Jennifer Lawler likes to update furniture
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Jennifer Henry Lawler was born and reared in Jacksonville. Since 2002, she’s resided in her husband’s hometown of Piedmont.

Jennifer and Brandon met through mutual friends. For the first 10 years of their marriage they lived in a beloved Lawler family home that had belonged to Brandon’s grandparents, Betty Lawler and the late Charlie Lawler, for 45 years.

Jennifer and Brandon renovated the house until they reached a point where they were happy with it. It was comfortable and warm and the young couple enjoyed living there.

They wanted to update, so this past November they bought another home for them and their 8-year-old son, Gavin, a third-grader at Piedmont Elementary School.

Jennifer likes to turn old pieces of furniture into pieces that suit her. Since they’ve moved she, with Brandon’s help, has done that to several pieces. She gets a lot of her ideas from Pinterest.

“We needed an entertainment center when we moved, so I found the idea on Pinterest to take a small dresser and turn it into an entertainment center,” said Jennifer. “We did that by taking out the top drawer and cased that in in order to be able to put our DVD and cable box in. We painted it, and it turned out really nice. We have received a lot of compliments on it. Our TV sits on top of it and everything fits nicely.”

Jennifer said she recently became interested in this and, after she and Brandon bought their new home, she realized how easy it was to take something and transform it into a nice piece they could use. She said she likes to take a piece of furniture, clean it, apply a coat of paint and she’s happy with the outcome.

“I like to make it have an antique, distressed look,” she said. “I have an old ottoman that we recently recovered and repaired and now it looks really good. I enjoy taking something old and making it look new again.”

Jennifer is the daughter of Cindy West Henry of Piedmont and the late Charles “Chuck” Henry Jr. She attended Jacksonville High School. She is the supervising customer service representative at Alfa in Jacksonville. Her job involves a lot of paperwork, including writing new applications and taking claims.

“I think the favorite part of my job is seeing a lot of familiar faces, having grown up in Jacksonville,” she said. “Actually, I just like working with the public.”

Brandon’s parents are Donna Minton Schwartz of Lexington, Ky., and the late Robert Charles Lawler. He is a machinist at North American Bus Industries in Anniston.

The three Lawlers share a love of the outdoors and music. Jennifer said if they’re not working in their yard, they sometimes go fishing, and they love to cook out with friends and family.

“We love music,” she said. “A lot of times we’ll go to some of the local restaurants and hear some of the local bands and singers. We especially like going to Jacksonville and hearing Riley Green play. When we go to listen to him, Gavin will throw some songs out there for him to play.”

Jennifer said when she and Brandon married, she “wasn’t the greatest cook. There were things he was good at and I wasn’t and vice versa. We’ve just helped each other to learn. My mom helped us and so did Brandon’s grandmother (Betty Lawler). During the week, with our work schedules, we like to prepare quick and easy recipes.”

Jennifer said the Lawlers have a family dinner every Sunday.

“If we don’t have it at Betty’s house, we have it at ours,” she said. “I remember when I was younger and people did that a lot. They don’t do that anymore.”

Jennifer said they’re trying to continue that tradition in their family.

Jennifer likes to prepare Hobo Dinners for her family. She said her Baked Tomatoes are great with a pasta dish or just as an appetizer. She also likes to make Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls and for desert, Nutella Ice Cream.

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Hobo Dinners

1 lb. ground beef
1 small pkg. baby carrots
6 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small onion, peeled and sliced into rings
Salt and pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 9x13 pan with aluminum foil. Shape the beef into patties and place in pan. Layer vegetables on top of beef patties and season to taste with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, butter and garlic powder. Cover with foil and seal edges Bake for about an hour.

Baked Tomatoes

1 large red tomato
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Slice a large red tomato and lay the slices on a cookie sheet. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Top tomatoes with parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

1 pkg. sausage
2 cans crescent rolls
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven to temperature on the crescent roll package. Cook and scramble sausage and drain. Once drained, in a mixing bowl, add sausage and cream cheese together. Roll crescent rolls and separate into triangles.

Add 1 spoonful of cream cheese and sausage mix to the crescent roll and roll as shown on the crescent roll package. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and place sausage and cream cheese filled rolls on cookie sheet. Bake by using baking instructions on crescent roll package.

Nutella Ice Cream>/b>

2 cups light Cool Whip
6 T. Nutella
1 c. milk

In mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until smooth. Pour in a bowl with a lid. Put in freezer overnight. Serve in bowls or cone.
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