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3 Ways to Turn a Grocery Store Cake into a Wedding Cake — Wedding Cake

Using a plain grocery store cake and dressing it up well is an ideal wedding cake solution for any bride on a budget, but especially those who want to DIY their cake but don't have the skills — or time — to bake everything from scratch.

Choosing a grocery store cake may be a compromise in cost and customization, but it doesn't have to be a compromise in style. Here are three ideas for transforming a plain grocery store cake into a wedding-worthy cake no matter your style.

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The Most Festive Red, White, and Blue Foods You Can Buy for the 4th of July — America’s Birthday

If you're planning on hosting a patriotic party this 4th of July and want to make sure whatever's on the menu is super festive, you have two options: You can make a flag cake from scratch, or you can seek out some holiday-appropriate ready-to-eat snacks. Or you can do both! Either way, we've got you covered.

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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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7 Cool Treats That Are Better than Birthday Cakes — Birthdays

It's hard to beat a traditional birthday cake. Unless it's an ice cream cake. Or really anything with ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt — especially when you're celebrating a birthday in the summer. If someone you love happens to be turning another year older in the next couple of months, consider making them one of these cool treats.

Yes, it's hard to put candles in some of these, but remember — you'll probably be outside, and sparklers exist for a reason!

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Jazz Up Your Summer Cocktails with These Ice Cube Trays on Sale Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

Before you say anything, I know — these aren't exactly the coolest-looking ice cube trays to stock in your freezer. Aesthetics aside, these things are great!

And they're on sale right now!

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When Food Is Just Numbers, I Never Win — Personal History

Our Personal History series invites cooks and eaters to tell the stories of their lives through food. Arianna's journey is one of learning (and relearning) food through the lens of numbers.

I know there was a time in my life when food was simply food and not just a bunch of numbers, but getting there requires some memory mining. I'd just turned 13, and was starting a new school in the fall. June through August were set aside for crafting a better version of myself — more mature, more outgoing, more popular — and the key to becoming this better self, I knew, was losing weight. This wasn't a new endeavor. I'd been unhappy with my body for as long as I'd been conscious of it, but I'd never had success in changing it.

I knew if I wanted to shrink my tummy, which had only expanded as I got older despite my mother's regular assurances that it was "baby fat," I'd need to get serious and regimented about what I ate. I needed a reliable system.

And then, as if by magic, Atkins happened.

I discovered Atkins maybe six months before it would become ubiquitous, during my family's annual summer vacation in California. Each year, we'd spend a week visiting my parents' longtime friends, whose family mirrored my own (parents from the Bronx having settled out West, two daughters, two sons), and this year I was especially fixated on Sandy, who was a week older than me. I saw her the way I saw most girls in my orbit, which is to say she was the personification of everything I wasn't: energetic, unrestrained, happy, and, most importantly, thin.

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