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Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! We survived another week of storms. I may have to retire and move to Boca Raton to get away from these tornadoes. Oh, wait they have hurricanes. Guess I will just deal with the tornadoes.

I have told y’all that crazy things always happen to me. Well, I was cleaning the car out one day and I was using the shop vac, knowing good and well I don’t know how to operate a vacuum cleaner. It’s a learning process every time I drag that beast out. I was leaned over vacuuming the floorboard of the car and somehow that hose got away from me and had my hair sucked up in it! I wrestled that thing like it was a cobra and got my hair out. Let me tell ya if y’all could have seen my hair after that happened you would have died laughing. I looked like I had been in a wind tunnel. I’m sure my neighbors didn’t know when I moved in, they were going to get a show with their dinner. My place is like a circus all the time. I hope y’all got a good laugh out of that. I’m scared to vacuum the car out now. I get my grandson to do it.

Another crazy thing happened. My grandson, Ethan, asked me to get him some green tea. I stopped at the Neighborhood Market Walmart, a.k.a. Jimmy’s store, even though he is at the Memphis Walmart now. I’m looking for green tea and I pass this container of lemon and raspberry tea and I’m thinking green tea don’t even sound good. I’m gonna get this lemon and raspberry tea. I put it in the cart and look down and it says “hard” on the box. What in the world is “hard tea?” Well low and behold it has alcohol in it, and I almost took it home! Can y’all imagine the wild party on Howard Street if I had brought that home? We would have really had a circus and I wouldn’t have even known why. Walmart should not put their “hard” teas in the same area as regular teas. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has done this. I’m just going to stick to my Diet Coke. Can’t get that mixed up. I don’t think they have made “hard” Diet Coke yet.

Y’all have a good week. Stay safe and hope you moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day. This recipe is a strawberry crisp, since strawberries are in season. I already bought my flat from Arnold’s Farm and put them in the freezer. I have never made this, but heard it was delicious.

STRAWBERRY CRISP
5 heaping cups of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 cup sugar (white)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cornstarch
TOPPING
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup sugar (white)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a deep dish pie plate or large baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Combine the chopped strawberries and sugar in a large bowl and mix until the berries fully absorb the sugar. Add the cornstarch and vanilla and stir until all the strawberries are evenly coated. Pour into the greased baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir well untill well coated and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the strawberries. Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. You can serve with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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