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From Boston to Seattle and everywhere in between, Super Bowl Sunday will have parties filled with fans, football, and oh yeah, food. Many of the traditional game-day dips are high in calories, high in fat, and highly likely to put you in a food coma.

That’s why we rounded up some simple swaps that are still delicious but better for you. There’s no need to “cheat” on any diet to enjoy these dips. Let’s leave that kind of controversy to the NFL.

Skip: Spinach Artichoke Dip
Get: Creamy Avocado, Artichoke and Kale Dip

artichoke dip

Image courtesy of Blissful Basil

Gooey cheese, though delicious, is one of the easiest ways to add saturated fat and calories to a recipe, and it’s the star of most spinach and artichoke dips. When superfood spinach and antioxidant-rich artichokes are mere sidekicks, though, the health benefits get overshadowed. Not the case in this recipe for Creamy Avocado, Artichoke and Kale Dip. The veggies take the spotlight, and not a cheese is in sight. It’s the avocados, loaded with good-for-you fats, that create the creamy texture we love so much. We bet you’ll never be able to look at the classic version the same way again.

Get the full recipe over at Blissful Basil

Skip: Pizza Dip
Get: Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Dip

red pepper dip

Image courtesy of Well Plated

Pizza doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being healthy, and putting its flavors in a bowl along with cream cheese doesn’t help. What’s more, if you serve this greasy dip with breadsticks you could quickly end up dunking your way to the equivalent of half a pie! You can enjoy the same Italian taste with this roasted red pepper dip that uses familiar ingredients like basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. Protein-packed cannellini beans act as the base to add thickness without the fat.

Get the full recipe over at Well Plated

Skip: Taco Dip
Get: Avocado and Feta Dip

avocado feta dip

Image courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod

Taco Dip is essentially refried beans, cheese, more cheese, sour cream, and all the toppings you could dream up — an entire meal in a bowl. If it’s a southwest flavor you crave, go for that avocado fix. This green fruit – yep, a fruit! — is high in monounsaturated fats, which provide heart-health benefits. Give guacamole a break, and try this Avocado and Feta Dip instead. Familiar ingredients like lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno still make an appearance, but it’s salty feta that switches things up for an original dip everyone will love. Just remember, a fat is still a fat, so be careful of just how much you gobble up.

Get the full recipe over at Two Peas and Their Pod

Skip: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Get: Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

skinny buffalo chicken dip

Image courtesy of Skinnytaste

OK, we’re not going to sugar coat this one. It’s difficult to recreate this classic tailgate dip in a much healthier way without changing it almost entirely. This is where little tweaks make a big difference. In this Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, reduced-fat cream cheese subs in for full fat, low-cal white wine vinegar adds flavor, and the extra cheese is kept to a minimum. Still spicy, still delicious, with less a little less guilt. Bonus: The chili pepper kick in your hot sauce contains a compound called capsaicin, which may help your body burn more fat.

Get the full recipe over at Skinnytaste

Skip: Marshmallow Fruit Dip
Get: 3-Ingredient Healthy Fruit Dip

fruit dip

Image courtesy of Bless This Mess

Fruit. Healthy! Right? Not so fast. It’s true that a slice of apple will always be a better choice than a slice of cake, but not when you slather it with artificial marshmallow fluff and cream cheese. [By now you’ve probably noticed the common denominator in these bad-for-you dips, right? Avoid cream cheese when possible, or go for a reduced-fat variety.] When your sweet tooth is calling, whip together this simple 3-Ingredient Healthy Fruit Dip. Greek yogurt (satisfying protein), peanut butter (ditto on the protein, plus fiber), and honey (natural sweetener) are the only things that go into this tasty dip.

Get the full recipe over at Bless This Mess

Hosting your own Super Bowl 49 party? Take a look at HGTV Magazine’s ideas to make sure it’s a winner!

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You answered correctly if you chose option A. The HGTV Dream Home 2015 guest bedroom has a classic nautical theme with a modern twist. An anchor wall sculpture, a statement piece, ties the room together.

HGTV Dream Home 2015 Guest Bedroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Shannon is the winner of an HGTV swag bag and the current issue of HGTV Magazine. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space, and don’t forget to enter twice daily for a chance to win this year’s HGTV Dream Home.

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How to Start a Collection

Have piles of cash laying around the house and an insatiable love for snow globes? Then, congratulations! You’re ready to start a collection.

Kidding about the cash (mostly), but by far, the trickiest thing about starting a collection is…figuring out what in the world to collect. Can I get an “amen!?” So if you *do* love snow globes, you’re already ahead of the game. However, if you’re ready to expand your snow globe horizons or want to figure out something else that would be fun to collect, I’ve got some tips for you!

