Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Martha Stewart at Macy’s in Las Vegas, plus have her autograph her newest cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Cakes. As a member of the Everywhere Society, I have been compensation for this post, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
I’ve never been a formal “bucket list” person. I haven’t sat down and wrote out a list of things I want to do or accomplish. Considering my love of list making, you would think I would by now, but I haven’t.
But even though I don’t write down it all down, I have plenty of “to do’s” swirling around in my head. While some of them are things that I have complete control over (making homemade bagels), there are others that are not as easy to cross off the mental bucket list.
The biggest one on that list: to meet Martha Stewart.
I’ve been a fan of Martha Stewart since her first books and have always been intrigued by the lifestyle empire that she’s built. The topics of homemaking, cooking, and entertaining are all the things I love and any woman (Martha or others) who built businesses out of these topics have been someone I’ve wanted to learn more from.
For many years, I have told family and friends that I would meet Martha Stewart someday. Even our 23-year-old daughter says she can’t remember a time in her life when I didn’t say this. But, I always said it half-jokingly, because while I thought it was entirely possible to meet her at some point, I also felt that it was highly unlikely that it would happen.
Well, the feeling that it might not happen was laid to rest when I was invited to be one of 10 bloggers to meet Martha Stewart for a special book signing of her newest cookbook, Cakes, at Macy’s in Las Vegas. Without hesitation, I gave an enthusiastic “YES!” and counted down the days.
The book signing was held at Macy’s Furniture and Home Store on Spring Mountain in Las Vegas. This was my first time being in a Macy’s that wasn’t inside of a mall. Is that strange or is that the way it is for lots of people? I didn’t even know this store existed, but I’m really glad I was able to visit it because this location gives me easy access to the departments I love the most at Macy’s: kitchen and entertaining!
I arrived early and waited somewhat patiently for Martha to arrive. She walked out gracefully and smiled and said hello to all of us. The photographers immediately had her pose with her Cakes cookbook, which she did like a pro. She smiled away and gave everyone plenty of shots. I tried my best to take photos with both my big camera and my iPhone (because I just had to do some Instagramming!)
After the photos, I was able to have her Cakes cookbook signed, plus chat with her briefly. She was pleasant and seemed to really like my thoughts on the food photography in the book. Looking back on the moment, I wish I had asked to take a photo WITH her, but I do have to say that I’m pretty happy to have one where I am at least in the shot — proof to future naysayers that I really did meet her.
And, of course, having her autograph in the cookbook, where I was able to tell her myself “it’s Brandie with an IE” is priceless. After signing my book, I also asked her if she could sign an additional Martha Stewart’s Cakes cookbook for me to giveaway to one of you too. She was more than happy to, so if you check these very end of this post, you’ll see how you can enter to win it.
After the event, I couldn’t resist picking up a few goodies — especially when I saw the additional 40% off clearance. I bought Martha Stewart Linzer Cookie Cutters ($7.19 on clearance) & a small Salt Pig ($3.59 on clearance) — both were something I’ve been wanting but never picked up. I’m also on a search for some beautiful, yet small, cake plates, so I picked up a Maison Versailles cake plate that I fell in love with. Stayed tuned because I’m sure you’ll see these things in future food photos.
It’s been a week since the event and I’ve been drooling over the recipes and photos in the Cakes cookbook. Did you know it’s her first one with just cakes?? I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true. And what I love about the book is that there is everything from super easy cakes to those that take a bit more skill (and patience)….something for everyone. Needless to say, I want to make them all. How do you choose which one to start with?? Eventually, I decided that the Mandarin Orange and Vanilla Upside-Down Cake was calling my name. See those candied mandarins? One word: ADDICTIVE.
I’m sure you are wanting to get your hands on Martha Stewart’s Cakes Cookbook….but one very lucky Home Cooking Memories reader will win an AUTOGRAPHED copy!
I told her that I would be giving away away a copy of Cakes to one of my readers and she was happy to sign it. See…autographed by Martha Stewart herself!
For your chance to win, enter on the Rafflecopter below. The only required entry is to tell me what is your favorite flavor or type of cake. If you want extra chance to win, I’ve given you optional ways to do that too. Good luck!