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Thursday, September 28, 2023

“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! Getting a nice break from the heat. Fall is right around the corner.

Y’all, know I do some crazy things. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with my grandson, Ethan. His always calling things the wrong name and I do that all the time. I used to make fun of my mom for doing that, now I’m doing the same thing. The other night Evan and I went to Walmart to get groceries and I asked Ethan if he wanted anything, and he said yes, some of that General Tsao’s chicken. Keep in mind, I’m talking in an Arkansas hick voice. I asked the lady for some colonel shows chicken and she says, “honey, we don’t have that here.” I see it in the deli, and I said, “yes, it is right there.” She says, “Oh, you mean General Tsao?” Yes, I reply, and she says, “thought the poor thing thinks she’s at KFC wanting the Colonel. Good gravy, I don’t know my Army ranks. Told y’all I done crazy things.

Ethan comes home from Fort Smith one evening and he’s telling me all about him and Evan helping a guy that had a flat tire. They are such good boys. He said they got the tire off and went to get the dummy tire to put on. Wait, dummy tire? Yes, he says. “The little tire, the dummy tire.” I said, “Ethan, that is called a donut.” I’m rolling at this point and wondering if he asked the man where his dummy tire was. By the way, donut sounds as crazy as a dummy tire. Did I tell y’all he’s real smart. I mean real book smart.

My momma used to get all kinds of stuff mixed up. I had a friend, and her husband’s name was Reg and my mom called him “Ronge” every time she referred to him. I would correct her, but she done it every time. Do you ever wonder what people are really thinking about you when you get stuff mixed up like I do? Now that I’m 60, I’ve noticed that people call me honey and sweetie a lot more than they used to. They probably say bless her, she doesn’t know what she’s doing. Oh well, if I can give someone something to laugh about, then it has been a good day. Since fall is right around the corner, I’m going to do a pumpkin ooey gooey cake recipe. This cake is delicious. My grandkids love anything pumpkin.

1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons melted butter
Filling: 18 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 8 tablespoons butter, melted, 16 oz. of powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 cups), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cake mix (dry), 1 egg and the melted butter together and mix well. Pat the batter into a lightly greased 9×13 pan and spread with your hands till even. Filling – In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and pumpkin till smooth then add the 3 eggs, vanilla, butter and beat well. Add the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Spread this mixture over the cake mixture and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be sure to not over bake. The center will be a little gooey. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Have a blessed week!

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