The Fastest Growing Evergreens in the Midwest

evergreen tree with cones

Plant these fast-growing evergreens to create style, add privacy, and invite wildlife to your backyard.   The humble evergreen shouldn’t be overlooked! Plant fast-growing evergreens to create privacy, shelter, and an invitation for wildlife to visit all year. The year-round charm of evergreens is a must-have for every landscape—even if you only have room for…

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Blackberry Peach Cobbler

blackberry peach cobbler

This cobbler is jam-packed with fresh fruit flavors! INGREDIENTS: FILLING: 8 cups fresh blackberries 8 cups peeled, sliced peaches 3 cups sugar 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Pinch of salt   CRUST: 1 cup butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped 1…

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Pecan Chewy Bars

pecan chewy bar

Enjoy these chewy pecan treats in just 6 easy steps! INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup flour 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 cup pecans, chopped 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar   PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with…

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Shrimp and Feta Stuffed Zucchini

Shrimp and Feta Stuffed Zucchini

 Fresh veggies, lean protein, and big flavor come together with this perfect summertime dish, which can serve as a main or an appetizer.   INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing 1 large white onion, finely chopped  1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1/2 fennel bulb, finely chopped  1 large garlic clove,…

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Red Hot July Perennials

red lobelia cardinal flower

Turn up the heat with these red perennials for your summer garden.   Bold monochromatic gardens are a hot trend that is easy to achieve. While yellow is the color of the year for 2021, we think it’s time to turn up the heat and start seeing red. Try these fiery annuals and perennials to…

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Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Dig into cherry season! The sweet cherry clusters pack a punch in this perfectly fluffy clafoutis treat.   INGREDIENTS: Softened butter, for pan 1 1/2 c. tart or sweet cherries, halved and pits removed 4 large eggs 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 c. milk 1 tbsp. amaretto, or 1 tsp. almond extract 3/4 c. all-purpose…

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Tick invasion 101

tick bug on grass

Learn how to prevent, recognize, and protect yourself from ticks in this comprehensive guide.    There’s no doubt about it; ticks have become a big problem here in the Midwest. Experts have stated that in 2021, Iowa (along with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and a few other states) has reached an ‘above average threat level,’ which…

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Design Tips for Creating Outdoor Rooms

patio furniture

Many of us put tons of time and attention into every detail of the living spaces inside our home, but what about the outside? With our Midwest winters, it only makes sense for us to make the most of our outdoor time during the fair-weather months—and what better way to do it than with a…

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Rhubarb Streusel Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Streusel Coffee Cake

The perfect pairing for an afternoon tea!   INGREDIENTS: For the Cake:     1 cup butter , room temperature     1 cup granulated sugar     1 teaspoon vanilla extract     4 large eggs     3 cups all-purpose flour     2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder     1 pinch of…

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