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Good Housekeeping July/August 2020

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United States
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
shadow play

Silhouette art, which became popular in the 18th century, can add a personal touch to any modern decor. Dallas-based interior designer Courtney Warren offers this simple how-to: Position your subject perpendicular to a blank wall and snap a photo in profile. Add a black-and-white filter to the picture and print it out at 4" x 6" or 5" x 7". Then glue the image onto black card stock and cut out the silhouette. Flip it over and place it in a frame on a white mat or patterned paper. Or send a side-profile photo to an online art retailer like Minted.com, which created the art above.…

1 min
stone fruit

TANGY RELISH Whisk ¼ cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar, salt and pepper; stir in ½ small red onion (thinly sliced). Toss with 3/4 lb stone fruit (cut into ½-in.-thick wedges); fold in ½ cup chopped basil. Serve over chicken or fish. SWEET + TART SIDE Toss 1 lb stone fruit (cut into wedges) with 1 Tbsp oil; grill until lightly charred, 1 to 3 min. per side. Toss with 1 Tbsp each rice vinegar and grated fresh ginger, 1 scallion (finely chopped) and 1 tsp thyme leaves. SMOKY DESSERT Halve stone fruit and lightly sprinkle cut sides with sugar. Grill, cut sides down, until lightly charred and beginning to caramelize, 1 to 2 min. Flip and cook, covered, 1 to 2 min. more. Serve with ricotta and honey.…

1 min
how to maximize a small garden

REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE, you’ll need to figure out its sun and wind exposure before heading to the garden center, advises Penn State Extension Master Gardener Nancy Knauss. Then choose plants ideal for that environment, keeping size in mind. Compact shrubs won’t need constant pruning, climbing plants grow up instead of out and containers give you big bang for the buck. Also, think about how much time you have to devote to your plants. Hanging baskets and small planters may need daily watering, as there’s not much soil in them. Add some fun to your garden with one of these ideas—no green thumb required! FAIRY GARDEN Craft some whimsy in a pot. Small plants, pebbles and doll furniture create pint-size magic. PLANT PALLET Use steel ties and nails to anchor small…

1 min
delicious ways to go keto

If you’ve been wondering whether the keto diet is right for you, our 14-day Keto Meal Plan, reviewed by experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, offers a delicious way to dive in. The comprehensive guide explains the basic principles of ketosis, a metabolic state that helps you burn fat for fuel and can lead to weight loss for some people, as well as common pitfalls of keto eating plans, and there’s even a detailed shopping list. But the pièce de résistance is more than 30 delicious, keto-friendly recipes and snacks (Coconut-Lime Cheesecake Bombs, anyone?). The plan comes complete with two weeks of high-fat, low-carb meals that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Download the PDF at goodhousekeeping.com/keto ($10).…

1 min
tune in to tune out

RELAX 1 Becoming Wise Gain new insight on life and morality in the time it takes to brew a mug of tea with this podcast from On Being’s Krista Tippett. Episodes feature chats with thought leaders such as John Lewis and Brené Brown. LAUGH 2 Call Your Girlfriend Hosts and long-distance besties Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow chat about everything from current events to pop culture, books and the news in this hilarious and insightful podcast that makes great background listening for chores or travel. COMMISERATE 3 Motherhood Sessions Even supermoms need a little advice sometimes. In this informative podcast, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks sits down with mothers wrestling with a problem. They work it out together, and you’ll come away with useful intel too. TAP YOUR FOOT 4 Dolly Parton’s America Join host Jad Abumrad on a personal journey to…

2 min
from the editor

I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot these days. The past few months have proven to be quite a test at my house, and I don’t think I’m alone. One of the hardest parts for me has been watching my only child struggle with “distance learning,” trying to help him, and then getting rejected much of the time. Too often, my frustrations have piled on top of his frustrations, resulting in exchanges that feel neither kind nor empathetic. Not the mom I want to be. Not the child I am hoping to raise. Last Mother’s Day, I wrote on Instagram: Wish I could hold on to him like this forever. But since I can’t — the message I hope he takes from me is that one of the greatest shows of…