Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll

Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sights and Sounds of Fall


Sights and sounds of fall around the lake....


Buddy snapped a picture of the morning fog as it rolled on the lake. 
He walks around the lake almost every morning. 


The Canadian geese always find our lake tempting to fly in and check out the waters.

 
A bit of cotton reminds me of my mothers family as they 
were cotton farmers and the fall was like a holiday 
almost with the harvest season.

I saved seeds from my last years pumpkins and they grew like crazy. 
But one can never have too many, so a trip to the farmers market
 added a bit of color. Will save those seeds too!






Buddy's handmade built  wooden Spring Creek Bridge
 is my favorite in the fall with leaves carpeting the boards. 
I love the sounds of the carriage wheels as it rolls over the boards. 




I love to forage through the woods 
and amazed at the color for flower arrangements. 





Even the ferns in the front of the house
 take on a warm glow in the fall light. 

Smell of the woodsmoke ...
A lovely way to end the weekend
 with a bonfire by the lake. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
HUGS! 
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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

5 Tips for Caring for Mums



Happy Wednesday friends!  I freshened up the Boat House 
and around the grounds with a few chrysanthemums. 
They add a charming amount of color to the fall landscape, 
and the Boat House is a great little retreat for fall.


When the days are warm, the nights are chilly 
and the leaves are just starting to think about
turning to those pretty fall colors...
then it is time to add some mums!



From the Boat House to the Front Porch, Mums add fall color 
and dress the landscape in the charm of the season. 
 Fall is appearing around the house as well.



It is hard to do, but when selecting your Chrysanthemum plants, 
look for ones with buds that haven’t bloomed yet. 
They should only have a sneak peak of color 
to confirm what color they will bloom. 



 Most mums will be have cramped roots, 
and  to get the most out of your plant,
 you should probably plan on repotting 
it in a larger vessel once you bring it home. 




If you repot your mum, use potting soil or we have
 manure from the barn that is nutrient rich. 



Mums like sun, so try to tuck your pot in a sunny area.



I have had to learn the hard way to water thoroughly and watch over the coming days to see how long it takes for the soil to start losing its moisture for you don’t want the soil to be soaking wet.   Watch daily for you don’t want it to dry out either. In my case, I water my mums every other day when it’s hot and every 3-4 days when its cooler. Again, the key is not letting the plant dry out but not to overwater either.



When blooms are sagging and are looking like they’re spent,
 clip them off so the plant can focus its energy on other blooms.




Somehow spending time in the autumn
 garden is especially satisfying this year.   
With just a little attention, your mums 
should last beautifully through the season. 

I hope you are all doing well and 
enjoying some peace and beauty
during these troubled times.  


Welcome Fall, 2020 .... Hugs!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Muscadine Cake

 


We are barreling towards the official end of summer - Labor Day weekend. I've been enjoying heirloom tomatoes in Caprese salad, and lots of other summer garden pleasures from a nearby farmers market.  Since we are in a covid lockdown, our wedding season has pretty much been postponed, but I have enjoyed this time by puttering in the garden and cooking more that ever.  One of our local markets has really stepped up its game, and is having some wonderful chef cooking events to inspire us. I came home with a bag of the most luscious sweet corn, fresh peaches and put some in the freezer for winter. But in September, it is time for the muscadine grapes to start ripening and I decided to try to make the Post Family Muscadine cake  

...And it is so easy to put together. Read all about it in this post. 





I had in my pantry stash a bottle of 
Post Muscadine Grape Juice
 and decided to try out the 
Post family recipe for Muscadine cake ! 

These easy-to-grow grapes are great eaten straight off the vine 
or when made into jams, preserves or simple grape juice.  

In our back pasture,  a few wild muscadine  
grapes grow on the vine,
 but the deer seem to love them as much as we do. 



Whether deep red or greenish-bronze, 
the large, tough-skinned grapes 
known as muscadines love 
the southern humidity and growing climate. 



The muscadines come into season along with figs 

and even make for a pretty fall wedding cake. 

 Here a simple cream cheese icing slathered onto 
the "Naked cake " 
makes a spectacular special presentation.


Simple Muscadine Cake 

1 Box yellow cake mix

one 4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding

1 stick butter

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups white muscadine juice


Heat oven 350ยบ

Mix in large bowl, the dry ingredients of the cake mix, and the pudding mix. butter, eggs and muscadine juice.  Beat 4 minutes with a mixer. Pour batter into a 13 " x 9" cake pan. 

Bake 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool while you make a glaze topping. 

For the Glaze:

4 Tablespoons of white muscadine juice

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar. 

Whisk powdered sugar and muscadine juice together in small bowl. Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of the cake, drizzle the glaze over the top. 




Too, I like using a round cake pan, for the cakes look pretty on the cake stand .




I have used a cast iron skillet too, to make the cake...works great!

Ready for  the start of a wedding season again this year
 that will be on a much smaller scale,
 but our summer has ended quite sweet! 


Welcome Fall, 2020 .... Hugs!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Before the Ceremony Begins

 Lori Sparkman Photography

Before the ceremony begins,
 the photographer has time to catch 
all the little details of the wedding. 

It is hard to believe that September is just around the corner
and our fall wedding season blossoms in fullness.
  
I have heard from so many of my brides
 that the day was over all too soon ...
over in a flash ...
after all the planning.



 Lori Sparkman Photography
The brides personal bouquet is to be remembered, 
and captured in a lovely photo... just sitting there looking pretty.
I especially love the magnolia leaves 
and fern fronds in this one.




 Lori Sparkman Photography

With roses in her collar, Delilah our sweetheart 
English Suffolk draft horse
 knows it is wedding day 
and she has an important job to do. 


 Lori Sparkman Photography

 Wedding signs are out, 
and this one is most appropriate 
for the day and these times. 

 Lori Sparkman Photography
 Capturing the bride and groom 
in a sweet private moment. 

 Lori Sparkman Photography
 First look ?  
Seems to put a bride at ease 
and I love this romantic 
dash across the lawn.

 Lori Sparkman Photography
 There are never too many pictures
 of just the two of you...

 Lori Sparkman Photography
And with your girls
 Lori Sparkman Photography
A few pictures of a handsome groom
 before the actual ceremony are treasured.


 Lori Sparkman Photography

 Stepping in the carriage...
Time to get in the carriage and go to the altar.

Treasure this sweet moment! 

 Lori Sparkman Photography
Such a beautiful wedding and stunning bride!  

Venue Alda's Magnolia Hill 
Planning Alda's Magnolia Hill 
Florals Alda's Magnolia Hill 
Photography Lori Sparkman Photography
Catering : Vibrant Occasions Catering



Hugs!
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