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The Second Most Popular Wedding Registry Item (After a Stand Mixer) — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

If you were put on the spot and had to guess the most popular item so far for 2017 on the wedding registry website Zola, could you guess it? You'd probably get it right and guess a KitchenAid stand mixer, yeah? And not because we told you in the title of this post! You just know it's a safe bet.

"You cannot go wrong gifting a couple a KitchenAid stand mixer. It remains one of the most popular items on registries year after year — and with good reason, it's a kitchen staple!" says Zola's Newlywed-at-Large and Director of Brand, Jennifer Spector.

To put you on the spot again: Can you name the second most popular registry item for 2017? Is it a Le Creuset Dutch oven? Rose gold flatware? A waffle maker? A Lodge cast iron skillet?

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The Best Wedding Gift I Received (That I Now Give to Everyone) — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

My husband and I had a very hard time registering for our wedding. (We would have gone without a registry entirely, but our families insisted.) We had already lived together for years and we were in our 30s when we got married — we just didn't need all that much. We registered for a KitchenAid stand mixer (which I still can't believe I got!), some simple dishes, and a few random odds and ends.

Our guests were incredibly generous, and we loved every single present we received — we just happen to love one the most. No offense, everyone!

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13 Easy, Pretty Ways to Top a Cake — You So Smart

The actual baking of a cake has never intimidated me — it's the decorating part. I don't have a knack for anything like fancy piped buttercream flowers, so more often than not I forgo baking a cake altogether in fear of it never looking celebratory enough. The truth is, though, you definitely don't need professional cake tools to make a cake that rivals the best bakery in town. What you really need is just a bit of ingenuity. These 13 clever cake toppers are not just dead simple — they are also dead gorgeous. (And you probably have many of the supplies already have in your pantry!)

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Steal This Airplane Trick for the Easiest Appetizer Ever — Tips from The Kitchn

I love hosting friends and family for dinner, but somehow I always forget about the appetizers. I put all my energy into the main meal and the dessert (you have to have something sweet to finish!), and then an hour before guests are supposed to show up, I realize I have nothing for us to snack on while the chicken is in the oven!

Luckily, I almost always have a tin of mixed nuts in my pantry (probably gifted to me for Christmas because my extended family members are big nut people). And a regular ol' tin of nuts is easy to transform into something that feels worthy of a good dinner party.

Can you guess how? Hint: It's an airplane trick.

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You’ll Want to Get on Board with This Gallery Wall Idea — Kitchen Hang-Ups

If you've been bored by the art options available for your kitchen or dining room, perhaps this might be of interest: Lately, we've been obsessing over the idea to turn cutting boards into a gallery wall. (Get it? Bored and boards?)

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I Cleaned My Dishwasher with Lemonade Kool-Aid and Here’s How It Went — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

I'm lucky to live in a lovely apartment, on a great block in Brooklyn, with tons of character — and appliances that may be older than I am. They all work, if you know how to finesse the quirks, but they're certainly not fancy, and they look kinda rough. And, until recently, I just assumed that the grey film and rusty marks inside my dishwasher were just part of its character, too.

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