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Our first destination was Waco, home to Magnolia Silos and the HGTV famous, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and if you have been living under a rock for the past five years, it’s kind of hard to miss the Fixer Upper stars with their clean, fresh, lovely modern farmhouse style. I have to admit, I am a super fan, and I couldn’t wait to explore their town and their little slice of Texas.

We did not stay in a hotel in Waco. We stayed in a little tiny house community of six self-service tiny homes called Deer Field Cabins, which was a short 10-15 minute drive from downtown Waco and Magnolia Silos. It was the perfect location. It provided the peaceful quiet of Texas countryside, but was close enough to all of the restaurants and small city of Waco. 

Little courtyard in the center of the tiny homes.

Little courtyard in the center of the tiny homes.

Upon further exploration, we discovered a unique barn wedding venue right up the road that was part of the tiny homes. It would make the perfect location for a wedding! 

Each tiny home had a small kitchenette with a mini-fridge, a loft with a double bed, a full bathroom, and a king Murphy bed(the beds you pull down from the wall). They also had AIR CONDITIONING, which after spending the day in the heat, was wonderful to come back to.  (I am a bad blogger and forgot to take pictures of the inside...)

Quaint porch, perfect for watching the sunset after a long day of touring the Silos!

Quaint porch, perfect for watching the sunset after a long day of touring the Silos!

If we return to Waco someday, I would stay here again in a heartbeat and recommend it to others traveling down Waco way. It was comfortable, quaint, and had the perfect feel for our Magnolia adventure.

Another shot of the porch. Just don’t mind the gecos who like to visit in the morning...🦎

Another shot of the porch. Just don’t mind the gecos who like to visit in the morning...🦎

After settling in our tiny home, we decided to venture out into Waco and find dinner. We settled upon Moroso Wood Fired Pizziera and Pasta. The food was delicious! Service was great, and I really loved the bucatini with their homemade meatballs and marinara(again, was too tired and am a bad blogger and forgot pics). The pasta and pizza was the perfect comfort food after a long day of air travel. 

We decided to call it an early night after dinner. We did drive around town a little and found a Target to stock up on some supplies for the 3 days we were in Waco...water, Pepsi, and some snacks(duh) . After getting our provisions, we went back to the tiny house and headed to bed early to prepare for an early morning and breakfast at Magnolia Table!

The tile work in the foyer of Magnolia Table.

The tile work in the foyer of Magnolia Table.

Friday morning we were up bright and early, ready to hit Magnolia Table- the new breakfast/brunch spot that Chip and Joanna own. We had read reviews that said to get in line early if you didn’t want to wait. We got to the restaurant around 8:00 and had to wait only 30 minutes for our table, which was pretty good considering the host said the day before the wait was almost 2 hours. 

Sitting in the courtyard/waiting area. Coffee stand is on the other side as well as a yard area with games and a fountain. 

Sitting in the courtyard/waiting area. Coffee stand is on the other side as well as a yard area with games and a fountain. 

Window boxes filled with herbs...

Window boxes filled with herbs...

While the wait may have been long for some, it didn’t feel long. The little coffee stand helped pass time as well as the Take—Away shop that not only had food to go, but trinkets, spices, specialty food items, and apparel to take home. There was so much to take in that we were able to find ample things to do and see to make the 30 minutes fly by. 

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Who doesn’t remember when Chip put up this sign? 😆

So many delicious things on the menu! It was hard to choose. Some of the items can be found to make at home in the Magnolia Table cookbook! 

So many delicious things on the menu! It was hard to choose. Some of the items can be found to make at home in the Magnolia Table cookbook! 

Started off with the Signature House Blend coffee, husband had one of their fresh juices-juiced in house. There was even a tasting flight of different kinds.

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Ever had eggs benedict made with biscuits? Well, I did and it was delish! Perfectly poached egg, thick slices of bacon, topped with a lemony, thick Hollandaise sauce. We also got house made tater tots as well. Matt had Chip’s Pancakes(which in the Magnolia Table cook book are the Fluffiest Pancakes Ever recipe). 

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One thing that I loved about Magnolia Table was that the ingredients mostly came from Magnolia Farms. Everything was super fresh and came out in a timely manner. The waiters were friendly and helpful and even though there was a huge line waiting outside, you never felt rushed or hurried. 

It was a great experience. I loved being able to see and be in one of their buildings that they renovated on Fixer Upper. Everything was just like it was on the show. Chip and Joanna think of every little detail. Their thought and consideration for every aspect of the restaurant really showed in the decor, the quality of the food, and even the presentation of the food; no fuss, farmhouse.

Magnolia Table was the breakfast spot of dreams, and I am still dreaming of those biscuits.