Surprising Ideas

5 Ways to Use Brown Bags Beyond Packing Lunches — Lunch Box Bootcamp

Raise your hand if you have a lunch box or a tote that you use for packing lunches (either for you or your kids). We thought so. Yet you still probably have a pack of brown paper bags in your kitchen, right? You should! These things are pretty handy. Not only can use them to make your own puppets on a rainy day, but you can also use them for a slew of other things in the kitchen and around the house.

Here are five of our favorite non-lunch-related uses for brown paper bags.


Look at the Prettiest Drawers to Ever Exist in a Kitchen! — Kitchen Design

We're big fans of drawers — instead of lower cabinets — in the kitchen. They often result in more storage space, and they make it easy to see all the contents. (And they're just an unexpected thing to find, as most kitchens have one drawer and then a cabinet — not a row of drawers.)

So you can imagine how excited we got when we saw this kitchen, belonging to Anya Kassoff, the blogger behind Golubka Kitchen. Just look at those drawers! For starters, they're drawers! They're also made out of vintage fruit crates, making them the perfect place to store all sorts of farmers market finds.


These Honey Roasted Tomatoes Will Blow Your Mind — Delicious Links

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I love when a simple addition completely transforms a dish. Take this roasted tomato appetizer, for instance. Just a drizzle of honey (yes, honey!) is all you need to turn up the volume on an otherwise standard appetizer.


Recipe: Tomato Water Pops — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Let me introduce you to your new summer BFF: tomato water pops. These blush beauties are a savory snack on a stick that will make you a hero at every backyard BBQ between now and September, or even just your own personal hero at midnight on a hot August night. These pops are packed full of tomato flavor and studded with fresh basil, making them a fast and fancy appetizer option for serving a crowd. Here's how to make these tomato Popsicles this summer.


10 Office Supplies You Should Use in the Freezer — Freezer Intelligence

The next time you complain about how your office cubicle is the size of a closet, be grateful — it could be the size of your freezer! When you stop to think about it, both of these compact spaces need all the organizing help they can get. So it should come as no surprise to learn that office supplies — designed to make the most of your tiny desk — can come in handy in the freezer.

Here are 10 ideas to file under "ingenious."

Note: We don't endorse stealing these items from your office (unless we're talking about your own home office). Hit up an office supply store and pay for them with actual money.


10 Quick & Colorful Ways to Top Chicken Breast — 3-Ingredient Upgrades

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A golden, pan-seared chicken breast is a weeknight savior. A staple in many a dinner rotation, its versatility means you can turn to it for countless meals without getting sick of it — as long as you dress it up. Sometimes, that's as simple as changing up the toppings. Here's how to give chicken breast a fresh and flavorful upgrade in every color of the rainbow.


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