ATLANTA - Family "scores" with homemade Senior Night:
Senior Night is a big event for any high school athlete - a chance to celebrate before the end of the season, and the end of their high school career. But for students in spring sports, Senior Nights have most likely been canceled this year, something that spurred one North Georgia family to create a DIY party for their son.
Andrew Rabern is a tennis player at Habersham Central High School, but this year's tennis season was cut short after only six matches. For the senior, the entire experience of social distancing has been surreal.
"Well, to be quite honest, it feels like a dream," he says. "Like, doesn't feel real. I'm just waiting to wake up."
The early end to the tennis season meant Senior Night was called off, something Andrew's parents knew would be a big disappointment.
"We have six children, and Andrew's the baby of the group," says Andrew's dad Anthony. "And out of all our six children, all the others got to do their Senior Night for their sports."
But one day, looking through her calendar, Andrew's mom Ginger had an idea.
"I always put the tennis matches in my calendar, so I can keep up with where we're going. And I noticed on that particular night, it said 'Home' -- which, of course, we were supposed to have a home match that night -- and 'Senior Night.' And, being a mom, I teared up because I realized it's not going to happen for him. And then immediately I thought, you know, it said 'Home, Senior Night.' Why can't we have a 'Home Senior Night?'"
And so, rallying the family, they did. Decorating the house, the family set a tennis-themed table, baked and decorated a custom cake (with the name "Andrew Raider," a reference to Andrew's appearance during a High 5 Sports Team of the Week pep rally!), and surrounded him with plenty of pictures of his tennis career. The entire thing was put together as a surprise -- and Andrew says it worked.
"It was a surprise!" He says with a laugh. "It was pretty cool."
Not the Senior Night he was expecting, perhaps. But one he'll never forget.
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Chef Anu Adebara helps viewer save dollars and plan two meals with the ingredients for one. For today's recipe see below. For more on Chef Anu Adebara click here.
Two meals, same dollars from Chef Anu Andebara :
You'll need roasted chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and any sauteed veggies you have.
You want to make enough of each item to stretch across the two dinners.
Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauteed veggie and fried onions.
You can serve Dinner 1 for two nights.
- Pull your roasted chicken into shredded pieces and place in a mixing bowl
- Add in your gravy and sauteed veggies, mix this all together.
- Pour your mixture into an oven-safe baking dish and spread it evenly the pan. Add your leftover mashed potatoes on top of this and spread it into all the corners of the dish. This will act as your "crust". You can use a fork to make a design onto the potatoes if you would like.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins. Remove the foil and turn your oven to the broil setting at 525 and bake uncovered for 10 mins. If you don't have a broil setting, still finish cooking it uncovered on the top rack of your oven at 350 for 15 mins or until golden brown.
- Allow your pie to cool and serve as is or add a crunchy topping! Enjoy
Mark Owens from Jenn & Friends on Star 94.1 joins us via Skype to talk about the "Incognito Encouragement" challenge. For more information on Mark Owens click here.
Actor and music artist Rotimi releases new music and lands role in the anticipated sequel "Coming 2 America." :
You may know him from his role on the hit TV show "Power," but Rotimi's career continues to flourish, the singer and actor is releasing his new EP called "Unplugged Sessions."
He talks to Good Day Atlanta's Sharon Lawson about his new music and his latest role in the upcoming comedic sequel "Coming 2 America," alongside Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.