Better Homes and Gardens July 2020

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3 min
editor’s letter

Cookbooks I Have Loved I’ve been cooking a lot. I’m sure you have as well. One of the main things I’ve discovered during our recent time of being home a lot more is: I need cookbooks! For years now I’ve had my go-to recipes, the ones I return to again and again. Most of them tend to be of the Mediterranean variety because I enjoy eating more vegetables than meat and like the quick preparation and bright flavors associated with those cuisines. Over the past weeks, however, I’ve started to bore myself while cooking three meals a day. So I dove back into my bookshelves to find some old favorites. We all remember our first experience cooking from a cookbook. Like many of our readers, mine was with the Better Homes &…

1 min what’s trending online

JULY 4 DESSERTS Our favorite festive treats explode with flavor and patriotic color. Fresh berries, sorbet, and confetti cake are some of our red, white, and blue crowd-pleasers for Independence Day. Bold Backyard Decorating Give your porch or patio a big dose of color this season and create a hangout spot that feels as reinvigorating as a vacation resort. Find bright ideas for using paint, plants, and decor in every kind of outdoor space. [EXCLUSIVE BH&G OFFER] ‘Summer Crush’ Hydrangea The intense raspberry red or deep violet color (depending on soil acidity) of these dense flower clusters dazzles even from a distance. Sturdy, compact shrubs top out at 3 feet, making them well suited to both containers and garden beds. Order the ‘Summer Crush’ hydrangea (part of the Endless Summer series) from White Flower Farm…

3 min
stars, stripes & summer

DID YOU KNOW? You can untie and deflate Mylar balloons then store them flat and reinflate to use again. Unfortunately, Mylar can’t be recycled, so consider upcycling the material for crafts projects or as wrapping paper. You could also create a similar wall display with stars cut from metallic poster board. FLAGS & FIREWORKS Add a festive touch to the holiday weekend with this parade of Americana. TISSUE PAPER GARLAND Inspired by the trailing tails of fireworks, Carrie Waller of the blog Dream Green DIY crafted these large-scale tassels from tissue paper and alternated them with chipboard stars. STARS & STRIPES CAKE Impressive yet simple, the pipe-and-drag technique from Erin Gardner of Erin Bakes turns any layer or sheet cake into a centerpiece. PAPER SNACK CUPS Paper plates and rubber bands become grab-and-go snack cups in the crafty hands…

2 min
making it

We’re no Nick Offerman-level woodworkers, but if his NBC show Making It has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no need to take ourselves too seriously, especially when it comes to crafting. So we were game to try a few of the projects in the show’s new book, The Making It Guide to Crafting ($25; Written in a cheeky voice that sounds a lot like the show’s hosts, comedians Amy Poehler and Offerman, the book was as much fun to read as it was to work from CARRIE Occasional Maker FORK-STAMPED TABLE RUNNER “In general, I’m kind of a nervous crafter, and my husband usually has to finish projects for me. But I felt like this table runner was simple enough for me to manage. At first I wanted to use a ruler…

3 min
destination: home

Adirondacks Life’s just better inside the Blue Line. That’s the cartographic designation that includes Adirondack Park in Upstate New York. Hence Blue Line Gin, distilled with white pine clippings so each sip tastes like the forest. To complete the experience, I kick back in the eponymous chair and surround myself with a few other camp-inspired accoutrements. —Katy Kiick Condon, home editor Copenhagen Bringing back memories is about engaging the senses. To recall my favorite city, I wrap up in a throw and drink tea by candlelight—elements of hygge, the coziness Scandinavians prize. When I was there, I scoured the StrØget district for beautifully designed, useful mementos. You can get a similar result by checking out Danish-inspired decor shops online. —Jessica Thomas, style director Texas I’m a proud Texan, born and raised. The vibrant Mexican-influenced culture…

3 min
dog days

Remember back in March when we couldn’t remember what day it was? Now it’s hard to remember the month. Although, I’m pretty sure the sweat on my upper brow is telling me it’s midsummer. That means that in addition to the months we’ve already spent at home, we’ve still got about two more until school starts back up. We’ve played every board game, used up all the flour, and watched every movie on every streaming service. Even TikTok is getting boring. If this were a normal summer, my 10-year-old, Mazzy, would be heading off to sleepaway camp. She went for the first time last year and couldn’t wait to go back. My 7-year-old, Harlow, was supposed to be attending day camp and having lots of quality one-on-one time with Mom. There would…