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Overthinking on the Road

My family and I are road trippers. We have driven from Texas to the east coast. We’ve hit the highway from home sweet home to California. This summer, however, we wanted to explore some of America’s national parks, so we jumped in the car and drove to Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Royal Gorge, and Pike’s Peak in Colorado. We detoured to South Dakota and saw four former presidents at Mt. Rushmore. We ventured to Montana and took in Glacier National Park.

Hawaiian Dream Cake

INGREDIENTS … • 1 box yellow cake mix … • 2/3 cup oil … • 1 - 11 ounce can mandarin oranges and juice … • 4 eggs … Combine all ingredients. Beat at medium speed for three minutes. Bake in four layers at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. … Frosting … • 1 large can crushed pineapple with juice … • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding … • 1 eight ounce container of whipped cream … • 1 cup frozen coconut … Mix dry pudding with pineapple. Add whipped cream and coconut. Spread between layers of cake and on top. Keep refrigerated. … Note—Beautiful with cherries on top.

Gig ’Em!

College… I knew it was coming, but throughout my senior year, I didn’t think it would ever really be time. I was so focused on all the “last times,” that the thought of moving five hours away had slipped my mind. Sure, I would think about it occasionally, but the reality of it did not actually set in until I finished my summer job working at Williams Memorial Day School.

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff

INGREDIENTS … • 1 3.4 ounce box of instant strawberry pudding mix … • 1 cup milk … • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip … • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows … • 3 cups angel food cake cut into cubes … • 2 cups diced strawberries … Whisk together the pudding mix and milk until dissolved and the pudding thickens. … Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it is all mixed together.

Punch Bowl Cake

INGREDIENTS … • 1 sheet cake baked your favorite way … • 1 large package of instant vanilla pudding … • 1 can of cherry pie filling … • 1 large can crushed pineapple … • 1 12 oz. package of coconut … • 1 16 oz. whipped cream … Divide everything in half. … Crumble half sheet cake in the bottom of a large punch bowl. Spread half of pudding over cake. Add half of other ingredients in the order given. … Repeat for a second layer. … Garnish with cherries or coconut … Refrigerate … As the summer months wind down, a great dessert can keep them cool and sweet.

In the 80s!

photo by Matt Cornelius
Golf is unlike any other sport I play. It's relaxing, yet so stressful at the same time. Golf requires more patience and time. When I first started, I was terrible. I could not even hit the ball. It took me at least 20 swings before I made contact with it. But once I did, I was hooked. It is the best feeling.

Cool Peach Pie

INGREDIENTS … • pie crust … • 1 1/2 C sugar … • 3 T cornstarch … • 1 C water … • 4 T peach Jell-O … • 8 oz. cream cheese … • 4-5 peaches … • whipped cream … Bake a deep-dish pie crust and let cool.

photo by Matt Cornelius
Texarkana got its beginnings in 1873 at the junction of the Texas and Pacific and Cairo and Fulton railroads. What was once a thunderous rumble of locomotives passing through town in the late 1800s and early 1900s is now replaced with the hum of 18-wheelers traveling down Interstate 30, except for Friday evenings in the fall, when the roar of our local high school football stadiums fills the autumn air.

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