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Better Homes and Gardens

July 2021
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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

SWEET memories Our beautiful cover of frozen treats inspires me to confess something: I love ice cream—perhaps a little too much. (I enjoy it enough that I try not to keep any in the house.) It will come as no surprise that ice cream was a big part of my childhood. My dad, not normally a man with a sweet tooth, was like a little boy in its presence to the end of his long life. Every Saturday night when I was young, my parents invited people over for a cookout. Usually, the guests were a mix of students from the nearby university, new members at church, or old family friends. The table was always full of life and conversation. There I learned valuable lifelong lessons on how to conduct myself…

1 min.
bhg.com what’s trending online

July 4th Bingo Our printable bingo card is full of prompts for a fun Fourth: Craft something red, white, and blue; fire up the grill; and make a day of backyard games. Check off activities until you have four in a row, or shoot for the stars and do all 16. BHG.com/JulyBingo NIGHT LIGHTS Not much can improve on a lovely summer evening, but string lights stretching over a patio is a sure ambience-booster. Our tutorial breaks down exactly how to install them. BHG.com/HangLights [SWEEPSTAKES] Win Prizes Every Day Enter our Daily Sweeps at BHG.com/WinDaily for a chance to win each day’s new prize, like tableware and smart tech. Details on page 89. [EXCLUSIVE OFFER] Spark One Grill “This grill is the best of gas and charcoal combined. Like a gas grill, all I have to do is flip…

6 min.
have a sparkling fourth

STARS & STRIPES ICE CUBES Dress up the punch bowl with flavored ice cubes. For the striped cubes, we layered pureed raspberries, canned coconut milk, and pureed blackberries in an oversize square ice cube tray. To make the saturated red star cubes, use a food processor to blitz 1 cup freeze-dried berries to a powder, mix into 2 cups water, and freeze in a silicone star-shape ice cube tray. STARS & STRIPES ICE CUBES HANDS-ON TIME 15 min. TOTAL TIME 5 hr. 15 min., includes freezing 1¼ cups fresh raspberries and/or strawberries⅓ cup chilled canned coconut milk1¼ cups fresh blackberries In a food processor or blender process raspberries until smooth. Divide into ice cube tray(s) (16 standard cubes; eight large cocktail cubes). Freeze 1 hour. Top raspberry layer with coconut milk; freeze 1 hour. In a…

1 min.
trellis

PHOTOS: (2) JASON DONNELLY, (3, 4, 7, 8, 9) CARSON DOWNING…

1 min.
making mobiles

WHY WE CHOSE IT Author Karolina Merska admits to an obsession with Polish folk art and a passion for reviving the dying art of making traditional mobiles called pająki, which symbolize health and happiness in her homeland. The colorful paper flowers tied to airy strings of straw, dried peas, and paper appealed to a romantic streak in us too. WHAT WE DID Although Merska’s book has eight contemporary projects with materials like brass and foil, we each opted to make one of her seven traditional versions: the Kalinka mobile, top left, and the Zofia, above right. We were a little intimidated but called on our crafting courage to see if we could achieve these whimsical results. We gained confidence as we figured out tricks at each step. Jarret realized that threading soaking peas is…

1 min.
the new fix-it kit

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