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Thursday, December 8, 2022

“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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Hello everyone! Such a warm May afternoon. Rain coming tomorrow.

One of my favorite shows is the Andy Griffith Show. Those who know our family know that we can quote a lot of lines from that show. My nephews Jason and Michael Wagoner know every line. We played Andy Griffith trivia with Michael once, and he won hands down. The funny thing about The Andy Griffith Show is some of the names of the town folks. Helen Crump, for example. Michael and Tonya have a cat and her name is Helen Wagoner, named after Helen Crump. Their dog is named Thelma Lou but shortened to LuLu. What about Mavis Less, the waitress Andy went out with to make Helen Crump jealous? What about Idelle Bushy, the lady that Doug Walsh had a crush on? Don’t forget the fun girls, Skippy and Daphne. They sure got Andy and Barney in a lot of trouble. Skippy always called Barney, Bernie. There was Goober Pyle, Malcolm Merr/Weather, Briscoe Darling and Gomer Pyle. The one that I love is the Beemans, Claude Sr., Claude Jr., plain Claude and Claudette if that won’t make ya laugh nothing will. Can you tell I have been watching a lot of Ang lately?

This is something that happened to me and it’s all true. We lived in a mobile home once and we had a wooden porch. One morning, early, I was taking out the trash and went to pick up something on the end of the porch where no one ever walked and I fell through the porch. Yes, my left leg was stuck between two boards and I couldn’t get my leg out. Stuck being the keyword. Chuck was at work and Shannon was in bed. No cell phones back in those days. So, I start yelling for Shannon, trying to wake her up. All I could think about was a snake biting me on the foot. I yelled and yelled. Seen some people driveby I knew and I was yelling, but nobody heard me. I was about to freak out and I mean literally. Finally, I got Shannon up and told her to call Nanny Jane (my mom). She was so upset she couldn’t dial the number. I said, “call the operator and have her call your Nanny.” So, she gets the operator and the operator wants to know if she needs to call the fire department. Nooooo, I said. Tell her to call your Nanny. All I could think of was Ronnie Black showing up from the fire department and I would never hear the end of it. Finally, they got mom and here she comes with a saw and saws me out. I am wounded. My leg has a hump in that spot to this day. I wish you could have seen my mom sawing that board to get me out. She was just a getting it. She saved the day.

This week’s recipe is a Banana Poke Cake:
1 yellow cake mix (made according to the box directions)
2 boxes of instant banana pudding
3 cups of cold milk
1 8 oz. Cool Whip
Sliced bananas, and vanilla wafers

Bake cake in a 13×9 pan according to cake mix directions. Cool for five minutes. Poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon or straw. In a medium bowl, stir together pudding and milk. Spread evenly over the cake. Refrigerate for one hour. Spread whipped topping on top and just before serving, top with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers. Enjoy and have a great week!

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