This first holiday season without my Dad is certain to be very tough.
There are things that have happened every year for as long as I can remember... but this year they will be different.
My Dad has always played an integral role in the preparation of the Thanksgiving & Christmas meal. He is the "taster". The dressing could not be baked until he had tasted it and given direction as to what spices needed to be added. Mom would mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and when she thought she had it close, she would microwave a couple of tablespoons worth for Dad. "More sage" or "too much sage" were common comments. We learned that if he needed multiple "tastes" without adjustments that Mom had the balance just right.
This same tasting technique was in place for the deviled eggs as well. Over the years, the deviled egg prep has become my responsibility. Dad was none too pleased that his role as deviled egg "taster" shifted to Mr. Peterson & my man-cub.
I've heard that the grief becomes more managable with time, but for me this first holiday season without the "taster" will be hard.
Some amazing person has put a Muppet Thanksgiving Special on YouTube in it's entirety. It features special guest Arlo Guthrie and it is 25 minutes of warm fuzzies and Muppet comedy gold like Swedish Chef epically failing to cook various animals (cut to 8:15 to watch him tangle with a turkey) Worth a watch if you need a break over the holiday break.
Keith Urban’s new hair cut kinda makes him look like Joe Don from Rascal Flatts! It’s short in the back with long bangs in the front.
Dierks Bentley Gets Gator Stuck in Tree
Yesterday Miranda Lambert gave Dierks Bentley an end of the tour gift; a Gator vehicle. The only problem; he immediately tried to climb a tree with it and it got stuck!
Jake Owen Follows Faith Hill's Advice
Jake Owen’s baby Pearl is one and before she was born Faith Hill told him, ‘during these first years, spend a lot of time with the three of you and not everyone because it will fly by so fast.'
Shania and More Use Auto-Tune
According to the Boston Herald, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Shania all use Auto-Tune when they sing live. They call it a safety net that guarantees a good performance.
Tim McGraw Will Over Eat Tomorrow
For the holiday tomorrow, Tim McGraw says Thanksgiving is one time he does over-indulge in his wife’s cooking including her cornbread dressing.
Luke Bryan Hangs with Ellen Today
Finally - today Luke Bryan’s on Ellen, tonight on NBC, Carrie Underwood’s on The Making of the Sound of Music Live! Then Garth’s on The Tonight Show and Florida Georgia Line are on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Every year at Thanksgiving The President pardons a turkey, so that it may live free and frolic for the rest of its days (you know, instead of ending up as part of the biggest food coma of the year) . The turkey above is Cobbler, who was pardoned last year. But this year the White House is letting the public decide who is pardoned. It will either be a Turkey named Caramel, or a Turkey named Popcorn. Caramel is a soybean fanatic and enjoys Lady Gaga, Popcorn has a "Proud Strut" and is a Beyonce fan. Here are the full stats:
You can vote for your favorite at this "Turkey Website"
That website even has recording of their gobbles you can listen too.
Oh and also, I just found out that apparently both Turkeys are pardoned, but only one gets to do it during the big Thanksgiving ceremony... so you are really just voting to make a Turkey famous. I'm #TeamPopcorn... what are you?
Miranda Lambert will joined Season 6 of ‘The Voice‘ next spring as a mentor not for her husband but for team Shakira, who’s coming back.
Taylor Swift Wins Big at AMA's Last Night
Taylor Swift won 4 trophy’s at last night’s American Music Awards including Artist of the Year. Favorite Male Country Artist was Luke Bryan and Favorite Country Group was Lady A.
Florida Georgia Line Album Out Today
Florida Georgia Line won Single of the Year last night with ‘Cruise’ and today the guys release a deluxe version of their debut album called, ‘Here’s To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll.’ It has 5 new songs, every video they’ve ever done and lots of behind the scenes stuff as well.
Kellie Pickler Opens 'Dancing' Finale This Eve
It’s the 2-night season finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ tonight. Bill Engvall’s in the finals. Last season winner Kellie Pickler will open tonight with her tune, ‘Little Bit Gypsy.’ Have you heard what comedian Brian Regan calls the show? ‘Dancing with the People You Have to Google.’
Danielle Bradbery Has Debut Album Out
Danielle Bradbery’s debut country album’s out today and tonight she’ll make a TV cameo on Hart of Dixie.
John Rich Hosts Holiday Special Tonight
Finally – tonight John Rich hosts, Rich at Night, a holiday special from his home Mt. Richmore for the TV Guide Channel. Wynonna will sing so will Kix Brooks,Gretchen Wilson and a few surprise guests as well.
85 artists pay tribute to George Jones tonight in Nashville and what a line-up; George Strait, Blake and Miranda, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Thompson Square, Martina, Dierks, Reba, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Megadeth and 71 more!
