This is one of Martha's latest DVD's that she is presenting with a seasonal theme to it. It is good but not her best, mainly because it is being compared to her other DVD contents and offerings. The compilations are episodes from her previous TV show format "Martha Stewart Living". The problem is they are mostly from episodes taped within the past 6 years, therefore there is much missing from the early and middle years.
What is here is good, with Disc Two being the better of the set, because of the recipes. But I can recall many other summer episodes from the early and middle years that would have been welcomed. Also, this is a rather short offering of projects and decorating and recipes. I think the problem is that they wanted to keep it as up-to-date as possible, and rather than reach into the archives of a different time and place, they tried to stay within the episodes of the new millenium. The price is good, and so are some of the sections.
BEACH PROJECTS: beach bags/ sarong tie dye/ flip flops/ sand castle sculptures and tools kits/ superhero cape towels
KIDS PROJECTS: lemonade stand/ toy sailboats and motor boats/ bean bag toss/ sponge ball/ pitching tents/ map and compass skills
PICNIC PROJECTS: picnic flatware roll/ striped picnic blanket/ hankerchief pitcher cover
OUTDOOR DECORATING: oilcloth place mats/ tablecloth weights/ citronella candle/ button napkins
CLELBRATE AMERICANA: fireworks apron/ red, white, and blue garland/ red, white, and blue tarts (which was quite good)/ patriotic votives
BBQ FAVORITES: ribs and sauces/ chicken, ribs, and macaroni salad/ leg of lamb and grilled veggies
GRILLING: asado sausages/ grilling seafood/ grilled fennel and onions/ charcoal vs. gas grills/ grill tools
SIDE DISHES: corn-on-the-cob/ pink gazpacho/ potato salad/ corn relish
REFRSHING DRINKS: iced tea/ iced coffee/ papaya lime cooler/ southern drinks
DESSERTS: sand dollar cookies/ summer berry cobbler/ ice cream brownie bars/ bananas foster
You will find things to do, and make, on your own or with family and friends. The sand sculpture section would be great with kids. Enjoy the summer compliments of Martha.