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Jan 28

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

I’m always trying to create side dishes that have a unique twist on a boring old favorite and this is one of my go-to creations. It is colorful, flavorful, tangy, tasty, and it’s just plain pretty to look at. For you health nuts, it hits the spetrum of veggies you need for a “balanced” meal, too. You have your super-greens, your nutrient-rich butternut squash and just the right amount of starchy potatoes. Tonight, skip the dull one-veggie-at-a-time side dish tradition, whip up some roasted chicken or pan-seared fish, and load up on this triple threat of a side dish that will blow your dinner guests away.

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Jan 27

A Very Barry Branson Premieres Feb. 5

A Very Barry Branson Premieres February 5

Barry Williams on stage in Branson.

Hollywood heads to Missouri in Great American Country’s newest original series, A Very Barry Branson. Premiering Thursday, February 5 at 9/8c, the series features television’s most reliable big brother, Barry Williams (“Greg” from The Brady Bunch), as he launches a 1970s musical variety show in Branson, Missouri.

In A Very Barry Branson, Barry learns that to create a successful and fun live music show that harkens back to the era of The Brady Bunch, bright-colored leisure suits, roller skating and vinyl records, this Hollywood fixture has to do more than just show up and sing – he has to become a bona fide Bransonite.

Eager to win over the tight-knit community, Barry befriends Branson’s popular music group The Haygoods, who soon have the television icon cliff jumping at the lake, jet-packing from the balcony of the theater, and learning to trout fish – a task that proves just what a fish out of water this city boy is.

From performing at timeshare mixers to auditioning a slew of local performers, including a break-dancing granny and a man who plays a bike pump, Barry pulls out all the stops – even arranging a long-awaited reunion with his Brady Bunch sister, Maureen McCormick, whom he takes on a Branson tour.

“It’s a blast to the past revisiting the 1970s through all of its great music, which is what we do in my Branson stage show,” said Barry. “What’s great about A Very Barry Branson is that it explores all the beauty of the Ozarks, while discovering and embracing a new lifestyle and creating the ’70s Music Celebration! – a fun, nostalgic ride through the grooviest decade. Great American Country viewers get to join the adventure.”

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Jan 26

Glamping at Paws Up Is All About the Butlers

The Resort at Paws Up Luxury Tent

Photo courtesy of Paws Up.

Roughing it on a family camping trip may not be for everyone, but a “glamping” trip to The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, may just change the mind of even the most resistant camper. At Paws Up, it isn’t just about the basic camping needs of water, fire and shelter, it’s about the butlers. That’s right – butlers.

Watch: Tour The Resort at Paws Up »

At Paws Up, campers have butlers at their beck and call to pour wine, deliver dinner, prep the fire and even lay out the s’mores. Opened in 2005 on 30,000 acres in scenic Montana, Paws Up incorporates all the elements of “real” camping, but turns up the luxury element to unparalleled levels.

Your Guide To Glamping »

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Jan 25

HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes

Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes

Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Grand Prize valued at over $2 million, including a Cape Cod-style home located on Martha’s Vineyard, luxurious furnishings from Ethan Allen, a 2015 GMC® Acadia Denali and $250,000 cash prize. Enter daily through February 17.

This year’s  HGTV Dream Home offers an elegant twist on the traditional, coastal vacation house. Take a video tour of the indoor spaces and get room details and photos below.
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Jan 23

Carrie Underwood Keeps No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood remained at No. 1with “Something In The Water” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe rounded out the Top 3. Katie Armiger had the lone countdown debut this week, coming in at No. 19 with her latest, “One Night Between Friends.”

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
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Jan 23

8 Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

It may be winter, but Spring Break is right around the corner.

While this unofficial “holiday” is usually celebrated in mid-March for southern states and colleges, it falls closer to Easter in the North and Midwest. Either way, as college kids flock to Florida beaches, there are plenty of other destinations for the family-friendly crowd.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Alabama
Head to Huntsville for an out-of-this-world experience. Home to the Apollo 16 Command Module, Pathfinder, and a National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket, the center has accommodated nearly 16 million visitors since it opened in 1971.