Here's the list of who is on the show:
Alabama, Alan Jackson, Baillie & the Boys, Big & Rich, Bill Anderson, Blake Shelton, Bobby Bare, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee, Chad Warrix (Halfway to Hazzard), Charlie Daniels, Collin Raye, Craig Morgan, Dailey & Vincent, Daryle Singletary, Dierks Bentley, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Gary Morris, George Strait, Greg Bates, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Janie Fricke, Jeanne Pruett, Jeannie Seely, Jessi Colter, Jett Williams, Jim Ed Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy C. Newman, Jimmy Wayne, John Conlee, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Kathy Mattea, Kentucky Headhunters, Kid Rock, Larry Gatlin, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Greenwood, Leona Williams, Lisa Matassa, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Lynn Anderson, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Martina McBride, Megadeth, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Ray Stevens, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie McDowell, The Roys, Sam Moore, Shooter Jennings, Stonewall Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, T. Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Teea Goans, TG Sheppard, Thompson Square, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill plus some surprise guests as well.
Jake Owen Host's AMA Pre-Show
Jake Owen’s co-hosting Sunday’s American Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show live at ABC.com. Then on the show, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line perform and Lady A and Taylor Swift present. It airs Sunday night on ABC.
Trisha Yearwood Cooks With Kelly Clarkson
Saturday morning on Trisha Yearwood’s Food Network show, Kelly Clarkson learns how to make No Bake Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Squares. She and Trisha will also sing a duet.
Naomi Judd in Hallmark Movie Saturday
Saturday night, Naomi Judd’s on the Hallmark Channel in ‘Window Wonderland,’ she plays a mom who helps bake the holiday turkey.
Cassadee Pope Sings For Leno
Cassadee Pope performs on the Tonight Show.
Jake Owen's Daughter is One Today
Finally - Jake Owen celebrates a year being a dad as his daughter Pearl has her first birthday today. Jake says, “I see a lot of me in her especially in the faces she makes.”
Today the Toby Keith Foundation opens the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. It’s a free place for pediatric cancer patients and their families to stay. There’s a gourmet kitchen, indoor and outdoor play areas, a game room, theater room and more.
Tim McGrawSeen With George Clooney
A few days ago, Tim McGraw and George Clooney were seen chatting late into the night at Orlando’s Florida Hotel bar. They’d just finished shooting their sci-fi film ‘Tomorrowland’ at NASA's headquarters there. It’ll hit theaters in 2015.
Darius Rucker on Singing Anthem
Darius Rucker says singing the national anthem isn’t easy and every time he performs it, he has to sing it for 40 minutes straight before he goes live because he says if you start in the wrong key, you’re in big trouble.
Florida Georgia Line Cruise With Fans
Florida Georgia Line set sail in 2014 aboard the Norwegian Pearl, Nov. 8-12. The cruise will include two live performances, a Q & A session and surprise guests. You can put your deposit down now at FGLcruise.com.
Larry the Cable Guy Sings Show Tunes
Finally – during my recent chat with Larry the Cable Guy, he told me he knows the lyrics to hundreds of show tunes and he even sang one for me. He’s a really good singer!
You may have seen the latest commercial for Volvo trucks. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, I can't really explain it if you haven't seen it so here it is:
That entire scene is completely real. It was rehearsed, practiced, and filmed all in one day. You may not have noticed it but those trucks are going in reverse!
But Channing Tatum, noted Hot Guy (according to the ladies around the KICKS office, and lets be honest... just by looking at him) has upped the ante by doing his own comparable splits video... kinda...
I hope the end credits scene of the 21 Jump Street Sequel has Jonah Hill doing the same thing
Toby Keith was the highest-paid country musician the last 12 months according to Forbes. Toby was #4, raking in $65 million. Taylor Swift #7, earning $55 million and #9 was a tie between Kenny Chesney and Beyonce, they each made $53 million the last 12 months.
Blake Shelton Hangs With Leno Tonight
Blake Shelton’s on the Tonight Show this evening.
Martina McBride Launches YouTube Show
YouTube’s Country Now channel’s launching Live from the Blackbird, it’s filmed at the Nashville studio owned by Martina McBride and her husband and John. The premiere show features Joe Nichols.
Taylor Swift Seen With New Man
Taylor Swift was spotted with U.K. heartthrob – Romeo and Juliet's Douglas Booth. The were seen eating at The Holly Bush in London last Friday. Sources said they looked very happy.
Newlywed Kelly Clarkson is Pregnant
Newlywed Kelly Clarkson tweeted last night, “I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! It’s so crazy, I am making a person!” Grama-to-be Reba says she is thrilled!