1 The last taping of my show was a day we all anticipated, but were sort of surprised when it finally arrived. The atmosphere in the studio was quite somber.
2 The studio audience filing in - The audience was made up of mothers and daughters in honor of Mother's Day.
3 After practicing yoga between the morning and afternoon shows, my granddaughter, Jude, came to the studio for a visit. She is curious about everything!
4 Special audience members Katie Spear, Executive Assistant to Ken West, our CFO and her mother, Frances
5 Irina Reznik, Network Engineer, with her mother, Alina and Natasha Borchakovskaia, Project Manager.
6 Chefs in the studio kitchen busy organizing and preparing for the cooking segments - This has been such an amazing and efficient workspace.
7 Stage manager, Joel Cordenner, fine tuning camera angles
8 Joey Kola, our energetic warm-up, artist always knows how to work a crowd!
9 Joey got everyone standing and clapping when I made my entrance onto the set.
10 I loved doing this show in front of a live audience and I will really miss these crowds.
11 The fellow at the podium, Michael Morrison, our Executive Producer, recorded the entire show on his iPhone.
12 My first guest on the final show was Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' the international bestseller that became a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts.
13 Recently, while moving into a new house, Elizabeth unpacked some boxes of family books that had been sitting in her mother’s attic for decades. Among the old, dusty hardcovers was a book called 'At Home on the Range' by Gilbert’s great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter.
14 The book proved to be far ahead of its time. In her workaday cookbook, Potter espoused the importance of farmer’s markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish, and German), derided preservatives and culinary shortcuts, and generally celebrated a devotion to seeking out new epicurean adventures.
15 Elizabeth decided to republish her great-grandmother's book and she came on my show to share a recipe from it called Mother's Sour-Cream Cookies, which were very, very good. All of the author’s proceeds go to ScholarMatch, which connects under-resourced students with donors, making college accessible.
16 The next segment featured TV staff members Nikki Elkins, Kirsten Earl, Anduin Havens, Lenore Welby, Christina Deyo, and Jackie Blais.
17 These working moms are constantly on the go with their families and they wanted to share some things they simply can't live without.
18 We learned about a great infant carrier, an insulated sippy cup, a dishwasher basket for bottle nipples, a disposable potty, a reusable filtered water bottle, allergy-friendly snacks, and even this plush sheep that makes four soothing sounds.
19 Christina Deyo's Must-Have is a treasure box filled with treasures from Oriental Trading Company. The audience got to take home all of these items, including a $100. gift card to Oriental Trading!
20 Needless to say, the audience was thrilled!
21 Next, I welcomed Yukiko Miyai, an artist who showed us how to sculpt the most amazing clay flowers, using a Martha Stewart Crafts Clay Kit found at Michaels.
22 This bouquet, made of clay, was inspired by the real bouquet featured on the cover of our spring Weddings magazine.
23 Yukiko, her mother Kkazuko, and her fiancé Tim Janes flew all the way from Hawaii to be on the show. They run a company called Deco Clay Craft Academy in Honolulu and helped us develop our kits. http://www.decoclay.com/index.htm
24 This is the contents of the nature themed clay starter kit and everyone in the audience went home with a Martha Stewart Crafts clay kit. To make colors, the pigments are mixed into the white base clay.
25 Those colors are then pressed into these rubber molds.
26 The flowers are removed from the molds and air-dried. We then glued them onto a clay wreath form and made a very colorful wreath.
27 Yukiko then presented me with her creation of beautiful clay canaries.
28 A beautiful wreath and an amazing bouquet!
29 A very colorful shot with Kazuko, Yukiko, and Tim
30 Here I am with the team that produced that segment - Lenore Welby - senior producer, Noel Rosselli - associate producer, and MaryAnne Nicoletti - production assistant.
31 My next guests were Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, an interior design team and the authors of a new book called 'Good Bones Great Pieces,' showcasing the 7 essential pieces of furniture you should buy when you’re young…pieces that are versatile enough to use in different ways throughout your life.
32 The seven pieces include a loveseat, a demilune table, a pair of slipper chairs, a side chair, a bench, a dresser, and a side table. Suzanne worked at my company for many years as a producer and style editor. This book was also an audience giveaway.
33 My last guest was Kristina Kurek, Senior Associate Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living, who demonstrated how to make the lovely Swiss meringue swirls, which were on the cover of the May issue of Living. Pastry bags, pastry tips, and food coloring from Wilton were another giveaway.
34 There was one final giveaway from our friends at Lands End - A great re-usable gardening tote with organic seed packets from Potting Shed Creations.
35 I then extended thanks to all of the show's guests and to those at home watching. And to all the mothers and grandmothers, I wished them all a happy Mother's Day.
36 When the cameras stopped rolling, I took some questions from the wonderful audience.
37 With my great team of crafters, set decorators, stylists, and gardening expert
38 And with a dynamic team of producers and food editors
39 And the best kitchen chefs ever!
40 Then it was off to the wrap party at one of my favorite restaurants, En Japanese Brasserie.