Monday, May 18, 2015

Magnolia Tea




There is nothing like a Southern Magnolia Grandeflora ! 

Native to the Southeast U.S. and California, it is a fast growing tree and grows well in the Georgia sun. They are evergreen with large, fragrant flowers. It reaches 60 to 80 feet high with it's trunk up to 5 feet in diameter.


This tree is in my daughter Debbie's yard. There are many Magnolia Trees there on her property . She is blessed each year with large beautiful blossoms from all these great trees. 

We had two rounds of thunder storms today, so I drove up to her house after they had passed over and she was so nice to let me cut a few blossoms. They make the house smell so good.



This is how it looks before it blooms.




Isn't it Beautiful!

 I made a Lemon Cake yesterday, so an afternoon Tea Snack was the quick 'pick me up'.


I used a box cake mix and icing. To make it taste better and unlike a box mix you can do this:

Add one extra egg
Use butter instead of oil
and 
Use milk instead of water.
(I used Heavy Whipping cream) 

Yum Yum!!


 I've shown this Magnolia teapot before, but since I was having our southern magnolia's for my flower arrangement, I wanted to include it.


Have a Blessed Day!
Sylvia


I will be linking to Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration

25 comments:

  1. We love magnolia trees too; one next door and the aroma comes our way now and then. They are so beautiful and so 'southern'. That cake sounds yummy, especially with the extra ingredients. Have a restful evening.

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  2. Oh, how lovely to have magnolia trees on one's property. The magnolias we have here are bought at the garden centers and they never get very big. The blooms are also small but pretty just the same. I have seen white ones and pink ones but I have never smelled one, unfortunately. They are gorgeous and I use large faux ones at Christmastime. What a pretty setting with your cute teapot, cake and blooms! Thank you for sharing and coming to tea with me. Have a lovely week, Sylvia.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. I would love to come to your tea party and have some lemon cake and smell the magnolias~I love the smell of magnolias. Your table looks so nice and inviting.

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  4. Hi: Love the teapot. Magnolias are so beautiful. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  5. We have a magnolia like this at the back of the church house, it is beautiful when in flower. I'll be over later for a cup of tea and slice of cake :)

    Diana

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  6. Beautiful. I do miss Magnolias, truly I do. Blessings

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  7. I love magnolias...we used to have one when we lived in California. Love your teapot! So pretty! The lemon cake looks delicious...I made lemon bars today. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  8. What a lovely tea pot. It sure makes having tea even nicer. And you took some amazing close ups of the magnolia blooms. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

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  9. What magnificent trees! I've never seen any quite that tall around here. Their blossoms are really fragrant and pretty. Love your teapot. Perfect choice for a spring or summer tea party. Thank you for the tips regarding box cake mixes. I'll definitely have to try them. Have a terrific tea week! ~Nora

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  10. Hi Sylvia, Love this post and your gorgeous photos of the Southern Magnolia. We too have this in our yard and it is so tall and makes the most amazing plate size blooms. The scent is beautiful isn't it? Love the flower arrangement you created and thank you for sharing the "instead of" tips. The cake looks so yummy!
    Darling tea pot too.
    Wishing you a blessed day.
    Hugs, CM

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  11. What a darling teapot! I love, love, love magnolia....we do have them all over here in Southern California, their beautiful aroma along with jasmine and honeysuckle are definitely among my favorites!

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  12. The neighbor across the street from me has a big magnolia tree in their yard and when the breeze come from the right direction, what a wonderful fragrance! Nothing like them.

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  13. Magnolias.... Even the word, is magical and delightful.... -happy sigh-

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  14. Sylvia, Those magnolias are majestic. I don't think I have ever seen them that big. There is nothing like the scent of them in a house. When I was in high school everyone wanted a corsage that had a magnolia on it....precious in our area where nothing like that grew. Beautiful!!!!! xo Diana

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  15. they are beautiful, that is what I like the most about spring is the flowering trees

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  16. What an adorable teapot! I always enjoy lemon treats with my cup of tea.

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  17. Aren't those just a classic bloom and how wonderful! I love that you have a matching teapot too!

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  18. My mom and dad had one of these magnolia trees in their yard for years....in Missouri! Mom fell in love with them during a trip to the South and had to bring one home. After more than 20 years it reached the towering height of 7 feet, but oh, those fragrant blooms! Even though it never reached the soaring heights like those in the South, my mom was so proud of that little tree! Thanks for this post. Brought back a nice memory!! I'm also going to try your 'tweeks' to the box cake mixes, too.

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  19. I love magnolia trees. I wish there was one in my yard because they really do smell amazing. I am so in love with your pretty teapot and your lemon cake looks delicious. I'll have to try that the next time I use a box mix... :)

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  20. Your magnolia blossoms are so lovely. I am enjoying mine too, although this year ours have had some kind of beetles in them and I am afraid they are eating the seeds. Our tree is quite old...and I pray it continues to thrive. Thank you for sharing your lovely magnolia teapot as well. I don't think I've seen it before. The lemon cake sounds delicious...I may have to try your variations...sounds so good. Have a beautiful southern magnolia kind of day! Wish I could enjoy it with you! But I am vicariously here. :)

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  21. Lovely post Sylvia! I love magnolia trees too, they're so pretty! Love that pretty tea pot and you had me at LEMON CAKE! My favorite! I can taste it right now!

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  22. I love those magnolia trees you belles have down south - so awesome.

    I had to rejoin as a follower of your blog - for some reason I stopped getting your blog on my readers list. *sigh*

    Have a wonderful weekend, Syl. Hugs.

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  23. I love magnolia trees.. I have a small one in a pot that I bought last year I have never really seen them any wheres.. but I suppose they grow in San Francisco.. It's doing well..Your teapot is sweet.. Happy Saturday with love Janice

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  24. Hello, I do love the smell of those lovely flowers! Also, I liked how you shared with us as to make a box cake taste much tastier! I will have to try that the next time I bake a cake. Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  25. Hello sweet friend! How delightful to have Magnolias! I don't think I have ever seen them in person... Someday I hope I get to smell their sweet fragrance.

    Your post was such a joy to my heart. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, all your comments are read and appreciated! Sylvia