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In 2012 I was on my first book tour and was scheduled for my first appearance in Andalusia, AL at a little place called Walker’s Business Machines. Why I had agreed to promote the book at a business machine store was beyond me but I was young, and green, and any chance to showcase the book, I took! Upon arrival, I was greeted by the type of people who are so sweet they give you diabetes. The red carpet was rolled out, the store promotions had been done, and the owner and staff all found time to visit with me in between signings. Did I mention that “business machines” really meant beautiful office furniture on one side of the store and adorable home decor and game day gifts on the other?
Also at my signing table was an addicting dip that I’ll admit that I ate more of than the visitors. Whoops! Which meant I couldn’t leave the signing without the recipe so Suzanne Williams wrote it down for me. (Handwritten recipes are always my favorite).
Below are all of the instructions for Walker’s Dip. It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s a crowd pleaser that disappears before half time.
Thank you, again, Walker’s and Ms. Suzanne Williams. I’ve never forgotten about my second home in Andalusia!
Xs and Os,
1 16oz Sour Cream
2 Packs Ranch Dressing mix
1 Package of Hormel Bacon Bits (Must be Hormel)
1 Package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or two heaping handfuls)
1 Sprinkle of red pepper flakes to spice it up!
Directions: Combine sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese in bowl. Once mixed, add ranch dressing. Mix again. Serve with Freetos or a hearty chip/cracker of your choice.
If I was ever concerned that the Alabama football nation was going to grow out of the houndstooth trend and start wearing khaki pants like Saban, I’ve since been reassured otherwise. Houndstooth is the easiest way to identify an Alabama fan and there was no shortage on Saturday in the crowd of 200,000 plus fans that converged on T-Town.
In addition to the presence of houndstooth, no tailgate was complete without some sort of sign about Les Miles eating grass, a pun on what LSU players do with grass and some sort of insult of what the Crimson Tide was planning to do on the astro-grass . I personally find a lot of entertainment in reading the clever signs that fans make for their tailgate décor. In fact, if you have any good fan-signs, send’em in!
The new statue on the walk of legends is of Coach Saban. When the news covered Tide fans complaining about coach Saban’s clown-sized-bronze-shoes, I didn’t understand. Upon further review, the ruling on the field stands, his shoes are a little large for a rather small framed man. I do, however, think the statue captures his spirit and enthusiasm and gave me chills just thinking about his success as a coach. And just to be sure that no one messed with his big feet, there were more security guards for these statues than on the field during the game!
With months of anticipation surrounding the meeting of these two power houses, I was dreaming of fanatical fan bases battling it out pre-kickoff and a game with a little bit of offense. What I found was the largest gathering of well mannered fan bases in the history of college football! Yes, I just wrote that. I just categorized LSU as well-mannered and included the Tide. Hell has officially frozen over. Pigs now have wings. The pope is no longer Catholic.
This was a display of unprecedented respectful fraternizing with the enemy. I suppose it’s because neither team had too much room to talk. 60 minutes could change LSU’s entire season and the only reason Alabama wasn’t number one was because they had not yet played LSU. It was amazing. It was impressive. I was so proud of both teams.
The game was phenomenal. Every snap was worth holding my breath. Every play that I stood was worth the agonizing pain in my tuckered-out feet. Simply being in the stadium was enough for this Belle. It was history in the making. What made it better was sitting with my Mama and Dad in Bryant-Denny stadium while they experienced their Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
What a show, Tide fans, what a show.
Xs and Os,