Posts made in January, 2012

Bottoms Up!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in New | 2 comments

My granddaughter and I were born 50 years and 4 days apart.

We were both born breach.

We are both quirky.

Please do not surprise us!














































































































































Happy 11th Birthday Juliana Gray!











Life cannot quench that which pure love gives back...

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Twenty One Days

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes | 3 comments

New Year's Day was 21 days ago.

MP and I are in the home stretch, one last turn to the finish line line.

A celebration to end the Fast~ and launch the new year is January 29th.

I was looking forward to going to the Farmer's Market this morning to see

local winter vegetables in all their abundant glory.

oh là là
Rain.  Cold Rain.  Maybe later.

An excellent day to bake.








Pear and Apricot Tart

Think Brunch!
































































--adapted from

Here are a few more meals to round out  a splendid repast.

You have to love Lentils and Barley in January.















Lentil and Barley Lettuce Wraps with Papaya, Mango and Avocado Salsa









Tofu Tacos with Corn, Spinach and Cherub Tomatoes























Lentil and Vegetable Stew with Kale, Rutabaga and Celeriac.

--adapted from Bon Appetit


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Let Them Eat Pulse?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes | 1 comment

Eating as Daniel and his crew ate for 21 days may sound daunting.

By the way,

What is Pulse? - Food containing nutritionally dense, chemical free whole foods of fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, and legumes.

In addition to every plant and tree which yields edible seeds, we (thankfully) have some liberties that Daniel did not have.

Daniel would certainly have included the bounty of whole foods we have available to us!















Daniel and his friends fasted to break the allure of the King's table and set themselves apart.

We fast to refocus and inquire.  Setting aside January for a partial fast creates an inspired gap~

without chocolate.

Our table is set too.








The winner according to MP.

Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Warm Quinoa Pilaf and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette








Chopped Vegetable and Berry Salad








Curried Lentil Stew









Vegetables baked in the oven~ enough for a week.


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Slow Fast Food

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes | 2 comments

MP and I are halfway into the Daniel could say, halfway through the fast.

Keeping a journal is a priority~  tracking the spiritual crossing.

"Fasting clears the way for us to refocus and hear the heart of God". --Jentezen Franklin

Listening, listening as I baked these cookies for a client.








Triple Chocolate Cookies.

Bittersweet, Semisweet and White Chocolate

Interestingly, since my sense of smell is heightened,  I marveled at how fabulous these cookies truly are~and was inspired to make some creative changes!

Triple Chocolate Cookies


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 ¼ cups unbleached flour
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) each, white
  • and semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat; add the bittersweet chocolate; cover, then set aside to a warm place until melted.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the chocolate mixture.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to chocolate to form loose dough. Fold in the chips. Mix well, stirring to the bottom of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until cold and firm, about 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Form dough into balls and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake until crackly around the edge but still moist in the center,
  5. about 12-15 minutes.
  6. Makes 2 dozen cookies
  7. © Copyright 2011 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  8. All Rights Reserved

Here are some of the Daniel Fast meals we have been sharing.








Corn and Bean Salad with Cilantro and Pine Nut Pesto








I used Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Beans (see earlier blog post about dry beans).








Beautiful variegated burgandy and cream beans the size of a big button!








Brown Rice Pasta with Home Made Marinara and Kale.








I love adding fresh berries and basil to a green salad dressed with Balsamic Vinaigrette.








Finally~ a slow fast dinner after shouting down the walls in Sunday night worship!








Roasted Vegetables with Whole Wheat Orzo and Arugula


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Warring Angels

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in New | 1 comment

Fasting from what is "usual and pleasant" creates space for unhurried encounters.

I chose to go through my mother's clothing~ there have been two boxes waiting for the right time.








She opened one last door over a year ago, and is on "hiatus" in Present Heaven.

It got me to thinking about her love of baseball and especially the Anaheim Angels.

Angels float in and out of trends.  Sometimes they are flawless young beauties with long flowing honey streaked hair... this one just tucked hers back~ because she is on call.

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...or chubby cheeked naked babies catching birds or playing harps.

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A spectacular description of an angel in full glory is given in Daniel 10:5-6

". . . there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite,

his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude."  This angel was suspended above the waters of the Tigris river (Dan 12:7), yet no mention is made of his possessing wings.

I am leaning toward a powerful presence~

a warrior angel standing tall ready to serve, catch or fight.

I definitely want him to have wings.


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