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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living October 2016

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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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
martha’s month

“On my farm, many different species of birds— goldfinches, cardinals, even woodpeckers— stop to eat every day, especially during the fall migration. I make sure to keep all my feeders clean and well-stocked.” —Martha MARTHA’S BIRDSEED BLEND To attract a number of different birds, she uses a few mixes that include flock-pleasing black-oil sunflower seeds, which have a higher fat content than the striped variety; cracked corn (note that it spoils easily and needs to be stored in a breathable container); and white proso millet, to attract ground-feeders, such as sparrows and juncos. For finches, buntings, and redpolls, Martha fills special tube feeders that have smaller holes with tiny, oil-rich niger seeds.…

1 min.
it’s gourd season

IT’S SAFE TO SAY that no one in my household is more excited about the arrival of October than my son, James. A wee 2 years old, he’s only experienced Halloween twice (first as a pumpkin, then as a lion cub), but two memories seem to have officially stamped “most awesome month” in his mind: our trip to pick apples and all things autumnal in the Hudson Valley (gourds!), and the day our neighbors put glittered pumpkins outside their door. He gushed about these otherworldly orbs every time we came home (and has been inquiring about their return since July). I, on the other hand, thought I’d outgrown costumes and candy, but now find myself anticipating this month too, even thinking on his fireman costume— yes, in August. At work, I’m…

2 min.

ON THE ROAD: NEW YORK CITY We know where we’ll be the weekend of October 21: right at home in Martha Stewart’s headquarters, honoring the country’s top makers and entrepreneurs at our annual American Made Summit. You are invited to a reception Friday evening at the One World Observatory for cocktails and 360-degree views of the city. On Saturday and Sunday, join us and Martha in Chelsea’s gallery district, where you can “Shop the Makers” at our headquarters; listen to speakers including Jessica Alba, Zac Posen, and Sarah Michelle Gellar share their business-building tips; and toast this year’s American Made Award winners. Tickets for the summit start at $500. marthastewart.com/americanmade Stay at the historic High Line Hotel, built in 1895 as a seminary, and enjoy an Intelligentsia latte and complimentary Shinola bicycle rides.…

5 min.
from martha

One Potato, Two . . . I grow more than a dozen organic varieties, many from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds (irisheyes gardenseeds.com). To harvest, I use a sturdy garden fork, and homemade wire-bottomed flats for sorting and drying. Instead of washing your freshly dug harvest, remove any soil or dust with a brush to make them last longer in storage. Digging It However you slice them, potatoes are delicious and easy to grow. Martha plants an assortment—from bakers to fingerlings, in colors that range from yellow to red to purple. Here, she shows how to grow this tasty tuber and shares her favorite recipes. Potatoes FROM MARTHA I serve this simple half-cooked soup for lunch, or as a first course at dinner. The caramelized fennel and shallot and shredded kale enhance the steamed potatoes. Try…

6 min.
good things

EASY ACCENT BLACK MAGIC This October, add some eerie elegance to your usual cobweb-and-spider porch display with a bewitching ebony wreath. Simply hot-glue faux flowers onto a dried grapevine wreath and then spray the whole thing with black paint. Goth has never looked so good. THE DETAILS: Dried grapevine wreath, in Large, $18, shop terrain.com. Ashland Kate Rose Spray and Open Rose Stem faux flowers, from $2 each; and Liquitex Professional spray paint, $12, michaels.com. October GOOD THINGS PERSONALIZE IT An Illuminating Idea Create unique lighting fixtures by wrapping all-natural thread, twine, or yarn in your favorite hues around inexpensive shades or shade frames. Tie the first loop, and keep going until you’re ready to knot on the next colored thread. The process is time-consuming but straightforward (and, might we add, meditative). When you’re done, put the shade…

17 min.
good l iving

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Those toothy jack-o’-lanterns you’ve carved in years past? Child’s play. This fall, take a more adult approach to decorating with pumpkins. These elegant creations feature a soft metallic palette, and since most are made without a single cut, they’ll enchant for weeks. Decorating GOOD LIVING SNAKE CHARMERS Look for gray, green, or white varieties at pumpkin patches and farmers’ markets, and buy plastic snakes in bulk at dime stores. HOW-TO 1. Spread out newspapers, and place pumpkins on top. Place tape around base of stems and paint stems with gold acrylic paint 2. Lay plastic snakes on newspaper and spray-paint gold, turning to coat all sides (Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint, $4.50 for 11 oz., homedepot.com). Once they’re dry, spray them with fixative to set color. 3. To display, wrap snakes around stems and arrange more underneath…