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Encore!!!

This is the week Darby has looked forward to for many months now. Encore is a week long camp held at her school each year. There is a reason it is called Encore - the kids ALWAYS want to come back! The wonderful teachers, volunteers and curriculum make this week extremely FABULOUS and FUN!!! This year Darby signed up for Pamper Palace - she learned how to make soaps, lotions, spa treatments as well as learning how to paint her nails. (I am thinking, this will save me lot's of $$$$).

Another class she signed up for was Icing on the Cake - the motto is "We don't make mistake's, we EAT them!" I LOVE that!!!! Darby learned cake decorating skills. She wants to make the baby cake for the baby shower now -SWEET!!! Great work, and delicious too!! Take a look...

My favorite class she took was Sew What? I would like to think this one was inspired by my sister, Reide. Reide has taught Darby many things on the sewing machine. In this class she made a skirt, a purse pouch and several other things. She is begging us for a sewing machine... she wants to make clothes for the baby. ( Guess where Daddy and Darby are now? Yep, Target, to look for a sewing machine). At least this is not a "toy" instead it could possibly benefit us all - I hope!

Her last class was So You Think You Can Dance?...This was a favorite of most of the girls at camp this year. They learn two dances to popular pop songs and get to perform them the last day of camp. We just returned from the Encore Show and everyone did a marvelous job!!

Sorry, this pic is so blurry, but she is dancing... hee hee.

We are so proud of Darby, her awesome school and the enormous blessing this camp brings to our community!!! Thanks again to ALL those involved... Encore, Encore!!!!

Blessings, leigh

Camp & Culver's

Only one more day!!!!! I'm so ready to see my baby boy. Price has been gone for almost 2 weeks and I miss him terribly. By the end of last week, I thought that I was possibly going go have to to get him because he was so homesick, but he has conquered his sickness and has had a great time.

Here he is doing a little fly fishing. I'm just amazed that he would actually touch the bait to put it on a hook. I'm impressed already. Here is the big wall that they have to help each other over. I almost look at it as a symbol of other obstacles that he has overcome. I have a feeling that the Lord has helped him overcome some things he thought he would not be able to this year at camp.

Anyway, I cannot wait to see his sweet face in person and squeeze him to death. I've missed him a lot.

OHHHHHHH i forgot to tell you. Culver's has opened it's doors here in Franklin, TN. I'm sooooo happy! For those of you who don't know about Culver's. It is the home of the Butter burger. YUM!!! and the crinkle fries, AND the Frozen Custard. It is soooo delicious. This could be a very dangerous thing for me. I am very upset though. I was out of town on their opening day and the first 100 people received a certificate for a free pint of Custard every week for the next year. Isn't that awesome? Well, I must be going because I have to load up the car to head towards Camp Rockmont. I can't pick him up til tomorrow, but I told him in a letter I would try to be the first car there. HEHE I cannot wait. Hope you have a blessed day.

Denise

Shelley Says...

I can sum up summer (like how I did that?) in two words…Ice. Cream.

Aaaaaaabsolutely addicted to it this summer in any form, including- but not limited to -gelato, Italian Ice, Sweet Cici's yogurt, or just a huge carton of one of Blue Bell's "limited edition" flavors…

Dave and I went to the movies last night, and on the way home, I had to stop at the grocery store and get some deodorant…and some Raspberry Chocolate Chip gelato.

At 10pm. Nice.

I wanted to share with you guys a great recipe out of our cookbook that is SO easy, but a GREAT dessert that your company will love.

Or you will love. By yourself. With a huge fork.

Elaine's Ice Cream Pie

1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Half gallon of your favorite ice cream (this crust truly goes with just about anything…well,maybe not a sherbet)
3/4 jar of caramel ice cream topping

1.Preheat over to 400.
2.Mix sugar and flour and add nuts.
3.Pour melted butter over this.
4.Spread and press thin on a cookie sheet with fingers.
5.Bake 8-10 minutes until light brown. Don't overbake.
6.Remove from oven and crumble up crust into a bowl. (it will be semi-soft still, but you can crumble it)
7.Reserve 3/4 cup of the crumbs for top of pie.
8.Press the rest into a buttered pie plate. (It will press together and somewhat "connect".)
9.Drizzle 1/4 jar caramel sauce carefully over crust. This works like the "cement".
10.Freeze the crust at least 45 minutes by itself.
11.Soften ice cream so it will spread easily.
12.Remove crust from freezer and fill the pie shell as high as you wish with your favorite ice cream. (I used Blue Bell's Chocolate Covered Strawberry in the photo)
13.Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top of pie and drizzle another 1/2 cup of caramel sauce over the top of pie.
14.Freeze 1-2 hours longer.
15.Remove from freezer before serving.
16.Write me and Elaine a thank you note.

Have a great day everyone-
Shelley

Recently On Graceful Living...

This week's "He Mail" segment had the girls sharing what guys should and shouldn't do in relationships. Shelley covered listening and not interrupting, while Leigh brought up the smaller things like closing drawers and replacing trash bags.

Take a listen, then share your own suggestions!