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  • FANtastic Super Bowl Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Super Bowl CakeSuper Bowl Cake

    No Super Bowl party or tailgate is complete without a spice cake decorated like a football field. Pick the colors of the opposing teams for the end zone frosting, use pretzels as the goal posts and enjoy as you cheer on your favorite team!

    Related: Easy Snacks under $0.50 »

    INGREDIENTS
    Cake:
    • 1 (18.25 oz.) box spice cake mix
    • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin pie filling
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/3 cup beer

    Frosting:
    • 4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon each yellow, orange and green food coloring
    • 6 pretzel sticks
    • 22 peanut M&M's in 2 colors
    • 2 Hershey's Hugs
    • 1 chocolate football candy

    Plus: Throw a Winning Super Bowl Party »

    PREPARATION
    1.
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-by-13- inch baking pan; set aside.
    2. Combine cake ingredients in large bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds; scrape

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  • 12 Tips and Recipes for an Awesome Tailgate

    12 Super Bowl Tailgate Tips12 Super Bowl Tailgate Tips

    Make tailgating a stress-free hit with ALL YOU readers' tips, tasty dishes and more.

    Related: Top 10 Super Bowl Recipes on Google »

    • Stock the essentials: "We keep a big tub full of disposables: wipes, trash bags, paper plates, paper utensils and paper towels. It's full all season." -Stephanie Gibson, 35, Birmingham, Ala.

    • Keep it simple: "Serve finger foods - no one wants to be prim and proper on game day. This isn't the time for a sit-down meal." -Maggie Miller, 45, Centreville, Md.

    • "Safely handle leftovers: "We bring ziplock bags and foil for leftover cooked food. I put it in a cooler and reheat it after the game." -Diane Walline, 30, Hilton, N.Y.

    Related: Make a DIY Tailgating Cooler »

    No matter how the game goes, enjoy hot food and cold drinks with these fun and handy tools.

    • Never misplace your drink again. With this clever magnetic koozie, you can attach it right to your car. Magnetic beverage sleeve, $29 for 3; AmericanTailgater.com.

    • The most

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  • Score a Touchdown at Your Super Bowl Party!

    Super Bowl SnacksSuper Bowl Snacks

    Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party, visiting one or watching the game at home with your family, you'll want to have plenty of snacks to keep the fans happy through all four quarters (and the commercials). These low-cost, Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies will score big points with all.

    Plus: More Winning Super Bowl Recipes »

    INGREDIENTS
    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 20 tablespoons (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use all natural)
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

    Related: Top 10 Super Bowl Recipe Searches on Google »

    PREPARATION
    1.
    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil; mist foil with cooking spray. In a small saucepan over low heat,

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  • 5 Fun and Creative Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

    Decorate with MirrorsDecorate with Mirrors

    As a decorating accent, a mirror can work magic. Here are a few fresh ideas for using one - or many! - around your home.

    In the kitchen: Hang small framed mirrors under the cabinets to banish shadows. (If the backsplash is tiled, use adhesive hooks.)

    Above the windows: If your windows are low in relation to the ceiling, make the proportions seem more pleasing by mounting mirrored tiles just over the casing. Then add curtain rods above the top edge of the tiles.

    Plus: Decorate Your Home Without Emptying Your Wallet »

    Over an armoire or bookcase: Fool the eye and make the ceiling seem higher by placing a mirror on the wall above a tall piece of furniture.

    In a tight hallway or entryway: Install a wall of mirror tiles to make the space seem bigger, then place a piece of furniture in front of them for a dramatic effect. To give the spot a warm glow, place a lamp against the tiles.

    Over the sofa: Create the illusion of a bigger room with a new twist on a

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  • 7 Coupon-Clipping Myths Costing You Money

    7 Coupon-Clipping Myths7 Coupon-Clipping Myths

    Turn around your biggest couponing doubts and learn how to save even more!

    Myth #1: 25- and 50-cent Coupons Aren't Worth It
    Reality: Maybe not on their own, but if you buy an item on sale from a store that doubles coupons, you could turn a 25-cent coupon into a dollar or more of savings. And there are fewer of those bitty coupons out there than you think.

    Myth #2: Collecting and Sorting Coupons Is Too Time-Consuming
    Reality: True, reaping the savings does take some effort. But one survey showed that people who spend 10 minutes or less per week clipping coupons save an average of $7 off their weekly grocery bill. That's like earning $42 per hour.

    Related: Build a Budget and Make It Last »

    Myth #3: Joining an E-mail List Means Spam
    Reality: Not always. Read the privacy policy when you sign up. Be wary of sites that say they'll share your data with "affiliates" or "partners." Most sites allow you to opt out of having your information shared; in most cases, you

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  • Stay Warm with Delicious, Low-Fat Chicken Chili!

    Low-Fat Chicken Chili

    Chili can be cheaper (and healthier) when you make it with ground chicken instead of ground beef. And this chili is great for a last-minute supper because all the ingredients are items that you can keep on hand in either the freezer or pantry!

