full circle: my reunion with martha, on tv today

NO, THAT’S NOT A PHOTO FROM YEARS AGO. That was Wednesday of this week, when I traveled back in time to see my friend Martha Stewart, and tape two segments for her Friday, February 25 show. Our reunion included tears (true!), talk of Jack the Demon Cat, of human boyfriends that I don’t have, and cooking a up pot of homemade vegetarian heirloom baked beans. All I can say is we definitely didn’t follow the script! See for yourself on the Hallmark Channel today at 10 AM EST, or stream it on Martha’s site (use the main player at this link). Enjoy!

  1. diane mcvey says:

    I just watched you on the Martha show…what a delight! I’m enjoying your blog, and plan to visit often.
    You are “living my dream”, although I’ve never been in the rat race. Your residence is beautiful, and you are indeed a landscaper! Wow, how gorgeous are all your plantings! I feel your peace, and can imagine living such a serene life. I think you have found the ultimate life…I truly do. What better, than communing with Mother Earth every day! I find your life so interesting, and so wonderful as well. Only in my dreams, could I have your peaceful life! ENJOY!!!

  2. chris says:

    Ummm, why didn’t you tell us about this “before” today so i could set my tivo catch it? Guess I’ll have to watch it on the web. Looking forward to the vegetarian baked bean segment.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Chris — I did mention it in the post on pub day (the one with the Andre cartoon of the bubble — and in the weekly newsletter, but maybe not loud enough. So sorry. It should be online soon!

      Welcome, Diane. Thanks for your kind words. What a day, meeting new friends here like this. Come back soon.

      Welcome, Jan. I bet they’ll have it an B&N…fingers crossed! See you soon.

  3. Kathie says:

    I watched (played hooky from work to watch, but shhh…), and thoroughly enjoyed the segment and the beans looked wonderful. I will be making them soon. I have grown my own shelling beans and it was so much fun, especially seeing all the wonderful colors all together in a glass storage jar in my pantry. Soup from them was so good. Now I must grow cranberry beans as well. They look marvelous.

  4. Dennis R says:

    Margaret, I was watching your segment today while in
    my home office. Congrats on another great “Martha”
    appearance. I’m expectingmy copy of “AISHSPT”
    from Amazon by mid next week….& can’t wait
    to start reading it.

  5. Eileen M. Soro says:


    I am new to your Blog, glad to be here and follow it now. Hopefully I will learn and apply in my own garden here in Niagara. I just saw your spot on Martha’s show today and was very touched by your story and it really came through how content and happy you are with your life choices. You seem very centered and have inspired me to really apply myself to my neglected gardens this year.
    I do have one question for you that you may be able to answer. I have successfully prompted some potted tulips, given to me last year, to rise again (purely by accident~I put them on a patio step and just left them there over the summer fully intending to plop them in the ground in the fall and never got around to it). They are just showing their white blooms pushing up through the leaves now on my kitchen windowsill.
    I would like to plant them into my garden and would like to know WHEN to do it or if I need to do something to them (fertilizer,etc) before planting.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Eileen. Just in time for pre-spring preparations for the garden to come. It will be a great year ahead, I can feel it. :)

  6. Linda says:

    Margaret, it was so nice to see you on Martha’s show this morning. I was wondering where you had gone! I always enjoyed the issues you directed at MSL magazine. There was a certain quality to them that I appreciated. I also appreciated your giving us your recipe for vegetarian baked beans. I plan on making them this weekend. I also look forward to reading your blog. It looks like one that I would enjoy. Take good care.

  7. Sue says:

    Margaret- Loved the segment on Martha Stewart today featuring you and your farm and your baked beans recipe. Can’t wait to try them. I’ve been following your blog since last year and can’t wait to see color and bloom in your garden again. BTW, your blog is extremely helpful about all things in the garden. Thank you and can’t wait to read your book.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Sue. I am so glad you enjoyed the segment (I’m too nervous to watch it myself!) and so glad to have you here with us as spring approaches.

  8. Mary Lou says:

    You are giving me the confidence to make some important changes in my life this year. I am currently enrolled n a Master Gardner class that I hope will help me. I really enjoyed the Martha show — you are certainly a precious soul. I look forward to reading your book.

  9. Rusty says:


    I saw you today on Martha, and just had to check out your website. Loved the segment. I can’t wait to try your baked beans.

