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“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins
Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. With this week’s cake, I feel like a nut.
Let me tell ya, since I had the rona, I had problems tasting and smelling certain things. It’s about to drive me nuts. I cannot smell bath and body lotion, but I can smell skunk, and a roast cooking in the Crockpot.

Picture it, 1982, Lisa Smith Favela and I decided to go to Vo-Tech in Ozark. We took business classes. To say that was one of the best years of my life, is an understatement. We met two of our lifelong friends, Debra Whitman and Sharon Kendrick. We also had two good friends, Bev Stephens and Virginia Schluterman. We sure had some fun times and learning was not at the top of the list. How we managed to pass everything and graduate is beyond me and mine. We had to drive to Booneville and we could catch a bus and ride to Ozark, which was a good deal and you could save gas. But, what fun is there in that? Sometimes we would drive my car to Ozark instead of riding the bus. This one particular day we left and got ahead of the bus, between Ozark and Booneville. I ran out of gas in the little Plymouth Horizon I was driving. I was bad about forgetting to get gas. Just so happened that a nice State Trooper came by and stopped to see what the problem was. He said, “get in the back of the car, and I will take you to a station, get you some gas and bring you back.” So he is putting us in the back of the police car when the Vo-Tech bus came driving by. All of the students on the bus think we are being arrested and going to jail. Tongues were waggin’ the next day at school wanting to know what we had done to get arrested. It was hilarious. I can’t remember if we made up a story or told the truth.

Oh the memories and good times we had. Charlie Little even rode with us about six months. We probably scared him a little.

To the present, Jacob was taking accounting in college and I said “oh, I took college accounting.” He didn’t seem impressed. I said “would you like me to help you with your homework?” He said “that’s OK.” He was not impressed at all. His loss, I could have helped him.

OK, here is the mounds cake recipe. I will be doing cake recipes that are from cake mixes. It makes it easier to make a delicious cake that tastes like homemade.

ALMOND JOY CAKE
1 chocolate cake mix (I use devil’s food) bake according to package directions
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
26 large marshmallows
14 oz. shredded coconut
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup of almonds
Bake cake according to package directions. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Pour batter into the cake pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for 26-31 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Mix 1 cup of evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar and marshmallows together in a large pot. Stir over medium heat until marshmallows are melted. Stir in coconut and pour over hot cake.
Combine 1/2 cup of evaporated milk, butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Fold in chocolate chips, and almonds. Spread over the coconut layer. Cool cake until set, about 30 minutes. Enjoy.

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