Martha Stewart Living April 2019

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2 min
spring to life

ONE OF THE MANY THINGS I love about this season is that it seems to arrive overnight. All the patience of the winter months finally pays off when I turn a corner in my neighborhood and suddenly see trees awash in budding leaves—and, a week later, flooded with fluttery blooms. Similarly, it never ceases to amaze me when a new restaurant pops up out of nowhere: Just last night, I was stopped in my tracks walking home from work when I saw a storefront that had been dark and empty for months now illuminated, and its door swung wide open for business. The reality is, neither of these events is ever really sudden. So many little things are happening beneath the surface—and behind those paper-covered windows. But once enough of those…

2 min
on the road petal parade

When cherry trees explode into flush but fleeting blossoms, it’s time to get out and see them. A double allée of the ‘Kanzan’ variety and 40 other cultivars captivate crowds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, or cherry-blossom festival (right). Live music and dance honor the trees’ Japanese heritage. Here are three more places to spot them. WASHINGTON, D.C. At this year’s event, which marks the 107th anniversary of Tokyo gifting our capital more than a thousand Yoshino trees, you can picnic in a grove of the blooms. March 20 to April 14, SAN FRANCISCO Head to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and take a workshop on ikebana flower-arranging, or watch taiko drums and martial-arts performances. April 13 to 21, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE In 2018, the city met its 10-year goal of planting 1,000 trees…

5 min
sweeter by the dozen

EVERY EASTER, I HOST an egg hunt at my farm. I have been doing this for five decades, if you can believe it. The tradition started at Turkey Hill, my former home in Westport, Connecticut, once my daughter, Alexis, was old enough to search for hidden eggs in the gardens surrounding our old farmhouse. Later, we held it for my nieces and nephews, and then for the young children of my neighbors and colleagues. The celebration was reinvigorated when my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, were born eight and seven years ago, respectively; we now host a large buffet brunch as well. Last year, we dyed 288 eggs, or 24 dozen, to hide outside. And for two nights, I rolled, cut, baked, and decorated scores of Easter-themed sugar cookies for the…

1 min
this grass is greener

HOW TO GROW IT 1. Buy seeds at a health-food or garden store. Soak for 6 to 12 hours. 2. Set them atop ½ to 1 inch of moist soil in a tray; set it inside your basket. Cover and keep out of the light. Spray daily with water. When grass is 1 to 2 inches tall, uncover and move to indirect sunlight. 3. Continue spraying daily. The seeds should germinate in about 2 days, and grow to 6 inches in a week and a half. THE DETAILS: Foam ducklings, $6 for 20, B&J Florist Supply Company, 212-564-6086. ECO TIP For an alternative basket filling that you can recycle, cut inexpensive colored or natural kraft paper into thin ribbons with shredding scissors. ILLUSTRATION BY BROWN BIRD DESIGN; LONGHORN IMPORTS ROUND NATURAL-WILLOW BASKET, 10", LONGHORNIMPORTS.COM; OF THE EARTH…

1 min
breaking news

Matzo doesn’t have to be bland! To turn a leftover supply of the seder essential into a zesty snack with an addictive crunch, sprinkle it with spices, bake it, and snap it into bite-size bits. SAVORY MATZO CRACKERS Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly brush 1 matzo cracker with beaten egg white, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon za’atar or harissa seasoning (we like McCormick’s), or ½ teaspoon each dried dill and celery seed. Season with flaky sea salt. Bake until fragrant and dry, about 10 minutes. Let cool; break into pieces and serve.…

1 min
fairy cool

A floral crown has the fantastical power to make its wearer feel like a wood nymph—so it’s no wonder that boho bridesmaids, festival hoppers, and little girls everywhere adore them. To fashion one that’s enchanting enough for your sugarplum, all you need is some vintage fabric flowers (our source has a wide, naturalistic selection), bobby pins, and a hot-glue gun. Twist back her hair and secure it with a few of these charmed accessories, and watch her take flight. 1 ARRANGE FLOWERS Lay out blossoms, and place a bobby pin with each. Warm up your glue gun. 2 ATTACH TO PINS Dab hot glue on the end of each pin, right where it curves, and adhere the bloom. Let dry completely before wearing.…