Whether you're headed to the beach or just working in the garden, enhance your warm weather look with one of these attractive toppers.
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1. TimelessOnce worn by workers building the Panama Canal, this classic style has been revived as an elegant accessory. ($58; bcbg.com)
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2. PreppyMade of 100 percent cotton canvas, this cap features unexpected tartan detailing. ($89; barbour.com)
Bring bohemian flair to the beach with this floppy, priced-right sun-shielder. ($19.50; americaneagle.com)
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Terrain's garden-esque version's hand-woven from sustainable palm fibers in Mexico. ($50; shopterrain.com)
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5. VersatileA straw bow bestows a hint of charm on this otherwise understated fedora. ($39.50; canvas.landsend.com)
6. Super Sun Protection
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Santa Catalina, California
Just 22 miles from Los Angeles, Catalina (as most folks know it) delivers a laid-back touch of old Hollywood glamour-Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, and Clark Gable all played here. Laze on the Riviera-like beaches of Avalon Bay, take a cruise (310-510-8687) to gander at the region's famous flying fish, or hike the Trans-Catalina Trail (catalinaconservancy.org). You might catch sight of wild buffalo, descended from animals brought over for the filming of the 1925 movie The Vanishing American.
Where To Stay: The six-room Snug Harbor Inn, a splurge that's worth it, offers goose-down comforters and bay views. (From $250; snugharbor-inn.com)
Getting There: From L.A., head south to the ferry docks at either San Pedro or Long Beach.
San Juan Island, Washington
No one will
- Country Living | Work + Money – Tue, Jul 5, 2011 9:46 PM EDTStylist Halligan Smith shares the party tricks that wowed at her wedding-and are sure to upgrade any event.
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It's a dirty job, but someone has to test out all of the small-batch BBQ sauce that have been cropping up in restaurants and smokehouses from coast to coast. Feast your eyes on the 11 winners our lips were lucky enough to taste.
Want great summer recipes? We've got them all here!
Big Butz Original B-B-Q Sauce
This Wisconsin Ya Butz sauce gets its mild, tangy-sweet flavor from vine-ripened tomatoes, molasses, and red peppers.
($9.90 for 2 pint jars; bigbutzbbqsauce.net)
Roasted Garlic Honey
Founded by three bikers in Syracuse, New York in 1988, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que now sells their popular sauces and slatherings, including Roasted Garlic and Honey, to fans nationwide.
($3.50 for a 19-ounce jar; dinosaurbarbque.com)
Fire in the Hive
Not for the fainthearted, this spicy sauce from California's Cahoots Catering Co. relies on smoky chipotle and jalapeño peppers for its intense heat.
($6.95 for a 13-ounce jar; cahootscatering.com)
Try this sauce as an accompaniment to our tasty BBQ
An icy drink, fresh guacamole, spicy corn on the cob, and a juicy turkey burger round out this perfect Fourth of July meal. (Oh, and don't forget the fresh berry pie for dessert!)Read More »from Your Perfect Fourth of July Meal
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Raspberry Rickey -- mixed with Red Raspberry-infused Vodka, or not -- quenches most thirsts on a balmy summer evening. Click here for the recipe.
Fast, flavorful, and full of omega-3s, our Ultimate Guacamole will keep 'em coming back for more - you may need to make a double batch! Click here for the recipe.
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The Perfect Side
This spicy grilled corn on the cob gets its zip from ground chipotle, lime, and manchego cheese. Click here for the recipe.
The Star of the Show
These piquant turkey chili burgers can be made with items right from your pantry-marinara sauce, chili seasoning, chipotle peppers and bread crumbs. Click here for the recipe.
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Fresh-made pies, ice cream, and frosty drinks take pride of place at this Fourth of July picnic.Read More »from 4 Tips for a Perfect Patriotic Picnic Party
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Put your pies on a pedestal for a dessert buffet on the porch - shown here, cake stands in vintage milk glass and clear glass. Blue-and-white transferware plates are the perfect backdrop for golden hand-crimped crusts. Build a festive centerpiece using tiered wire baskets. Fill with help-yourself treats like ripe fruit - as well as utensils. Rolled red, white, and blue bandannas can serve as napkins.
