1 Here I am in my kitchen, with so much to do before Easter. I am making several desserts, and boiling more eggs for my annual egg hunt for the children.
2 Fresh eggs from my chickens will be hard boiled and then dyed for the hunt.
3 Remember my perfect recipe for making hard boiled eggs? Fill the pot with enough water to cover, put them on the stove and bring it to a boil, place the cover on the pot and turn off the heat, and let them cook for 13-minutes. I talked about it during my special Easter Facebook chat. https://business.facebook.com/marthastewart/videos/10154055591856289/
4 My friend, Jane Heller, made a special request for "lamby" butter, so I pulled out one of my lamb molds.
6 Our "lamby" butter will look so pretty on the table.
7 We juiced fresh limes and lemons for some of the desserts I am preparing.
8 In the flower room kitchen, more than 160 decorated hard boiled eggs are ready to be hidden in the paddock for the great egg hunt. I will add many, many more to the batch.
9 Every year, I always enjoy fresh vegetables from Mister Spear California Gourmet Produce. He grows such large, beautiful and delicious artichokes. http://www.misterspear.com
10 The giant asparagus - 17-pounds of it - is another gift from Mister Spear. They are always superb.
11 The best way to store asparagus is tips-up under a cloth in a vessel of cold water. Covering them prevents the asparagus from getting desiccated.
12 I also purchased 10-bags of fresh oranges for our citrus fruit salad.
13 The Tenant House is the little cottage I restored and set-up for Alexis, Jude and Truman to stay in when they come to visit. It was decorated with lots of colorful and handcrafted Easter decorations.
14 On this table, a woodland scene with lichen and moss-covered toad stools, and a collection of stuffed, antique, vintage and newer toy bunnies, geese, and chicks.
15 The bunny in front is made by Hansa. It looks very cute sitting next to the antique rabbit with the backpack of eggs.
16 Another bunny sits on the opposite end. The eggs that you see were originally sold at Martha by Mail - they show various traditional Ukrainian and Polish egg decorating techniques.
17 In my basement, my longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, prepares the children's Easter baskets.
18 I have 10-children coming for Easter this year - each one gets a stuffed bunny or chick in their basket.
19 My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, brings in some of my beautiful houseplants whenever I entertain. I only have my plants in the house for special occasions - they are regularly kept in my greenhouse, where they can be cared for properly.
20 Here is my weekend driver, Carlos "one" Vallamil, helping to bring the plants inside.
21 Decorating with plants is an easy and inexpensive way to add refreshing color to any room.
22 Bunnies are set on the table in my entrance hall. I found these cast iron rabbit doorstops years ago in East Hampton at an antiques show - these are two of five.
23 This Coprosma is popularly known as a mirror plant because of its ultra shiny leaves.
24 These eggs are blown out and decorated in fun shades of lavender - if well-washed and cleaned, blown eggs can last for many years.
25 This is a real rabbit taxidermy, which Kevin gave me in one of my annual Easter baskets. I wonder what my basket will be this year.
26 This is a painted rabbit from an Easter set, long ago, with some cardboard eggs.
27 I have such a wonderful collection of begonias that are flowering now - this one looks great sitting in a corner of my green parlor.
28 Many begonias are loved for their compact size. While they can grow very large horizontally, they don't reach great heights, because they grow from rhizomes that creep along the soil.
29 An almost identical trio of plants adorns the opposite corner of the room.
30 Laura built some adorable nests in these tall wicker vases, and placed them with a pair of what look like chocolate foil-covered bunnies - they are really made of ceramic.
31 There are actually two plants here - two Ledebouria socialis, or silver squills. These plants bloom in late winter to early spring, with tiny green flowers. Keep them looking tidy by frequently removing old, dry leaves.
32 These porcelain bunnies were from a Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. My line has some new bunnies this year. http://goo.gl/Tgjaia
33 My bird room was set up with a service of crisp white linens and old silver.
34 The centerpiece is filled with whimsical bunny and chick egg cups on a silver tray.
35 These are some of my melodious red factor canaries. They are prized for their color rather than their song, but they are also good singers and enjoy singing.
36 Decorating for special occasions doesn't have to be fancy. Take out the decorations from past holidays and come up with new and creative ways to use them. This nest of chicks is in my servery.
37 I love to place hollowed out eggs beneath the beautiful glass cake domes from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. http://goo.gl/KFhyFK
38 A small nest of eggs sits under this large antique glass cake dome.
39 My Brown Room was set in a lovely palette of spring greens, silver and glass.
40 Faux chocolate bunnies flank this antique wicker Easter basket filled with blown out decorated eggs.
41 Each place setting is adorned with light green napkins and old silver napkin holders - Laura placed them to look like big bunny ears sitting on the plate.
42 Big hollow ostrich eggs sit in nests along the length of the table with more faux chocolate bunnies.
43 A procession of fanciful spun cotton chicks makes up this centerpiece on the smaller table in the Brown Room.
44 In the back, spun cotton nests, embellished with tinsel and tiny birds, eggs and feathers.
45 White napkins are held by French ivory napkin rings with bunnies peeking from underneath each one. French ivory is faux ivory made from celluloid.
46 Here is more Easter cheer on the large marble coffee table.
47 These papier-mâché chicks are always fun to take out for Easter - they are great for holding cut flowers.
48 All the faux chocolate rabbits look like milk chocolate, but are actually plastic molds - so cute and much longer lived than the real thing!!
49 The original Velveteen Rabbit is on the left - he comes out every Easter and sits in a different spot. This year, he is on a couch in my Brown Room. This stuffed animal was the prototype for one of our most popular stuffed toys in Martha by Mail.
50 On the mantel, hollowed out ostrich and goose eggs - some decorated with stickers.
51 Laura always sets such beautiful tables - and every one, always a little different.
52 I am looking forward to a lovely gathering with family and friends. Happy Easter.