ODE TO ADE (Adrienne)

Auntie Laurice's Sour Cream Walnut Coffee Cake

Words cannot sufficiently express,
My love for Ade, I must confess.

Cousin, sister, mother, friend,
The lines are blurred, she’s all a blend.

There is no thing she cannot do,
Manage property, design it too.

A life-sized human rolodex,
She’s also good at writing checks.

A man, six-two, dared steal her purse,
Ade did so much more than curse.

Jumped on his back and took him down,
Helpless he lay on the ground.

The opposite of Amazon,
But mess with her, she’s Ghengis Khan.

Be careful, Ade, where you walk,
‘Lest we call you poor Schleprock.

Never call her friend “fair weather,”
Through everything we’ve been together.

She babysat when I was young,
Listened to every song I sung.

I’ll never forget her yellow bug,

Ade's Yellow Bug!

Filled up with cousins very snug.

Oxford circle we would round,
Music blasting, laughs the sound.

Tough times would come as I got older,
Always there to offer her shoulder.

Big tears of joy for me she wept,
The day his hand I did accept.

When we go out, on the town,
It’s Auntie Ade my kids want around.

I made your favorite cake today,
Just because I want to say…

For who you are and what you do,
From the bottom of my heart, Ade, Thank You!


3 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 pint sour cream

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Mix first four ingredients and set aside. Cream butter until soft. Gradually add sugar and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each; add vanilla.

Add dry ingredients alternating with sour cream, mixing until smooth.

Mix next 3 ingredients together. Put 1/3 of batter into a greased bundt pan.

Sprinkle with 1/3 nut mixture, repeating until batter and nuts are used.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 – 60 minutes. Let stand on cake rack 5 min. Turn out on rack and frost while still warm.


Mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with enough milk to make frosting spreadable. Spoon it over the top of the cake.

3 thoughts on “ODE TO ADE (Adrienne)

  1. Sue,
    I absolutely love this website and the recipes are great to have, but I can’t tell you how many times I start reading your poems (stories) and I start to cry. Every one has been so cute to read, whether about a long-time friend, your mom, Ade, or others, I always feel your genuine emotions with every word your write. Keep up the great work. I really do enjoy this.

  2. Susie!!!!
    I loved your poem about Ade- it was so right on!
    You are good, girl! (in poetry and cooking)

  3. joanne sueyres May 16, 2010 — 7:35 am


    I just spent the weekend with Caryn and she told me about your website. KUDOS to you dear one. I read the recipe and your tribute to Margaret, many tears came to my eyes. I remember eating Lebanese food at their home, and everything Margaret made was so delicious. A wonderful woman, human being and a second mom she was to me. Then I read your tribute to Auntie Ade, again the tears were flowing. This is a beautiful way to acknowledge those dear to you and FANTASTIC recipes as well. Keep it going … you are so sweet and the yellow bug I remember well, with you and Eddie hanging your heads out.

    Much love and best wishes to you on your endeavor.

    Joanne Sueyres

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