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The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal Spring 2020

This magazine from TV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines focuses on seasonal ideas for life, garden, and home. Each quarterly issue identifies a thought-provoking virtue (gratitude, confidence, hospitality ...) and delivers stories that inspire readers to pursue it intentionally in their own lives. Regular features include personal essays by Chip and Jo, ideas for entertaining and family activities, recipes, gardening, decorating, and much more--all beautifully packaged with the signature Magnolia style.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
$11.70(Incl. tax)
$29.30(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

7 min
mais oui! french macarons

STORY BY IRENE WONG RECIPES BY SHELLI MCCONNELL There’s no way around it. It takes practice to master the melt-in-your-mouth meringue shell and slightly chewy texture of the most delicate sandwich cookie on the planet. But if you’re game for a little challenge, the extra effort will only make your first successful batch all the sweeter. I’m a pretty systematic person. I like routine, and I tend to operate best when I have a clear objective in front of me. Because that’s my natural inclination, I sometimes find myself searching for the opposite—a place where the pressure is off and the lines are blurred. That’s partly why I love to cook. To me, the kitchen isn’t meant to be a place for perfection. You’d think that philosophy alone is reason enough to avoid…

5 min
people who inspire: clark moorten

By happenstance I met Clark Moorten earlier this year. Our magazine team was in Palm Springs for an event when we thought to take advantage of the city’s scenery and photograph a few potential cover shots for upcoming magazine issues. When we found Clark’s botanical garden online, we immediately called him to ask if we could visit and thankfully he obliged. This issue’s cover was photographed at his home—fondly known as Cactus Castle—which sits among the more than 3,000 plant species that the Moorten family began planting almost 70 years ago. While we were there, our team got to hear from Clark about the beautiful legacy he and his family have built at Moorten Botanical Garden, and I knew instantly that I wanted to share his story with you. —Jo MOST…

2 min
let the light in

Sunlight sets the rhythm of our days, influences our moods, and warms our homes. It reveals the passage of hours and the transience of time. When the sun finds us, we naturally turn our faces to the light, like growing plants in search of sustenance. Yet when it comes to the things we hope to improve in our homes, it can be easy to overlook this free and precious resource. The beauty of natural light is that it’s ever-changing. It shifts depending on the time of day and season, affecting the way we perceive patterns and colors. Consider how light shows up in nature—greens filtered through sunlit leaves, blue ripples reflected on water, silver clouds against a sunset sky. A well-lit space illuminates the textures and colors that surround us—inside and…

1 min
take care

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3 min
drink up

STORY BY TEHRENE FIRMAN It’s no secret that drinking water is the most basic way to better our well-being. Hands down. Still, even the things we know are good for us easily can be neglected even if by accident. Despite using it all day, every day—whether for showering, cooking meals, washing the car, or doing the dishes—it’s common to fall short on drinking enough water. Coffee? Mastered. Water, not so much. While staying hydrated might seem like the least important task to check off your to-do list, it pays to drink up. We’re not here to reinvent the wheel in explaining the good that water will do you—but we do think it bears repeating. The reality remains: If you’re not drinking water, there’s no point in doing any other form of self-care. It’s…

2 min
planting a legacy

STORY BY LIZ BELL YOUNG It’s a catch-your-breath experience. Traveling down a tree-lined drive under a canopy of blooming branches focuses your attention on where you’re going. The feeling turns to comfort when you know your arrival and others had been planned years earlier—that there’s purpose in the design. At the end of a shady route might rest a homestead or simply an outdoor dinner table with a view. And while someone may be waiting there for you, another someone, perhaps a decade or century before, thought to leave this legacy of trees, knowing that he or she might never sit beneath their shade. Maybe that person envisioned great-grandchildren climbing the twisting branches or believed that no matter who ended up on their doorstep in the generations ahead, an allée of trees…