Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My Trip to Waco, Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 5

First off, my apologies for being so late in telling you about the last part of my trip.  I have been working on many craft items for a bazaar I'm in this coming Saturday...

I was determined to be the FIRST in line at Silo's Baking Co. so I set my alarm for 6:30 the next morning as they opened at 7:30.  Even though I was staying just 2 blocks from the bakery, come hell or high water I was going be their first customer. 

Oh my goodness...one foot out the door and I couldn't believe how humid it was, even at 7:00 in the morning.  The sky also looked ominous but off I went to have a cupcake or two by 7:30.  Parked the car right across the street, after all, who else was going to be crazy enough to be there so early?  Well, to answer your question, yes, I was the first in line, but not 10 minutes later, I had probably 20 people behind me, with it thundering and lightning.  The lights on the silos and bakery were still lit and looked beautiful against the still somewhat dark sky.  The sky was ready to do something, and I just hoped it wasn't going to take shape while I was sitting outside enjoying my cupcake. 

At 7:20, a girl came out to greet us and promptly gave all of us a card which listed every item in the bakery.  While  waiting, we were able to put our order together, which I think was pretty smart so that you were ready when you got to the person at the cash register.  The only downside to this was that I had never been inside before.  I was somewhat placing my order blind even though there was a pretty detailed description of what was inside and on top of each cupcake. 

Hooray, the doors opened at 7:30 and there I was, all puffed up to be the first customer.  Trouble was, even though I could have ordered 4 or 5 things, I knew I had another stop to make after this one before heading to the airport, and it was to yet another bakery, the one I hadn't gone to the day before because it was already the afternoon and I knew they would be out of a lot of stuff. 

So I ordered a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache frosting and a bottle of water.  Came in a nice little box too, even though it was only one lone cupcake (I wonder how much extra that set me back hidden in the price of the cupcake).  Off I went to the patio area, and what a difference from the day before when it was over 90 degrees with hundreds of people milling around.  I have to say, it was a darn good cupcake, really good, and I could have easily had another 1 or 2, but didn't want to ruin my appetite for Lula Jane's.  A lot of sugar...a lot, but I'm a sugar addict so bite after bite it went down so easy.  And yes, the rain started coming, but I was done here and off to Lula Jane's.

Lula Jane's was only about 2 miles down the road.  They opened at 8 so I had it made and got there right after they opened.  Nice concept because the doors were actually a garage door that opened fully, giving the patrons the choice to eat inside or out but still feeling like they were outside when they were inside...if you get my drift lol.  As I walked in, a woman greeted almost immediately, as she did with everyone else who came through the door.  This was Nancy, the owner of the shop.  I introduced myself and said I had just come from Silo's Bakery, but knew I was coming here as well so didn't fill up.  She was very pleased, and said so.  I then told her I had a food blog and she said, "then I want you to try a few things and give me your honest opinion", of which I told her I would since she asked.  Of course no recipes were given my way, so I took a bite of my first victim, a chocolate chip cookie, studied the inside, the bottom, broke off a piece with my fingers...did everything a baker does when they study something for the first time.  The second item was a cheddar bacon scone which looked just as good as the cookie, and it was.  They were both divine and told Nancy she definitely had two winners there.  Below are the pictures of the some of the items in her bakery.  You can tell she takes a lot of pride in her place.  It's just a place where people sit with their laptops, or lingering over coffee and conversation while eating their pastries, or cake, or brownies.  I was so glad that I had waited until morning to go.  I also told her that had I lived closer, I would definitely be wanting to work with her at the bakery, and her reply was that she would accept me with open arms.  That's quite a testimonial to hire a person site unseen just upon you telling them you have a food blog.  All told, I was there across from her for about a half hour, just talking baking.  Thanks, Nance, for that lovely experience.

Well, that wraps up my trip to Waco.  Will I go again?  Probably not, but never say never, especially when it comes to Chip and Joanna Gaines!

                                                   Beautiful even at 7:15 in the morning

                                          The front door, where I was the first person in line

Me at 7:20 in the morning with not a stitch of makeup on.  Didn't get a lot of sleep the night before

                          Cupcakes are all in paper liners, which can afford more frosting...YES!!!

                                                              Yum, and more yum...

                                                                   The order form

                                                           Baylor University stadium

                                                                  Nancy, the owner

From 35,000 feet up in the air on the way back to Seattle

Monday, October 29, 2018

My Trip to Waco, Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 4

Well, now that I was full of bbq and a chocolate malt, I was ready to head back over to Magnolia at the Silos.  I had about an hour before they closed for the day, so it was plenty of time to do enough damage to my wallet if I saw something I couldn't have.

The line at the bakery was about 30 people deep, and I would have waited except the girl at the door handing out order forms (you are handed a form shown below of everything the bakery has for sale.  While waiting in line, you are able to place your order on this form so by the time you get to the cashier, you will pay for what you have placed on the order form and step aside a few minutes while it is being boxed, bagged etc.) was rattling off a pretty big list of what they were out of.  Not surprising since it was almost closing time.  I redid my strategy and figured I would get up early the next day and hit the bakery when it opened. 