1. “Sherlock Holmes” your Pinterest boards. If you’ve been pinning pretty pics for any length of time, chances are there are some patterns hiding among all of your boards. Start looking through your interiors/home decor boards and see if you have been inadvertently pinning spaces that feature 179 variations of elephant garden stools or 1970s needlepoint canvases. If you look hard, you’re likely to uncover some of your collection crushes.

2. Visit some thrift stores or flea markets. Walk around and let your eyes be your guide. Try to pay attention to the types of things that you’re drawn to or want to pick up. You may even surprise yourself: just because you don’t drink tea, that doesn’t mean you can’t love a teacup.

3. Make a list of all the things you love. Are you sports obsessed, dog obsessed or Canadian holiday obsessed? In this case, obsessions are kind of a good thing. Let all the things you love inspire you to think about what you might like to collect. When it comes to collections, anything goes.

42 Items You Could Start Collecting Now

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It’s no secret: when it comes to weather, I am all about the heat. Give me a warm summer day poolside and you won’t hear a peep from me. All of that said, I have to admit I’m a *little* bit envious of all the snow that winter storm Juno just dumped on our northern neighbors. As much as I love the sun, a cozy snow day sounds kind of fun. For a day or two.

But there’s one thing I can’t stand about winter weather, and that’s the puddles of salt and grime drug in by hard-working snow and rain boots. Nothing puts me in a mood faster than a wet, soggy entryway and a messy pile of discarded footwear. My solution is both simple and stylish: turn a tired cookie sheet and a river rock tile into a chic and practical boot tray. Not only does it dress up your entryway, you’ll be relieved of that unsightly boot meltoff.

Make Your Own River Rock Boot Tray - HGTV Crafternoon

Keep reading to see how to make your own.

MAKE YOUR OWN DIY BOOT TRAY

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With controversial commercials already in the headlines and the Patriots’ alleged scandal, Super Bowl 49 is one for the books so far. Well, we’re here to lighten things up. We’ve teamed up with NFL Homegating to share our favorite recipe ideas for your Super Bowl party no matter what team you’re rooting for.

Honey Sesame Chicken Wings

Honey Sesame WingsRecipe courtesy of NFL Homegating

  • 8 to 12 chicken wings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 4 cups canola oil for deep frying
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a medium bowl, add flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken wings with flour mixture.

2. In a deep skillet or fryer, cook wings for about 10 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, add honey and sesame oil. Whisk together and let rest. Drain chicken wings, and toss in the bowl with honey and sesame oil. Add sesame seeds, and serve.

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Can you guess what type of wall decor belongs in this bedroom? Hint: This room could be yours if you enter twice daily.

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an HGTV swag bag and the current issue of HGTV Magazine. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 28, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 29, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.  

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Brrrr! We woke up to a dusting of snow here at HGTV Headquarters, but it’s certainly nothing compared to our team in the Northeast. (Stay safe and warm, you guys!) If you’re spending the day hunkered down indoors, we’ve got some resourceful ways to overcome cabin fever. First, stay in your PJs all day. Take advantage of this, people.

Snow Day IdeasPhotos: PJs / Cocoa / Blanket / Fort / S’mores / Jewelry

1. Again, wear pajamas all. day. long. We suggest flannel or fleece-lined sets to keep you nice and cozy during single-digit temps.

2. If the kiddos are out of school (or even if they’re not), now’s the perfect time to get creative with the guest linens by building an indoor fort. Bring in the laptop or iPad for a special movie screening, and don’t forget the twinkle lights.

3. Warm up in seconds with sweet, spicy and boozy hot chocolate recipes.

4. Break open one of this month’s must-reads. (Download it on your e-reader or iPad to start right away.)

5. Break for a warm, indoor campfire treat: oven-baked s’mores.

6. Feeling productive? Tackle some household to-dos while stuck indoors, like accessory organizing or getting those shoes in order. HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder spent part of her snow day getting her kitchen knife drawer arranged. (Those Laguiole knives — swoon!)

 

Feeling crafty? Try these winter-inspired crafts.

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After a spirited battle between Merlot and Blue Paisley for January’s Color of the Month, 67 percent of you all chose Blue Paisley over its competitor. While I voted for Merlot, I have to agree that the Caribbean blue is especially refreshing during the winter. I typically let furnishings do the talking when it comes to color, but I could actually see myself painting an accent wall this beautiful shade of blue. Nice pick, D-Happers.

