Five Days, Five Dinners: July 28-August 1

Weeknight chaos can make putting a home-cooked meal on the table a daunting task. Don’t fret—our handy meal planner relies on a few key ingredients and gives new life to leftovers, so you can serve a delicious meal each night no matter what.

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Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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Our Editors Summer Beauty Secrets Revealed

All women have a bit of love-hate relationship with summer. More love than hate, of course, but when it comes to hair and makeup we can all agree summer can be a real doozy. With the sticky humidity, random rainstorms, and sweltering heat, it’s hard to keep your face on and hair in check.

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Morgan Freeman Sounds Epic, Even After Inhaling Helium (Video)

The Memphis-born, Mississippi-dwelling Morgan Freeman is one of our favorite Southerners. He’s a man of class, and a thrilling example of hard work paying off. He’s also one of the most distinguished, regal men we know–something we learned during our Paper Napkin interview with him.

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Fresh Corn Polenta with Avocado and Tomato Salad

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four — for under $20, in under 20 minutes. Today: Summer’s best supper, ready in less than 20 minutes.

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These Six Characters Show Why Louisiana’s the Happiest State

Given its abundance of drive-through daiquiri shops, Louisiana’s dominance on this new list of the happiest cities in America isn’t surprising. Said list, which was released in a paper from professors at Harvard and the Vancouver School, found that the top five happiest cities were Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria–all of them in Louisiana.

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Get Your Gaudy On With Persian Shield

For lasting color in your garden, don’t get hung up on flowers. Plants with brilliant foliage can add just as much impact for a much longer time. I saw a great example of this yesterday in a beautiful garden in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Staff Picks: Where We’re Doggin’ for National Hot Dog Day

From the ballpark to the backyard, hot dogs–or franks, or wieners, or frankfurters, or footlongs, or weenies–are as American as apple pie. No, more American. They’re as American as baseball. No, more! Hot dogs are as American as hot dogs.

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Master The Crop Top Like Reese

  One of our favorite Southern starlets, Reese Witherspoon, masters the season’s hottest trend: the crop top. The Southern icon manages to pull off all of the latest trends while making them flattering and even timeless. As with any look that shows a little skin, the key to keeping the crop top classy is balancing it with a more conservative cut elsewhere. […]

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The High-Low Guide to Washington, D.C.

Think D.C. is all Politics and power suits? Time to look past the bills and the laws and break out for the old landmark haunts and neighborhood newcomers that are helping define the District as a city on the rise.

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