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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.

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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 26

5 Ways to Decorate With Barnwood

Barns aren’t just for livestock these days. Barnwood is becoming increasingly popular in home décor, giving any room or space a rustic, cozy vibe. Here are five ways to bring barnwood into your home.

Headboard. An easy way to change up a bedroom is to swap out the bed’s headboard with re-claimed barnwood, which adds character and can become the focal point of the room. Learn how to make a barnwood headboard from Dan Faires, host of HGTV’s DanMade.

Barn Door Headboard

Refurbished barn doors painted white create the perfect rustic headboard, topped with a custom Texas flag.

Accent Wall. Give any room a makeover by installing a barnwood accent wall. Check out this step-by-step guide to decide if this is a project you can tackle in a weekend, or one for which you need to hire a professional.

Photos: Barnwood Décor for your Home »

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Feb 25

Tour Johnny Cash’s Motor Home

Johnny Cash's Motor Home

Go inside the Man in Black’s home on wheels.

When you are country music royalty, you travel like country music royalty. Johnny Cash’s tour bus, known as “J.C. Unit One,” is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Assistant Curator Meredith Rutledge gave Great American Country’s Celebrity Motor Homes an inside look at one of the most luxurious coaches from Cash’s era. Johnny and his wife, June Carter Cash, spent more than $500,000 to customize their rolling space.

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“The first time I walked into this bus, I really had a sense of the dignity — and a sense of the fun — that was had here,” Rutledge said. “It’s so amazing to be on this bus and to actually be in the places and touch the surfaces that not only Johnny and June, but Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, relaxed in. I really don’t have words for it because it’s such a thrill. There is so much history in this bus. You can feel it.”

J.C. Unit One features a front lounge, where Johnny and June entertained, and three private rooms. Since the rest of the bus was private, the lounge served as the only public space and a gathering area for the Cashes and their famous friends.
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Feb 23

7 Celebrity Outdoorsmen and Women

“Outdoorsy” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of most celebrities. Between recording albums, starring in films and strutting down the red carpet in designer clothes, it seems like their lives are nothing but glitz and glamour. But even the biggest stars like to leave the bright lights of Hollywood every once in a while for a good outdoor adventure. With the help of Outdoor Life magazine, we’ve rounded up a list of celebrities who love to hunt and fish.

Luke Bryan
It probably comes as no surprise that this country boy is also an avid outdoorsman. Bryan told Wonders of Wildlife that his outdoor hobbies make him “more relatable to [his] fans.” Remember the song “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets?” It turns out he meant it.

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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 19

Explore Alaska on Great American Country

Building Alaska Interior View

Building a home, no matter the size, is a daunting task. Building in one of the most remote and rugged areas on the planet? That calls for some creativity. Building Alaska follows adventure expert and series host Bob May and his team of builders as they construct dream homes in the Alaskan wilderness.

With no roads and no building supply centers, these outdoorsmen are completely off the grid as they embark on their labor-intensive projects. With winter looming and effectively putting an end to their build, they endure everything from lakes to glaciers to fire-saved land to turn their visions into reality. Throughout the journey, their families will rally around them.

Watch Bob and his crew risk it all during Great American Country’s Building Alaska marathon on February 21, starting at 2/1c. Continue Reading

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Feb 17

Old Picture Frames Turned Gallery-Wall Fabulous

Antique Picture Frames

Gallery walls are all the rage in home décor these days, but buying frames and artwork for them can add up. By shopping at flea markets and garages sales, however, Flea Market Flip host Lara Spencer was able to create a rich-looking gallery wall for just $10. Here are her money-saving tips and techniques:

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To get the best flea market deals and bargain prices, pay with cash rather than by credit card, and always carry measurements of the items and artwork you want to frame. If a frame is a bit too big, it can still work, as it can be cut down or a mat can be used.

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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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