Mood Board Monday: Blue PaisleyPhotos: Stairs, Fashion, Headboard, Accent Wall, Sign, Wallpaper, Blender, Cocktail

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When it came time to pick this month’s featured color, we were stumped. So, we asked for your help! We tallied up the votes, and your pick for January 2015′s color of the month is…

HGTV Color of the Month 2015

Blue Paisley! This beautiful, bohemian color won by a landslide. Here’s the final vote breakdown:

HGTV January 2015 Color of the Month

What helped you decide? Some thought that merlot just didn’t suit January. “Blue Paisley seems like a January color while Merlot seems more February,” says Courtney R. on HGTV’s Facebook page. Some thought Merlot’s time had passed: “We have shades of reds and greens for the holidays in December. So blue is the way to go!,” says blog reader Linda.

Blue Paisley Living Room With Built-In Bookshelves

Design by Ann Lowengart

Some were swayed by thoughts of toes in the sand. “In winter everyone wants a little Caribbean waters in their life! At least I DO,” says blog reader Donna. Blog reader Sheryl agrees: “Blue blue blue, reminds me of a warn breeze blowing off the Caribbean Sea, while I’m sipping a glass of red wine in the frozen tundra,” she says.

Blue Paisley Powder Room With Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Design by Ann Lowengart

And some had decorating potential on their minds. “Merlot is to hard to color match for accessories. Blue is a nice summer by the sea color all year round,” says blog reader Marnie.

Blue Paisley Room WIth Built-In Daybed

Design by Jeff Troyer and Associates

Congratulations, Blue Paisley! Visit our Color of the Month Pinterest board to see more ways to use this beautiful hue.

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We are switching things up this week in honor of Super Bowl 49. The Patriots and Seahawks will battle it out on Sunday, February 1st for this year’s championship title. We’ve come up with our own fun here at HGTV headquarters. Vote between the Patriots- or Seahawks-inspired room in our poll below, and tell us who you are rooting for in the comment section for a chance to win an NFL Homegating Super Bowl party package (includes a Super Bowl 49 tray, cutting board, glassware, coasters, recipe cards and travel cooler).

Patriots vs. Seahawks

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 21, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 22, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $100. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.  

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roller blind diy

Photo: Shade, Ikea; Gold Scotch Tape, Paper Source

When I told you all about my winter break clean and purge the other week, I mentioned small changes that make your home feel more designed and loved. I needed a few of those myself. My poor bedroom often gets the least love because, honestly, I can close the door on it. I’ve had roller shades up for quite a while just to keep the early morning sun out and to give privacy. They were not my favorite, but they did in a pinch. Besides, they were supposed to just be up until I decided what to do for window treatments.

Turns out that I didn’t decide on anything and have been living with bland shades for too long. I wanted to give the shades a quick makeover without spending too much money just in case I actually do get around to buying nice curtains. We’ve done lots of washi tape tutorials and thinking of those, I began scouring my tape collection. Luckily, I had this great gold tape left over from Christmas and in five minutes I had embellished shades for exactly $0. I made a very simple double-stripe that looks polished and fun. You could make as many stripes as you like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Decorative tape (I used a non-transparent gold but there are loads of options here)
  • Roller shade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Measure up about an inch from the bottom of your shade. Make small pencil mark at the inch mark at 4 or 5 spots across the shade. Start applying the tape following your marks, letting the tape hang over the edge of the blind a bit. Once it’s in place, carefully trim the ends off so that they’re flush with the blind. Measure again from the top of your tape at a height that you like (I chose another inch) and  make pencil marks across the shade again. Apply your next tape stripe and trim. I  stopped here, but if you want more stripes, just repeat until you get the look you like.

And voila! You have better looking shades than you did five minutes before. The best part is if you change your mind — or find a tape you like better — you can change up your look in a cinch.

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We all said “sayonara” to beige as a neutral a long time ago and welcomed sleek shades of gray as a subtle backdrop in any room. The hue pairs well with every color, from soft pastels to neons. At the moment, though, I love the way gray looks next to my favorite shades of white: ivory, eggshell and pearl. It’s the perfect icy palette fit for winter hibernation.

Mood Board Monday: Glacier GrayPhotos: Bedroom, Bathroom, Model, Bedroom, Wallpaper, Lamp, Model, Textiles

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. This antique wardrobe provides storage while telling a story, proving not everything has to be new to be functional and visually-appealing.

