Channel your favorite vacation spot in your garden with these dreamy design ideas.
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Malibu: Fake a seaside resort
Bring out the striped cushions and colorful umbrellas, and let the garden take care of itself, as this one does. The deck is made of sustainable ipe wood that has weathered to a soft gray. Drought-tolerant plants need only yearly trimming and occasional watering-which leaves plenty of time to kick back on a lounge chair and bask in the sun.
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Vancouver: Pave a trail to the coast
Give it twists and turns, then edge it with grasses, so strolling along it feels like a hike toward the water's edge. This path winds through coppery New Zealand hair sedge (Carex tenuiculmis 'Cappuccino') and 'Georgia Blue' veronica. Miscanthus sinensis fans out at right, while bigleaf maples and Douglas firs create a view in the distance.
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Maui: Add a poolside shower
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Grab the family and celebrate the long weekend at any of these choice outdoor gems.Read More »from 10 perfect picnic spots for Memorial Day Weekend
San Francisco: Iconic views from the beach
With iconic views of the San Francisco Bay, Crissy Field's shoreline provides beaches and picnic tables perfect for enjoying a meal together.
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Orange County: A kid's island paradise
Hop on the historic Balboa Island Ferry to the Balboa Peninsula where you'll find carnival rides, candy shops, biking paths, and beaches perfect for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing.
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Portland: Serene biking wonderland
Forest Park lets you feel surrounded by wilderness while in a major city. Let the family explore various trails and bike paths, ranging from easy to strenuous, so even the kids have something they can manage.
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Boulder area: Cooling post-hike dip
The Eldorado Springs Pool, which is fed by fresh spring water and heated naturally, is a perfect place to take the kids after a
Discover delicious ways to savor the spring vegetable, from salads to light stews to pastas.
These artichokes can be cleaned and blanched ahead, then tossed on the grill next to your favorite summer chicken or rib recipe.
- 6 artichokes
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lemon
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Slice tops off artichokes, pull off small leaves, trim stems, and snip off thorny tips. In a large pot, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt, the juice of 1 lemon, and artichokes; cover and steam until artichoke bottoms pierce easily, 20 to 40 minutes. Drain artichokes. When cool enough to handle, cut each in half lengthwise and scrape out fuzzy center. In a bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Brush artichokes with garlic mixture and set, cut side down, onRead More »from How to cook artichokes: 10 easy recipes
- Sunset Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, May 20, 2011 1:02 AM EDT
Spring and summer are always better with a strawberry shortcake, pie, and more. Enjoy our 20 favorite ways to celebrate strawberry season!
Get all the flaky-juicy deliciousness of strawberry pie with this fuss-free single-crust galette.
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- About 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- About 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter or margarine
- 2 cups sliced strawberries (1/2 in. thick)
- 2 cups sliced rhubarb (1/2 in. thick; about 2/3 lb.)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- In a food processor or a bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Cut all but 2 teaspoons butter into small pieces and add to flour mixture. Whirl or rub in with your fingers until fine crumbs form. Add 1/4 cup water; whirl or stir with a fork just until dough holds together. Pat into a smooth 5-inch round. Wrap airtight and freeze until slightly firm, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a
These bathrooms were in need of some serious updating. Check out their amazing transformations and get inspired to redo your own bathroom to suit your style.Read More »from 14 shocking bathroom makeovers
Master bath miracle (before)
A sea of blue carpet covered the floor and the sides of the tub like overflowing water. The tub itself, a swirling design of aqua and white, resembled a bar of Zest soap.
Master bath miracle (after)
A freestanding tub is a shapely replacement for the old one. The floor is now neutral travertine. An added luxury: The contractor installed an electric heating mat under the tile.
Modern budget bathroom redo (before)
See how a homeowner took her bath from outdated to cutting edge on a tight budget.
Modern budget bath redo (after)
Check out this successful bathroom transformation! She pulled it all off and came in under her original budget.
From bedroom to bath (before)
Homeowners transformed their drab guest bedroom into the bathroom of their dreams. The renovation was easy because no walls had to be
Check out our fave bargain hotels that don't skimp on style. Under $150 a night? Yes, it's possible.Read More »from 10 best hotel deals
Figueroa Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Moorish-romantic touches like ottomans, lanterns, and magic-carpet rugs give this 1920s hotel an Old World vibe. The theaters and sports arenas of the L.A. Live and Staples Center are right across the street, but it's just as easy to stay put at the candlelit bar by the bougainvillea-shrouded pool. From $148.
