Our 20 Best Photos of 2013
The fantasyland in this wooded Wisconsin garden reflects the owners’ joy in indulging their imaginations by creating colorful mosaics and reusing old objects.
Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie
Caramel in the bottom of the pan melds with the brownie, creating a dessert so rich and gooey that you need a spoon to serve it.
Outstanding in the field
Uplands Cheese Company’s Andy Hatch stands with his business partners near Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
This porch, on the cover of our May/June issue, suggests put-your-feet-up visits and wile-away-an-afternoon daydreams.
We bought a camp
Rather than let a storied Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, a Chicago couple bought Camp Wandawega and set out to rebuild the rundown property as a vision of what summer camp used to be. One part: this vintage Boy Scout tent with World War II-era cots.
Pictured on the cover of our March/April issue, these rain boots filled with tulips make a sweet and simple spring centerpiece.
The North Pierhead Lighthouse is just one of the warming sights that greet visitors to the small town of Manistee.
In the heart of Springfield, Missouri, Adam and Melissa Millsap share the bounty of their 1 acre at an annual harvest dinner. Here, their daughter Béla holds Strawberry.
The romance of river cruises returned to the Mississippi with the refurbished American Queen.
Why we love fall
After Labor Day, autumn stretches ahead like this country road, winding through a few glorious weeks of corn mazes and apple cobbler, home games and scenic drives.
Soda-shop nostalgia meets cupcake-cute at with these desserts, which were featured on the cover of the January/February Midwest Living.
Lure of the lakes
Vacationers bound into Gull Lake, a slice of summer life in Minnesota's Brainerd Lakes region.
Tender Parmesan-pepper pastry cradles heirloom tomatoes, shallots, goat cheese and fresh herbs in a fold-over tart that's ideal for a summer weekend brunch.
Camp like a star
We picked our favorite campgrounds in categories for scenery and for amenities—then crowned 5 “supercampgrounds” that have an amazing combination of both, including this Hayward KOA in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Chicago's Do-Rite Donuts and Coffee
Don’t knock $14.95 for six doughnuts until you’ve tried the beauties from this Chicago Loop theater-district spot—one of our picks for the Midwest's best new restaurants.
Door to the door
Sturgeon Bay provides a memorable start to the lake views, forest drives, art galleries and orchards that have made Door County, Wisconsin, famous.
Deck the stalls
Timeworn cedar planks cover the walls and ceilings of this cheery space, originally the tack room of a polo stable. The stable was converted to a residence in the 1970s.
Our Thanksgiving recipes hew to tradition, but a handful of small changes—orange zest in the biscuits, cider in the gravy—transform familiar dishes.