Thursday, March 7, 2013

Why I've Always Liked Martha Stewart

I began watching Martha Stewart back in the 90's. This was her original television show called Martha Stewart Living. I think it ran until 2004. I was never a big fan of her more recent show on the Hallmark channel that was taped before an audience. In my opinion, she shines more when she is working alone.

I watched her as much as I could with little ones running through the house. Somehow just the sound of her voice was kind of a soothing presence during a busy morning. I especially loved the cooking segments with her mom. They made so many interesting things together such as meatloaf, pecan pies and pierogis. I always wanted to make those pierogis but never have yet. (I think it is something best made with my mother-in-law. It seemed a little complicated to make alone, but looked delicious.)

                                                            Martha and her mom making a pecan pie

We were living at a ministry at the time I began watching her show. We lived in a very small house with six kids. This was before home decorating blogs. I feel that we made that little place into a beautiful home. I think some of the thanks would go to Martha. I learned a lot of housekeeping and home making tips from her.( I still can't fold a fitted sheet correctly though, and that is okay by me! That wasn't what I was looking for.)

 I think I've always appreciated order in a home. In a small home with that many little ones, disorder and chaos would have been the death of me. I think she helped to teach me the beauty of simplicity. We were able to create a lovely home with very limited funds.

We didn't have satellite television at that time and so I didn't have the Food Network to watch. But I loved watching her prepare recipes. I still use several of her recipes today such as her Dirt Cake.

It looks like a potted plant, but it's actually a dessert with cream cheese, pudding and oreo "dirt". Courtesy under "Jane's Dirt Cake"

You can still purchase dvd's of her original program on ebay or Amazon. Her Thanksgiving dvd is still one I like to watch once a year and try ideas for recipes or decorating.

If I could give her advice (not that she needs it) it would be to get back to what made you popular to begin with. Don't do a show with a television audience - you don't need it. Get back to just you alone or you and one guest preparing a meal together or setting a table for family for Thanksgiving. That is where you shine.

I'd also want to say "thank you" for helping teach me about making my house into a home:) I miss you, Martha!

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  1. I love Martha too...and I too started watching her in the mid 90's..I wasn't a fan of the new format either..but I did love her Baking with Martha show on would be great if she went back to filming at her home..I would watch everyday..I enjoyed her night time Holiday specials too..I should check out her website more often..I might be missing things and not even know it..think I'll have to bake some of her cupcakes after've brought out some inspiration talking about Martha & little Martha...Thanks for reminding me how much I've missed watching her...

    have a nice weekend...Wende

    1. Thanks, Wende! It's nice to meet someone else who also likes Martha:)


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