I'm not saying I don't enjoy the days that I'm not eating chocolate cake. But I do particularly like those days when I am eating chocolate cake.
I'd been doing circuit training and Pilates for years, but I was not consistent with food. I'm not a disciplined person. I was indulging all the time.
The thing that people have said over and over again, especially people who don't cook, is, 'I watch your show, the food makes me hungry, and I think I can make that.' That's exciting because we've heard that a lot of people watch cooking shows but don't make the food.
Before the show, there's about two or two and a half hours of meet and greets with radio stations, promoters, people who I need to see and thank and talk to to make sure they remember me. And then, I get - out of all that day of talking and smiling and shaking hands and getting photos, I get to sing for two hours.
I'm not really a runner. It does not bring me joy. The runner's high thing - I have no idea about that! I especially hate it on a treadmill.
If you record a song that you love, then you're going to win.
I was very dramatic - very, like, 'It's never going to happen. My life is over at 16 because I'm not already famous. I'm not going to get my record deal. I'm not going to be able to sing for a living.'
One thing my mom taught me was that when you're making deviled eggs, flip the eggs over the night before. They've been sitting in the carton as they're transported, so the yolks settle on bottom. If you flip them, then the yolks aren't skewed to one side.
I don't sign every check anymore, but I have my checks, my balances. I like the people I work with very much, but I check on them.
You sign your life away, basically, when you sign a record deal, and if you have a platinum album, then you go back in and renegotiate.
Songs are like movies to me, and so you put yourself in the movie. You become a character in the movie.
I'm like everybody: I gain the Christmas 10 or so, and then I try to exercise more and dial it back.
I grew up in Georgia, so I grew up listening to the Allman Brothers.
The most important thing I want to get across is that maintaining weight loss is just hard. It takes a dedication to exercise and eating right most of the time.
Sometimes, life just gets in the way, and you have to forgive yourself for putting on a few pounds.
I'm as surprised as anybody. I never would have thought I'd be here talking about having a cooking show on the Food Network. It wasn't on my list of things, but it's fun, and I'm having a good time.
You want to sell records, but if you want to call yourself an artist, your job is how you express yourself.
My upbringing did not create a healthy affection for confrontation. I'd love it if everyone always got along, and nothing ever got tense.
Martha Stewart was the one who really did show everybody that you can do everything.
I absolutely refused to make out with the gorgeous male model.
I don't spend time wondering what might be next; I just focus on trying to savor every day.
The best thing that I bring in my live show is that it's not scripted. It's more of a conversation with my audience. And that's what people like about the show - it's very real. There are mistakes and laughter.
I get up in the morning. I usually do a radio interview early in the morning. I usually do a book signing, because I'm also a cookbook author, so I'm at some store, at a Walmart or a Williams Sonoma, for three hours, standing up, signing autographs, and taking pictures for three hours.
If I start trying to make a record for what I think could possibly get played on radio, I'm dead.
Get your education, and if you see small opportunities, take them. Each one could be a stepping stone to something bigger.
We play everybody's Christmas records at our house, and sometimes you think, 'I'm not gonna play my own record; I'd be embarrassed.' But I'm gonna play our record this Christmas, because I love the songs!
It's not about giving back if you're successful or a celebrity or how much money you have: it's about your responsibility as an adult to help others.
One that I know people really like is my Crock-Pot mac and cheese. It's comfort food that's good for Super Bowl parties and easy to make.
Music is so intimate and so personal that when you can find somebody that feels the same way about it that you do, it's magic. It can be. It really can be.
I love Southern rock; it's because I grew up on it, and no matter where I am, I'll always be a Georgia girl.
The first award I ever won was for Best New Artist from the ACMs, so they always will hold a special place in my heart.
The reality is that you think you're going to have all this time out here, to do all this stuff, and the truth of the matter is, you just don't. If we're on the road, and we stay in the city we're in, I'm going to try to get up in the morning and get a workout in.
If you're doing this because you feel like you have a burning desire to do it, then you'll find a way to do it, no matter what. If you're doing this because you're thinking, 'Hey, this will be really cool. I'll be famous. I'll be on YouTube,' then you'll probably quit, because it's not easy to do for the long haul.
When I made my first album, there was no indication that anybody other than my parents were going to buy it.
When people compliment my cooking, it's like somebody telling me that they like my music. And it's great to be known for something else.
It's cool when your husband starts to sing some old Merle Haggard song and I can pop in with a harmony and it doesn't sound too bad.
You start out playing in kitchens, and you end up playing in kitchens.