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,
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,
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!
It's time to get ready to go "Back To School" and Point of Grace is kicking off the excitement with $10 shirts in the online store! Check back for the next four weeks for a new deal.
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Offer valid 7/18/11-7/24/11. Individual t-shirts only (no bundles). Maximum of 3 per shirt design. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
Hope you had a great weekend. We spent the weekend getting to and from Aberdeen, SD. It's a lovely city, but not super easy to get to. We were singing on Saturday afternoon, so we decided to be safe and go in the night before to make sure we were there and ready to sing. Well, Friday night our flight out of Nashville was delayed 2 hours. Not a good start. But we did meet the group Kutless while we sat and waited for the plane. They are the nicest guys!! I'm so mad that we didn't get our picture with them.
Our connecting flight to Aberdeen was supposed to leave at 10:30 p.m. We didn't get to Minneapolis until 10:45. I guess they didn't realize how famous we were because they forgot to wait for us. haha So, we had to make a decision about what to do. We were still 5 hours away from Aberdeen. There were no hotels available close to the airport in Minny so it was either sleep at the airport and catch a flight the next day or start driving to Aberdeen. We made the decision to drive. So we said goodbye to the Kutluss boys who were headed to Rapid City while we headed to Aberdeen. Now Michael Passons our friend and piano player discouraged us from buying drinks out of the vending machine at the airport for $2.50, so we get in our 2 Grand Marquis and start heading down the road. We thought we'd stop at a gas station and get something. Did you know that there is NOTHING open from Minneapolis to Aberdeen after midnight? I mean NOTHING!!. I can't imagine what someone does if they break down out there. Needless to say, we never did get a drink for the road. About 2:30 a.m. we made it to Granite Falls, MN to find out their motels were all sold out for the night. Finally, about 3:45 a.m. we got to a town called Benson and stayed at a nice little place called the Country Inn. I was so thankful for that bed and for a bottle of water! The next day we still had 2 1/2 hours to drive, but the few hours of sleep helped tremendously.
We had a wonderful time in Aberdeen. The audience was super sweet sitting outside in 98 degree heat with a ton of humidity. We sang songs from our new release "Turn Up The Music". It was great to be with the girls and band. Our adventures together made for lots of laughs. We were thankful to get home Sunday afternoon arriving on the same flight from Minneapolis with our friends Kutless again.
This week I think I'll try to start getting things together for school. We have a few more weeks, but I feel like it's going to fly by. I think Shelley may be posting a yummy recipe tomorrow, so make sure you check out tomorrow's blog. Hope you have a fantastic day.