Everyone has their collection of ‘somethings’ that take them back to their youth, or to a specific time and place in the past, to good memories that they hold on tight to. It could be a scent, a song, a specific kind of car. It could be driving by a home that reminds you of the one you grew up in. Nothing takes me back to sweet memories more than good ole country music. I mean good country music from the 1990’s era, the country music of my youth. I mean ‘Strawberry Wine’ kind of goodness. When Garth and Tim were in their prime, and Faith and Martina were everywhere. I can recall sitting on the tailgate of my dad’s truck at our ranch just singing along to every song that came on, watching him as he would work. The whole gang would come hang out- George, Garth, Wynona, Tim, Faith, and Dixie Chicks. These are the voices that taught me to sing, and these are the albums I would sit on the floor of my bedroom after school memorizing. I think I cried more when my husband surprised me with tickets to the Garth Brooks concert last year than I did when we got married.
Y’all, nothing is better than country music.
What’s my all time favorite, take me back, make me feel all kinds of nostalgic song? “It’s Your Love” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Every now and again this song will come on the radio, and I still squeal and turn it up every single time.
I am from a little bitty town north of San Antonio, which means I come from a place that does two things exceptionally well: country music and good food. To me, it’s as though those go hand in hand. They are one, really. Fridays in the fall weren’t complete without a turkey leg the size of your face in hand at a football game, and Saturday mornings were simply wrong without biscuits and homemade gravy to kick of the weekend. And, the soundtracks to the Christmas season in my home have been the Reba McEntire and George Strait Christmas albums for as long as I can remember. Life was accompanied by KJ 97 in the background, and that’s just how it was. So with the 50th Anniversary of “The CMA Awards” coming up on November 2nd, I had no choice but to put together a party to celebrate all the greats and appreciate the best thing on the whole planet… country music. I have teamed up with Cost Plus World Market to create the perfect Southern Country Glam CMA Awards Party, fit for the new era of country music stars Kasey Musgraves and co-host of the show itself, Carrie Underwood, of course. You can find every bit of serveware and the dishes shown all at World Market, and I will be sharing the recipes for my super easy biscuit cobbler and my house favorite mulled red wine. Fall just isn’t fall with out it.
You can recreate everything you see in this post to host your very own party where you and your guests will get to watch in style (and with full bellies!) as the Country Music Industry honors its finest entertainers and celebrates 50 years of excellence.
Southern Glam Recipes
1 bottle of rich red wine (I prefer a Malbec, which you can get at Cost Plus World Markethere!)
3 cups apple juice
1 packet of mulling spices
Pour the wine and juice into pot with the bag of mulling spices dipped in. Begin on high heat to bring the liquid to a boil. Once boiling, drop the heat to a simmer and allow to sit for 15 minutes on simmer. The longer you simmer, the richer the drink!
Easy Biscuit “Cobbler”
1 roll of flakey biscuits
2.5 cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup pure cane sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
Heat skillet on medium with coconut oil in the bottom, preheat oven accordingly for biscuits. Put the berries in the oil and add the lemon juice & both brown and white sugar. Stir until the sugar has reduced down to a liquid consistency. Next, add in the pecans and cornstarch for thickening, lower the heat and let simmer. Serve over warm biscuits for a DELISH & EASY dessert (or breakfast!)
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All photos by Cottonwood Road Photography for The Cake by Hannah
If you have not watched this video below, prepare yourself. It’s all the greats, the people who defined my love for country music, in one video. No lie, I cried the first time I watched. I am so thankful for country music and the impact it has had on my life.