In 2017, the original owner of Magnolia Days, Renee Dobbs (see below), decided to pass the torch. I’m so pleased and proud to be the new owner, and I’ll be continuing the adventure of good food, wine, gardening, and life in the South.
My mother’s family hails from Georgia and the Carolinas, from which I draw a good deal of my Southern inspiration. My father’s family is from Tennessee by way of the Midwest and Canada, adding an interesting twist on my heritage.
I live with my husband and two young daughters in Florida. Although it’s about as far south as you can get, you might not automatically think of it as “Southern.” Rest assured that you will find yourself at home here, with all the Southern hospitality you would expect—and maybe a little Floridian spice from time to time!
Before I became a blogger by trade, I worked in the public school system for six years, mostly as a school library media specialist. During college I worked at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom, escorting guests on to the Haunted Mansion and other attractions.
Working in the schools with children and families of all backgrounds, and at Disney with people from around the world, has given me a passion for learning from other cultures. The southern United States is a rich tapestry of people from diverse and unique cultures, which I look forward to exploring through Magnolia Days.
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Thank you for coming along with me as I explore the richness of Southern life. I can’t wait to see what the journey holds!
Owned & Operated Magnolia Days from 2011 – 2016
Hello! I’m Renee Dobbs and Magnolia Days was created to share my experiences with food, wine, and gardening along with life in the South. The majority of my posts on this blog are recipes ranging from super healthy to completely indulgent. There are also some wine reviews and gardening features.
I am a self-proclaimed Domestic Goddess who loves to eat, drink, and dig in the dirt. I’m not a chef, sommelier, or horticulturalist. I’m a home cook, wine lover, and hobby gardener. I am happily married and have 3 very spoiled whippets.
I decided to stop blogging on Magnolia Days in 2016 and officially retired from it in early 2017 with selling it to Katie.
You can keep up with my adventures on social media. You’ll know it’s me when you see this photo of me peeking in from the side next to gorgeous dahlias. Some folks have asked if it is my garden. I wish it was. The photo was taken at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.
Take a look around to see what I’ve shared over the years. I hope you enjoy what you find here on Magnolia Days and will come back soon to see new adventures with Katie. Cheers!