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The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal Fall 2018

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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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
letter from the editor

Every autumn, the things that have been planted in gardens and sown on farmland flourish in the soil and multiply right before our eyes. This is the easiest time of year to talk the kids into helping me in the garden. Who doesn’t like to see the literal fruits of their labors? As they gather the fruits and veggies that they spent the better part of a year planting, watering, and caring for, I can see the thrill in their young faces. They finally get to see (and touch and taste!) how their dedication and diligence, along with the behind-the-scenes work of nature itself, were enough to make these crops ready to nourish our bodies. This lesson, meant for my kids, is every bit as practical for me, and I hope it…

2 min.
jo’s fall favorites

I love finding products that I know are made well and make me happy. These picks do both, and I bet you’ll love them too.—Jo 1. CLUTCH The casual design and soft colors of this clutch make a statement. I’m also happy to support its maker, ABLE, which works to end generational poverty by creating jobs for women. $88; magnolia.com 2. MAGNOLIA FALL CANDLE I’ll burn this candle all season long, both at home and at the office. I love its pumpkin chai scent. It can make any setting feel like autumn. You can get these at Magnolia Market, in store or online. $28 for 11-ounce, $58 for 26-ounce; magnolia.com 3. COPPER CANNING JARS Canning jars are practical and purposeful, so I like to have plenty on hand at home. They’re ideal for preserving fruits and…

2 min.
chip’s fall favorites

Good fun with the family and fresh inspiration for the entrepreneur—these picks have me ready for whatever life throws my way.—Chip 1. KINDLING These kindling sticks will help generate a good-looking fire in no time. You can buy Fatwood in a sack, crate, or box, depending on how much you need. From $35; llbean.com 2. ROASTING STICKS If you’re going to build a campfire, you’ll need s’mores to go with it. These classic steel roasting sticks work great for marshmallows or hot dogs and clean up easily. $48 for set of four; shopterrain.com 3. RUNNING SHOES When I decided to run the Silo District Marathon, I knew I’d need a good support team—and a great pair of shoes. These are light yet feel snug on your feet. Whether you’re running your first race or looking for…

1 min.
pumpkins,   please

for eating PINK LADY (A) Its light-textured, deep orange flesh is sweet and excellent in pureed soups or baked into pies, bread, and muffins. BLUE JARRAHDALE (B) This blue pumpkin’s golden-orange flesh is fine-textured and sweet. It’s good for making pies and soups. BUCKSKIN (C) Used by some commercial processors for canned pumpkin, it is perfect in pies. FAIRYTALE (D) Fairytale pumpkin is one of the best varieties for cooking. The fine texture and thick flesh make it a good substitute for butternut squash. for decor MINI HYBRID PUMPKINS (E) Usually used for decorating, they also make cute little serving vessels for soups. IRON MAN (F) Thanks to its toughness and smooth hard shell, this variety is just right to paint. COTTON CANDY (G) This bright white pumpkin—even the flesh is white—has smooth, glossy skin that lends itself to being painted or carved. WHITE MINI JACK…

2 min.
seed snacks

sweet seeds PREP: 10 MINUTES BAKE: 30 MINUTES MAKES: 12 SERVINGS ¼ cup butter, melted¼ cup packed brown sugar1 tsp. ground cinnamon⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg Dash salt 3 cups pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried (see above) PREHEAT oven to 350°F. In a large bowl stir together melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add pumpkin seeds; toss to coat. SPREAD in a single layer in a 15×10-inch baking pan. Bake about 30 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally. Cool in pan on wire rack. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Great as a snack or on a salad. pumpkin seed turtles PREP: 45 MINUTES STAND: 1 HOUR MAKES: 60 CANDIES 2 cups pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried (see above)Nonstick cooking spraySalt (for toasting; optional)½ cup butter½ cup packed light brown sugar½ cup packed dark brown sugar½ cup light-color corn…

2 min.
prepping your garden for winter

GARDEN BED CLEANUP End-of-season tidying up varies by plant type. Veggies Where possible, mow vegetable foliage, chopping it into small bits that will decompose and enrich the soil the following season. If mowing isn’t possible, a weed whip will do the job. Annuals Pull up any annual plants and toss the foliage in the compost pile, or leave them in the garden to decompose and enrich the soil. Perennials You can leave perennial plants standing in the garden through winter. They provide food and shelter for wildlife. For a neat appearance, tie upright, dry stems in loose bundles with jute twine. Herbs Remove annual herbs, such as basil, cilantro, parsley, and dill, after the first frost. Allow perennial herbs, such as sage, thyme, and chives, to stand so you can continue harvesting through winter. NEXT STEPS You can begin these tasks…