1 When we arrived at the Macy's Aventura store, we saw many signs advertising the cooking demonstration throughout the store.
2 The store was decorated beautifully for the holidays. This dinner table is set with my Orleans Red Collection dinnerware, Classic Band Red dinnerware, and Red Glassware Collection - Perfect for the holidays!
3 A better shot of that dinnerware
4 The Martha Stewart bakeware collection includes everything you need for making sweet treats for the holidays.
5 Here is another display of some of the Martha Stewart Collection product available exclusively at Macy's and macys.com.
6 I started off my time at Macy's making popcorn balls with five Make-A-Wish kids.
7 We used a popcorn ball recipe from one of my first books, Martha Stewart's Christmas.
8 To make the popcorn balls, we melted butter and light brown sugar. Then, we added marshmallows to make the sticky mixture to coat the popped corn.
9 All of the children were given our Martha Stewart Collection Kids Pack-Up Apron Set.
10 Here I am adding the melted marshmallow, butter, and brown sugar mixture to a large bowl of popped popcorn.
11 We then mixed it all together to coat the popcorn with the sticky mixture.
12 Everyone buttered their hands, making it easier to form the popcorn balls.
13 Then we started forming the balls.
14 This is a really fun, and easy project - and great for kids!
15 The children loved tasting the popcorn balls!
16 Aniah was all smiles!
17 Next, we dropped the popcorn balls in cellophane bags and tied them with ribbons, to enjoy later at home.
18 I gave each child and their families gifts to take home, including craft supplies and a very cozy Martha Stewart Harmony Knit Throw!
19 At every Macy's across the country, there are Believe mailboxes and desks for children to write letters to Santa.
20 The kids were excited to write letters to Santa at the Believe mailbox.
21 So sweet!
22 I also wrote a letter to Santa!
23 For every letter that goes in the Believe mailboxes at Macy's stores, Macy's donates $1 to Make-A-Wish.
24 We then did a Christmas craft. This is Ben, decorating a placemat.
25 After saying goodbye to the children, we went to the Culinary Kitchen. There was a long line waiting outside the store to get into the cooking demo. The event was completely full, with standing room only!
26 This is the Culinary Kitchen at the Macy's Aventura store.
27 Off to the side, a beautiful table was set up full of baked goods and Hammond's candies, all displayed on our Martha Stewart Collection cake stands. Ornaments were propped upon our Mercury Glass candle holders.
28 Another look
29 Thomas Joseph, Director of Food Development at MSLO, assisted me with the cooking demonstration.
30 We demonstrated how to make The Perfect Holiday Brunch from the December issue of Martha Stewart Living.
31 There was a great turn-out for the cooking demo and the crowd was very enthusiastic.
32 Here I am cutting into a pomelo for the citrus salad. A pomelo is the largest citrus fruit and tastes similar to a sweet, mild grapefruit.
33 I explained how to section citrus fruit using a method called supreming. After removing both ends, you slice off the peel, exposing the fruit beneath. You then pass a sharp knife on either side of the membrane, releasing the fruit sections.
34 Thomas showed the audience a trick for easy removal of seeds from a pomegranate - You whack outer rind of the fruit with a wooden spoon and the seeds fall out.
35 After arranging the citrus artfully on a serving platter, we sprinkled it with those pomegranate seeds.
36 We displayed the mushroom-filled crepes and assorted smoked fish on stacked Martha Stewart Collection cake stands in varying sizes. The tiered effect is quite visually appealing.
37 The audience was very interested.
38 And we had a great time with the crowd!
39 There were lots of great questions from the audience.
40 A nice shot of me and Thomas
41 After the demo, I signed copies of my newest book, Martha Stewart's Cakes.