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Sunday, June 23, 2024

“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor


By Sheri Hopkins
Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! By the time you read this the ice and snow should be gone. It was pretty and thank the Lord I didn’t lose electricity. We made snow ice cream. If you’re a Wagoner it’s cream cream. We have names for everything. Ketchup is keppy, any kind of dip is lapa lapa. That’s how we roll. Everyone has nicknames, I will have to tell them in a later story.

This recipe is one I like to make in the summer. Since it’s so cold, I am going to give it to y’all now. And, since I am on the summer recipe, I am going to tell you a summer story.

Every year we always went to Dogpatch USA. Daddy took us, and my brother Larry and his wife always went with us. Daddy took a big ice chest full of pop and snacks. We had the best time. So many fond memories of those trips. I loved the characters and shows.

Have you seen a chicken play a piano? Daddy always went trout fishing. We would drive the old-timey cars I’m sure all of y’all have made a trip or two there. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Dogpatch USA closed.
That’s when we started going to Magic Springs. I always had to tag along with my brother Larry, a.k.a. Toby, and his family on trips.

This particular trip, Lisa Favela went with us also. Does anyone remember the roaring tornado? You had to climb all these stairs to ride it. It was a roller coaster that looped and turned you upside down. Larry, Michael, Lisa and me, all got up the nerve and rode it. We screamed the whole time. I bet my mouth was wider than anyone’s. I know it can open big because one time I rode buzzsaw falls at Silver Dollar City. Before I could get off, Chuck was in line to buy the picture they took of me with my mouth wide open. He was so proud of that picture, he showed everyone.

Back to roaring tornado. We rode it, and when we got back, we were all scared to death. As my brother joked, as he always does, said “that was so much fun, let’s do it again.” As I am yelling at the top of my lungs, “NOOOO” the man operating the coaster, pushed the button, and off we went again. That was my first and last ride at roaring tornado at Magic Springs. Fun times with the Wagoner crew.

You know Jason Wagoner was not about to ride that ride. I am not going to say he was chicken, just smart.

This recipe is an easy peasy, fun cake to make and you can make many varieties, just use your imagination and go wild.

1 strawberry cake mix (dry)
1 can strawberry soda pop, 12 oz.
Mix together with an electric mixer for two minutes. Spray a 13×9 cake pan with nonstick spray and cook in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Let it cool and put Cool Whip on top. Add sliced strawberries on top. It’s a pretty cake and very tasty. The best part is, it’s easy.

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