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May 25

6 Quirky Attractions in Texas

As the second largest state in our country, the great state of Texas guarantees an adventure for everyone. From giant cowboy statues and multi-genre music festivals to quirky museums and interesting roadside art, every member of the family will be able to find a favorite attraction in the Lone Star State.

Big Tex. A 55-foot figure wearing a cowboy hat and boots welcomes visitors to Dallas and the annual State Fair of Texas with the words, “Howdy folks, I’m Big Tex.” Originally constructed in 1952, this giant-sized Texan was destroyed by an electrical fire in October 2012. A new Big Tex was constructed and introduced to the public in September 2013.
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May 23

Simple, Inexpensive Wedding Table Decorations

Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Photo courtesy of SomethingWinnderful.com

With my wedding less than a month away, I’m currently in panic/excitement/what-have-I-gotten-myself-into mode. On top of dealing with conflicting emotions, I need to address last-minute details, finalize the guest list and (try torelax. So, the game plan right now is keep it simple, under-budget and functional, which is easier said than done.
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May 22

Little Big Town Gets Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Fans kept crushing on Little Big Town, giving them a second week at No. 1 with “Girl Crush” on Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3, with Lady Antebellum making their countdown debut with their latest video, “Long Stretch of Love.”

Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, home of Bush’s Beans. After a VIP visit – including a meet-and-greet with Duke the dog! – she traveled to the Beans ’N Cornbread Festival in nearby Gatlinburg. Find out if Duke spilled the beans on the Bush family’s secret recipe!

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“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think: 

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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. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  6. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  7. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  8. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  9. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  10. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” Continue Reading

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May 20

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Tomato Crostini

Krystal Keith's Roasted Tomato Crostini

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

These are outrageous! So much flavor, so much texture, so incredibly delicious. These little crostini are a perfect afternoon snack, appetizer for your family dinner or hors d’oeuvre at your dinner party. I am always tempted to hide these little guys for my own personal snacks and find something else to serve my guests (I would never….or would I?) These take minimal work and minimal ingredients, and they pack a powerful — and elegant — punch in each little bite. 

Roasted Tomato Crostini

Ingredients

1 12-inch baguette (sourdough, French or Italian)
2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled, roasted and mashed into a paste*
1 cup ricotta cheese
4-6 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons 
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatoes in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 30-45 minutes until the skins of the tomatoes start to brown.

You can roast the garlic at the same time. Peel and place the cloves in a piece of foil, add a drizzle of olive oil, fold up the foil and place it in the oven to roast with the tomatoes. When both are done, remove from oven and let the garlic cool. Use a fork to mash the cloves into a paste.

Set oven to broil and slice the baguette at an angle in 1/2-inch thick slices. Broil the crostini slices until they reach a light golden brown. Mix the roasted garlic paste and some salt and pepper into the ricotta cheese, spread onto each crostini, top with roasted tomatoes and garnish with a few ribbons of basil.

*Note:  If you don’t want to take the time to roast the garlic, you can buy a tube of garlic paste at most grocery stores and sauté one tablespoon of it in a skillet for a minute or two to cook off that raw garlic flavor.

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” She’s also super talented in the kitchen and has been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country.

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May 15

Spanish Style Roll-Ups

Spanish Style Roll-Ups

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

Everybody’s crazy about bacon these days! It’s everywhere on the culinary scene — bacon doughnuts, bacon ice cream sundaes, bacon cocktails. This little chicken roll-up is a company-worthy dish with a Spanish flair and wrapped in America’s favorite pork product. The filling is mushrooms, green olives and onions sautéed in the bacon drippings, combined with a little Parmesan cheese and some fresh parsley. While the prep is a little time-consuming, the payoff is worth it. You can make these up ahead of time and pop them in the oven and enjoy the bacon smell throughout your house. Then, just sit down and enjoy the flavor! Continue Reading

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May 15

Little Big Town Takes “Girl Crush” to No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

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There was a brand-new No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Little Big Town took over the No. 1 spot with “Girl Crush,” as Keith Urban with Eric Church moved up to No. 2 with “Raise ‘Em Up.” After a three-week run at No. 1 with “Sangria, Blake Shelton dropped to No. 3. Brett Eldredge made his countdown debut with “Lose My Mind” this week, coming in at No. 20.

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“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think: 

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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. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  9. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  10. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” Continue Reading

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May 14

The 10 Best Flea Markets in America

Great American Flea Markets

With the third season of Junk Gypsies premiering tomorrow night — Friday, May 15 at 10/9c — on Great American Country, we’re not only getting geared up for more trash-to-treasure transformations, but for flea market season, too! The warm weather makes this time of year perfect for strolling through open-air markets searching for deals amongst numerous vendor booths. In the spirit of Amie’s and Jolie’s talent for upcycling, we rounded up some of the best flea markets in the U.S. so you can get out there and create your own refurbished masterpiece.

Round Top Antiques Fair in Round Top, Texas
September 28-30 and October 1-3
We couldn’t make this list without including Amie’s and Jolie’s stomping grounds. Round Top is renowned for its six-day antique fair featuring American antiques and Continental furniture.
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May 8

Blake Shelton Gets A Three-Peat on Top 20

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton pulled off a three-peat on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, making a third week at No. 1 with his new video, “Sangria.” Videos from Little Big Town and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3 this week, while Rascal Flatts’ latest video, “Riot,” made its countdown debut, coming in at No. 20. Plus, host Nan Kelley paid a special visit to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville.

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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 – “Sangria”
  2. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  5. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  6. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  7. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  8. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  10. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire” Continue Reading

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May 7

Go High-Tech at Your Wedding, Save Money

Go High-Tech at Your Wedding and Save Money

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When planning a wedding on a small budget, technology can be your best friend. Free wedding websites and apps can save you hundreds of dollars and hours of stress. My fiancé and I created a wedding website where guests can RSVP, get directions from Google Maps and see our registry all in one place. These days, it just seems silly to not use technology to personalize your wedding and cut costs at the same time. Here are three simple ways to incorporate tech into your wedding.

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May 6

Last-Minute Presents for Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. (For the procrastinators out there, that’s this Sunday.) So, if you’ve yet to get a gift, these ideas may help. Remember, small, thoughtful gestures go a long way. Whether you give her one-on-one time or an indulgent candle, Mom is sure to appreciate anything that expresses your love.
Mother's Day Gift - Tote

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