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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.

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.


The Aesthetics of Academics

photo by Matt Cornelius
Have you ever wondered why a community our size would need three separate colleges? … That answer is quickly settled when you learn just how unique each campus is. For instance, did you know that University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) is on the verge of installing Arkansas’ first ever college solar training lab? Were you aware the students at Texas A&M University-Texarkana ( TAMU-T) have access to their own Starbucks? What about the cutting-edge, industry standard equipment used in the trade courses at Texarkana College (TC)?

Back to School

As someone who has basically been in school their entire life minus two years, I have a love-hate relationship with back to school time. I love it because the fresh new year full of possibilities has always excited me as a student-turned-teacher. I love meeting my new students each year! Summer is my favorite season because I love being outdoors and spending time in the sun! I’m always hesitant to give that up plus getting back into a routine each day is always difficult. Although, by the end of July I’m almost always starting to get bored and am ready to get back into the swing of things.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
And They’re Off…It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. The school supplies have been purchased and soon, students and parents will meet the new teacher(s) who will be the main educational influence in their lives for the next nine months. It is thrilling for some, terrifying for others, but good for all. It’s time to go back to school. … When Jack started kindergarten, my focus was solely on him throughout each day. Would he love school? Would he hate it? Would he make sweet friends? Would he be able to make it for seven whole hours without seeing my face?

My Drift

photo by Molly Kendrick
10 Things We Might Actually Miss About the Pandemic … (or maybe just seven)Things are definitely looking up. I hesitate to say we’re getting back to normal because who can say what is normal? The rigors of a global pandemic, however, are behind us and the immediate future is looking a bit more familiar. … As I’ve been looking forward, though, I’ve had occasional twinges of a feeling I struggle to identify. I wouldn’t really call it nostalgia, because I don’t have what you would call “fond” memories of the pandemic.

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