    I’m checking out Amazon for your book. Will it be available for the Kindle?

    I’m so looking forward to Spring and playing in the garden.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Mary Lou. The Master Gardener program is fantastic — my sister took it, too. Thanks for your sweet words, and the encouragement.

      Welcome, Rusty. Yes, it’s available for Kindle, absolutely. I cannot WAIT till spring, either. It has been a long, snowy, icy winter here!

  10. Kristi says:

    Great show today! I had a snowday from school today so I got to watch Martha. Longing for my gardens and green pastures for the sheep and goats! I love all of your ideas for the garden and can’t wait to try some of them out in my own garden;)

  11. Angie says:

    I loved your appearance at the Martha Show. Thank God for DVR or I would have missed it due to work. It is funny that I saw this tonight because it was in a way a little hint from the universe that confirms a few big decisions I have made, the first one being a review of a book I wrote 12 years ago and put it away due to fear of rejection. Now, I am looking forward to reading your book. I am not going to be one of those people that says “we have so much in common” :-) But I see a kindred spirit. I am a single girl who loves all things home, and have built a home around those things I like to do like cooking, gardening and enjoying the pure pleasure of being still and enjoying moments of quietness and solitude. So glad I saw the program and found out about your blog.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Marsa; so glad you got the book! Hope that you enjoy it, and thanks for the well-wishes.

      Welcome, Kristi. Goats?!!! Love them. Have you read “Goat Song” by Brad Kessler? Maybe 2 or 3 years ago; a memoir. LOVED it.

      Welcome, Carole. Jack sends his best. We are up extra-early, all nervous and excited. He’s going nuts with this winter that just won’t quit; wants to go out and run around. No dice.

      Welcome, Angie. Trust me, I have feared (as you will learn in the book) EVERYTHING along the way. The only antidote: barrel on through. :) See you all soon!

  12. annmarie says:

    truly excited about reading your book. I am inspired by your garden and what little I now know of your ever-evolving story. to be able to hang with martha stewart and make up phrases like “hellabora porn.” love it.

  13. julia says:

    Well, Margaret you have once again given me a bit of new life in a most challenging winter (both season and life). Dear God will Spring ever come? As one of the few (according to my girls, only) remaining families without cable TV I did not see your Martha program. However, I am now well into your book . . . loving, laughing and crying in equal measure. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. It may have been easier not to, but I am glad you took the writing path. xo

  14. Kay says:

    So glad I watched Martha Stewart yesterday and found you!! I will definitely be picking up your book. I’d love to have done what you did — love the simple life. Upstate NY is beautiful but oh that snow!!! Enjoyed your sisterproject website as well — have passed it on to my sisters — alot there to read but very interesting and creative.

  15. Judy Pelster says:

    I so enjoyed the show with Martha. I always wondered where you went. I missed your articles in Living. I am definitely trying the bean recipe. I love the fact that I can freeze in individual meals because I also live alone. I love your life, you look so happy and relaxed. Be back soon!!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome Kay. Oh that snow is right…this winter it won’t quit, and I am shoveled out. :) Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

      Welcome, Judy. I make big batches of everything then portion it all out to freeze. That way I always have 5 or 6 choices of meals (soups, chili, bean dishes, curry, pasta sauces…) on hand. Glad to meet you.

  16. Pamela says:

    It was so exciting to acually see you, it makes your blog more personal. You are living my dream and hope your book is a success. I will be ordering it myself, and can’t wait to read . I checked your tour schedule and wondering when you would be by Sacramento. Love the beans, one of mu favorite foods.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Pamela. Very sweet of you to come and say hello! Yes, I exist, even if I do spend a lot of time off the radar/here with Jack the Demon Cat (who by the way has turned into Jack the Mama’s Boy this long, hard winter — and has never slept anywhere but indoors for the first time in his life!). No CA plans yet, but we shall see!

  17. Nora Sirbaugh says:

    OK. So I was going to be strong and wait til I see you at our Master Gardener event here in NJ to buy your book–but after seeing and hearing you on Martha (thank heavens for DVRs and fellow MGs who sent the word out on our email) I so enjoyed watching and hearing you that I caved. Book coming in the mail. Even my husband succumbed to your charm. Can’t wait to hear and meet you March 26!

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