12/01/2011

Just When You Think You’ve Got It Together

I got a little cocky…ahead of myself and thought “I’ve got it together!” Almost finished decorating for Christmas, scheduled and confirmed parties, gifts purchased – sorta, so I am feeling good and walking TALL. 

Well, just hold on Sis!  This afternoon, the world seemed to say…..”let’s just see how good you think you are” so…

* Pick up my guy Hunter from school early, he’s sick – made chicken noodle soup, it helped.
* Someone else volunteered me to host a luncheon for 12 ladies – really?….actually, loving it.
* Basketball and Lacrosse start this weekend – more stinky clothes to come.
* Choral rehearsal every morning at 7 AM for concert at the Governor’s Mansion – Sternberger was selected as the only elementary school! Yippee!!
* Hunt just asked for more noodle soup…..heated it up and made a special snack – really? he’s asleep on the sofa…it’s all good.
* Pulled laundry from dryer to find….1 spare car key, 1 mechanical pencil, 1 tube of chap stick and 2 paperclips – wonder which belongs to which person in this house?  hmm – at least the chap stick can be repaired, just put it in the fridge.

Oh well…..it’s a beautiful afternoon.  Maybe I’ll eat the soup, have a Clementine and rethink things…..

Counting my blessings for all of the things above and many more!

11/29/2011

Coconut Cake~You’ll Be A Rock Star!

Every time I make this cake I get RAVE REVIEWS!  The gushing, oohing and ahhing makes me laugh because this recipe is so stinking easy!  I know I’ll get some eye rolling from you master bakers out there, but really….with something so good, we just need to get over the fact that this cake is from a box mix. 

1 box of white cake mix
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. coconut plus more if you like
fresh whipped cream (or Cool Whip)

Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box.  Bake in a 8X13 pan.  Cool cake for 20 minutes.  Poke holes through the cake using a fork or skewer.  In a sauce pan, heat milk, sugar, and 1/2 cup of coconut until boiling.  Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.  Spoon over cake and refrigerate at least 4 hours but best overnight.  Combine 1/2 cup of coconut with whipped cream and spread over top of cake.  Sprinkle remaining coconut over the cake.  Dig In!!  Store any leftover cake in the fridge.


Nathan and Josh approve with a second piece!

Have fun making this cake and again, it’s ok that you’re using a cake mix….no one will know unless you tell them.  Just sit back and enjoy all the love comin’ your way.

~Donya 

11/24/2011
Happy Thanksgiving!
As I count my blessings today, I include this blog as one I am thankful for.  It’s given me the ablity to connect with many people that otherwise I’d never have come into contact with.  I’ve had to stretch my self and get uncomfortable – I think that’s called personal growth.  So, today, I am thankful for you, the reader of A Southern Soul. Thanks for your encouragement, questions, comments and friendship. 
With Blessings and Love,
Donya

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11/15/2011

Guilford College Friends and Celebrating Life

On October 29th, a beautiful fall day in Durham, NC, friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of Dr. Thomas Orsagh.  Tom’s son, Rolf, is one of Rob’s dearest friends.  Rob and Rolf met at Guilford College became roommates and are kindred spirits. Rolf was a groomsman in our wedding and Rob was honored to be Rolf’s best man when he married Cynthia.  Along the way, I got the opportunity become friends with Tom and Polly, Rolf’s mother.  Tom was smart, funny, loving, patient, kind and gracious.  He was curious and loved life.  So, on that beautiful fall day a few weeks ago, it was fitting that our family go to honor our friend.
Rolf, Rob, Sibley, Fred and Sharon…the real Guilford College Graduates
Later on in the afternoon, friends gathered at Tom’s farm.  Rolf told us his dad had insisted that he throw a party with food and wine so that everyone could share stories and laughter.  Well, that’s exactly what happened plus something wonderful and unexpected.  Special friends from Guilford College plus others that were added along the way showed up.  We hugged, smiled, laughed…especially at Rob’s shaved head, and hugged some more. 
Katie, Paul, Rolf, Cynthia, Rob, Me, Fred, Sharon
We remembered events and stories of years ago…..well, actually one person would start the story, someone would say, “really, I don’t remember that” and then someone else would add in details.  IT WAS GREAT!  There were times when I would hear someone laugh, like Fred, and it seemed like we were back at Storybrook Farms having dinner.  His laugh has not changed a bit.  Katie and Paul would finish each other sentences and then there’s Sibley…witty, crazy and still the same.
Guilford men with their men – Awesome!
The strange, but really special thing was introducing our children to each other and TRYING to describe who was who and how we all knew each other.
Mason, Rolf, Henry, Creed, Rob, Hunter, Fred, John
Maybe the comment from Creed sums it up best….he said on the way home that night “WOW mom and dad, you and your friends started talking and laughing like you’d just left each other last weekend.”  It was like that and it felt so good.  Of course, I cried and Rob just nodded in agreement. 
We celebrated a life and renewed old friendships.  Thank you, Tom, you threw a great party.
Counting my blessings,
~Donya