Posts made in July, 2016

At the Heart of the Matter

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in New | 3 comments

Running On All Cylinders



Only one short year ago, countless of you celebrated a contemporary miracle with us when our niece, Lindsey walked out of UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center after receiving a promise; a life worth breathing.

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A still yet anonymous family, grieving for their own young woman’s life lost, made a decision to donate her healthy lungs to Lindsey.  She gladly said farewell to her diseased lungs, rejoicing, recovering, and not once taking for granted this unmatchable gift.




In striking style, Lindsey threw a joyous Transplantiversary Party not only to celebrate the success, non-rejection, and blessed stamina,


but to thank her family and friends who watched over her from birth, in childhood through her journey to the transplant; and to bring awareness to organ transplant culture.



At the heart of the celebration was a chair draped in white remembering the young woman and her family’s first year too.  These are Lindsey’s words of Thanksgiving, used with permission.



Yesterday, we celebrated. One year post transplant. One year with no oxygen. One year of not being critical of nearly every breath, analyzing if I was just having a bad day or needed to wave the white flag and get admitted to the hospital for a 2-week "tune-up". One year of adventures. And one more year of being here with family and friends.

While one family celebrates, another family grieves. It did not go unnoticed that it was also one year of "firsts" for another family. The first birthday they did not get to hug their loved one and shower them with love. The first Mother's and Father's Day two people didn’t get to see or hear their daughter's voice. Possibly the first start of a school year when Mommy didn’t get to shed tears while taking pictures of her kiddos. The first Thanksgiving with one less chair filled at their table. But also the first Thanksgiving where my family had an extra chair at ours.

All I know about my donor is that she was a woman in her 40's. I affectionately call her Angela, because she's my angel. I have written a letter to her family but as of now they've chosen to remain humbly anonymous.

I didn't choose to share my story for the attention. I choose to share it to educate and bring awareness to both organ donation and cystic fibrosis. CF is a horrible life-long disease that does not discriminate. Organ donation allows a rare phenomena to occur- from death, comes life. Unfortunately, one must endure the former for another to embrace the latter. But what a beautiful gift it is. And if I can make just one person choose to register as an organ donor then I've done a small part in helping to save up to 8 lives.

Thank you, Angela. You will always be my hero and you will always have a chair at our table. ♡


See Lindsey run!!!


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Now Perfect

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in New | 1 comment



We counted it pure joy to catch up with these two last night (after twenty years) at the unveiling of Ben Carlson’s polished lean likeness of David (in board shorts); Gray’s best-ever friends, charming, capable and downright tall too.


The nine foot stainless steel statue was conceived by Ben's friends and family; then painstakingly shaped into gleaming heroic stature by his artistic brother-in law Jake Janz.


We were missing another face between Gary and Tyler's.


As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

--Psalm 17:15: English Standard Version

Photographs and text used on cococooks belong to me, Peggy Lunde unless linked otherwise.


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That Cake

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Desserts | 0 comments


My sweet contribution to our family’s Sunday dinner—happened one day shy of the Fourth of July—because we gather when it fits.


Something’s up around here; the grown-ups have embraced the Whole30 for July, which means we’ve made some radical mind-boggling shifts when it comes to the food we are eating.

More about that to come.

It didn’t sound out screeching brakes to creating a cake the cool kids love.  I adapted Once Upon a Chef’s Vanilla Birthday Cake (always a winner), opting out of the Vanilla Buttercream on this occasion. Doubling the recipe below, I filled and topped it with a soft-peaked whipped cream icing adding mixed berries for a tribute our Stars and Stripes heritage.

I haven't yet tried it--but by substituting 1 cup gluten-free flour and 1 cup almond flour this cake could become gluten-free.  Remember to use gluten-free baking powder as well*

*Baking powder: This product often contains an ingredient that helps absorb moisture so the baking powder doesn't clump. Some brands use wheat starch as that ingredient. Gluten-free baking powders include Rumford, Clabber Girl, Featherweight, and Bakewell Cream.

As the soft moist cake uses egg whites only; it is o'so delicious and true white.

But then, how would I know…


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