Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll

Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll
Southern Romantic Weddings and Receptions at Alda's Magnolia Hill • 5110 Stageoach Road, Little Rock, Arkansas | call: 501-690-2574

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Knee Deep in Summer

I am not sure where the saying "Knee deep in summer" came from
 but here is a favorite Knee-Deep moment for me...seeing Buddy teaching 
Grandson,  Avery how to fish. 

By July, summer is beginning to sizzle. It is too hot for an outdoor wedding  
but there is plenty of work to be done 
and yet celebrate the season's simple splendors.  

The rains are less frequent, and the days are hotter so that means 
watering drifts of hydrangeas and ferns by hand.  

Summer roses are in full bloom

The chickens like to scatter in the morning after they are let out of their coop. 

Early morning is a good time to water before the day gets to hot.
 Ferns are thriving and I am melting. 

After a few days of good dry weather it is hay cutting time, 
and time to gather hay in the summer 
for the winter. 
Tricky aspect to hay cutting is trying to time the weather. 
It’s best to cut hay after a few dry days, 
and preferably with warm temperatures.  
The hay is in neat rows to make it easy to bale.

Today was a great "hay day".  
Five John Deere tractors cutting, rolling, bailing, and stacking 
20 acres of hay in three hours .




Hay is loaded on the trailer and headed to the barn. 
Blue and Delilah will be well fed this winter !

A summer favorite is this century old magnolia tree that 
still thrives and blooms all summer. 

My kitchen smells like summer with  a daily magnolia bloom or two, in the kitchen.

Blue and Delilah enjoy summer green grass for breakfast, 
then it is back to the barn for a midmorning nap. 

Blue still has a bit of work to do with a late afternoon summer photoshoot. 

You can't buy happiness but you can buy a fishing pole...
and that's pretty much the same thing.

Happy summer, ya'll !

Monday, July 3, 2017

Enjoy the Fourth !

President Harry S. Truman was known for his down to earth style. He once said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."  Independence Day is the perfect time time to take his advice and move family gatherings out of the kitchen, to the porch and patio.  We celebrate our fourth with a family favorite Dallas Dip, hamburgers on the grill and peach tea....simple and delicious.

One of our summer favorites here at Magnolia Hill is Dallas Dip. If you like the flavors from the south of the border, you will love this easy recipe !  Make it ahead and let the flavors marry to taste even better and save time for enjoying your guests. 
 It is hard to get everyone together and I treasure the gatherings. 

Dallas Dip

6 Large ripe tomatoes, diced and chopped
12 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cans green chilies
2 large cucumbers, peeled, diced, and chopped
2 Tablespoons garlic salt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Combine all ingredients and let chill in refrigerator overnight.  Serve
with tortilla chips. 

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Tribute to Mothers and Daughters

Love you more...

When Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the selfless nun was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?"  Mother Teresa replied, "Go home and love your family." This love is shown just before a wedding when we ask our Mother's of the Bride to give a sentimental "Last Kiss of my single daughter " on our southern front porch just before the ceremony.  

It seems that God has greater plans for us, than we could ever dream up on our own.  For it was several  years ago my heart was feeling moved to share a tribute to motherhood, that I was asked to write a book about my own mother.  I knew I was truly blessed with her and that God had given me one of the best mothers He ever created.. Little did I know that shortly after agreeing to write a book about mothers, I would lose mine.

My mother died on the evening of her fifty-ninth wedding anniversary. My father was by her side holding her hand as he had always been.  Earlier that evening, Mother had allowed all of us to say our tender good-byes and feel complete.  As I placed my head softly on her chest, as she lay in the hospital bed, I hugged her one last time for this world and she hugged me back.

And so it is with a saddened but joyful heart that I truly understand a mother's love.  For a mother's love is not something that lasts just for a lifetime, it is something that lasts even longer.  A mother's love is truly always and forever.  

"The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children."
-author unknown

"I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good; to be admired, loved, and respected; to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send.   To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman; and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience."  
                                                           - Mrs. March in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

"A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever."
-author unknown

"You are far more precious than jewels."   
Proverbs 31:10

"Who ran to help me when I fell, 
And who would some pretty story tell, 
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother."
                                    - Ann Taylor

"No one tells you that the hardest part of motherhood is when your kids grow up." 
- Linda Pringle

A Legacy of 3 Generations on Wedding Day

"I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young hands, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves. " 
                                           - Harriet Beecher Stowe to her twin daughters, 1861

Dear friends,  here is hoping you are blessed to celebrate mothers on this Sunday in May as we give our hearts to the people and places that nourish our souls. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southern Style Flavors to Wow Your Wedding Guests

After the first of the year, we are all into wedding planning with our brides for the year. And we have made it easy, for exclusive to Magnolia Hill is our award winning caterer, Dinner's Ready  !
They are on the leading edge of what is happening in the wedding world 
as they played host to the Arkansas Democrat Bridal Fair as a leading sponsor. 

Wedding blogs such as The Knot released what they see in trends on wedding reception offerings..."the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition."

And you may have seen Serge as he regularly makes everyone hungry on KARK morning show! KARK TV featuring Chef Serge preparing some  favorite dishes on air.
 Make sure you are not hungry when you read this...for your mouth will be watering after you see the pictures of their delicious creations.

 For the grooms table, Razorback cupcakes !
     and for a main course....Buffet style or plated

  Sometimes mini versions of your favorite desserts 
 make even more of a statement than their full-sized counterparts.

 The active stations are not only delicious, but fun to watch the chef cook right in front of the guests.
 Appeal to guests’ lighter sides by putting a few delicious good-for-you options on the menu. This heirloom tomato & basil salad is mouthwatering beautiful. 
 A little drama with an active station of Bananas Foster
 Your home-cooked favorites are instantly elevated when served in unexpected ways, like these grilled cheese points served with dainty tomato soup shooters.
 An abundant buffet is a great way to ensure everyone gets what they want, but it also creates an appetizing focal point. One tasty buffet option is a cheese station with an array of mild and strong flavors, different textures, and cheeses made with goat, cow, and sheep milk. Add labels so guests know what they’re diving into, then pair them with breads, fruits, and nuts.
 Beautiful presentations
An appetizer display on the hay wagon. A little netting keeps early nibblers away, yet still looks exciting  while the wedding ceremony is going on !
Stuffed zucchini boats 

For any  Southern specialty,  Serge puts the finishing touch for perfection!

 Blackened Chicken with Cajun Cream

  Look at these cute sunflower cupcakes complete with a ladybug.

Now I bet I have made you hungry!