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Martha Stewart Living January/February 2017

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

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1 min.
january/february 2017

JANUARY Martha’s Winter Gentle reminders, helpful tips, and important dates. FEBRUARY “I love to add some homemade applesauce to my morning bowl of Greek yogurt. Even though the applesauce has no added sugar, it gives a touch of sweetness to my breakfast.” —Martha PINK APPLESAUCE WITH YOGURT Makes: 1½ quarts applesauce In a large pot, combine 4 pounds McIntosh apples and 2 pounds red apples (such as Empire or Cortland), quartered and cored (but unpeeled); ¼ cup fresh lemon juice; and 1½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are completely soft, about 40 minutes. Let cool, then remove the skins with a fork and lightly mash apples. Swirl into yogurt. Applesauce can be stored in refrigerator…

1 min.
a time to start

THE BEGINNING of a new year always brims with excitement and potential; it feels like the perfect time to hit the reset button on life. But in practice, it’s often a challenging time to do so. The weather is colder, the gyms are crowded with everyone’s resolve, and the stress of trying to improve everything at once can be daunting. Instead of putting all that pressure on yourself to pounce on January 1 (or make that January 2), think of these first few weeks as the best time to look inward—and to plan, plot, and then pursue the things that will make life truly better and happier in 2017. (Losing 10 pounds doesn’t always have to be one of them.) If it’s a more inspiring career or new work chapter…

2 min.

ON THE ROAD WASHINGTON, D.C. Big changes are under way in the nation’s capital, but amid all the political buzz, take time for a vital history lesson. Last fall, the National Mall welcomed a new Smithsonian institution, 13 years in the making. Inside the building created by designer David Adjaye and architect Philip Freelon, you’ll find exhibits on the history of slavery and civil rights, art, and stories about the trailblazers and visionaries who have shaped our country. National Museum of African American History & Culture nmaahc.si.edu The wait at the 24-seat Bad Saint is worth it for a chance to feast on Filipino classics like sinigang (branzino, vegetable, and tamarind stew). badsaintdc.com Set to open in March, the Line DC hotel will have 220 rooms and restaurants from top area chefs Spike Gjerde and Erik…

4 min.
sights on success

WHEN I AM ASKED how and when I knew I would build a very strong and influential brand, I always say that it just “happened.” It happened, but not without years of hard work and dedication, not without constant retooling of my peculiar and intense self-education in all things that pique my curiosity, and not without complete immersion in the idea of home and the vast subject of what I call “living.” Having a formal education was extremely important when I was starting out. Even if one had no specific career path, a college degree and even a graduate degree in law, architecture, or business were acknowledged advantages. I attended Barnard College, in New York City, majoring in history and architectural history. I also studied art, economics, and literature. After college…

4 min.
strokes of genius

1 DRIZZLE THEM Another idea for decorating all at once is to fill mini squeeze bottles with different shades of royal icing, and channel Jackson Pollock. More Sweet Techniques The same three components— sugar-cookie hearts, royal icing, and food coloring—produce wildly different results depending on the decorating method you choose. Each is easy enough for a kid making treats for the class, and all create one-of-a-kind artworks. To ice the top, pour icing into a bowl, hold a cookie face down, and gently dip it in, letting excess drip off and tapping gently to remove bubbles. (For recipes, see page 111.) ALL YOU NEED Mini squeeze bottle,for speedy drizzling. Wide naturalbristle brush,for diagonal and plaid patterns. Detail brush,for luster dust. 2 DIP THEM Submerge half of a heart in icing and scrape off the bottom on the bowl’s edge.…

4 min.
clean it like you mean it

QUALITY CONTROL To get the trickiest spots in your kitchen squeaky-clean, grab a few handy tools and some highly effective all-natural homemade or store-bought solutions. Cabinets Doors Fill a 24-ounce spray bottle with a mixture of hot water, 3 tablespoons of castile soap, and 20 drops of tea-tree oil, then spray it on a microfiber cloth and wipe the doors, says Toni Hammersley, author of The Complete Book of Home Cleaning (Weldon Owen, April). Rinse with a separate damp microfiber cloth, and finish with a dry cloth. Interiors Empty cabinets and vacuum inside, says Miguel Taveras, a supervisor for Managed by Q cleaning service, in New York City. Then wipe down with a cold-water-and-vinegar mix. CASTILE SOAP + MICROFIBER CLOTHS _ Clean them Every few months Pro Tip Wipe greasy doors with a solution of one part vinegar to two…