On A Mission For The Ultimate Cupcake

It’s the last morning having breakfast at The Crockett, time to say goodbye and begin our trip home with a side trip planned to see the Silos at Magnolia Farms in Waco. There they also have a brand new bakery, yet it is already famous for Joanna Gaines delicious, one-of-kind cupcakes.

Chuck, not ready for goodbye just yet.

The last marine to leave is Chuck, he shares a cup of coffee with us before heading up to pack, and we are left with a sadness that the fun has to end sometime, and wondering if and when we will all get together again. We get our bags and make our way to the supposedly haunted lobby, where we never felt one cold spot or a presence of any kind. Maybe the ghosts were on vacation!

The Crockett’s spooky lobby

We planned our route and headed north, excited at the prospect of good shopping, the Silos are the love child of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the DIY show Fixer Upper. They have a thriving business after transforming many of the run-down houses in Waco not to mention a huge cult following. The show had already made them popular and now thousands visit the Silos every day for a chance to purchase chic home decor and taste the wonderful creations of her bakery-a side hustle gone mad, just check out the line! Luckily it moved fast and soon we were doomed to a sugar coma after practically inhaling the delectable confection.

Claudette and Barb wait in a long line to get the ultimate cupcake

The lines evidently don’t deter many, the nice lady inside the bakery said Mondays were the busiest day,  and annually they see around 2.6 million visitors a year in Waco, thanks to Chip and Joanna’s booming businesses. A recent article in Fox News said, “The ‘Fixer Upper’ Silos are quickly becoming the Times Square of Waco.”

My shot of the famous Silos

First, though, we checked out Magnolia Market which is next door to the Silos. There was no entry to the Silos on this day, due to some construction or event I guess. The lines were long whether you were buying something or going to the restroom!

Lots of folks waiting in line at Magnolia to check out with their treasures.

The selections were cute little tchotchkes but very expensive and too rich for our blood. My thought was to take her examples and try to mimic them in my own home for less. I’m pretty good at thrift store finds. Anyway, here’s a couple of her designs.

Some of the wares at Magnolia

And what a cute idea this is!

I could see one of these hanging in my house

Soon we realized we better go get in that long line if we were going to get a taste of heaven so, that we did. Finally Barb and Claudette were at the counter and I was next.

Barb found us a nice spot and we sat down with our goodies and began to unwrap the adorable package they were placed in. Each cupcake is housed in its own little box, seated in a plastic cup to preserve its beauty. They were a wonder to behold and an even greater experience to taste. I got one called Nuts and Bolts, undoubtedly named by Chip, a delectable creation of vanilla cake, nuts, plus cream cheese icing, topped with a nut crumble. Oh, my God. I knew with every bite I was adding another pound but I just didn’t care. It was magnificent! I figured I could cleanse later, right now I was going to enjoy every last crumb!

You even get to keep your ordering card as a souvenir
Me, sinning at the Silos

I think we all did, Claudette and Barb look like they enjoyed theirs as well. They cost $3.50 each and it was worth every last cent.

Barb getting ready to enjoy lemon perfection

Even the little leaves on top of their cupcakes were edible!

Not concerned with her diet whatsoever right now.

After chasing off the honeybees vying for a bite, we took a pic under the Magnolia sign for proof we were there. Then it was back on the road again headed for home. What a great ending to a wonderful trip! Talk about putting the icing on the cake!

We came, we conquered the cupcake!

 

BBQ, Birthday Dinner Party & Reunion Wrap-Up

I think it’s safe to say that this particular Lexington Marine Reunion has been a most enjoyable experience for all who came and celebrated together. Last night at dinner we also celebrated Barbara Wilson’s birthday with presents, good food, happy tears and lots of laughs….and desserts! Wait until you see the size of the bread pudding they serve at the place we are dinner last night!! The place was called County Line Rd BBQ and it was pricey  but very good.

First order of business once the waitress took our order was to surprise Barb with her gifts. I was unaware we were going to to that, however, so we gave her her gift later. Here she is getting her blingy Texas hat, so she never forgets San Antonio or the great time she had there.

Can’t eat BBQ with your bling-y bill in the way!
Barb and Sharon sharing some good story

After consuming what seemed like tons of meat, some people just had to have dessert!! Claudette started it by ordering a delicious blackberry cobbler a-la-mode and so two others followed suit. The waitress was kind enough to bring everyone extra spoons so we could all sample a bite. Thanks a lot lady!!! Then, unbeknownst to Chuck, the bread pudding he ordered fed about 10 people!

Bad camera angle, this thing was way bigger than that!

Does Chuck look perplexed or what? (My hubby’s words) He literally shared this bohemoth with the whole table. Rich and I were so stuffed, we had to walk back to the hotel!

We have to thank the Delgato family for their wonderful gifts, including covering the meal  for the birthday girl and Claudette, they are the most generous, sweet folks. “Gigi” and his wife Tonni and their kids showed such hospitality, maybe because they as a family are so blessed. The Lord has been very good to them-Tonni is a four time cancer survivor. She is beautiful inside and out!

A couple of beauties!

Unfortunately the party had to end as they needed to get home but not before expressing their gratitude at seeing their old Marine buddies. I truly hope it goes another year so my husband doesn’t miss out next time! Once we got back to The Crockett, we convened at Ernie’s for a nightcap, small talk, and the next Astro’s game. Which we won!!! Then we said our goodbyes since the Miles family had to leave early to make their flight, and Ruthie isn’t an early riser. We did get to say bye to Chuck at breakfast, I think he beat a hasty retreat lest we see him get emotional. You can tell these people really share a special bond that can’t be broken by time, distance, or loss.

