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Nov 28

Carrie Underwood Visits Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade 1 Album

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and that means friends, family, football and — Carrie Underwood. On this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown Underwood stops by to chat with host Nan Kelley about the release of her upcoming album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Can her new video, “Something In The Water,” break Blake Shelton’s No. 1 run? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out!

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In addition to hearing Underwood talk about her latest project — and show off her baby bump! — Nan Kelley will also count down this week’s Top 20 music videos, chosen by you. Don’t forget to visit our voting page to cast your votes once a day.

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Nov 28

The Best Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Never underestimate the power, taste and versatility of Thanksgiving leftovers. From soups and sandwiches to frittata and muffins, we’ve got the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. Whip up some of these dishes on Sunday and eat them through the rest of the week.

The Pioneer Woman’s Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

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Nov 27

What to Wear on Black Friday

If you’re one of the thousands of brave souls who shops on Black Friday, chances are you don’t just casually browse for an hour and leave. Experienced Black Friday shoppers come prepared with lists in hands and snacks in purses or pockets. But, perhaps even more important than food or checklists, wearing comfortable clothes is a must. This is not the day to dress in layers or pile on the accessories. Below is the perfect outfit for all-day Black Friday shopping.

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Nov 27

Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw Give Thanks

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Florida Georgia Line has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including six consecutive No. 1 hits and their new album, Anything Goes. But giving thanks – and giving back – is something the duo tries to be mindful of all year long, not just on Thanksgiving.

“Giving back is something that’s very important to us,” Brian Kelley said. “We were raised watching both of our fathers work very hard and give back at the same time. That’s something that’s close to us and close to our hearts and our voices through success, and everything has gotten a little bit bigger over the past couple years and there’s no better time than now, and we feel like we’d be doing the wrong thing if we weren’t giving back.”

Tim McGraw also has a lot to be thankful for this year, including a successful tour and the release of his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town. He plans to spend the holiday somewhere warm with his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters, all of whom top his list of blessings. Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

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Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Nov 27

Sam Hunt is Bringing His Band to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Sam Hunt is a busy guy these days. He just released his debut album, Montevallo, topped the charts with his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” and announced his first headlining tour. For Thanksgiving this year, he and his band will be on the way to Florida for a show, but they will still have time to make a pit stop for dinner.

“I believe we have the day of Thanksgiving off, and we are playing in Florida the next day for the Florida-Florida State game,” he said. “I’m from Georgia, so that’s pretty much en route. I think the guys are gonna load up on the bus, and we’re just gonna drive down, and I invited them all to have Thanksgiving with myself and my family down in Georgia. I believe that’s what we’re gonna do. We get together with my Dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner, so I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

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Nov 26

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist

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You set the table, displayed the food, added the finishing touches to your outfit and now await patiently for guests to arrive. There’s just one thing missing — a killer playlist!

Besides setting the mood and helping everyone to relax, background music also fills the silence while everyone chows down on cheesy casseroles and decadent desserts. Play our Thanksgiving playlist at your holiday gathering or create your own.

Did we miss any of your favorite songs? Let us know in the comments!

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Try These Easy, Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations »

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Nov 26

Favorite Thanksgiving Casseroles: The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett and More

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The Band Perry consider themselves to be fairly health-conscious by choosing healthy foods and sticking to a workout routine, but at Thanksgiving, all bets are off, thanks to Kimberly Perry’s sweet potato casserole.

“Here is the trick,” Perry says. “You know how most sweet potato casseroles either have marshmallows or the sugar little nutty mix on top? Well, I put both of those on there, so we have marshmallows and the sugary, nutty topping.”

Brother Neil Perry tries to trick himself into believing the casserole is healthier than it actually is since it has no butter, but big sister Kimberly has to disagree. “Oh no, it’s like 1,000 calories per spoonful,” she said.

Maddie Marlow of Maddie & Tae also has a favorite casserole for the holiday season. “My mom and I make this delicious broccoli cheese casserole, and it is the bomb.com,” she said. “I cannot go to Thanksgiving or Christmas without that casserole. And then my mom makes this amazing chocolate pecan pie. I wish you could have Thanksgiving food year-round.”

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Nov 26

What to Wear to Thanksgiving

Comfy clothing and stylish clothing aren’t always synonymous, but for Thanksgiving, they should be. This year, don’t sacrifice style for clothes that expand with your stomach. Thanksgiving outfits can be cute and comfortable; I promise. For the doubters, take inspiration from the outfits below, which allow for plenty of room for that one last serving of turkey and stuffing.

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For a formal affair, go with bright separates and a neutral bag. A loose, cozy sweater won’t restrict your appetite. Festive statement pieces like floral printed loafers and sparkly earrings amplify an otherwise simple look. Don’t forget hairbands to keep flyaways from interfering with eating.

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Nov 26

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Krystal Keith's Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

We all know that Green Bean Casserole is a classic dish for a Thanksgiving feast. Our mothers and grandmothers have been making it from the back of a Campbell’s Soup can for years and years. It is one of the dishes I most look forward to because it brings back so many sweet memories.

Being someone who loves to cook, I hate pouring things out of cans that I can just as easily make myself, so I like to take those old-school favorites and put a little homemade spin on them. In this recipe, I make my own cream of chicken instead of using the canned version. Everything is better homemade, and you can taste the difference.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we all take a minute to make a mental note of all that we are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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