We are one big country nation

Currently, I’m hooked on Brad Paisley’s “Country Nation” from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk. After listening to the song for about 10 times this morning, it dawned on me, we really are just one big country nation and that statement definitely rang true today.

Several country superstars were heard throughout the streets of New York City this morning. Paisley starred on Good Morning America and down the street, Thompson Square appeared on FOX & Friends. 

New Yorkers and tourists sang along to country hits. Even the New York Fire Department was spotted singing along. When looking at the acts during Good Morning America and FOX & Friends summer concert series, most of the acts were country superstars. 

Who says everyone isn’t a country music fan? Happy Friday! 

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No-Bake Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Pie

It’s been too, too long! With the starting of classes and wrapping up the end of summer, my blog posts became fewer and fewer this past week. However, I’m going to fix that!

Next week, I will bring to you a series on products no southern household should go without, as well as, the latest news in country music.

To get back in the swing of things, I thought there is no better way than with a recipe for a sweet treat, in memory of the good ole’ southern boy and king of rock n’ roll Elvis Presley.

No-Bake Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Pie

Ingredients:

3 cups heavy cream
8 ounces peanut butter chips
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon salt

2 packages graham crackers
1 cup pretzels

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 whole ripe bananas
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon milk
 
Directions:
 

To prepare the filling, first bring a pan of water to a simmer and place a heat-proof bowl over top. Add 1 cup of cream, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and the peanut butter chips to the bowl and stir until melted. Once melted and completely combined, place the bowl in refrigerator until completely chilled, about an hour.

Set a second heat-proof bowl over the simmering water. Add the remaining 2 cups cream and the chocolate chips. Stir until melted and thoroughly combined, then stir in the salt. Place the bowl in refrigerator until mixture is cool and chilled completely, about an hour.

While the fillings are chilling, prepare the crust. Combine graham crackers and 1/2 cup of the pretzels in a blender. Process until the crackers have turned to crumbs and pretzels are in small pieces. (Alternatively, place the crackers and pretzels in a zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin.)

Combine the graham cracker-pretzel mixture in a bowl with the melted butter and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into a 10-inch cake pan with a removable bottom, and press it into the the bottom and up the sides. (This pie can also be made in a 9-inch pie tin; you will not need all of the crust mixture.)

Slice 1 whole banana and half of the second panana into rounds. Arrange them in a single layer over the bottom of the crust. 

Remove peanut butter mixture from refrigerator and mix in the milk, corn syrup (if using) and remaining 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Stir until smooth. The mixture should lighten and gain a small amount of volume and spoon easily. Spread the peanut butter layer over cut bananas in pan. 

Remove the chocolate mixture from freezer, and whip on high speed until the mixture is lightened and slightly thicker. It won’t be as firm as the peanut butter mixture, but don’t worry! Spread the chocolate over peanut butter mixture.

Roughly crush the remaining pretzels and sprinkle them around the edge of the pie. Slice the remaining 1/2 banana in to rounds and arrange them around the top (I added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the tops and popped them in the broiler for a little color). Refrigerate until the pie is set, at least 3 hours or overnight. 

Florida Georgia Line Announces New Album on “GMA”

During their appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ Summer Concert series this morning, country superstar duo Florida Georgia Line not only gave a stellar performance, but made a huge announcement. 

Drum roll please….the duo announced a new album is set to release this fall. The new album, Anything Goes, is expected to arrive in stores and digitally on October 14, 2014.

Florida Georgia Line singers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard told the crowd that “anything goes” is currently their motto and are stepping up their game. 

Source: http://tasteofcountry.com/florida-georgia-line-anything-goes-new-album/ 

Louisiana Yam-Pecan Pie

Happy Thursday! Why not get your weekend start a little early with this recipe for Louisiana Yam-Pecan Pie?

Ingredients:

1/4 cup soft butter

1/4 cup packet brown sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

3 eggs

3/4 cup dark corn syrup

1 1/4 cups mashed yams

1 tsp. vanilla extract 

1 1/2 cups pecans 

1 unbaked 9” pie shell

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the rest of the ingredients and pour into shell. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. 

Enjoy! 

Country Singers Take Ice Bucket Challenge

It seems to be the latest craze when it comes to making a difference.

Thousands of people nationwide have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge-get a bucket of ice water dumped on you, donate to a favorite charity, then nominate three people to do the same, all within 24 hours. This challenge has become so famous that even a few country superstars are joining in on the fun.

Country singers such as, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Scotty McCreery have been dumped with the required bucket of ice water.

Wonder which superstar will take the challenge next? Stay tuned!

Photo Courtesy of Dierks Bentley Instagram

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