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Martha Stewart Living November 2013

We've expanded our magazine to bring you more of the ideas you want for organizing, entertaining, cooking, and decorating- all in one place. Plus, our special Gardening issue, Entertaining Issue, Decorating Issue and Holiday issue are all yours to enjoy as a subscriber.

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ON THE ROAD Plan a soak in the Jefferson Pools on your next trip to Virginia. Seven U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson himself, have taken a dip in the mineral hot springs. Stay just five miles away at the historic Omni Homestead Resort, which recently opened a Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Jefferson Pools, Hot Springs, Virginia thehomestead.com ASK THE EXPERT Living’s food and entertaining editorial director, Jennifer Aaronson, offers her tips for a foolproof Thanksgiving meal on Twitter. For more details or to submit questions, go to martha stewart.com/thanksgiving-chat. #asktheexpert AMERICAN MADE To cap off our October event, we’re launching the Tastemakers portion of the American Made website. Our favorite entrepreneurs share their start-up advice, creative process, and more. americanmade.marthastewart.com INSTAGRAM FAVORITE Thanks for all your Thanksgiving photos! We love @la_eneida’s whimsical turkeyshaped mini pies. Follow us on Instagram for a…

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editor’s letter

Thanksgiving brings to mind a lot of wonderful memories for me. When I was growing up, my family only ever used the dining room for holidays, so just the fact that we were all together in that room felt like a special treat. It was made extraspecial by the appearance of my two favorite foods—turkey and stuffing—and by my assigned seat at the foot of the table, across from my father (that’s how I learned the bread plate is always on the left). The menu seldom changed, but each year my brothers and sisters and I took turns helping my mother make the gravy, and in the process, she passed down her recipe. And the tradition has continued with my nieces and nephews. There’s a comfort in Thanksgiving rituals like those…

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living editors’ thanksgiving tips

You’ll find genius strategies for the big holiday meal in this issue. Here, our editors share their prep and cleanup shortcuts. 1 KEEP YOUR SILVER SHINY LONGER The best way to avoid polishing silver is to keep it in regular rotation: Use it and wash it by hand frequently. If it does tarnish, try a polish-infused cloth before moving on to a paste or cream. 2 PLAN AHEAD FOR LEFTOVERS Save disposable takeout containers long before the holiday, so you don’t end up scrambling when you’re packing leftovers for guests. 3 LET YOUR SINK DO THE WORK Fill your sink with soapy water and toss in pans and pots as you finish cooking each Thanksgiving dish. This presoak cuts down on scrubbing later. 4 CLEAN STEMWARE WITH EASE Wash delicate glasses after dinner with a foam-tipped baby-bottle brush—it…

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diy thanksgiving decorations

It is incredible how things change when the family dynamic is so greatly, fabulously altered with the addition of two grandbabies. Family vacations have to be adjusted to accommodate little ones: What is a fun as well as safe environment? The same concerns apply to the celebratory events, including this Thanksgiving, when both children, Jude and Truman, will be able to sit at the table, to eat all the food, and to begin to comprehend what this holiday is all about. Granted, they are still just 2½ and 1½—and a little bit messy in their eating habits—so a big, splashy dinner in a dining room would be less appropriate than a smaller gathering of family and friends in the Tenant House at the farm in Bedford where I live. The children love…

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richmond, virginia

Known as both the seat of the Confederacy during the Civil War and the birthplace of tennis great Arthur Ashe, Virginia’s capital blends Old South history and New South inventiveness. Majestic monuments dot the city’s center, and the modern shops, restaurants, and art galleries (enlivened by Virginia Commonwealth University’s renowned art school) have spread out into the Fan district and Shockoe Bottom. Creative chefs, supplied by farms in the nearby Shenandoah Valley, have launched a raft of new restaurants. Count on friendly locals to point you to their favorite bistros and places to admire the stunning variety of architecture, from classic mansions along Cary Street to colorful row houses on Grove Street. Even if, like me, you live elsewhere, you’ll feel right at home in this southern town. —Katherine McMillan EAT Mint…

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home is where the hearth is

Swept Away This 24-inch black straw fireplace broom was hand-rolled by students in the crafts program at Berea College, in Kentucky. $22, bereacollegecrafts.com. Log In Keep firewood hearthside in this hand-split Finnish pine basket (it also totes logs). $140, tiinathestore.com. Pop Star Skip the microwave and shake this popcorn pan over the fire for a fresh-popped snack. Makes up to 12 cups. $35, shopterrain.com. Get Stoked With the same design since 1941, this Connecticutmade polished-brass-and-bronze poker doubles as a blower, thanks to its hollow core. $154, blopoke.com. Hang Tough Crafted by Amish artisans in Ohio, this steel tool set comprises a soot scraper, an ash shovel, a stand, and a poker. $100, lehmans.com. Dust Up Keep your fireplace clear of ashes with this cheery red dustpan. $10, crate andbarrel.com. All Screened This 39-by-30-inch handmade iron fireplace screen has a midcen-tury feel and an…