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Nov 23

Quick and Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations

There’s only a few hours before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, and your table is bare. But it’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the festive Thanksgiving decorations. Don’t find yourself in this situation next Thursday. Take some inspiration from these four table decoration ideas that you can create in a snap!

Autumnal Floral Arrangement

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Nov 22

Carrie Underwood Always Knew She Was Having A Boy

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley at CMA Awards 2014

During the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley spilled the news that Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting a baby boy. While parents may hope for one sex over another, Underwood said she and Fisher always knew they were having a boy. They didn’t find out in a doctor’s office, though.

“It’s kind of a sterile place,” she told KTIC Radio. “We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever [our doctor would] get near … near those parts … we would look away.”

Underwood and Fisher broke the news to themselves on a dinner date. They brought an envelope containing the baby’s gender with them and opened it while seated at the table. Continue Reading

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Nov 22

What Exactly Is Mantiquing?

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Hey, men, just because women like antiquing doesn’t mean you can’t. Because of a silly stereotype about women exclusively participating in antiquing, Eric Bradley felt compelled to write a book about the masculine art of antiquing titled, Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff.

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Nov 21

Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's Neon Light

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It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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 – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”
  4. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  6. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  7. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
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Nov 21

One Pan Nan: Baked Cranberries with Brandy

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Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host, Nan Kelley, counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s Baked Cranberries with Brandy. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Baked cranberries are so delicious — the chewy caramel adds a wonderful texture to the cranberries, and the brandy is the perfect finishing touch.  Make this the day before your Thanksgiving/holiday meal, pop it in the fridge and that’s one less thing you need to worry about.”

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Nov 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Cookie Butter Truffles

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Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Cookie butter is suddenly what life is all about. Since this amazing spread was introduced to me, I can’t stop coming up with amazing ways to use it. The perfect partner for chocolate, this spread is literally made from ground-up bits of Biscoff cookies. It is amazing with apples, incredible with marshmallows and is killer on cinnamon-raisin toast. But, nothing compares to these little truffles, which have totally replaced peanut butter cups in my list of favorite foods. I know that you are going to flip for them, too!

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Nov 20

Easton Corbin Helps Present a $1 Million Check to the FFA

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Easton Corbin spent the last year working closely with the National FFA Organization, Ram Trucks and their Next Crop Initiative’s “The Year of the Farmer” celebration. As part of the “The Year of the Farmer” celebration, Corbin, a former FFA (Future Farmers of America) member, spent the year traveling through rural America to meet and raise money for the local FFA chapters around the country. Like many of today’s FFA members, Corbin was inspired by his grandfather to learn more about agriculture.

“I remember when I was in sixth grade and [my grandfather] asked me if I wanted to show a cow and I was like, ‘well yeah!’” Corbin said. “So, my grandpa was a big influence on me. He’s always been such a hardworking guy. I’ve always looked up to him.” Continue Reading

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Nov 20

Cole Swindell Thanks Fans by Releasing Down Home Sessions EP

Cole Swindell Releases Down Home Sessions Album

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Cole Swindell might be a relative newcomer to the country music scene – if you don’t count the years he spent selling Luke Bryan’s merchandise during Bryan’s tours – but he could not have asked for a better start. His first two singles, “Chillin’ It,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” topped the charts, and he was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. To thank his fans for his support, he released his Down Home Sessions EP.

“I’m on permanent pinch mode, dude,” he told Taste of Country Nights’ host Sam Alex. “Getting to debut your first single as a No. 1 song then your next one going No. 1… I’m so excited to have a brand new one out now. It’s just… so much has changed now over the past year, you know, for the good for me. I’m just so thankful that I have this much support this early in my career. It’s been a great year so far.” Continue Reading

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Nov 20

Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado Premieres on Great American Country

ultimate-sportsmans-lodge-great-american-countryHunters, anglers and all-around outdoorspeople prepare for an epic adventure with Chris Dorsey as he and his team of architects, contractors and craftsmen build the Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge in Colorado. In the newest original series on Great American Country, we follow Dorsey and his experienced team as they construct a 7,000 square foot lodge with mountain vistas and a trout stream located nearby. Tune in on Tuesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET!

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Nov 19

Garth Brooks Joins Social Media, Loves Twitter

Garth Brooks on Facebook and Twitter

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Garth Brooks nearly broke social media last week when he joined Facebook and Twitter. Brooks promises he is doing all the tweeting and Facebooking himself – with a little help from his team.

“I think it’s kind of dangerous to have someone else do it for you,” he told the Sean & Richie Show. “I just don’t like somebody else speaking for me. They’re showing me right now, so there’s a team that helps you with it, but the truth is, I want to get to where I can walk on my own and kind of do it myself.”

So far, Brooks has taken a liking to Twitter, replying to fans and tweeting selfies. “I have been busy on Twitter,” he said. “That’s a fun thing. I mean it’s like, nothing between you and them. I love that. I like that fact that you can do it any time. 2:00 in the morning, 2:00 in the afternoon.”

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