I was pleasantly surprised by the cover of the April issue when it arrived in my mailbox: a radiant image of Martha's cutting garden at her farm in Bedford, New York. It had been a very long time since a garden had graced the cover of Martha Stewart Living magazine - especially during a month when Easter usually takes center stage - and it was a welcome glimpse of the verdant outdoors after a year of so much indoor time. (Easter still plays a big role in the content of the magazine, however). The issue, on the whole, is a welcome breath of fresh air with spring cleaning tips, new takes on salad and a delicious spread on citrus desserts that had me taking notes.
The April Issue
In the Good Living section, it's all about ways to 'green' your indoor spaces, room by room, by making smart choices when it comes to the materials you surround yourself with, how often you reach for the light switch and the air-conditioning dial, and choosing cleaning products that are as eco-friendly as they are effective. When choosing soaps and detergents, for instance, avoid ones with damaging additives, such as formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrances - which are basically just pretty-smelling chemicals.
I loved seeing Martha's cutting garden at her farm in Bedford, New York, in full bloom. This area was once her vegetable garden but a mole-cricket invasion several summers ago forced a change; the area is now planted with hundreds and hundreds of breathtaking perennials.
APRIL ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:
Favourite Good Thing: Flecks of Fun (terrazzo Easter egg craft)
Favourite Recipe: Citrus Upside-Down Cake
Favourite Find: Kurobara Pure Japanese Cutlery Knife Maintenance camellia oil
Favourite Feature: "Garden of Delights" by Melissa Ozawa and Ngoc Minh Ngo