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Mar 5

7 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals

Spring is just around the corner and with the warm temperatures come music festivals! Whether you’re headed to Music City for the biggest country music festival of the year, to the West Coast for superstar artists and art, or down to Texas for some of the best indie bands around, there is an event for every playlist. Start planning now with these seven must-see festivals for 2015.

Little Big Town at the 2014 CMA Festival

Little Big Town Returns to This Year’s CMA Festival

CMA Music Festival — Nashville, Tennessee
Set for June 11-14, the annual CMA Music Festival celebrates country music fans with four days of non-stop concerts, meet-and-greets, fan club parties, special events and more. Each day starts early with free concerts throughout downtown Nashville, continuing along River Front Park and leading up to star-studded concerts at LP Field each night.

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Bonnaroo — Manchester, Tennessee
Country music not your thing? Located in Manchester, about an hour south of Nashville, Bonnaroo is scheduled to take place during the same dates as CMA Music Festival. Camping is encouraged, so set up your tent for this year’s lineup, which will include Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and My Morning Jacket.

10 Bands That Rocked Bonnaroo in 2014 »

Lockn’ Music Festival — Arrington, Virginia
In just its third year, Lockn’ Music Festival is relatively new but it packs a punch. Set for September 10-13, the festival proudly supports the area’s local vendors, including a number of breweries. This year’s entertainment is being finalized, but, to date, includes Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Slightly Stoopid, The Doobie Brothers and Widespread Panic.

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Mar 4

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Y’all that know me, know that I love, love, love Hatch Valley green chiles. My family puts them in everything including eggs, mashed potatoes, soups…. Don’t be surprised if I bring out a Hatch green chile ice cream at some point! But one of the most classic Mexican side dishes is the perfect place for these flavorful chiles.

This is my absolute favorite side dish when I’m serving Mexican food. Forget plain-old canned refried beans. Ten minutes of prep time and a few hours in a Crock-Pot and you have a healthy, homemade side of refried beans that will knock your socks off. And, as a bonus, you get to bag it up and store it in the freezer for the next few times you need refried beans as a side dish.

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Mar 1

Not So Typical Broccoli Cheese Soup

One Pan Nan's Not So Typical Broccoli Soup

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

All right, it’s still freezing all around the country, so I’m sticking with homemade soup a little while longer because that’s what we want in this weather, right??  Every cook has a broccoli cheese soup recipe — it’s kinda like chili — it’s personal. But here’s a not so typical broccoli cheese soup option with some not so typical cast of characters. Carrots, for a really nice texture, a hint of nutmeg for some exotic sweetness, and red pepper flakes for just enough kick. Plus, this is for the slow cooker — and you know how I feel about that — put this on when you leave for work and dinner’s ready when you get back. Add some crusty bread, oyster crackers or just good ol’ saltines, and you’ll be nice and warm AND nice and full!

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Feb 27

Eric Church: Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Eric Church's Talladega Still No. 1

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/ericchurch.

Eric Church made it two weeks at No. 1 with “Talladega” on this week’s Top 20 Country CountdownCarrie Underwood and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe once more rounded out the Top 3, with Katie Armiger returning to the countdown with “One Night Between Friends” coming in at No. 19. Plus, host Nan Kelley chatted with Rascal Flatts about their upcoming Vegas residency.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” Continue Reading

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Feb 22

Cast Your Vote to Design Blog Cabin 2015

Viewers can help build this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin from the inside out!

The Blog Cabin People’s Choice is a unique multimedia experience based on the simple idea of “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” Viewers go online to vote on design features for a vacation getaway located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The 1970s-style hilltop property will then be transformed into a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner.

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015

Help DIY Network to transform this dilapidated Idaho mountain cabin into a spectacular all-amenities retreat.

Voting is currently open, with viewers asked to pitch in to choose materials and products for the cabin’s living spaces. Help choose between an indoor fountain or waterfall, whether or not there will be theater seating, and if the cat or the dog get their own custom space.
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Feb 20

Eric Church Hits No. 1 on Top 20 with “Talladega”

Eric Church

There was a new No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Eric Church topped the charts with “Talladega,” while Carrie Underwood held strong at No. 2 with “Something In The Water.” After two straight weeks at No. 1, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe dropped to No. 3 with “Lonely Tonight.” Underwood’s new video, “Little Toy Guns,” moved from No. 20 to 13, while Brantley Gilbert’s latest video, “One Hell of An Amen,” entered the chart at No. 20.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” Continue Reading

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Feb 16

One Pan Nan: Italian Sausage Manicotti

One Pan Nan's Italian Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

When you have to have pasta, nothing else will do! The first time I had this, I went back for seconds. It’s one pan pasta perfection — delicious, impressive looking and a great idea for when company is coming. You can make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the freezer. Mix up the cheese stuffing the day of, and put it all together when you’re ready to bake it. The manicotti doesn’t need to be cooked beforehand — cover the pan tightly in the oven and the steam does all the work. All that’s missing is garlic bread and a nice bottle of vino.

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Feb 13

Blake Shelton Repeats at No. 1 on Top 20

Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton Perform 'Lonely Tonight'

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/AshleyMonroeMusic.

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe repeated at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown with “Lonely Tonight.” There was a double dose of Carrie Underwood, who charted two videos, including her latest, “Little Toy Guns. Eric Church moved into the No. 3 spot with “Talladega,” while Jason Aldean made his countdown debut with “Just Gettin’ Started,” entering the chart at No. 16. Plus, Josh Turner stopped by to talk about his new music.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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 w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  4. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  5. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  6. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” Continue Reading

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Feb 12

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Krystal Keith's Spinach and Herb Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin to really knock the socks off of your Valentine. This is such an easy, yet fancy dish to throw together for a special dinner for two. It doesn’t require much work but the presentation and flavor will have him (or her) thinking you slaved all day in the kitchen. The bacon, spinach and herbs are the perfect complement to the tender white pork, and the caramel searing on the outside takes it over the top!

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Feb 10

The Ultimate Getaway: Colorado

It’s no secret that Colorado is an outdoorsman’s absolute paradise. In Great American Country’s original series, Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado, viewers are getting a firsthand look at the Centennial State’s natural beauty and wildlife as they follow the build of renowned sportsman Chris Dorsey’s dream home.  I don’t know about you, but it’s got me aching for a trip to the Rockies.

You don’t have to be world-class hunter and fisher to take a trip to the West. From the state’s endless rivers to its stunning mountain vistas, Colorado offers visitors endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re planning a trip before the snow melts or waiting until the summer, below are some must-see spots and things to do on your vacation. 

Vail Ski Resort
Colorado boasts 26 ski resorts, but Vail is our top pick for a mountain getaway. From bunny hills to legendary back bowls, the resort is suitable for all levels. If skiing’s not your thing, explore the various shops in the village or cozy up in the lodge with a cup of hot chocolate.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Abundant with lakes, trails and wildlife, this stop is a must. Go for a drive above the Continental Divide on Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the U.S., and end the day with dinner in historic Estes Park.

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