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MUAH: Pamela Hawk

Hair - Color/Cut: Whitney Gregory of Parlour 3

"In Honor of Lynn Boyd...Nana"

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It’s rare to find genuine people in the music industry, but Country Sweetheart’s Heather Victorino is a rising star with a heart of gold! Named this year’s Artist of the year for both the Josie Music Awards and the Ultimate Music Awards, Heather is living proof that the COVID lockdown doesn’t have to stop your dreams!

 

Her Award Winning Album, “Bulletproof” is filled with down-home southern charm and true grit! Just like her spitfire spirit, this little firecracker is constantly pushing the boundaries as an artist and working hard to catapult herself to the next level. Her aspirations...The Grand Ole Opry! And we know, one day, she will get there.

 

But where does her strength and tenacity come from? FAMILY! That’s right, this southern belle attributes her foundation to the warmth, love, strength and support of her family. Get to know her more by reading our Q&A time with this gorgeous powerhouse!

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The Holidays!

 

What were the holidays like growing up?

 

“Holidays in my family are always filled with so much laughter and love. Every Thanksgiving, we would always wake up early and turn on the Macy’s day parade. My mom had breakfast ready for us and we would watch the parade together while my mom had dishes already cooking. She would always wake up at the crack of dawn prepping and getting the turkey ready and after the parade was over, my mom assigned me and each one of my three sisters to make a dish. My sisters didn’t help much (haha) but I always helped in the kitchen. After everything was prepped, we’d start decorating our Christmas trees. We had a big Victorian house with one tree in each window, 11 Christmas trees total. My mom even had a Christmas tree in the kitchen. Gosh, I loved that house so much. After everything was cooked and ready, we would eat dinner in our formal dining room on my mom’s fine China. She even let us drink from crystal glasses! We’d go around and say what we were thankful for and after we prayed, we’d eat together as a family. After dinner, we would watch a Christmas movie as a family and finish decorating trees. Gosh, I miss those days so much. They are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Who did you spend your thanksgivings with?

 

“My mom, sisters; Bridget, Paige, and Bethany. Our dog Lacie was always a part of everything and she was like another sister. Sometimes my grandparents and my auntie Heather too!”

Talk to us about your special recipe! Whose recipe is it?

 

“Oh gosh, it’s my nana’s Caramel Apple Pie. She has a whole handwritten cookbook of just baked goods and treats. She doesn’t bake much anymore because it’s gettin’ harder for her to get around, but my nana can bake some of the best desserts you will ever try in your life.”

 

What do you love the most about this recipe? Why did you choose this one of all of the recipes?

 

“I think it’s my favorite because I remember being in the kitchen and baking with my Nana, my mom, my 3 sisters, my aunts and my cousin. This pie makes me think of home and all the special memories we have gathered in the kitchen, all of us women.”

 

What are you doing this thanksgiving? How will you spend it? Who will you spend it with?

 

“I’m not quite sure what I will be doing this Thanksgiving because of the pandemic. I’d love to be able to get back home and spend time with my family, but I also want to make sure I’m keeping everyone safe. If I don’t get to go home this Thanksgiving, I will spend it with friends here in Nashville.”

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How has it been living so far away from the ones you love the most?

 

“Oh gosh, no one has ever asked me this before. I honestly miss my family every single day. I get really homesick around the holidays because my mom had such special traditions for us growing up. I’m honestly tearing up just thinking about it right now. I love my family so much and we are all really close. I moved away for college as soon as I graduated so I think it has just become normal for my family because I’ve been away so long. I think that’s what makes me even more sad. I wish I could be close to home and see my mom and sisters for family dinners every week, but I know that they also understand that I am chasing this really big dream of mine and my mom has always supported the fact that I needed to spread my wings and fly. It is still really hard though.”

 

What would you like to say to your grandparents, your mother and your sisters this thanksgiving?

 

“Well now you are really gonna make me cry, aren’t you? I want to say that I love you so much mom. Thank you for always making holidays so special in our home and filling our home with so much laughter and love. You are the best mom that anyone could ever hope for and I’m so thankful to be able to call you, not only my mother, but my best friend. To my 3 sisters, Bridget, Paige, and Bethany, I love you girls so much and I’m so thankful to have you as my sisters. Every memory I have from Thanksgiving has you girls in it. We may have our issues from time to time but I couldn’t ask for better sisters. To my Nana and Pops, I love you both so much and I’m so thankful to have you as my grandparents. Thank you for loving me and supporting this big dream of mine and for all the beautiful memories I get to hold close to my heart. To my family; I’m so sorry that I don’t get to come home for every holiday, it breaks my heart every year. But thank you for understanding that I’m pursuing and chasing my dreams.  Just know that I love you all so much and I am so thankful to have you as my family.”

 

What is your thanksgiving wish for your fans?

 

“I want y’all to be safe, happy, and to love and feel loved this holiday season. Smile and laugh every single day and find joy in the little things. I want y’all to be kind to one another, help those in need, and to remember that I am so thankful for each and every single one of you.”

 

From Heather Victorino & Nana with LOVE!

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Be sure to check out Nana’s Caramel Apple Pie recipe to sweeten up your Thanksgiving Celebrations this Holiday Season!

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NANA’s Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

 

Caramel Apple Filling:

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about the size of 1 large lemon)

3 & 1/2 – 4 lbs (8 cups) tart apples, such as granny smith or Macintosh, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups salted caramel sauce, divided

1 tsp almond extract (optional)

 

Crumb Topping:

1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

8 tbsp (1/2 cup) butter, melted

1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS Line a pie plate with pie crust dough, crimping the edges of the crust so that it extends about 1/2-inch above the pie plate and Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

 

Squeeze the lemon juice into a large, heavy bottom sauce pan and toss the apple slices with the lemon juice as you slice them to prevent the slices from browning.

 

Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt to a small bowl and stir to combine. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and toss with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to coat the apples.

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Stir 1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce into the apples and set the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil. Continue to cook and stir for 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract, if using.

 

Pour the apple pie filling into the pie crust, creating a slight dome of apples in the center of the pie. There will be a LOT of apples. Pile them on; the apples will shrink as the pie bakes. Place the pie plate on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

 

While the pie begins to bake, make the crumb topping, then keep baking: In a medium size bowl, add all the topping ingredients except the butter and almond extract, and stir to combine. Pour in the melted butter and almond extract (if using), and mix with your hands just until all the dry ingredients are moistened. It should be the consistency of wet sand. If you squeeze it together in your hand, it should clump together. If it’s too dry, add a bit more butter, 1 teaspoon at a time.

 

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove the pie from the oven and cover the apple pie filling with the crumb topping, squeezing the topping with your hands to create some large clumps.

 

Return the pie to the oven and bake for an additional 35 minutes. Cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil (this will prevent the streusel from burning) and bake for another 20 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the bottom crust is baked through.

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Remove the apple pie from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours. Pour the remaining 1 cup salted caramel sauce over the top of the pie and serve.

 

Serve warm or at room temperature!

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