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Preserving Memories

Inspired by a desire to share some of her mother's wonderful cooking lessons with family, Martha came up with these two great ideas for sharing memories with loved ones.





  • Blank DVDs
  • DVD labels
  • Digital images
  • Printer
  • Envelopes
  • Card stock
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Martha compiled a set of nine DVDs with all of her mother's TV appearances and gave them as gifts to family so they can see how to make her dishes exactly as she prepared them. You, too, can share memories with family by creating your own DVDs and DVD labels on a computer. Simply take one of your favorite pictures, and print the image on a sticky label designed to fit a DVD -- it's a small touch that makes the gift extra special. When packaging these DVDs, place them all into individual envelopes, and then take your chosen photographic image and print it on card stock to make a one-of-a-kind cover.

  2. Step 2

    If you don't have video, you can record the recipes another way: Simply print the recipes on card stock and wrap them with a pretty ribbon.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007



Reviews (21)

  • marthaforme 14 Mar, 2009


  • wonderstories 26 Sep, 2008

    Dear Martha,
    As a film producer of Biographies of the everyday (wo)man, I had the opportunity to produce a life story about a wonderful 90 years plus woman. Because baking was such an important part of her life, I had her tell her life story while she was baking in the kitchen Her family loved the finished product and both memories and recipes were saved

  • minty_lemon 11 Mar, 2008

    dear martha, thank you so much for this daughter,denise, who is graduating from high school this year, has been asking me what appropriate gifts she will give to her closest classmates on graduation day, this idea of collecting 'activities' and immortalize it in a DVD is so perfect!!!..we decided that she collects all their memorable photos and make a slideshow out of it, then copy the slideshow on a CD..... my daughter loves the idea so much!!!! thanks again !!!!

  • lflinke 23 Dec, 2007

    Dear Martha,
    It doesn't mention above, in regards to the reipe cards, is there a particular program you used where you can easily insert recipes into the program to produce these cards? What a lovely idea for both the recipe cards and DVDs--I am planning to do something in honor of my Dad, who I miss dearly. I am sorry for your loss.

  • monique223 20 Dec, 2007

    Dear Martha

    I am Polish, Podbielski was my maiden name, I have recipies from my relatives over the years but I have always loved your show especially when your mother was with you. I would definitly purchase DVD's featuring your mother......Sorry for your loss!

  • seejanereed 18 Dec, 2007

    Dear Martha,
    My sympathies on the loss of your wonderful mother. She is a special person.
    Regarding the DVDs, it seems that many people would purchase them, should they be available. Perhaps all the proceeds could go to Big Martha's favourite charity or the MS Center for Living.

    Jane R. Johnson

  • sunyouth 17 Dec, 2007

    I would also like to purchase this collection of your mother.

  • keepit2 13 Dec, 2007

    I would second the request that you make these CD's available for purchase. Your mother really was a "national treasure" and you were truly "blessed" to have her in your life. I honor you and thank you for sharing her with all of us on your programs through the years.

  • jsetzer 12 Dec, 2007

    I would love to purchase this collection!

  • miabella 12 Dec, 2007

    love the dvd collection- what a great gift for the special people in your life!!

  • caroleh 12 Dec, 2007

    Loved your Mother and her times with you on your programs. Please consider making her DVD;s available to purchase, it would be wonderful. Thanks for all that you do and all that you are.

  • Bettyt 11 Dec, 2007

    please consider a dvd or all of us who loved your mom.

  • Bettyt 11 Dec, 2007

    please consider a dvd or all of us who loved your mom.

  • janetsalerno 11 Dec, 2007

    What can I say. I cried the day your Mom passed away. Very shocked. A lovely, lovely woman. I will miss seeing her. She has a wonderful daughter to follow in her footsteps.

  • janetsalerno 11 Dec, 2007

    What can I say. I cried the day your Mom passed away. Very shocked. A lovely, lovely woman. I will miss seeing her. She has a wonderful daughter to follow in her footsteps.

  • deadeyenevermisses 11 Dec, 2007

    Your Mother was a true treasure, she reminds me so much of my sainted Aunt in Edmonton. My wife would dearly love to have the DVD's also as I'm sure would half the known world. Best Wishes. Richard.

  • nubs297 11 Dec, 2007

    I've enjoyed watching your mother make her favorite recipes on TV for years. It would be wonderful to be able to purchase the DVD collection you created.

  • Tina2049 11 Dec, 2007

    Merry Christmas Martha. I can't think of a better Christmas present than to give the DVD set of your Mom's recipes or to give a copy of the recipe cards. Please make them available to your viewers. Thank you. Tina Lewis Rowe

  • paddi 11 Dec, 2007

    Hi Martha,
    I was also wondering if your Mom's DVD will be for sale.
    This is a wonderful idea to preserve memories.

  • spudderbud 11 Dec, 2007

    Hi Martha,
    I would love to purchase of set of "Mom's" DVDs. Are you going to be selling them? They would be a treasure to own!

  • olgav1956 11 Dec, 2007

    Is it possible to buy Mother Stwarts dvd of her moms recepies