Posts made in February, 2012

After the Rain

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in New | 0 comments

After the rain during the early part of the year, I begin looking for little blades of green sliding up through the soil in our garden.

I have a ritual about planting daffodils. It began when all three of the boys were busy with school, sports, St. Andrew's, scouts, and sleeping.

Yes, I fed them too.

In the springtime I ordered daffodil collections to be delivered just in time for autumn planting on Veterans’ Day in November and Ty's birthday.

November here~ may mean a hot, dry wind.

I dig away.  Why did I buy so many bulbs?

Thankfully they naturalize, expand and get better every year unlike some bulbs that require replacing or dividing.

Ruffled Double Dutch like a cupcake!








April Showers bring May Flowers








As a child I devoured each page of  the iconic Ideals Magazine.

Ideals has ceased publication.

It arrived seasonally in old fashioned timing.

Each page was devoted to full color photographs of nature in bloom.

I lingered long in autumn.  Autumn meant pregnant.

Readers were invited to share stories, poetry, drawings, and faith.








Luscious, layered Orangerie








I forget her name.








Ice King









sharing with Apricot, Flower Drift








and what's her name.

The boys are grown and gone.

As long as the earth endures seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,

summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

Genesis 8: 22

Our God is dependable and known to be full of good surprises!




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Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Daniel Fast Recipes, Pasta | 0 comments

You already know how much I adore cooking beans. Right?

Not the Bourban Bacon concoction.

Dry beans.  For me it is about the process.

Protein, fiber, and endless varieties~

Switch up vegetables, herbs and spices, water or stocks

to enhance the depth of flavors.


Snowcap Beans have a distinctive white half or cap.

The other half is sort of off white with burgandy spots and streaks.

Beans tomorrow?  Soak tonight.

Drain the soaking water; then add to a large pot with








A white onion studded with cloves

Fresh thyme

Celery heart

Two giant cloves of garlic

Two bay leaves

One teaspoon dry epazote

I became fascinated with this herb.

After covering the beans with water, simmer them for 1-2 hours.

The freshness of the bean determines the cooking time.








When 4 or 5 beans from different parts of the pot are tender, add salt to taste.

Uncover the pot and simmer until the liquid is reduced.








Discard the vegetables, herb, and spice remnants.

This bean retains the creamy white side...















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Cupcake for Julianna

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Desserts | 0 comments

Brainstorming cupcake possibilities with Jules provided me with an idea.








There is a cute little tool to remove the center from a cupcake.








I frosted the vanilla cupcakes with Marscapone Whipped Cream.















Next time I will be more proficient at hiding the berry.




















This one is for you Jules~

Birthday Cupcake


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs plus one yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin tin with foil liners.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl until combined.
  3. Whisk eggs, yolk and vanilla in a large bowl of an electric mixer until well blended. In a steady stream pour sugar into eggs, whisking constantly.
  4. Stir together melted butter with buttermilk. Add one half of the dry ingredients to egg mixtire; then add half the wet ingredients.
  5. Continue until wet and dry are combined without lumps. Do not over mix.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3rd full. Bake 18-20 minutes until done. Cool 5 minutes and remove from tins. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. Makes 12
  8. © Copyright 2011 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  9. All Rights Reserved












my Jules...









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Birthday Boy!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in New | 0 comments

February 21, 1978











Marjorie, our friend and nurse said,

"Cole was in a hurry, a big, big hurry."








Ty was 5 when he met Cole ~ minutes after he was born.



















Shag Carpet?











Spirial Perm?











A day at the beach.











Cole called this collection, Fireman Pants











and always wore a tie to church.











Cole and Gray before we knew anything about Hunter Safety classes.








Where is Curious George now?











Cole as Chef.











Cole on vacation.








34 years of photos...








Happy Birthday Cole Barrett Lunde


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The Visitor

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in New | 0 comments

Ryder is our grand nephew.



















He brought his parents here for the weekend from their home in Arizona.











MP and I forgot to baby proof the house but within minutes Daddy cleared the shelves.











Dinner time with Mommy.








Cousin time with Madelynne,



















and Isabella.









Bubble time with Poppy.






















Field trip to the Fire Station.











Then there was the accidental call to ~ 9 1 1

Thoughtfully, the dispatcher phoned me back before sending the police.

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