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Nov 26

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist

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Photo courtesy of Spotify.

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!

Check Out Our Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist on Spotify »

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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Nov 25

2014 American Music Awards Red Carpet Looks We Loved

Celebrities at the 2014 American Music Awards red carpet donned slinky, fitted gowns that left a lot to the imagination. Kylie Jenner‘s burgundy slip dress with a slit up to “there” attracted plenty of attention, and Rita Ora‘s bright yellow mermaid-style number was unexpected yet modern and fresh. Taylor Swift and her celebrity besties Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Lorde put on their own show, dancing and singing along in the crowd. But, enough talk about the awards show; let’s get to the fashion. See our favorite looks from the red carpet below!

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Nov 25

Kip Moore and Josh Turner Share Why They Love Thanksgiving

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Kip Moore photo by Stephen Shepherd, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Country stars spend a lot of time on the road, crisscrossing the country playing their music for fans. When the holidays roll around, many of them have the opportunity to take a few days off and enjoy downtime with family and friends. For Kip Moore, it’s the one time of the year he gets to head home to Georgia to be with his family.

“Thanksgiving is huge for me, because I never get to see my family — period,” he said. “All of my nieces and nephews are growing up and my brothers and sisters; I’ve been gone from home since right when I turned 18. I’ve been a long ways away from home. That’s the one bad part about it is knowing my family is growing up, and they’re all experiencing things together, and I don’t get to be included on it, because I’m off doing this.

“So, when I get together with them, it means a whole lot to me,” he continued. “Usually, we’ll try to go fishing together — me and my brothers, or my dad, we used to always go when we would go back home for Thanksgiving. So, yeah, just time to get to hang out with them is huge for me, and I hate that I don’t get to do it more.”

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Nov 25

Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Give Thanks

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Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.

“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”

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Nov 24

Frankie Ballard Celebrates Chart-Topping Success

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Frankie Ballard’s 2014 album Sunshine & Whiskey. Photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Frankie Ballard has spent several years touring relentlessly and building his fan base. Evidently, Ballard’s hard work paid off as he celebrates his second No. 1, “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The track, along with his first No.1 , “Helluva Life,” are both part of his sophomore album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

“I poured as much of myself into this album as I could,” Ballard told Rolling Stone Country. “I played as many instruments as I could, and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented, and I think it came out sounding like me. Which thankfully is something that people want to hear. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I’m doing.” Continue Reading

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Nov 24

Taylor Swift Receives Dick Clark Award for Excellence

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Taylor Swift was honored with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence during the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The award was presented to Swift by the legendary Diana Ross, who introduced the award before a video tribute to Swift calling her an “artist, innovator and icon.”

“I’m so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross,” Swift said. “Dick Clark was a visionary.” And in true Swift form, she also took a moment to thank her fans.

“I love getting to know you, I love talking to you online, and I love having a glimpse into your life, and I’m so unbelievably happy that you want to have a glimpse into mine,” she said. “Thank you so much.” Continue Reading

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Nov 24

Celebrity Motor Homes Season 3 Premieres Wednesday, Nov. 26

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Kevin Bacon’s motor home as seen on Celebrity Motor Homes.

The wait is over. Celebrity Motor Homes returns to Great American Country with a new lineup of celebrity guests. Tune in for the popular series’ third season as host Blair Herter goes inside the private RVs of Blake Shelton, George Clooney, Robby Gordon, Laura Bell Bundy and more.

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