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Martha Stewart Living November 2018

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martha’s november

(JOHNNY MILLER)“For Thanksgiving, I like to make the famous mashed potatoes my mother, ‘Big Martha,’ used to serve. They’re decadently delicious—made with cream cheese and butter—and are always a hit.”—MarthaFor Big Martha’s recipe, go to marthastewart.com/bigmarthapotatoes. ■…

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the space between

EVERY YEAR I LOOK FORWARD to Thanksgiving, and while the actual day and meal itself are wonderful, that’s not my favorite part. For nearly an entire week, my family has the rare chance to be together under one roof at my mother’s home in Wisconsin. It’s that time—spent creating menus and shopping lists, cooking and baking, kicking back and laughing, eating and, well, eating—that helps the miles between us and the months apart fall away. It’s always a comforting and familiar sight to find my brother at the kitchen table in the early hours of the mornings. He’s no longer studying like when we were kids, but analyzing stocks, and the coffee is usually brewing and the newspaper is already there. It tickles both of us to see our little…

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out & about

| ON THE ROAD |HOLIDAY INNSIf you’re traveling over the next two months, book a room so incredible, Mom and Dad will want to stay with you, not the other way around. Outside the Twin Cities, there’s Lora (shown), a hotel built into the caves and vaulted warehouses of a former brewery on the St. Croix River. Here, three equally exciting new places to temporarily call home.Stillwater, Minnesota; lorahotel.comNEW YORK CITYThe Ace Hotel’s sleek younger sibling, Sister City, has bright, stylish rooms with built-in details inspired by Finnish saunas and bento boxes. sistercitynyc.comCHICAGOStays at Michigan Avenue’s St. Jane, an art-deco gem named after Jane Addams, support NICU babies via the Jackson Chance Foundation. stjanehotel.comCHARLESTON, S.C.The best address on King Street used to belong to the city library. Hotel Bennett, on…

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write on

I Spy SpecificsTry describing a person you know using only concrete details. “Ban all abstract adjectives, like beautiful or boring,” she says. Jot down the look of her eyebrows and her smile.Use Your NoseAnd eyes, and ears. “Sensory details—what you see, smell, touch, or hear—get you into a story,” says Bender. Take in the trees on the park trail, the aroma of the fire.The Waiting Game“Novels can take so many forms, but they are all, on some level, about urgency,” says Bender. Make up a character, or picture someone you know. What is she waiting for? What does she want? Write it down. ■…

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puppy love

SITTING PRETTYMartha holds Bête Noire’s leash and commands her to sit. The pup will get a treat to reward her good behavior.ON THE MOVEDogs need daily exercise, preferably outdoors. Martha gives her puppies plenty of time to play and explore.For the past 40 years or so, I have been the proud and loving owner of dozens of animals. At least 20 cats, 25 dogs, 10 chinchillas, and scores of canaries and parakeets have lived happily in my homes. And two ponies, three donkeys, 10 horses, many sheep and goats, and hundreds of chickens, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, peacocks, and homing pigeons have populated my sheds, barns, and stables. Just thinking about this amazing group astonishes me, and I realize how much I’ve learned from caring for them all, and…

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loyal companions

1. My first dog, Little Bear (COURTESY OF MARTHA STEWART)2. Blue Maximillian Chow Chow (VALERIE SHAFF)3. Paw Paw and Zuleika Dobson (VANESSA LENZ)4. Paw Paw was Ghenghis Khan’s great-grandfather (WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ)5. Emperor Chin Chin and Paw Paw (VANESSA LENZ)6. Frenchies Francesca Blackbird and Sharkey (SIMON UPTON)7. Bête Noire, Crème Brûlée, and Ghenghis Khan (DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN)8. My newest addition, Emperor Han (JOHNNY MILLER) ■…