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Feb 17

Old Picture Frames Turned Gallery-Wall Fabulous

Antique Picture Frames

Gallery walls are all the rage in home décor these days, but buying frames and artwork for them can add up. By shopping at flea markets and garages sales, however, Flea Market Flip host Lara Spencer was able to create a rich-looking gallery wall for just $10. Here are her money-saving tips and techniques:

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To get the best flea market deals and bargain prices, pay with cash rather than by credit card, and always carry measurements of the items and artwork you want to frame. If a frame is a bit too big, it can still work, as it can be cut down or a mat can be used.

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Feb 16

One Pan Nan: Italian Sausage Manicotti

One Pan Nan's Italian Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

When you have to have pasta, nothing else will do! The first time I had this, I went back for seconds. It’s one pan pasta perfection — delicious, impressive looking and a great idea for when company is coming. You can make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the freezer. Mix up the cheese stuffing the day of, and put it all together when you’re ready to bake it. The manicotti doesn’t need to be cooked beforehand — cover the pan tightly in the oven and the steam does all the work. All that’s missing is garlic bread and a nice bottle of vino.

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Feb 13

Blake Shelton Repeats at No. 1 on Top 20

Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton Perform 'Lonely Tonight'

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/AshleyMonroeMusic.

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe repeated at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown with “Lonely Tonight.” There was a double dose of Carrie Underwood, who charted two videos, including her latest, “Little Toy Guns. Eric Church moved into the No. 3 spot with “Talladega,” while Jason Aldean made his countdown debut with “Just Gettin’ Started,” entering the chart at No. 16. Plus, Josh Turner stopped by to talk about his new music.

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. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  4. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  5. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  6. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” Continue Reading

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Feb 12

6 Romantic Bed-and-Breakfast Getaways

If you’re still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, it’s not too late to plan a romantic getaway! Whisk your loved one off to one of these enchanting B&Bs for a night or a long weekend.

Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn

View from the pool at Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn – Photo courtesy of www.canyonvilla.com.

Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn
This B&B in Sedona, Arizona, was designed to showcase stunning views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, two famous Red Rock peaks. Each day begins with a gourmet breakfast before guests head out on private back-road excursions, on horseback or on a hot air balloon tour with breathtaking views. If you love romance mixed with adventure, you can’t beat Canyon Villa.

1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage
Located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, 1889 WhiteGate offers historic charm along with luxurious amenities. Guests can relax at the spa, stroll through the property’s vibrant gardens or walk to downtown Asheville to explore the town. Members of the military receive a 10% discount and there are elopement packages for couples who can’t wait to be married.

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Farmhouse Inn
Located in California’s wine country, this lovely inn is just minutes away from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. If winetasting isn’t your thing, you can hike in the Armstrong Redwoods, cycle through the routes of the Amgen Tour of California or Levi’s GranFondo, hang out by the pool or visit the local art galleries. The Farmhouse recently opened its Luxury and Deluxe Barn Rooms, built to resemble the many local historic barns and water towers, and furnished to blend with the surroundings.

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Feb 12

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Krystal Keith's Spinach and Herb Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin to really knock the socks off of your Valentine. This is such an easy, yet fancy dish to throw together for a special dinner for two. It doesn’t require much work but the presentation and flavor will have him (or her) thinking you slaved all day in the kitchen. The bacon, spinach and herbs are the perfect complement to the tender white pork, and the caramel searing on the outside takes it over the top!

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Feb 10

The Ultimate Getaway: Colorado

It’s no secret that Colorado is an outdoorsman’s absolute paradise. In Great American Country’s original series, Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado, viewers are getting a firsthand look at the Centennial State’s natural beauty and wildlife as they follow the build of renowned sportsman Chris Dorsey’s dream home.  I don’t know about you, but it’s got me aching for a trip to the Rockies.

You don’t have to be world-class hunter and fisher to take a trip to the West. From the state’s endless rivers to its stunning mountain vistas, Colorado offers visitors endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re planning a trip before the snow melts or waiting until the summer, below are some must-see spots and things to do on your vacation. 

Vail Ski Resort
Colorado boasts 26 ski resorts, but Vail is our top pick for a mountain getaway. From bunny hills to legendary back bowls, the resort is suitable for all levels. If skiing’s not your thing, explore the various shops in the village or cozy up in the lodge with a cup of hot chocolate.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Abundant with lakes, trails and wildlife, this stop is a must. Go for a drive above the Continental Divide on Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the U.S., and end the day with dinner in historic Estes Park.

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Feb 9

Deluxe Ghost Town Glamping

Dunton Hot Springs Resort

Photo courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs.

If you are looking for a unique, memorable vacation, Dunton Hot Springs Resort in Dolores, Colorado, offers a distinctive “glamping” experience you’ll never forget. The resort is a restored ghost town located just across the mountains from the ski mecca of Telluride.

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Dunton’s pampered patrons can rent one of twelve hand-hewn log cabins, all of which have exquisite furnishings and high-speed internet, but it’s the resort’s luxury teepee that draws in the visitors. The teepee stands 17 feet high, and at 380 square feet, it is theoretically large enough to hold 20 two-person tents. Running $1,000 a night on average, the teepee package features a fur-clad bed, electricity and Wi-Fi, as well as a nearby cabin.

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Feb 8

7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

Valentine's Day Hearts for Chandelier

Valentine’s Day is Saturday but there is still plenty of time to make the perfect gift for your loved one and add a few festive touches around the house. Here are 7 DIY Valentine’s Day projects you can give as gifts or keep for yourself! 

Paper Hearts Chandelier. This fun project can be presented as a gift or used for décor. Hang it over the kitchen table to welcome the kids to a valentine-themed breakfast. Instructions »

String Heart Art. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a string art heart for your valentine or décor. The heart can be swapped out for the shape of your choice, like the outline of your state, which is a popular string art trend.

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts, Cards and Gifts »

Takeout Treat Box. Whether you’re giving baked goods or jewelry, this fun heart-and-arrow twist on a Chinese takeout box is a great way to “wrap” your valentine. If your child needs a valentine “mailbox” for school, this container can also do double duty. Step-by-step »

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Feb 6

Blake Shelton Takes Over No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton

There is a new No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe take the top spot with “Lonely Tonight,” knocking Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water” to No. 2 after a multi-week run in the top spot. New videos from Billy Currington, Kid Rock, and Chase Bryant also made their countdown debuts this week.

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. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  4. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  8. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  9. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got”
  10. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down” Continue Reading

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Feb 5

Antique Furniture: Real or Fake?

Antique Buffet Cabinet

How can you tell if a piece of furniture is an authentic antique?

A weekend spent antiquing or visiting flea markets for a furniture bargain can be a lot of fun, but before you go, know what to look for to determine if you are paying for an antique or a really good knockoff. Lara Spencer,  host of Flea Market Flip, went to Mark DeVito, furniture guru extraordinaire, for tips on how to spot the real thing.

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“Magic Mark,” as Lara calls him, advises antique hunters to determine whether the item was made by hand or machine. “Prior to 1870, everything was made by hand and that’s the real definition of an antique,” DeVito said, “things made before electricity.”
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