Come back tomorrow when I share our side trip home at the famous Silos at Magnolia in Waco, Texas! A true example of extreme decadence! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Day Three Lexington Marine Reunion-Shopping, Dining, Celebrating

As the morning temperatures progressed from cool to slightly warm, we departed the hotel for a different kind of shopping experience at The Pearl Brewery shopping mall.

The Pearl Brewery and shopping mall
My pretty cappuccino design

First of all, the farmer’s market was taking place and evidently some kind of bring-your-doggie-dressed-for-Halloween event as well! We must have seen every breed imaginable, dressed up in their finest attire and they were so well behaved too! I wish I would have thought to take pics of them, however, we were all about which boutique to hit first once I made my way through what goodies the farmer’s market had to offer. I came away with some lovely and tasty coconut macaroons-totally Paleo which is right up my alley!

From there our group proceeded to several cute but pricey boutiques, stopping after a while for a coffee break where I enjoyed my first “real” cappuccino. Such talented artisans in that place! If I sleep tonight, I’ll be lucky! We all tasted something different from green tea to some lovely ice cream and coffee confection.

Too soon it was time to summon our second Uber of the day, what a great way to get around San Antonio effortlessly! Thanks to Rich and Barb for footing the tab on those little rides! While we waited I snapped a shot of some converted silos outside of Nao Cafe and close to the Emma Hotel.

Nao Latin Gastro Bar

It’s late and I have much to tell about the birthday girl’s dinner celebration so you’ll have to join me tomorrow when I finish up this little reunion tale, until then buenas noches!

 

 

 

San Antonio, Sugar Skulls, and Great Food-Lexington Marine Reunion

It’s day two in San Antonio, really our first full day, which has already been busy with shopping, good food and everywhere you look, sugar skulls, as the locals and visitors alike celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. No ghost sightings to report yet on my end anyway!

On our way down yesterday, we took some pics as we started the food fest at the famous Czech Stop and had kolaches.

Barb and I enjoying off-limits food for me, kolaches!

It was crazy windy and turning cooler as we made our way through West on down to San Antonio. Hence the reason for the next pic some of you may have seen on my Facebook page.

Claudette, Barb, and me-windblown in West

This morning we started the day with complimentary continental breakfast before heading out to check out the RiverCenter mall and The Riverwalk for a while.

Claudette, Barbara, and Richard ready to walk off breakfast

Claudette, Barbara and I made a beeline for the mall so I could find some better boot socks and Barb could find some sandals. It was later that I discovered she wanted to go to the Mexican market for that, which we did but I’m not sure the sandals made it into her shopping bag. There was way too many other distractions like real Mexican vanilla, beautiful pottery and windchimes, sugar skulls galore and so much more. I had to take a picture of my beloved Riverwalk before going back to the hotel.

The flora and fauna of the river is beautiful this time of year

Once back at the hotel, we cooled our heels a few minutes while waiting for the game plan which was to go to the market, located down Commerce street about 12 blocks away. We caravaned over there, then after a humorous adventure in parking made our way to the market. What spectacular colors awaited us in every form from fine examples of pottery to stained glass windows at the Mexican restaurant we ate at.

Talavera pottery in every shape and size
Beautiful stained glass windows at Mi Tierra Cafe
Even the ceiling boated beautiful colors in light, flags, and pinatas.

A day for remembering deceased loved ones,  Day Of The Dead is traditionally celebrated on Nov 1 and 2, but being so close to Halloween, the people of San Antonio start early. I am naturally drawn to the art of the sugar skulls, intricately drawn designs in beautiful colors put on everything from masks to T-shirts. Many people had their faces painted up and walk all over the city, shopping, eating, and drinking to the bewilderment of those uninformed.

Who knows what tonight will bring, but I’m sure it will be done relaxing as these legs and feet are pretty tired! We’ll see and I’ll keep you posted on la patio‘!

 

Ghost Sightings Possible?

Happy Friday everyone, I am so excited because today we are headed to the historic San Antonio, Texas for the Marine Reunion that my in-laws always attended. I am accompanying my mother-in-law and a good friend she made at the reunion a few years ago, Barbara as we make our way to the Crockett Hotel. Close to the Alamo, the Crockett is rumored to be haunted, with sightings of long gone soldiers and cold spots felt by guests in some of the rooms and the bar area.

The Crockett Hotel-photo credit HauntedRooms.com

According to the website Haunted Rooms, the Crockett was built on the grounds of the Alamo in 1909 to be used as a fraternal lodge. It has been updated and then completely renovated in 2007 and has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Structures.

I’m not sure if the ladies I’m traveling with are aware that our destination is so interesting, but I’ll be sure to clue them in along the way! How perfect that we are doing this so close to Halloween! Maybe we can take in a ghost tour while we are there. I definitely want to take them to the Menger Hotel, it is also haunted and sports the bar where the legendary Rough Riders used to hang out, an apparition of Teddy Roosevelt himself has reportedly been seen at the bar enjoying a drink!

 

Teddy Roosevelt-photo credit Wikipedia

 

 

Of course, us ladies will have to stroll along the Riverwalk, visit the Alamo and Rivercenter  Mall while we are there, as long as Claudette feels up to it. She had round two of her chemo treatment Wednesday and Thursday and so far she is doing great! Her doc said that if the first round didn’t cause her any problems, its likely that the rest of the treatments won’t either. Let’s all say a prayer that she continues to do well.

I have to finish packing so I will cut it short today, however, look forward to more posts about our adventures in San Antonio!