My birthday was a few weeks ago, so my mom got me the Magnolia Table cookbook. The cookbook was actually released ON my birthday. (Thanks Joanna for releasing it on my special day.) I definitely can’t keep up with Joanna Gaines in home decorating, but once I heard she was coming out with a cookbook I had high hopes I cook keep up with her in the kitchen. On the day it arrived, I flipped through it and for the most part the recipes looked pretty simple and delicious.

If you have been following along, you know that I write a lot about my picky eaters. On most evenings, I attempt to have a vegetable as part of dinner. I had been feeling a little bored with our current dinner veggie go-to’s, so I asked my husband for a suggestion. He reminded me of the Bulgogi, that a friend brought to us after bringing our daughter home from the hospital. She served this traditional Korean dish in lettuce wraps. I told him, he was in luck because my new cookbook had the perfect recipe.

I won’t give away all Joanna’s secrets but basically you marinade beef in soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onions and Joanna’s secret ingredient, it doesn’t really matter what it is, because I didn’t have it. So I subbed in pomegranate juice, (I’m always up for a little more antioxidants). I also added some shredded carrots for a little more color. We marinaded it for a few hours and then we grilled it on our charcoal grill. Joanna’s recipe just suggests serving it over rice, but let me tell you, having it in the romaine wrap is the best way, to serve it. We all gave this recipe high praise for being easy to prepare, and delicious for the whole family. I can’t wait to try more recipes out of the cookbook.

Magnolia Table

Speaking of recipes out of the cookbook. We went to Magnolia Table, the Gaines’ new restaurant, in Waco, which features a few of Joanna’s recipes. It took almost 2 hours of standing in line just to put your name on the list, and then once on the list, our reservation wasn’t for another 4 hours. In all this was more than a 5 hour ordeal, what do you think the verdict was among our crew? Would you be surprised to hear that we gave it a thumbs up and said we definitely would do it all over again?! Our favorite dish was Joanna’s famous buttermilk biscuits. If you go, you MUST have them.

Silo’s District Half Marathon

I have one word to recap the Inaugural Silo’s District race… HOT! Since we raced in snow just 3 weeks ago, my body was definitely not acclimated to the hot temperatures of Waco in May. Talking to a few of the locals this was one of the hottest days they had experienced as well, so I wasn’t alone. It was a nice flat course, and lots of great sights, we ran through Baylor’s campus and over the Brazos bridge, starting and finishing at the Silo’s. We got to see Chip start his race and we watched him and his entourage come through around mile 24.