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Just Another Manic Monday - By Denise

Hope you had a good weekend. Ours was good and low-key. Stu and Spence were in Virginia at a FBU Top Gun Camp. It was 108 degrees on the field. I seriously don't know how these athletes do it. Here is a pic of Stu and Spence. When I saw it I got a huge lump in my throat. He looks like a grown man. It's not right!!!

Price had his friend Will over to spend the night. We ate ice cream, watched movies, jumped on trampoline w/ sprinkler, and they played video games. POG sang at the Grand Ole Opry on Sat night. Leigh informed me that this was our 38th time. I can't believe it. Here is a pic of us and our friend Pete Fisher. He runs the events out there and has been super nice to us over the past few years.

We got to relax in my favorite dressing room (Room 18). It's the female Opry stars. Maybe one day our picture will be on the wall:) Today I want you to meet my trainer . Her name is Paige. She comes once a week to torture me. (and I pay for it! that's what is sick) I'm soooooo not in the mood for her to come today, but here she is all ready to go. AND she has pulled out the kettle bell. Now I really don't like her.

Ugggh it's so hot and there is no breeze. However, I truly am thankful for Paige. She has become a really good friend and encourager. On some other blog I may have her pass along some good little tips for better health. Maybe if I would actually listen to her and do what she says more than once a week, it would help:) But for now, I must go sweat to death. Have a wonderful day.

You are loved!!
Denise

Getting Ready To Go Back To School

We are getting ready to go Back To School in a few weeks and celebrating with a few deals in the online store. Through Sunday, you can grab $10 tees in the store then come back Monday for a new deal!

What are some of your favorite ways to get ready to go back to school? Share those ideas with us here!

Blast From The Past

I had the opportunity recently to participate in a special recording project celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Legendary Artist, TRUTH. To bring you up to speed, in a nutshell, my husband and I first met, and were both members of this traveling Musical Team in the early nineties.

The Groups’ founder, Roger Breland, formed the band in the early seventies with a vision to share the Gospel through current and relevant music. He would go on to discover some of the finest young musicians in the country and over the next 40 years, assemble vocalists and instrumentalists that would record, release and tour some of the most legendary recordings in Christian Music. My years with the group were influential in helping to form not only my vocal talent, but would also help build my Spiritual life.

This fall and winter will see TRUTH reform with new talent, and I’m sure some ‘Special Alumni Guests’ along the way – taking to the road for their 40th Anniversary Tour- along with the tour, the new 40th Anniversary recording will be released and feature the participation of past and present members – I will give you more details in a future blog, but for now, I’d encourage you to check out their web site at http://www.truth40.com/ and if you see the tour coming near you, be sure to attend the concert! You are sure to be encouraged and inspired….both musically AND Spiritually!!!!

Here are some photos from my vocal sessions; pictured with me is 40th Anniversary cd producer and TRUTH alumni, Steven V. Taylor.

Great people, great memories and best of all the LOVE of my LIFE – Dana, the cutest guitar player in the world!!

Have a great day,
Leigh

Shelley Says....

So last Christmas when I was doing my blog everyday, I promised ya'll I would post this delicious brownie recipe that my mom made for us over the holidays. A few of you have twittered me since, asking me to make good on my promise! Well here it is. They just make a 9 x 9 pan, enough for about two people. HAHA....

This is the pic I took of them last Christmas...you can kinda tell how we just walk past it with a fork and take pieces out. We are so redneck.

Red Velvet Brownies

1- 4oz bittersweet chocolate baking bar,chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1- 1oz bottle red liquid food coloring
1 and 1/12 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
small batch of cream cheese frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).

4. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired.

Note: Line pan with foil by trimming two long foil pieces to a 9-inch width. Fit strips, crossing each other, in the pan.

Cream Cheese Icing (small batch)
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

These are super good. I think my mom got the recipe from a Southern Living. So if you make this, send them a royalty or something....

Love you guys,
Shelley

Grand Ole Opry Performance

We are so excited to be playing the Opry this Saturday, July 23. It is such a fun experience each time we are asked to come out and perform. Some of the great people we will be performing with this time are Mike Snider, Jimmy C. Newman, Monte Warden. Before the show we are doing an In-Store Appearance at the Opry Shop and will sign copies of our cookbook, "Cooking with Grace". This event is free to attend so come and see us!

FOOD NOTE: Can’t have a blog without a side note about food so in that case we may have to try out the newly opened Opry Backstage Grill it looks delish!