Posts made in July, 2012

Moonwalk Memories

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in New | 2 comments

Apollo 11 mission patch

The first moonwalk was a big deal to our family— but not the dance move made popular by Michael Jackson.

Our father spent his career working toward that day.

We moved to Palmdale, California in the 1960's where he worked at Edwards Air Force Base testing the F-1 (rocket engine) for Saturn V.

The F-1 is a rocket engine developed by Rocketdyne and used in the Saturn V. Five F-1 engines were used in the S-IC first stage of each Saturn V, which served as the main launch vehicle in the Apollo program. The F-1 is still the most powerful single-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed.[1] The RD-170 has slightly more thrust, using a cluster of four smaller combustion chambers and nozzles.[2]

For years he commuted to Rockwell International in Downey, California where he worked on the Apollo Mission.

In 1968 after I graduated from high school we finally moved to shorten the drive. Not much shorter.  Beach desert? Beach desert?  We landed in San Clemente and finally in Newport Beach.

July 20, 1969.

I was working at the South Coast Theater in Laguna Beach that day. It was my first real job other than babysitting. We were screening Easy Rider.  I sold popcorn and candy dressed in a modern  theater uniform.  It was a space-agey gold lame A- line mini-dress with blue princess piping down the front-- just like the candy girls wore at the Pantages Theater.

When the time came to watch history I ran around the corner to the Marine Room Tavern which was crawling with bikers and cheered with the best of them.

White short-sleeved shirts and thin black ties.

Buzzed hair.

Autographed pictures of astronauts.

Moon rocks in a jar on top of the refrigerator.

National Pride

When I posed the question, Where were you?  I received touching comments.

I was 4 yrs old and doing what 4 yrs old do; playing with my dolls in my bedroom. I heard my mom yell for my sister and I to come to the living room. She had a dust rag in her hand sitting on the very edge of the couch, and told us to sit down and watch the very first moon landing. I remember being startled by hearing my mom sniffling from crying and felt confused. I asked her what was wrong? and she told me they were "happy tears." She explained to me what was going on and well... I haven't forgotten it.
Later, when there was moon in the sky during the day, she pointed out where Neil Armstrong was putting the American flag. Pretty cool! 🙂

I was at my parents' home. They got a new Dalmation puppy. Her name was "Paula" to honor Apollo!

Florida- I watched it take off! 🙂

Where were you?


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Deception, Delays, Surprises, and Pizza

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in New | 3 comments

Deception, Delays, Surprises, and Pizza

As I recall it was about the middle of April when my brother began to devise a plot to surprise his wife on her 50th birthday.  He had constructed an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven in the back of his home near the woods overlooking Flathead Lake, Montana.  It seemed a perfect way to celebrate.  I was all in.

My older sister and her husband live in the same town as my brother during the spring and summer months.  My younger sister lives in a remote part of central California.

As the weeks of deception rolled out we all made airline reservations.  The plan was to fly and arrive at the same time, meet Cynthia’s parents, caravan to Polson and surprise Cynthia on Friday, July 13th at a restaurant near Flathead Lake.

The Friday the 13th part is the important fact here.

MP, Bill’s daughter, Holly, baby Wyatt and I were delayed at John Wayne for 4 hours on the ground and another one on the aircraft.  In San Francisco we faced another crazy delay while the friendly sky searched for a crew!  After we boarded it felt like we were taxiing to Missoula.

Little sisters flight to meet us in San Francisco was cancelled and she flew to Denver rerouted to Missoula.  She missed the surprise, arriving in the middle of the night.

On Saturday afternoon the party was in full swing.








The massive thunderstorm did not unleash until Sunday.

The most important part of the story?  Cynthia was elated and surprised to see us.








My camera was damaged and is in for a Cam-RI with repairs until next week.

I was able to retrieve some pictures…





















































17 pizzas








One by one
















700 degrees F.






















Ribs and








potluck sides.








Fifty?  How cleaver!








Woot Woot!

Happy Birthday Cynthia!




Bill's  FB Comments...

Success! For the past two months I've been planning a surprise 50th birthday party for Cynthia. Yesterday the Friday the 13th jinx almost got us. Cancelled, diverted and delayed flights from Sacramento, San Francisco and Denver left me scrambling. In the end, I could not have pulled it off w/o the help of my friends Mark, Terry, Perry, and the crew at the Finley Point Grill. Oh..Cyn's car really wasn't was at the airport ...forgive me for a little white lie! So today its a party at the Barrett's...and grandson Wyatt is in the house!


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Tropical Fruit Salad

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Side Dishes | 1 comment

Halfway into July already?








Slow down summer...

Tropical Fruit Salad


  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons chiffonade of fresh mint
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small bunch red grapes (2 cups)
  • 1 mango, peeled, pit removed and chopped
  • 1/2 large pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced on the bias


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the coconut out on a baking sheet. Toast until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet to a small bowl to cool.
  3. Whisk together the honey, mint, lime zest and juice. Add the kiwis, grapes, mango and pineapple and toss, making sure all the fruit is coated with the dressing. Just before serving add banana. Sprinkle with the coconut before serving.
  4. Serves 8
  5. --Adapted from Jamie Deen

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Room with a View

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in New | 4 comments








MP and I are enjoying the gift of family...








Flathead Lake








Morning thunderstorms








Evening clearing


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Oh, Clap Your Hands

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Soup | 2 comments

Oh, Clap Your Hands

Fresh corn, sweet tender corn on the cob is patriotic!

Each summer we anticipate the up - to - the - minute abundant crop and find new ways to eat it.

Yellow, white, boiled; grilled or creamed it is the essence of childhood memories complete with missing teeth...








Last week I was trending corn salad








with brown rice, black beans, and cherry tomatoes.








Goat Cheese Stuffed Bison Burgers on home made buns.

On Wednesdays before the Farmers' Markets begin displaying what the fields and trees have presented, I consider to purpose what is in our garden --and left in my veggie trove.

During summer because of the heat in the kitchen, a long simmering soup is typically not on the menu.

Soup for Supper?








I had onions, garlic, leeks, a fennel bulb, fresh dill, one potato, and fresh corn.








Olive oil and butter--because after all--it is corn.
























Initiate onion sauté.























prepare corn stock.








Add potato to vegetables;








Then corn stock.








Blend until chunky smooth.















Gently stir in the corn and heat before adjusting the seasoning and adding the herbs and lemon.








Leek, Fennel, Potato, and Fresh Corn Soup








Sweet corn flavor backed up by delicate onion, subtle fennel, and creamy potato.


Leek, Fennel, Potato, and Fresh Corn Soup


  • 3-4 ears corn, about 3 cups corn kernels
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 small leeks, trimmed and sliced into half moons
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (12 0unces)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fennel fronds
  • Fresh lemon juice to taste


  1. Husk the corn and add to boiling salted water. Cook just until tender, about 4-5 minutes; set aside to cool. Cut the corn kernels away from the cobs. Set aside the corn kernels. Do not discard the cobs.
  2. Place the corn cobs and bay leaves in a pot with 6 cups fresh water seasoned with salt, Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter and oil in a Dutch oven or large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, leek, and fennel and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and sweat the vegetables, stirring often until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes
  4. Remove the corn cobs from the corn broth and discard. Add the potatoes to the pot with the onions, leek, and fennel; then pour in the corn broth, discarding the bay leaves. Stir well and add salt to taste. Simmer gently until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Using a blender or an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is chunky smooth. Add fresh corn; gently heat through. Add chopped fresh dill and fennel fronds with a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
  5. Serves 6 as a first course or 4 as a main dish.
  6. © Copyright 2012 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  7. All Rights Reserved


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