    Plus: 27 Hearty and Healthy Meat Soup »

    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 3/4 pounds ground chicken breast
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 medium onion, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons Mexican-style hot chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth
    • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 (1 lb.) bag frozen bell-pepper strips, thawed
    • 1 (15 oz.) can small red beans, drained and rinsed
    • Shredded cheese, optional
    • Chopped scallions, optional
    • Tortilla chips, optional

    Related: Budget Meal Planning: Satisfying Winter Meals »

    PREPARATION
    1.
    Heat 1/2 Tbsp. oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Fix Your Pet's Bad Behavior

    Decode Your Pet's Bad BehaviorDecode Your Pet's Bad Behavior

    Encourage your furry friend to stop acting out.

    If your pet has accidents in the house:
    Potential cause: Medical or behavioral problems
    The fix: See the vet to rule out or treat diabetes, a urinary tract infection or other issues. If nothing turns up, institute a structured bathroom schedule to make behavioral corrections. Take dogs out to the same spot every one to two hours. Keep cats' litter boxes clean and easily accessible.

    Plus: Find an Insurance Policy for Your Pet »

    If your pet tears up furniture:
    Potential cause: Stress or boredom
    The fix: Give your pup a sturdy chew toy to gnaw on. Encourage your cat to claw at a scratching post instead of totally banishing the behavior (see "Scratch That" below). Discourage felines from clawing furniture by covering the areas they usually go for with tinfoil or plastic wrap.

    If your pet is too rough at playtime:
    Potential cause: Boredom or attention seeking
    The fix: When your pooch nips or jumps,

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  • The Best Foods to Eat to Beat Diabetes (and 5 to Avoid!)

    Foods to Beat DiabetesFoods to Beat Diabetes

    Have the disease, or simply want to lose weight? The following foods can help:

    Whole Grains: Not all carbs are bad. Foods made with whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice, are sources of filling fiber (aiding weight loss, which can reduce your diabetes risk) and nutrients such as potassium, which helps the pancreas release insulin, the hormone that helps your cells use glucose for energy.

    Fish, Eggs, Poultry: Carnivores, rejoice: These foods (poultry without the skin) are fair game in a diabetes-friendly diet. Why? Because they're high in protein (result: full stomach) but typically low in fat (result: better weight management). Fatty fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which cut down on cardiovascular problems that can accompany diabetes.

    Related: 12 Key Tips to Keep Your Diet on Track »

    Fruits: These sweet treats aren't forbidden. Although they do contain sugar, the rate at which it enters the bloodstream is slowed by fiber. Fruits with a red, blue

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  • Beauty for Less! 10 Easy and Affordable Secrets to a Prettier, More Polished You

    Beauty Secrets Revealed!Beauty Secrets Revealed!

    Our trusted beauty bloggers rounded up the best budget-friendly tips for getting gorgeous.

    A Quick DIY Dry: "Freshly painted nails but no quick-dry products lying around? Dip your polished nails in cold water for a minute or two to help them dry faster." -Michelle Phan, Michelle Phan
    Try This for Takeoff: "I have a love/hate relationship with glitter polish. It's so pretty, but really sticks to your nails. I've started applying remover with felt instead of a cotton ball -- it works like a gentle Brillo pad." -Alison Kratzer, Makeup By Alli
    A Dry-Shampoo Timing Trick: "Dry shampoo might be the greatest invention in the world, but the real secret is spritzing it on at night so it sops up oil while you sleep. You'll wake up with instant volume." -Elizabeth Dehn, Beauty Bets
    A Surprising Multitasker: "I keep a tube of original Chapstick handy at all times. I use it to mend flyaways, soothe the occasional flatiron burn, tame brows and even condition my lashes." -Lara

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  • Fight Cabin Fever with the Ultimate Cupcake Challenge

    Host a Cupcake ChallengeHost a Cupcake Challenge

    Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to bond with your brood? Throw a theme party! Convene a chef's cupcake challenge, host a pretend TV cooking contest and get creative with frosting and sprinkles.

    Plus: 15 Kid-Friendly, DIY Craft Projects »

    Set the scene. Simple touches can turn your kitchen into cupcake central.
    • Stock up on supplies. Recruit older kids to help you bake a dozen or so cupcakes (three or four per person).
    • Dress the part. Pull out several aprons so everyone can dress like a chef.
    • Assign stations. Lay out place mats and place cards (Chef Steve, Chef Emma).

    Serve something tasty. Savory snacks help prevent major sugar overload.
    • Cheese and crackers: Slice a block of Cheddar or Colby-Jack and serve along with whole-grain crackers.
    • Finger food: Heat a tray of pizza rolls or pigs in a blanket to nibble on.
    • Nut mix: Jazz up the typical jarred selection with handfuls of dried fruit.

    Related: 11 Ways to Entertain Kids for Less »

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