Need a delicious pie recipe? Try this fresh berry pie.
A table is set up in a shady spot for guests to enjoy an array of fresh-made pies. Here is a chance to use that vintage lace-edged white tablecloth. Make it party perfect with a colorful piece of material - here, a yard or two of striped cotton ticking - that matches your theme. Finish by adorning each plate with a party favor flag.
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How charming are these patriotic paper hat place cards? This craft makes for a great way to spend a summer morning with the kids, and with a beautiful and customized end-product, they will be sure to show guests at your barbecue which ones they made.Read More »from An Easy Patriotic Craft for Kids
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The simple step-by-step how-to:
Need printable directions? We've got those too!
1. Fold a square of paper in half diagonally. Newspaper is the go-to, but thin decorative paper also works, or you can paint the mini-hats at the end.
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2. Fold both sharp points up to the right-angled corner.
3. Rotate the model 180 degrees, then fold one of the sharp points to the upper corner.
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4. Create the horn by folding the sharp point outwards, as shown. As a guide, try folding the point so that when you have done so, the upper edge rests parallel to the horizontal center crease.
5. Repeat step 4 on the other side. Then fold up a
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No worries! Take the guesswork out of summertime grilling and serve up the tastiest, juiciest dishes every time.
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1. Flavor It
When it comes to backyard grilling, there are several ways to add extra flavor to your food. The quickest way is with glazes, which are syrupy coatings often made with honey, maple syrup, or molasses that are brushed on during the last few minutes of grilling. Similarly, wet and dry rubs require little preparation time. Apply these blends of herbs and spices (wet rubs incorporate moist ingredients, such as oil, mustard, and yogurt) up to a few hours before cooking to create a savory crust.
Test this tip with our delicious grilled flank steak recipe.
2. Add Smoke
Whether you grill over gas or charcoal, use hardwood logs, chunks, briquettes, or chips to impart a smoky flavor to foods. Different wood varieties add subtle nuances; try applewood
You might like to cook with classic techniques and old-school ingredients, but these iPhone and iPad applications bring high-tech tools into the kitchen, direct from some of the best chefs around.Read More »from The Best New Cooking Apps
Need great recipes? Try some of our summer favorites.
Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me
Videos show Ramsay demonstrating how to master 56 recipes, including the proper way to chop chilies, caramelize sugar, and zest a lemon.
($7.99; Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me)
Build on Jamie Oliver's free basic app (which offers 13 recipes) with additional sets, like 10-Minute Meals and Classic Comfort Food; each includes step-by-step photos for 10 to 12 recipes.
($1.99 per set; Jamie's Recipes)
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Nigella Quick Collection
A smart, voice-controlled feature keeps sticky hands off the touch screen as you work your way through 70 of Nigella Lawson's creations.
($7.99; Nigella Quick Collection)
Mario Batali Cooks!
Handy countdown clocks pop up throug
In need of a new summer time accessory that won't break the bank? Stitch up a spiffy clutch - for less than $8!Read More »from Sew Your Own Super-Cute Clutch
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Step 1: Print two copies of our template and cut out. Leave one template intact; cut the other along the dotted line (as shown) to create a total of three patterns. Click here for the template.
Step 2: Use the resulting patterns to cut three shapes from half a yard of oilcloth ($8.99 per yard; fabricdepot.com). Place the largest oilcloth shape on a table, right side up. Twist a hair elastic into a figure eight, with the bottom loop larger than the top (as shown). Center and tape the elastic atop the oilcloth. Baste in place a quarter inch from the edge; remove tape.
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Step 3: Align the two smaller oilcloth shapes atop the larger one (as shown), right sides facing down; tape in place. Stitch around the outer edge, leaving a quarter-inch seam; remove tape as you go.
Step 4: Use scissors to make small slices about