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July August 2015 Midwest Living

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Dive into summer with our guide to lake getaways, advice for flea-market shopping, tips for a perfect patio party and recipes for show-stealing July 4 desserts.
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The secret to Michigan blogger Maureen Abood's authentically silky hummus is peeling the chickpeas. It adds about 10 minutes to the recipe, but it's easy and makes a world of difference.
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Here are simple instructions for adding images such as letters to linen towels.
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We challenged one Wisconsin native to three porch makeovers using only flea-market finds. The results? Three styles that suit any porch—and budget.
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Celebrate summer with festive Fourth of July desserts, hearty brats and summer vegetable recipes.
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Val Ortberg’s 2-acre Iowa lot is a work of art—an exceptional study in contrast, color and form.
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An extended Ohio family (all 18 of them!) plunges into summer at their near-magical lake house, where watery blues echo Lake Michigan’s waves.
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Liven up the party with our outdoor-living picks.
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Well-placed weatherproof furniture and a little mood lighting will make your backyard wine-and-dine ready.
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Between Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, there is a public beach for everyone. Play beach volleyball, rent a sailboat, or relax with a cocktail and a book.

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