Posts made in August, 2013


Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in New | 3 comments

Home is where the unopened mail and laundry lies.











Roses bloom.














Monsoons and melting sunsets are a memory.








Til' next year... G'ville.



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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in New | 2 comments

...on the run!

Where is your sun setting tonight?

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Life Skills and Cupcakes

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Desserts | 0 comments

Life Skills and Cupcakes

In March I wrote about Heritage House where I often serve the girls who are living there with their children.

Here is the link to that story.

Julianna and I dropped off some hummus to the girls and their children one day on the way to swim team.

Her heart was burdened with wanting to know more about the narrative of their lives and why they were there.

Yesterday she was eager to help me prepare the food for our “How to Tuesday” cooking session and go along with me.







The dinner we planned didn’t involve turning  on the stove or much cooking.  Instead we demonstrated how to put together my version of








Ree Drummond’s yummy Grilled Chicken Salad with Corn, Blueberries and Feta,








with her over-the-top Olive Cheese Bread;








and a minty refreshing tropical fruit salad.

It was all about knife skills—








Baking from scratch isn’t always possible in the cooking rotation at Heritage House so we opted to make these super simple…

Secret Ingredient Cupcakes








3 eggs








vanilla extract, mayonnaise---aka secret ingredient--








water, and a cake mix








makes 24 cupcakes!








2 cups of chocolate morsels and a cup of sour cream








creates a shiny icing.

Eight pregnant women asked Jules and me (in unison) if we would adopt them.

Jules shared her heart with me and we spoke about life choices—all the way home.


Made me feel-- like a Pioneer Woman!



Secret-Ingredient Cupcakes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place papers in 24 muffin-tin cups. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Beat in mayonnaise. Mix well with devil's food cake mix, water, and vanilla. Divide the batter among the cups. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool. For the frosting, melt semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler; whisk in sour cream. Frost the cupcakes immediately
  2. --Real Simple Magazine

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The Prize!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Pasta | 0 comments

The Prize!

I prepared a quick and tasty platter of pasta for dinner the evening before that 5 mile run on a lopsided beach in the soft sand.








7 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti (because that is half the box now you know), 1 pound of various squashes, fresh oregano, and a big tomato ready to go…







Zip, zip, zip, goes the mandolin.








Saute the slender shards of squash in oil; add plenty of garlic; then season.  I put crushed red pepper into the mix too.

Meanwhile cook the pasta.








Toss it all together with a ladle of pasta water to loosen it up.  Then add wedges of tomato; fresh herbs and a healthy spoonful of fresh Parmesan cheese.









Eat it all!











While the finish line was the prize—this pasta was easily the best freshest start ever!

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Somewhere in Heaven

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in New | 7 comments

This morning the City of Newport Beach will honor

our family and the memory of our son, Gray.

Each year the Gray Lunde Ironman attracts the most dedicated Junior Lifeguards.  At 8am they gather at the Santa Ana River Jetty, Tower 74 for a grueling

run, swim, run.

Participants will run to the Newport Pier (2.2miles), swim around Buddy’s Buoy twice (400m), run to the Balboa Pier (1.7 miles), swim around Renee’s Buoy twice (400m), run to “G” Street, and back to the finish at the Balboa Pier for recognition.

The very youngest athlete is 9 years old.

The event is 29 this year.

When Gray was 8 years old he and I ran together so we could keep track of his brothers,

Ty and Cole.

As a JG the following year he became the king of the Ironman in his age division

--year after year.


The event became the Gray Lunde Ironman.

Somewhere in heaven a champion gives purpose to each barefoot step I take in the soft sand

—year after year.

See you at the River Jetty!

"Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
O lead me by thine own right hand,
Choose out the path for me."

"Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not,
It leads me to thy rest."

--Horatius Bonar 1857

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