Thursday, November 26, 2009

Give Thanks! -- posted by Sarah Grace

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
-- Psalm 111

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! -- posted by Sarah Grace

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
-- Psalm 100

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I Just Made Myself Hungry -- posted by Sarah Grace

The other day while the boys were cleaning up the classroom, they stumbled across a menu that I had created for a class at culinary school.  The class was taught by our meat instructor (you know, the widower I had a crush on), and he was teaching us about what actually goes into running a restaurant.  Our project was to choose two meats and write five menu descriptions for each.

I chose chicken and shrimp, and I went home and dove headfirst into creating mouth-watering descriptions.  I worked very hard on this, as I wanted to make Chef proud.  When I received my paper back at the end of our next class, my "Love Chef" had written "Perfect" at the top of the page.  I felt complete.

Anyway, I thought I'd give y'all a taste (ha!) of what you could look forward to at my restaurant.

Chicken Quesadillas
   Two white corn tortillas stuffed with marinated chipotle chicken, smothered in delectable Monterey Jack cheese, and grilled to bubbly deliciousness.

Chicken Parmesan
  Tender, juicy chicken breast covered in a thick crust made with aged Parmesan cheese.  Served with a delicately simple lavender rice pilaf and a savory broccoli almandine.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
  Savory Swiss cheese and succulent ham stuffed in a tender chicken breast makes up this all-time favorite.  But, paired with our creamy white wine sauce, this dish takes on a whole new flavor!

Shrimp and Grits
  Seasoned jumbo shrimp, red and green peppers, onions and Portobello mushrooms, all sauteed to perfection and piled high over a bed of creamy stone-ground grits.  Topped with our signature Dreamy Cheese Sauce.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
  Is there a more perfect match?  Crispy bacon strips envelope our savory jumbo shrimp to create a pairing of flavors that will keep you coming back for more.  Served with spicy low-country red rice and our freshly made coleslaw.

Grilled Shrimp Salad
  Marinated grilled shrimp, sweet grape tomatoes, juicy pineapple, Mandarin oranges, tossed together with crisp, fresh lettuce and sweet coconut dressing make this salad a tropical treat you won't soon forget.

Now, wouldn't you want to stop by Sally's Place?

Monday, November 2, 2009

It's My Birthday, Woohoo -- posted by John

Today is my birthday and I am 21 years old. Actually, I'm 11 so I can't even buy a beer.

I don't want a bunch for my birthday but I am thinking of asking for either one nice present or a few little presents, or maybe a few big presents, or maybe a lot of big presents. Don't worry; I'm not greedy. I'm kidding. I'm thinking of either dance classes with Sarah Grace or maybe an engineering kit.

I spent the last two nights at Ma's house with Mom and Sarah Grace. We watched football all day Saturday with Will and then Food Network. Ma is on a Food Network kick.

I haven't been online much to write on my journal because I'm not allowed to go online without Mom home. When she gets home, I just want to spend time with her.

Will is living with Ma but Mom goes to see about her a lot and then she lets Will come home to see everybody, especially Richard because Richard misses him so much. I've never seen Richard and Will ever argue. Sometimes Will has to correct Richard and Richard doesn't like it, but they are like peas and carrots. When Will came home to get his hair cut, Richard jumped up and grabbed him around his neck and Will started slinging him around and throwing balls at all of us. It was a fun ruckus.

Ma likes Will taking care of her best because she trusts him the most to pick her up. When the nurse comes to bathe her, Ma only wants Will to carry her or put her in the tub. Will knows all about her medicine and he works with the hospice nurses to take care of her. They love him, too. In fact, one of the nurses came over and taught Will how to fry chicken the way Ma likes it. He said they had fun putting together a traditional Southern meal with rice and gravy and Henderson Bush butterbeans. Those ladies love Will probably because he is so tender caring for Ma and he is polite.

I was here for Halloween, which we don't celebrate. We've never had trick-or-treaters come to our house because we live down a long lane, but they come to Ma's house even though we turned the lights out. Ma lives in a big Victorian house that is up on a hill and looks very creepy with all the lights out. One group of teenagers came to the door, and when we didn't answer, a girl with a Brooklyn accent said, "Oh my gawd, no one's home... LET"S GET OUTTA HERE!" Yankees crack me up.