December 9, 2016

Making Holiday Treats on Facebook

If you're looking for something fun to make for your family and friends this holiday season, why not make some of my jelly-filled donuts, or a dozen - or two, or three - of our festive fruit bowl cookies?

If you caught my Facebook LIVE yesterday, you know just how easy these treats are to make. I invited our director of food development, Thomas Joseph, to join me and we had so much fun talking about donuts and cookies, sharing our favorite tips and ideas, and answering all of your questions. It's the perfect time to start baking for those holiday gatherings, so if you missed my Facebook LIVE special, you can still watch - just click on this highlighted link. Enjoy these photos.

And, thanks to Domino Sugar, our integration partner and sponsor for my television show, "Martha Bakes", on PBS.

December 8, 2016

Making Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup on Facebook

What is your favorite go-to comfort food on a cold and snowy day?

I hope you caught this week’s Facebook LIVE when I made two very popular cold weather comfort foods - grilled cheese and tomato soup! According to historians, the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became readily available. The similar French croque monsieur is a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich, which originated in European cafés and bars as a quick snack. Both are so delicious and both can take on so many variations - I shared several grilled cheese ideas during our broadcast.

I hosted our Facebook LIVE from our Martha Stewart Living Kitchen made exclusively at The Home Depot. I love our entire kitchen collection - it includes everything you need to create the perfect cooking space in your home. If you missed this Facebook LIVE, you can still watch it by clicking on this highlighted link! Enjoy these photos, and please share with me some of your favorite ways to enjoy grilled cheese.

December 7, 2016

Wrapping My Outdoor Urns with Burlap

Our great "burlapping" project continues at the farm.

As many of you know, I've been covering shrubs and hedges with burlap for many years to protect the branches from splaying and even breaking from the weight of snow and ice. Every season, our wrapping methods become easier and more streamlined, giving me peace of mind during the cold weather months.

I feel it is equally important to protect my outdoor garden ornaments from the harsh winter elements. A winter freeze, alternating with thaws, could crack or crumble any kind of stone, or cement, especially if it is antique. During this time, all my outdoor containers, planters, and birdbaths, are drained, and covered in the same burlap used for my live specimens. Here are some photos of this process.