The store is nothing short of beautiful inside, and of course there are two more employees greeting you at the door.  There are lovely table arrangements along with many different vignettes and settings featuring what is for sale.  Once done with the first floor, I proceeded down to the lower level, which has shirts, clocks, Chip's items for sale as well as leather goods.  And even though it was 95 outside and the store wasn't air conditioned, there were plenty of humongous fans humming away so I still felt cool.  After all, the purpose here is not to have you so hot that you're too uncomfortable to shop!  I walked away with two cement jugs, and of course they weighed probably 8-10 pounds together.  Thankfully I had enough room in my canvas tote that I carried on the plane to be able to put both of these inside. 

After my venture there, I decided to drive around a bit.  I went past the ALICO building, and this is the one that is featured at least once if not more on Fixer Upper.  They usually show it at night when it's all lit up.  Downtown is pretty small, and I drove by the condo that was featured on Fixer Upper.  It is owned by a young woman who lives downtown and wanted the inside totally renovated.  Also drove the very first Magnolia store on Bosque Rd. but at the time there were probably 25 people waiting to get into that store.  It sells seconds and discontinued items and there is yet another employee at the door because only so many people can fit inside, just like the bakery. 

Part 5 and my final on this wonderful trip to Waco coming soon...

the two jugs that I lugged home with me

Friday, October 19, 2018

My Trip to Waco Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 3

So, all that driving around hunting down famous people gave me an appetite.  Time for some bbq as I had done some research the night before. No more In-n-Out burger for me. You can't go to Texas without having bbq, and that's where  I was headed.

I ended up at place called Rudy's, which I found out was a chain when I was inside, but regardless, I was there, and there was quite a line, so I figured it had to be good.  Looking at everything offered on the menu was a little daunting, so I turned around and behind me was a woman not looking flustered in the least.  So I told her I was visiting from Seattle, and asked if she had been here before.  As it happened, she frequented the place quite often, both in Waco and where she lived down south.  I asked her for her recommendations, and without hesitation she said the creamed corn.  Now, I happen to love creamed corn, but there are many ways to make it...you can have corn and the only liquid is shucking the corn again after the first go around to get all of the corn cream.  Then you can have the corn, and add cream and butter, or just cream, so you see where I'm going with this.

Well, by this time it was my turn in line and I still didn't know what I was going to order.  Enter my cashier, the nicest girl on the planet.  She gave me a sample of everything, and I mean everything.  Smoked turkey, pork, sausage and brisket, and I have to tell you, I honestly didn't know what to pick, so I picked all of them, plus the creamed corn.  So while she's having everything sliced, and you pay by weight, except for the sausage, I see one of the workers holding something that I had no clue what it was but I was going to find out.  Weighing in at probably over a pound, and shown below, was the over-stuffed baked potato.  I saw this on the menu and I think it was 8.95 and couldn't imagine what the heck would be worth that amount of money.  Well, that was!  Man, I was sort of unhappy that I hadn't ordered it, but then I would have had to forfeit the other stuff I had gotten.  Loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese and bbq pulled pork...definitely a sight to behold.

Found a table and sat down to my smorgasbord of samples and I have to say, everything was to die for.  The creamed corn was exceptional, and I was hard-pressed not to be able to finish everything.  The atmosphere of the place inside was jovial...sports being shown on wide screen tv's, people talking, eating and laughing and music playing.  The setting couldn't have been more perfect.

But as full as I was from bbq, I had a date next door at a place called Health Camp, which was anything but healthy...burgers, shakes, malts and fries, and the malt had my name all over it, a chocolate malt to be exact.  I'm a sucker for a malt so next door I went.  The place is extremely small, but does a whopping business.  My malt was chocolaty and thick, although I didn't dare order a large, especially after having just eaten next door.  I wanted to keep my lunch intact.  So, while enjoying my malt, I planned my next outing for that afternoon.

Where better than to do some antiquing where Joanna used to hang out, so off I went to Junque in the Trunk and Cedar Chest, both beautiful stores.  Have to admit though that Junque had many, many items from market, which means that a lot of their things were not antiques, but looked to be.  Still, there's nothing more enjoyable to me than a few hours of antiquing, especially if you have a mental list in your head of what you may be looking for.  Unfortunately, I found a vintage shuttered door from a ship that I fell in love with, but the ship cost would have been over $200.  Some things you just have to let go of...although it killed me to do so. 

Well, enough...part 4 coming soon, and in the meantime, buy my cookbook.  You won't be disappointed!!!

a different set of silos in the country

Rudy's for lunch

The menu

The overstuffed baked potato...doesn't it look out of this world?

a few different sauces

my plate from left...pork, brisket, turkey, creamed corn and sausage

the pork

the sausage

the turkey

the brisket

the place

the malt...yum, yum