By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor
Hello everyone! To all you Mother’s out there I hope your day was wonderful. We are having gorgeous weather in the river valley. I love cool nights and warm days.
We made a flying road trip to Nashville, TN to see my great-niece, Hannah Whitley Wagoner, graduate high school. We, meaning my brother Larry, his wife Peggy, my nephew Michael Wagoner and his youngest daughter Raylee. We had so much fun. I laughed till my stomach hurt. That will be a trip to remember for sure.
We are driving down the interstate and we make a quick stop and Larry comes out and says he almost dropped his phone in the toilet. Just barely missed it he said. Not one bit surprised.
Then we stopped just a short time before our arrival to change clothes and such. We get down the road about 15 minutes and Larry Wayne Wagoner cannot find his phone. We called it and no answer. He says ”I remember I left it in the bathroom at the station.” Well, it takes a few miles for us to get turned around and go all the way back. He doesn’t think it will be there and Michael keeps telling him it will be. We go back and sure enough it was right where he had left it. I didn’t think it wokld be there. He’s as happy as a lark and we get back on the road with just enough time to get to graduation.
We are following GPS directions on the phone, and it takes us to a building that has a big banner that says ”Shrek the Musical.” Michael says, ”this is not where it is.” So, we keep circling like vultures and finally find the place. We are a few minutes late, but Hannah is a ”W” so we are good.
Peggy and I catch a ride on a golf cart from a nice college student that is shuttling people to the door. He was so nice, and we go to leave, and the same young man picks us up again to take us to the car. I start talking to him, of course, and he flies drones for a company, works for the college and wants to fly airplanes someday. I had to tell him about Jacob being color blind. In my mind I can hear Jacob telling me to quit talking to people, that they do not want to talk to me. This boy was different. He enjoyed talking to me. When he dropped us off I said, ”you can tell everyone you know you have met a real hillbilly from Arkansas.”
Off we go and stop to eat and I hear my brother talking serious on his phone and he has accidentally dialed 911. I’m telling you if we take another road trip he may not be allowed to take that one. Every time we stopped, Michael would say, ”does everyone have their phone.”
Needless to say on the way home, Larry couldn’t find his phone again and it was in the floorboard. Land’s sake, that phone was like a hot potato, here, there, everywhere.
All in all it was a fun, fast trip. If you’re going to take a road trip with the Wagoners, plan on lots of belly laughs.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day. This week’s recipe is another poke cake. Hope you enjoy it!
COOKIES AND CREAM POKE CAKE
1 chocolate cake mix (I like to use Devil’s Food cake mix)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 box of cookies and cream pudding mix
1 cup of milk
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 cup crushed chocolate cookies (Oreos are best. I would use a few more, but that’s just me.)
Bake the chocolate cake mix according to box directions. When cake is done use a wooden spoon to poke holes in it. Pour the sweetened condensed mill over the cake, spread evenly. In a large bowl, add the pudding and the milk and whisk until the lumps are out. Add the whipped topping and crushed cookies, mix well. Once the cake has cooled, top with the pudding mixture and sprinkle more crushed cookies on top. Keep in the refrigerator.
This is a good summertime cake and delicious, enjoy!
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