A CMA Awards Recap

Who watched the 48th annual CMA Awards last night? Once again, country singers Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were the top winners. Host Brad Paisley “blew it” when he “accidentally revealed fellow host Carrie Underwood’s baby’s gender and it’s a….boy! Lastly, a huge congratulations to country superstar Luke Bryan on winning Entertainer of the Year!

It’s hard to choose what part of the awards show was my favorite, but I have narrowed it down to three top picks, listed below.

What was your favorite part?

1: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s 2014 Opening Monologue.

2: Kasey Musgrave’s surprise duet with the Queen of Country Loretta Lynn.

3: The Band Perry’s touching tribute to country legend Glen Campbell

To see the full list of CMA Award winners, visit: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/cma-awards-2014-winners-list-honors-for-country-musics-biggest-stars-2014511

Country Music’s Biggest Night

Happy CMA Awards day! The 48th CMA Awards will premiere live tonight on ABC. Once again, country singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return for their seventh consecutive year as hosts.

photo (45)Tune into tonight at 8/7c on ABC to see which of your favorite country singers will take home an award.

Shrimp and Grits

Last night, I watched the new episode of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. One of the dishes they had to make was shrimp and grits and, let me tell you, it seemed as if it was a room full of Yankees. One chef decided to make this beloved southern dish with paleta. Not your best choice there, pal.

To make the southern classic feel loved again, enjoy one of my favorite recipes for Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coarsely ground grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and devained
  • salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pound sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring water, grits, and salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and cayenne pepper; drizzle with lemon juice.
  3. Place sausage slices in a large skillet over medium heat and fry until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  5. Cook and stir green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onion, and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  6. Stir shrimp and cooked vegetables into the sausage and mix to combine.
  7. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is medium brown in color, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Pour the butter-flour mixture into the skillet with sausage, shrimp, and vegetables. Place the skillet over medium heat and pour in chicken broth, bacon and Worcestershire sauce, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp become opaque and bright pink, about 8 minutes.
  9. Just before serving, mix sharp Cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow. Serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.cucinadeyung.com/2014/02/old-charleston-style-shrimp-and-grits.html

Go Carrie Go!

Whether you liked NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” or not, there is one for sure, Carrie Underwood-that girl can sing and yodel!

As I began to watch this classic hit being remade, I had mixed feelings. Sure, Underwood’s singing was superb, but her acting? You have got to give her credit: she has come a long way since Soul Surfer. Another aspect I had confusion with was the order of songs and the new songs. After doing some research, I found out this is the original Broadway musical of “The Sound of Music” and the extra songs were cut from the film.

Being absolutely brilliant as Mother Abbess was Audra McDonald. I mean was there even a bad note in her “Climb Every Mountain?” Commenting on Stephen Moyer as Captain hot Trapp, I mean Captain von Trapp, Moyer’s performance was good, but I still prefer Christopher Plummer in this role.

My favorite part of the night? The wedding scene, the last few scenes, and the songs. I will definitely be singing “Do Re Mi” for the next few days. However, my favorite song had to be “Edelweiss.” And the kids? Who couldn’t love precious little Gretl, played by Peyton Ella.

Overall, NBC did a good job with the Broadway musical version of “The Sound of Music Live!” My favorite is still the film, with Julie Andrews, but I always love a good Broadway show that is being broadcasted across America. Two thumbs up for Carrie Underwood!

Meet Me at the Fishin’ Hole

“Well, now, take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at the fishin’ hole.”

Usually, this theme song is whistled and few people know the actual words to the “Andy Griffith Show” theme. The lyrics above are the beginning line to this timeless tune.

Exactly one year ago Andy Griffith passed away at the age of 86. Many best remember him for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, North Carolina. Growing up, I remember watching the “Andy Griffith Show.” I enjoyed seeing the small town life, small town values, and Southern hospitality. Some of my favorite episodes include Aunt Bea’s pickles and the night Andy ate about 4 or 5 plates of spaghetti. Can you tell I don’t know those episodes’ titles?

Fortunately, I have the privilege of living about only 30 minutes away from Mount Airy, NC, the town fictional Mayberry was based off. Mount Airy is a picture perfect replica of Mayberry. You can spend the day walking on Main Street, get a haircut at Floyd’s Barber Shop, or enjoy a meal at a local diner. To wrap up your day, you might as well spend some time at the fishing hole. The best part…you can fill as if you are a part of the “Andy Griffith Show” and experience the small town memories for yourself.