MARTHA: A DREAM SURPASSED

Except for Jesus, there is no one in the history of the world that I would rather meet than Martha Stewart. That is not an exaggeration. It is a dry fact. Today, I got to do what very few people on the earth have ever done; I lived out my wildest, most fantastic dream. I met Martha Stewart.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Not only that, but I spent the day with her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was.

I ran out of words. How can I convey the bliss? I think I just might name my next daughter Candace, after my friend Candace, who toted me along on this amazing adventure. Candace Martha Darais. What do you think?

We baked biscuits with Martha. We ate the most delicious meal I have ever had (that Martha cooked herself) with Martha. We got our make-up done by Martha’s make-up artist. We toured Martha’s farm several times, once with Martha. We helped set up for Martha’s party. We attended Martha’s (Audubon) party. We picked apples from Martha’s espaliered apple trees. We met and pet Martha’s dogs. And horses. We saw Martha’s grandchildren, Kevin Sharkey, and Ryan (her head gardner). We walked around Martha’s house and poked around her basement. We ate ourselves sick at the party.

In short, the day was unbelievable. And Martha in person? Is even better than on T.V.. So natural, gracious, straight-forward, hospitable, interesting, funny, beautiful…Let’s just say, I left more convinced than ever that Martha is a demi-God. And she even made jokes at the party about her imprisonment. What a woman.

She also almost lost her temper when she found out our trip was short and no one arranged for us to tour her New York offices. She told us we are welcome the next time we are in New York to see her offices, and her assistants pulled us aside afterward and renewed the invitation. We are stoked.

Also, this is a link to the blog of my friend, Candace. She is going to post her much more detailed account of what took place (along with her pictures) once she gets home.

stuffed peppers

stuffed peppers

Martha's stable carraiges

Martha’s carriages

shallot and garlic in Martha's barn

shallot and garlic in Martha’s barn

Ramon, one of Martha's horses. She has many horses, and they are all look alike.

Ramon, one of Martha’s horses. She has many horses, and they are all look alike.

Preparation for the Audubon party

Preparation for the Audubon party

More party prep

More party prep

Martha's eggs and produce in her kitchen

Martha’s eggs and produce in her kitchen

Martha's chickens

Martha’s chickens

Martha's bees. They aren't producing honey, though. I almost brought Martha some honey from Salt Lake, and when I found out her bees did not produce this year, I kicked myself.

Martha’s bees. They aren’t producing honey, though. I almost brought Martha some honey from Salt Lake, and when I found out her bees did not produce this year, I kicked myself.

Martha's basement. Off to the side she has another huge room full of super-organized storage.

Martha’s basement. Off to the side she has another huge room full of super-organized storage.

Martha uses Softsoap! It was at every sink I saw.

Martha uses Softsoap! It was at every sink I saw.

Martha leading a garden tour.

Martha leading a garden tour.

Lunch with Martha. She was in her work-out clothes and did not have make-up, so she could not be photographed until the party.

Lunch with Martha. She was in her work-out clothes and did not have make-up, so she could not be photographed until the party.

Linden Allee

Linden Allee

Lamb shank (recipe from her Cooking School cook book) and stuffed peppers.

Lamb shank (recipe from her Cooking School cook book) and stuffed peppers.

In front of the stable

In front of the stable

Martha's horse

Martha’s horse

Daisy, Martha's make-up artist.

Daisy, Martha’s make-up artist. She did our make-up!

Clouds at the party

Clouds at the party

Martha at the party

Martha at the party

Espaliered apple trees. We picked some.

Espaliered apple trees. We picked some.

Tomatoes in the catering kitchen

Tomatoes in the catering kitchen

View from Martha's porch

View from Martha’s porch

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

With Francesca, one of Martha's darling dogs.

With Francesca, one of Martha’s darling dogs.

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