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I am a big fan of fettucine alfredo, and it is all because of Epcot. I had actually never had it before (to my recollection) before stepping into Alfredo’s in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion on my college program back in 2007.

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Graduation Lunch at Alfredo's, 2007

And then I was hooked. Sadly, Alfredo’s closed their Epcot restaurant in 2007 (right after my program) due to economic problems with the bulk of their restaurants in Italy and the high rent price that Epcot requires.

Imagine my delight though, when looking for a fettucine alfredo recipe the other night, to find the Alfredo’s recipe! (I found it here).

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The Setup

I like that it’s only got a couple of ingredients — super simple! Though not all grocery stores carry egg noodles and European-style Plugra butter, so that could require a bit of a hunt if you’re looking to replicate this yourself.

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The Ingredients

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Noodles, boiling away...

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Alfredo Sauce

The only thing I wasn’t sure of was the alfredo sauce — I think it was supposed to blend together better than it did (it separated a fair amount off the heat), but I’m pretty sure that was an operator-error — I either didn’t stir enough/stirred too much, or didn’t heat it at the right levels. I didn’t ruin it by any stretch though, so that was a relief.

Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a final result photo (I’m clearly not a seasoned food blogger) but it looked good, and tasted pretty much exactly how I remembered.

Here’s the easy-peasy 3-step recipe:

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh fettuccine noodles
4 quarts boiling, salted water
1 cup unsalted Plugra butter, softened (Or use normal butter if you can’t find Plugra)
1/3 to 1/2 cup Parmesano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

Steps:

1. Melt butter over very low heat. Go ahead and boil the pasta while the butter is melting.
2. Whisk in grated parmesan cheese; continue whisking over a low heat until the cheese melts and the butter/cheese sauce becomes a creamy consistency.
3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and place in large pasta bowl; toss with sauce. Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper.

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According to a blurb my sorority posted on Facebook about a week ago, a friendiversary is the anniversary of becoming friends with someone. It just so happens that this terminology lesson coincided with TWO excellent events: my friendiversary with Erin (roughly January 17thish or so — whatever day we had Traditions on our Disney College Program) AND Erin’s visit to the west coast with her husband Mike (they got married in November, if you remember from here).

So we got to have a FRIENDIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

The initial reason for their somewhat last minute trip west was actually a friend’s wedding down near Anaheim, but they were going to spend some time in the Hollywood area too.

Jeremy & I met up with them one night for a Haunted Hollywood Bus Tour (cue the creepy music).

Erin and Mike on the tour bus

This was actually my very first LA bus tour. Our driver was…interesting to say the least. We all actually probably knew more about motorcycles than anything else at the end of the tour. And the only thing I may have been scared of was his completely insane driving.

BUT we drove by The Magic Castle (Neil Patrick Harris is a member of this exclusive magicians club/hangout), which was exciting because I desperately want to go sometime.

The Magic Castle (invitation only)

We also saw Bella Lugosi’s (aka Dracula himself) old house, which was appropriately creepy looking.

After that we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was actually a first time event for me! And of course took some goofy pictures, because that’s just how we roll.

Two days later we were lucky enough to get to see Mike & Erin AGAIN and spend practically an entire day at the West-Coast Happiest Place on Earth (aka Disneyland) with them. SO. Much. Fun.

Best. Ride Photo. Ever.

Erin & I in Toon Town!

I thought the tea cup might fly off the hinges for a second...

All the Texans

Casey Jr Circus Train at the end of the day

It’s always great to have dear friends come visit — I can’t believe I’ve known Erin for FOUR years already! Time flies! For our 5 year, maybe we’ll switch and I’ll go to Texas…OR maybe we’ll just drag ourselves back down to Orlando ๐Ÿ™‚

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A week ago (well, almost two weeks ago Saturday now…oops) one of my very best friends Erin got married, and I was able to not only fly down to Texas to see it, but I got to actually be IN the wedding too, and spend lots of time (though never enough!) with Erin and her absolutely wonderful now-husband Mike.

I flew in Friday early afternoon, and of COURSE got to spend over an hour trying to get a rental car, because that kind of thing just happens when you’re trying to fly into Houston and drive over an hour away to get to a rehearsal dinner on time! Luckily I had a large enough window for it not to be a problem though, and I actually got to the hotel just as Erin was coming by to check into the bridesmaid rooms with my other friend Emily, and Erin’s really great friend from high school, Daisy.

Emily drove Jeremy and I to the rehearsal & dinner, where we passed this along the way:

Oh, hello giant fire hydrant

The rehearsal was great! and the church is SO beautiful — one of only a very few basilicas in the entire United States.

Emily made Erin’s practice bouquet for the rehearsal, with some key touches like A&M colored ribbons, and a reference to our favorite past boss:

Spot the Hidden Mickey!

The rehearsal dinner was at Bistro Lemonde, in Beaumont. So chic! And great food. We pushed together some of the tables to make epically long ones capable of fitting the whole wedding party plus some extras. It was also ideal for fork pyramid making, as Jeremy and Aiden (Erin’s 3 year old cousin) could attest.

 

ANKOLE CATTLE for all you Safari Drivers out there

The next day, all the bridesmaids gathered at the hotel to put on makeup and get dressed. I MAY have walked down the hall in my pjs, and continue to bum around in them until it was time to actually put on our super awesome bridesmaid dressed (with POCKETS!)

After we were dressed, we then hopped in the limo (!!) to go to the church so that Erin (the lovely bride) could dressed. There are a lot of photos of her getting into the dress and the shoes and all of that — just like Cinderella if she had her mom, aunts and bridesmaids to help her instead of little birds ๐Ÿ˜‰ But here is Erin and Mike in their gorgeous gown/dapper suit in the BEAUTIFUL church:

the wedding party

Then the crazy/possibly buzzed limo driver took the girls and the newlyweds Mr. and MRS Williamson (!) over to a pretty, old-fashioned feeling country club for the reception. It fit beautifully with the 50s/Frank Sinatra-esque theme of the wedding. I’d like to think this photo below where the flash messed up also fits the theme, because it looks really retro!

There was a big Texas A&M ice sculpture with the grooms’ cakes for Mike, and Erin had this great Cinderella’s carriage ice sculpture at the buffet as well. I loved the elegance mixed with the fact that we Disney kids will always find a way to fit in our Disney-ness (tastefully) at every occasion, dangit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a bit of mingling and the first dances it was time to cut the cake! The topper was a curlicue ‘W’ and the actual cake was strawberry, yum!

Aside from general wedding celebration merriment, there were also a few mini reunions of the aforementioned Disney kids, which was a welcome bonus to the day. My roommate from the program, Jenny, was there and it was great to catch up!

Me, with "Peaches and Cream" as they somehow came to be known for part of the CP ๐Ÿ™‚

After more munching, talking and dancing, it was time to see off the happy couple, as they travelled to Houston for the night and then onto HAWAII for the honeymoon.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Williamson!!

They’ve since returned from the honeymoon, and I’m told that they had a SPLENDID time!

 

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