Saturday at the Shrine and Sunday Lunch

October 12, 2009

I absolutely love going home, something about Vidalia is just so much better than Monroe. But after five years of not liking Monroe I have started to like anywhere...even West Monroe is better than Monroe, and I hate West Monroe too. Since it was the second Saturday my cousin Chris and my future cousin in law Brandi decided to come to town to watch Pop play music so I decided to come to town too. Mom, Chris, Brandi and I had a ton of fun listening to Pop play, and sing, but we didn't dance...the four of us just aren't the dancing type. I told Jeremy he has to come next time so I have someone to dance with, I seem to only dance when drug onto the dance floor by either him or Nanny. This is also the first time we stayed the whole 3 hours, Nanny usually started saying about nine that is was time for bed, and like clock work I looked at my watch at exactly nine. When the guys started playing Mustang Sally I immediately found the picture of Nanny from August dancing to that song that last time we all went to the Shrine and showed Chris, and not surprising Chris said the same thing I said "I can't believe that was just in August."

Surefire Band

Now for Sunday...
I made a recipe I found in Glamour years ago called Engagement Chicken. Supposedly all the girls that made this recipe were engaged within a short time of making the chicken. I have added a few ingredients to it, maybe it's just a southern thing but I have to put garlic and onions in everything.

Engagement Chicken
1 whole chicken
1 c butter
1-2 tbsp minced garlic
1 lemon, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion

Preheat the over to 375. Clean chicken. Mix ingredients except lemon in a small bowl. Rub butter mixture under chicken skin and on the inside of the chicken. Stuff lemon slices under skin. Slice onion and place a few slices under the chicken and in the chicken cavity. Bake until skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through. Roughly 45 mins to an hour.

Baked Mac and Cheese
1 lb macaroni
1 block cheddar cheese, shredded
1 block mozarella cheese, shredded
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
Italian bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter

Cook pasta. In small pot melt butter and add about 2 tbsp flour, cook until slightly browned. Add about 2 cups of milk and bring to simmer until thickened. Add shredded cheese, garlic, bacon, salt and pepper. Mix cheese sauce with pasta and put in a casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs and bake at 375 until bubbly.  


The week appears to be starting off good. After two weeks of absolute chaos my Mom had the idea to start recording my class, and today was day one of recording the kids. I made a point to tell the class I'm recording that if I have to I will let the principal listen to things they do and say. Needless to say being recorded didn't effect them...they still acted their usual way. But today went better than expected because due to the rainy weather the like Friday they let us out of school early today. I wasn't heartbroken though, I feel junky today and came home to take a nap. 

Keep your fingers crossed for Jeremy though, he is taking the GRE as we speak...and I really hope he gets the score he wants. Which could mean we will be moving down south for him to go to graduate school. I am all for it though because I have more family down south, and a really good friend from high school. Call me crazy but after I feel like I've had a hard time making friends in college, or at least one that stick around. I still talk to my high school friends pretty often, but college friends are hard to keep up with unless I see them on campus or at church often. 

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  1. emily, i love reading your blog and keeping up with you. you are a
    very pretty and smart girl. keep up the good job.yeh, if you get to move closer to home. i know your mom will be happy. you know my, jason will not move back to vidalia for nothing.keep doing good in school and your job, good luck to jeremy also on his test.take care honey, see ya later.
    love ya, ms.debbie brocato

  2. So I tried to make that damn chicken like a year ago when you told me about it. Needless to say, my came out horrible :( I must have done something wrong. Even Clem wouldnt eat it and that boy eats anything! Maybe I should just try it again.

    oh I asked Erika and I believe she said Jerry's jewelers.

  3. "Future cousin in law?" Do you know something we don't? Chris won't say.