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Midwest Living

Midwest Living March/April 2020

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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editor’s note

Sure, it might be a cliché, but inevitably, the promise of spring brings a craving for renewal, especially in the Midwest. Skies clear. Robins arrive. Buds pop. And spirits collectively lift, as if floating on that first “hold on, it feels like spring!” breeze. There’s no doubt it’s the season for cleaning out, reorganizing and making fresh starts. That goes for the pages of our magazine as well. With this issue, you’ll notice that we’ve arranged things a bit differently. We’ve sorted our stories into clearly identified sections to help you better navigate the content you love. Home + Garden and Travel now anchor the front of the book. Those sections’ neighbor is our all-new Life department, where you’ll find our picks for books by Midwest authors, podcasts, health and wellness…

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home + garden

KYLEE KRIZMANIC, EDITOR IN CHIEF A MODERN-DAY GENERAL STORE Last fall, before a gathering near St. Louis satellite Webster Groves, I popped into Civil Alchemy, a stylish provisions boutique in the burb’s historic Old Orchard district. With namesake product lines that include a woolens collection, jewelry and spirits, this charming nook bursts with giftables—for others or, you know, for lucky you. I found a gorgeous caramel-color wool tote and agate earrings, plus a fresh bouquet from the self-service floral counter, perfect for the party host. (The Truly Floral spirits, blended with essential extracts like elderflower, still call to me.) Owner Kelley Hall-Barr hasn’t stopped with one shop. With husband John, she’s doubled down on the district, opening The Frisco Barroom up the street—civil alchemy, indeed. FRESH + LUXE Color experts Lauren Wager and…

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take it outside

It’s called interior design, but this backyard retreat proves the same rules apply outdoors: Mix, don’t match. Keep large pieces neutral (but go bold with pillows). Remember that plants always lift a space. And add a few surprises—yep, we’re looking at you, stock-tank coffee table. HAVE A BALL Click here to see how to make Japanese moss ball planters (left). EDITOR PICKS Get the Look Blue hues, boho style and backyard gardening are all hotter than ever. A sampling: SERENA AND LILY PILLOW COVERS Sunbrella fabric resists fading and moisture. Sail Stripe, 22-inch square, $128; Sayulita, 12x18 inches, $88. THRESHOLD DINNERWARE SET Durable melamine, styled to look like glazed earthenware. 12-piece set, $24.99. BETTER HOMES & GARDENS ELEVATED PLANTER Spruce with rust-proof aluminum legs and a self-watering base system. 47 inches long, $96.…

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bin there, do that

WHY DO THIS? SLICE FOOD WASTE Tons of leftovers end up in landfills and incinerators. Composting kitchen scraps instead of tossing them means there’s less food waste to haul away, which cuts greenhouse gas emissions. PRUNE YARD WASTE Yard waste is about 13 percent of the solid waste stream. Composting cuts your yard waste volume by 50 to 75 percent, saving landfill space—and saving you money on bags and collection fees. SLOW THE FLOW Composting recycles nutrients into the soil, so there’s less need for chemical fertilizers. Compost also helps soil retain moisture, so you water less. And nutrients in compost are less likely to wash away when it rains. Composting gives you superhero powers—you can help save the Earth without leaving your kitchen or backyard. But the process itself is simple: Pick a spot for a…

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COOKBOOK FIX IT WITH FOOD After years of battling joint pain, star chef and Clevelander Michael Symon wondered if a diet change could help. Fix It with Food shares his journey, with 125 recipes organized into chapters that cut out inflammation triggers like sugar, flour, dairy or meat (Clarkson Potter, $30). CALENDAR INDY VEGFEST March 29 Moving to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this year, this growing (and nearly zero-waste) bash in Indianapolis is a showcase for plant-based everything, with products to sample, cooking demos, Q&A panels and fitness activities. TALK IT OUT Thanks to being widowed (and remarried) at a young age, Minnesotan Nora McInerny describes herself as a “reluctant expert in difficult conversations.” Her podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, digs into the complicated realm of what it means to be human. Ninety-plus episodes stir up all kinds…

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stop and smell the paper

ANNA GASEITSIWE has a thing for paper trails. When she isn’t managing a team of financial crime investigators in Minneapolis, she’s holding scissors (and feeding a killer Instagram: @apaperflorist). Her hobby has now blossomed into a part-time business, A Paper Florist. Interview with Robin Pfeifer. RP Financial crimes and paper flowers seem like two very different worlds. Is there a connection? AG They couldn’t be more opposite. It’s going from one personality to another, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But I like that my worlds do not cross. I’ve drawn a thick line between the two. RP How did A Paper Florist come to be? AG About two years ago, I was searching for that thing I’m really good at. I went to a bookstore and found a manual on crepe paper art.…