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Oct 27

One Pan Nan: Creamy Pumpkin Dip

nan-kelley-cream-cheese-pumpkin-dipEvery 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 Creamy Pumpkin Dip. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Pumpkin is not just for pie. This is the perfect dip for this time of year. Plus, it’s an easy dessert, and it passed the Charlie test. That’s important at my house. If you want to get creative, you could serve this in a carved out small pumpkin with a variety of dipping options: cinnamon sugar graham crackers, gingersnaps, Biscoff cookies, pears or apples. Or spread it on banana nut or zucchini bread as a topping.”


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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip

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Oct 26

Sara Evans To Release First Christmas Album on November 17


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Sara Evans will release her first Christmas album next month. Titled At Christmas, the project will include 10 of her favorite Christmas carols, such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Evans also recorded a version of “12 Days of Christmas” with two of her daughters, 12-year-old Olivia and 10-year-old Audrey.

Evans has been busy recording music in 2014. In addition to At Christmas, she released Slow Me Down earlier this year. She also contributed to the upcoming Doobie Brothers’ Southbound record, singing “What a Fool Believes” with Michael McDonald. Evans will appear on ABC’s Nashville as herself on October 29. Continue Reading


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Oct 25

Reba McEntire Heads Back Into the Recording Studio


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Reba McEntire released her self-titled debut album more than 35 years ago, and she does not plan to slow down anytime soon. She recently signed with the new record label, Nash Icon Music, for her next record. The opportunity presented itself  just when McEntire thought her recording career was finished.

“I figured it was over,” she told USA Today. Her husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, convinced her otherwise. “[He] kept saying, ‘No, it’s not; you’ll record again.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, where’s your crystal ball?’” Continue Reading


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Oct 25

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Men and Women

Alas, the weekend before Halloween is upon us, and some procrastinators out there still don’t know what costume to wear. Before you resort to some lame (and predictable) ghost or witch costume, take a look at these two super easy, last-minute Halloween costumes for men and women. You probably already have a majority of the items for these costumes in your closet, which means putting them together requires even less effort.

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Oct 24

Blake Shelton Takes Over At No. 1 With “Neon Light” on Top 20


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After an impressive run at No. 1, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has been retired. On this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, Blake Shelton takes over the top spot with his latest, “Neon Light.” Several new videos make their countdown debuts this week, including clips from Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, which both debut in the Top 10. Videos from Big & Rich and Thomas Rhett also appear on the chart this week.

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Oct 24

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

One of the first recipes I remember making with my mom is no-bake cookies. They were always my favorite. I have known and used my Great-Great-Grandmother’s recipe all my life and have so many memories of standing at the kitchen cabinet on a bar-stool where my chin just barely came over the edge. I must have been 3- or 4-years-old, but I was doing my part and trying to be a good helper. Those cookies were my sister Shelley’s favorite. I wanted to share the recipe with you, but I kicked it up a notch! I found these great little caramel bits at the grocery store and thought about how many recipes I could come up with that would be great with them. In my opinion, caramel makes everything better. That holds true with this revamped recipe as well! When you bite into these sweet chocolatey bites of perfection, you will find little chewy chunks of caramel. What more could a girl ask for?


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Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

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Oct 23

Taylor Swift Reveals 1989 Track Listing

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Taylor Swift fans are eagerly awaiting her new album, 1989, due out October 27. Swift recently Instagramed lyrics from unreleased songs on the album, followed by a post on Wednesday night containing the complete track listing.

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1989 will feature 13 tracks, including Swift’s smash hit “Shake It Off.” Swift also released “Out of the Woods” and the album opener, “Welcome to New York.” Target’s latest commercial promoting 1989 features Polaroids of Swift while her song “Style” plays in the background. Continue Reading


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Oct 22

Chris Young Announces 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour

Chris Young Announces 2015 Tour

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Chris Young will kick off his 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour in March, making stops in Australia, Germany, London, Switzerland and other locations in the United Kingdom.

The tour marks Young’s first time playing in Germany, his second trip to Australia, and a third visit to London and the UK.  On his way Down Under, Young plans to stop at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Concert Hall for his first Hawaii show.

He will then play shows in Melbourne and Sydney before heading to CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, a small town in Queensland, Australia. Continue Reading


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Oct 22

Brantley Gilbert Shares Details About His Engagement

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Brantley Gilbert is engaged! He made the announcement on Tuesday, October 21 when he called in to the Bobby Bones Show. His future wife is “the one that got away.” He has known her for most of the last decade, and the pair dated on and off over the course of several years.

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“I met this little girl 10 years ago,” he said. “You’ll hear her in most of my songs. She was the one who got away for about five years. I can honestly say I’ve never been happier.” Continue Reading


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Oct 21

Sam Hunt Has Perfect Timing With New Album


Sam Hunt's Montevallo Album

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Sam Hunt has pretty good timing. His debut single, “Leave the Night On,” has climbed into the Top 3 at country radio and is on track to top the charts, just as he prepares to release his new album, Montevallo, on October 27. Hunt says “Leave the Night On” is a good idea of what fans can expect from the album.

“‘Leave the Night On’ is a song that sort of represents the album as a whole,” he said. “I feel like it captures all of the elements in one song. As far as a song that could represent what the whole album is about, I think that’s just a good choice.”

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