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Hotel Maya, Long Beach, CA. With a cheerily mod lobby, a waterfront pool with cabanas that seem to float, and a brightly colored nuevo Latino vibe, the 196-room Maya is a touch of the tropics in SoCal and got an upgrade in 2009. Ask for a room facing the harbor, not the docks. If you're headed downtown, a water taxi is definitely the stylish way to go. From $148.
Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Beach, CA. Perhaps it's the moment when a beach sherpa scurries out with your chair and umbrella on the white-sand beach
Gain curb appeal and outdoor living space with fresh ideas for your porch, patio, and garden.Read More »from 18 must-see front yard makeovers
Modern façade makeover (before)
A dated façade and a bleak concrete front yard-that's what the owners of this '50s rancher got when they bought their Southern California home. Instead of remodeling the home, though, the couple used a simpler, less costly strategy to solve both problems.
Modern façade makeover (after)
This may look like a whole new house, but the sleek façade is really a wall masking a brand new open-air living room.
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Desert front yard facelift (before)
A scruffy lawn and an oddly configured walkway do nothing for this Phoenix house-the yard is wasted space.
Desert front yard facelift (after)
The owners replaced the lawn with drought-tolerant grasses, then added young trees and a paved area beside the front door.
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Low-water curb appeal (before)
Summers are hot in Grants Pass, Oregon, and a front yard that is mostly
- Sunset Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, May 6, 2011 1:42 AM EDT
Give mom the priceless gift of experience this year-plan a day doing what she loves best.Read More »from Mother's Day crafts, chicken coops, and more great gift ideas for mom
For the creative crafter
Help mom breathe new life into her home with fun decorating projects, from making a memory box table (pictured) to creating an outdoor chandelier.
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For the budding homesteader
Is mom curious about expanding her homesteading activities beyond edible gardening? If raising chickens appeals, help her get into the act by ordering her a coop and chicks, and steering her toward our chicken-raising tips. Or if mom's sights are set on beekeeping and honey making, buy her a starter kit and get her plenty of guidance from our beekeeping chronicles.
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For the aspiring edible gardener
What better way to spend the day than laying ground for the gift that keeps on giving? Help mom get her garden started with our tips on the best planting methods and the top fruits, veggies, and herbs for home
Despite recent drug-related violence in Mexico, this long-loved vacation getaway is still safe to visit-with caveats.Read More »from 5 (safe) Mexican escapes
Best places to visit in Western Mexico
Puerto Vallarta/Sayulita. The spasms of drug violence in areas surrounding Puerto Vallarta do not seem to have affected the beach city itself. Try Hacienda San Angel, a lovely boutique hotel set among bougainvillea-traced villas in the terra-cotta-tiled downtown. Go north to visit beautiful Sayulita, a onetime fishing village colonized by surfers and expats.
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Mexico City. A world-class city off too many travelers' radars. Street crime is more of a problem here than in U.S. cities, but follow a few rules-i.e., never hail a cab from the street; don't carry a lot of cash or credit cards, and keep them hidden-and you should be fine. A clutch of new boutique hotels (Hotel Brick is one of the latest), along with excellent restaurants (we'll single out Pujol), are a welcome counterpoint to
Enjoy these fresh ideas for light and easy weeknight dinners.
Poached Salmon Niçoise
This reinvented version of Salade Niçoise uses wild Western salmon instead of tuna and anchovies, and adds watercress-because we love greens.
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 10 black peppercorns
- 2 cups white wine
- 2 pounds skin-on wild salmon fillet pieces (1 to 1 1/2 in. thick)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
- 5 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- Sea salt to taste
- 2 large bunches watercress, root ends trimmed, leaving stems intact
- 10 small yellow-skinned new potatoes, boiled until tender and cut in half
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, cut into quarters
- 1/4 pound haricots verts (French green beans) or regular green beans, trimmed and boiled until tender-crisp
- 1/2 cup pitted Niçoise olives