Surprising Ideas

My Secret to Packing Lunch in Under 6 Minutes — 6-Minute Lunch

Here at Kitchn, we've been talking a lot about the idea of the six-minute lunch. The logic is simple, of course: No one has time to spare in the mornings (because mornings are hard!), and lunch is sometimes the last thing we're thinking about as we're wasting precious seconds (okay, minutes) hunting down our keys. But we all deserve more than a handful of pretzels between afternoon meetings. To help, we've been giving you all sorts of ideas to help you pack a legit lunch in six minutes.

And here's one more idea. Hint: It requires getting one other coworker involved.

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10 Creative Ways to Make Mason Jars Part of Your Wedding — Homemade Weddings

You don't need us to tell you that the humble Mason jar is super popular. It gets invited into kitchens to hold fresh-made preserves, dispense soap while you do dishes, tote your salad to work, and more. And it shows up in weddings again and again (and you thought you had a lot of weddings this summer!).

You'd be amazed at some of the things couples are doing with Mason jars on their big day. Here are some of the most creative ideas.

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You May Be Organizing Your Spices All Wrong — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

When I picture my dream spice cabinet, it's an orderly space with identical, labeled spice canisters lined up neatly in rows. It's the picture of Type-A organization, whether those canisters are clear cylinders with little metal lids, square plastic bins with shaker tops, or country-inspired mini Mason jars. The point is, they all match and line up perfectly. But shockingly, when I reached out to some organizing pros to confirm that this is the clearly the best way to organize your spices, they unilaterally shut me down.

Turns out, my spice organizing goals have been all wrong.

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The Sweetest, Most Surprising Way to Build a Better Party Playlist — The Rustic Bridal Shower

Building a playlist for a party is hard. How do you know what songs to pick? What if people don't share your same affinity for Jewel? Sure, you could put on a Pandora station and let it go, but you never know what you're gonna get that way.

The key to building a successful playlist for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or really anything with a guest of honor is to let the other guests do the work.

Hear me out.

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A Genius Cocktail Tip for Parents on Vacation — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?

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You Probably Already Own the Perfect Wine Chiller — Party Tricks

The party problem: You want to take a bottle of white or rosé outside with you, but you don't have a wine chiller and you're worried the vino will get warm.

The party trick: Look to your kitchen to save the day. See that crock that's holding all your wooden spoons and silicone spatulas? Chances are, it's the perfect size and shape to hold a bottle of wine and a bit of ice.

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