The Grand Canyon – Arizona
Although it’s not the largest canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon is more than a mile deep and two miles long, with spectacular scenery and a variety of activities. Hiking and mule trails, rafting trips and helicopter rides, informative visitor centers and ranger programs make this National Park a prime vacation spot for families.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum – Connecticut
Located in Hartford and home to author Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891, this was where the author composed some of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and The Pauper. Tour the house and visit the museum for insight on Twain and his fascinating career.

Sun Valley – Idaho
At first glance, Idaho may not seem like the ultimate Spring Break destination, but the resort city of Sun Valley offers year-round outdoor recreation like cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, golfing, mountain biking, river rafting and hiking. The city is also host to special events and festivals throughout the year.

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Jan 22

Celebrate Off the Map Finale with Recipes from the Show

Shannen and Holly Toast Off the Map Finale at The Red Bar

We’re excited and sad that this Friday is the finale of Off the Map With Shannen &  Holly. This week’s episode is the best adventure yet, as the ladies head to Florida for whale sharks and a high-stakes poker game.

They also learn how to make Key lime pie at the famous Red Bar, recipes below. “Customers love them. When you’re in Florida you have to have Key lime pie,” says chef Calvin Bradley. Make these treats for your own Off the Map viewing party or share with your BFF.

And don’t forget, we’ll still be hosting a LIVE  Tweets on-air event with Shannen and Holly for the finale Friday night at 10/9c. Use #ShannenandHolly and your Tweet could be on TV.

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Jan 19

Historic East Coast Boardwalks

Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey

The East Coast is home to the amusement park. As cities rapidly grew in the late 1800s, people flocked to the Atlantic to beat the summer heat. Boardwalks were built to keep tourists from tracking sand into hotels, and before long, those boardwalks were booming with food, entertainment and, eventually, amusement rides.

In All-American Amusement Parks, host JD Scott explores three of the most famous East Coast boardwalks and gets the lowdown from park fanatics on their favorite rides and food. 

First up is Atlantic City, the original and most famous two-mile boardwalk along the East Coast. It features  the 1,000-foot-long amusement park, Steel Pier, which includes carousels, a slingshot ride, a midway lined with games, and its own bar and grill.

Video: Stroll the Boardwalks »

South of Atlantic City, Morey’s Piers, in Wildwood, N.J., started as a 25 cent waterslide but has spread across three individual piers. During the off-season, the town is home to just 5,000 residents, but during the summer, that number grows to a quarter million thanks to its famous boardwalk. Morey’s also offers thrill rides and a Ferris wheel “Breakfast in the Sky,” featuring culinary delights served on china and white linens.
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Jan 18

6 Cideries On Tap

Hard cider was once America’s favorite drink, but as beer and wine grew in popularity, cider fell to the edges of the radar. With cideries springing up across the country, hard cider is making a comeback. Here are six that offer great product and atmosphere.

2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse – Corvallis, Oregon
The Tap Room at 2 Towns Ciderhouse offers to-go cans and bottles, taster trays, pints, glasses and growlers of their flagship, seasonal and limited-release ciders, along with cheese plates, hummus and other small plates. The Tap Room also carries cider from Tradition Ciderworks, its sister company, and Nectar Creek Honeywine. Make sure you have a babysitter before visiting since minors are not allowed in the Tap Room.

11 More Places to Experience Oregon »

Bold Rock – Nellysford, Virginia
Virginia is a hotbed for wineries and breweries, but in recent years, cideries have sprung up all over the state. Bold Rock, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is Virginia’s largest. Visitors can enjoy cider tastings, scenic views and a menu of light appetizers, or bring their own picnic to enjoy on the terrace. They can make a day of it at Bold Rock, hop on the Brew Ridge Trail to visit six local breweries or travel along one of Virginia’s wine trails.

Farnum Hill Ciders – Lebanon, New Hampshire
With a deep appreciation for the art of cider making, Farnum Hill Ciders offers ‘Growler Day’ on Thursdays. Visitors can come to the cider room, taste the kegged ciders on offer, buy a half-gallon growler, fill it and then refill in the future, as needed. During apple season, visitors can also pick their own apples at Poverty Lane Orchards.

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Jan 16

Carrie Underwood Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water at No. 1

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Carrie Underwood continued her reign at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts once more with “Something In The Water.” Tim McGraw and Chris Young took the next two spots, while Florida Georgia Line returned to the countdown with “Sun Daze.” Thomas Rhett and Eric Church made their countdown debuts as well, coming in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean to Me” Continue Reading

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