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“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! Welcome to summer in Arkansas. We did get a big rain yesterday. Several people had limbs and trees down. Enough about the weather.

About a month ago, I had a filling fall out of a back tooth. That’s what I thought anyway. I had an appointment scheduled on Monday, so they said, “let’s just wait till your appointment.” I panicked and I said, “what if it starts hurting?!” They responded, “just call us if it does.” I mean I am a big baby; I don’t want pain at all. I made it over a month till my appointment Monday. I go back and my hygienist says, “I think you are going to need a crown.” Surely not a crown. Here comes good ole Dr. Duff, and he says, sure enough you are going to need a crown. The filling is still there, but the tooth is broken off. Let me tell ya, if you got a filling from Dr. Larry Brown, they stayed. He was good. I had probably had that filling since I was 12 years old. The crazy part of all this is I have no clue what happened to the tooth. I am assuming I swallowed it. I had a temporary crown till the day before I went on vacation. They told me to be very careful and baby it until then.

A few years ago, I had to have a crown and I got the temp till the real one came in and the dental assistant said, “don’t be eating anything sticky or gooey on that side.” I assured her I wouldn’t. If y’all know me and how much I love candy, it wasn’t a week later I was eating Starbursts and out came the temp crown and I had to go back. This time she said, “just don’t eat on that side.” I made it till the new one came in.

Another thing about going to the dentist is the Novocain makes me crazy. When I tell you that, this is how I am–just as looped as Otis the town drunk on the Andy Griffith show. I’m dizzy and acting silly. No telling what I told them. I guess they are used to it. I had a friend that went to the dentist one time, I won’t tell you her name. She had Novocain and her mouth was numb. She never went anywhere without her lipstick on, so she digs it out of her purse and paints her lips while she is still in the dentist office. Nobody bothered to tell her she had it above her lip and all over her mouth. She gets out of her vehicle and looks in the rear-view mirror and about croaked. She had lipstick on for sure, just not on her lips. I always laugh when I think of that. I wonder what the folks in the waiting room thought.

Just a little advice, do not put your lipstick on till the feeling comes back to your mouth. Hope y’all have a great 4th of July. Be safe and don’t get too hot. This week’s recipe is for a peach cake. I love fresh peaches. I had a friend bring me some from Spiro and they were delicious.

1 box white cake mix, mixed according to cake box directions
2 cups or 2 large peaches, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (and a little extra for sprinkling)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add your diced peaches to a bowl with the tablespoon of flour, set aside. Mix your cake mix according to box directions. Fold in peaches until combined. Pour in prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until center of cake is set and toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely. In a large bowl, add all your frosting ingredients and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over cooled cake, slice and serve. You can shake some cinnamon on top. If you do not want to make the homemade frosting, put some Cool Whip on top and I would add a little of the peach juice to the Cool Whip and mix good. Something to enjoy on the hot summer days.

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