Surprising Ideas

Recipe: Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats — Easy Dessert Recipes

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This year you're bringing a tray of these firecracker Rice Krispies treats to the Fourth of July gathering. I guarantee they're going to cause a fuss. They're sprinkled with red and blue Pop Rocks, which not only make them look festive, but also means they're seriously fun to eat. Sweet bites that pop and fizz in your mouth will bring out the kid in you and most definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

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5 Convenient Ways to Store Your Favorite Cookbooks — Your Summer Cookbook Guide

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We all have our favorite, go-to cookbooks — the ones we just can't live without and seem to check almost as often as we check our Instagram. Know what we're talking about? Then you know how annoying it is to constantly grab them from your bookshelf or move them from one place to another as you work around them.

Here are five fun and stylish ideas for storing those cookbooks that you use all the time. The books you use less often? Well, they can stay on your bookshelves.

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The One Thing You Need to Finally Organize All Those Baby Bottles — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

There is a mom out there who came up with an ingenious idea for storing all her baby's bottles. The idea is so smart that her Facebook post about it (meant just for her friends) has become a viral sensation.

I mean, of course it did — because storing all that baby gear in an already-full kitchen is tricky. And bottles are especially hard because they're lightweight and tip over at the drop of a hat, causing a total domino effect.

Ready to have your mind blown? Keep reading to see this mom's brilliant solution.

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How To Make Strawberry Roses — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Strawberry roses are a fun garnish for spring cakes, class cupcakes, or even a bridal shower vase. This knife trick might seem frivolous at first glance, but you'll be glad you mastered it once strawberries hit high season. Here's everything you need to know about making strawberry roses at home with a paring knife.

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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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