Design by Carol Spinski

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Koren is the winner of a box of epoxy products from JB Weld and a complete JAWS cleaning kit. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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In the spirit of the new year, I’m coming clean: I have a dirty little secret. My counters and tabletops might look pretty tidy, but what lurks beneath is my secret shame. That’s right, folks — I’m talking junk drawers. It’s a sickness, and this year I’m tackling my drawers of shame one by one. Up first, my vanity. I love fun makeup and jewelry as much as the next girl, but I can’t even see to the bottom of these drawers (you’ll see…). Luckily, we’ve come up with some super simple and inexpensive ideas to trick out even the most disastrous drawers.

HGTV Crafternoon: 13 Cute + Clever Vanity Organizing Ideas

If you can’t find a clean cotton swab among the makeup compacts and piles of nail polish bottles, look no further. If you hoard hair accessories, we’ve got you covered there, too. Watch the video for easy DIY solutions to keep everyday items organized and within reach.

Tips to Keep Everyday Items Cute & Contained

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Koren!

Can you guess what type of storage belongs in this laundry room?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a box of epoxy products from JB Weld and a complete JAWS cleaning kit. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 14, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 15, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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If you’re a regular reader, you know we get pretty, ahem, heated about our color of the month pitches. (We aren’t above wearing our colors, offering up color-coded sweets or packing our Pinterest boards with puppies and cocktails.) So for January’s color pick, something amazing happened: We agreed. We all loved two colors: Merlot and Blue Paisley. That’s why we’re asking you to cast a vote to help us decide.

HGTV Color of the Month January 2015

OPTION 1: BLUE PAISLEY
Briana pitched this bohemian blue, which is the Pittsburgh Paints 2015 Color of the Year. We love this cool, saturated color on all four walls, paired with color-wheel opposites like orange or in monochromatic spaces, like this blue-on-blue bedroom:

Blue Paisley Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn on HGTV.com

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

The name nods to paisley patterns and a cool, relaxed vibe we love. See Briana’s full inspiration board >>

OPTION 2: MERLOT
Jessica and Mallory teamed up to give us this lovely wine-hued pitch. A play on Pantone’s 2015 pick, Marsala, we prefer the saturated, purple undertones of this shade to the reddish-orange Color of the Year. Just like a good glass of wine, this color is rich and juicy splashed across a velvet sofa, paired with cool blues or even on the ceiling:

Merlot Bedroom on HGTV's Photo Library

It’s not quite Marsala, and not quite plum. See Mallory and Jessica’s whole inspiration board here >>

It’s a battle of red vs. blue:

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Now it’s time to cast a vote! Which color do you love for January 2015? We’ll do a final vote tally at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16.

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If you follow Pantone‘s color forecasts like we do, then you probably recognize this French-inspired hue. Cognac (Pantone 18-1421) appeared on Pantone’s Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report along with Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224). While most of the editorial team pitched brighter palettes for our December Color of the Month (lavender won, as you know), Briana was on the Cognac train, favoring a softer, calmer color to end the year. Her description of the hue: “Smooth. Intoxicating. Refined. Notes of nuts, caramel, honey and spices.” Bartender, make it a double.

Mood Board Monday: CognacPhotos: Living Room, Shoes, Necklace, Coat, Throws, Dessert, Dress, Living Room

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As of today, January 9, I can proudly say there is no more holiday candy in my home. Yes, that means I ate it all. BUT, it’s all gone which means I can move forward and plan for a healthy year. I even redecorated my kitchen a bit so I’ll actually want to be in there cooking yummy, nutritional meals. Doesn’t this kitchen make you want to crank up Pandora while chopping veggies?

Transitional Kitchen

Design by Alyssa Darnell

Whether you call them resolutions, goals or challenges, there are several things we can do throughout the year to better ourselves or our community. I always try to make a list of at least five goals, but I never set myself up to fail with something unattainable. I’ll share one of my brand-new goals for 2015 with you.

Read one book a month that educates me and challenges my mind. (No young adult novels or thrillers allowed.) This one will be difficult because I’m currently in the middle of binge-watching the entire series of Friends on Netflix.

One goal that will stay on my list until the end of time is: “EAT HEALTHY. GET GRILLED INSTEAD OF FRIED!” I bet some version of this is on your list, too. I pulled some recipes that not only look a-ma-zing but are good for you, as well.

Breakfast

Banana Bread Quinoa Cereal

Banana Bread Quinoa Cereal: Get the recipe >>

Plus, discover 20 ways to make breakfast fun!

Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes

Breakfast Smoothies from HGTV Magazine: Get all three recipes >>

Get Ideas for Snacks, Dinner + More

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You guessed correctly if you chose option ADesigner Sarah Richardson placed  a vintage chair and vanity next to the tub to provide a place to linger and prepare for the day.

Traditional, White Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Kathleen M. is the winner of Method all-purpose cleaner and a trio of air fresheners. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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