It sure seems that Miranda Lambert is enjoying her life these days. At least that’s the picture painted by Good Housekeeping magazine, which has Miranda on the cover its November issue and featured in an interview inside.

In the article, she talks about her upbringing, her career, her self-image (“I’m not naturally small, and I’m fine with that”), and her first year-and-a-half of marriage to Blake Shelton.

“I can be pretty intense,” Miranda explains of their relationship, whereas Blake “laughs at everything.” Which, she says, “can sometimes be annoying.” But she also explains that they “balance each other out. He lightens my heart, and I rope him in.”

The “Over You” and “Fastest Girl in Town” singer also gets candid on learning to live with the inevitable criticism that comes with fame. The higher you are on the ladder of success, the more jealous haters wanna bring you down.

“People always look for a reason to hammer you for something, whether it’s your weight or your marriage,” she says. “Blake and I have reached that point, and I hate that, but we need to be thankful to be out there living our dream, playing music for a living.”

Even though Miranda and Blake have had to spend a lot of time apart, with him on The Voice and her on tour, they still make time for one another and both are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, which are still “traditional” in the sense of spending them with their families and of course, cooking.

For her and Blake, she says, Thanksgiving is about “traditional” things like “football, turkey, and stuffing. Blake’s mom makes ham and the best baked beans ever. My dad’s been deep-frying the turkey, which is sometimes wild turkey, because we hunt.”

The “Fastest Girl In Town” singer, though, is in charge of the green bean casserole (“with cream of mushroom soup and fried onions on the top”). She also makes a peanut-butter pie that she calls Blake’s Favorite Pie (see the recipe).

And as for one question that seems always on the minds of Miranda’s fans: what about plans for starting a family?

The short answer is, she and Blake aren’t ready yet. “I don’t want to raise a child on a bus or in L.A.,” she says. “I want to be a little more settled.”

– Linda Lee/99.5 WYCD/Detroit and Kurt Wolff, CBS Local


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