Humming for Hummus?

My family is the hummus eating type. I've tried different brands and the one I liked best, was discontinued. It's all about the texture - it can't be too smooth. This recipe is pretty tasty, but I'm always open for suggestions.

15 oz can garbanzos, drained
1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
1 T olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 clove garlic- pressed
salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor until well blended and the consistency you want. The above is the original recipe, but I added 4 kalamata olives for a little extra flavor. Next time I may try black ones.


Family Reunion 2007

For at least twenty-two years, the Nunnink family has been reuniting for a weekend of camping and just plain old fun. It's been many places over the years (I don't think we're welcome back in the little town of Washington), but no matter where, we're just happy to be together.
The family has grown to 80+, and that includes Pa, his 12 children and their spouses, grandchildren and their families, and great grandchildren.
This year we went to Lodgepole Campground, off of Hwy 80, by Lake Valley Reservoir. Nice close spot for those who weren't able to stay the night.
Here's a picture of Lori, Bobby, and Ryan. They appear to be looking at her...she must have been entertaining the crowd with one of her many hilarious stories, some of which I shall not repeat. She has a great laugh...one which kept many of us awake one year in Caribou.
This is Brian and Ellie. It kinda looks like they're part of a traveling circus, but a very talented one.
Naida and Meredith did a little kayaking on the reservoir, as well as many other family members. I know I had a picture of Michele in one, but I think it's lost in my computer somewhere.
It was a great time, as usual, even though it was a smaller crowd. Looking forward to next year and you can bet I'll have my s'more goods ready.


She said yes!

My nephew Joe, Terri's son, has been planning to ask Brittani to marry him for some time. He knew all the special people he wanted to be on the backpack trip: Terri, Keith, Scott, John Paul, Lindsay, Jake, Patricia, Brittani, and himself. He purchased the ring and came upon this perfect accessory. He and Terri were shopping in Grass Valley when they spied this rock. The shop owners loved the story of how he was going to propose and gave it to him, if he promised to come back and tell her about it. They returned, brought pictures, and explained how he placed the rock on the ground (when it was just the two of them hiking) and told her to look for 'cool' rocks. She completely missed this one. He told her to go in the direction of 'the' rock. She didn't want to. Joe picked it up and said something like,"Look at this cool one."
I didn't get info on her complete response. Did she cry? Jump up and down? Ask what took him so long?
The area they backpacked is Grouse Ridge and the lucky spot is on the Black Buttes. That might be Glacier Lake in the background. He purposefully picked this spot since it was where he became a follower of Jesus.
I love this picture of the newly engaged Brittani - John Paul took it. Come October 2008, she will be known as Brittani Britton. Congratulations Joe and Brittani! I love you both.


Sandy Croft's Letter

Good News!

This in from Sandy,

I just got back to my hotel room. Lynne did wonderful! God did even better. The doctors were able to remove all the cancer, and they were able to avoid the very long surgery of 10 hrs. It took 5 instead. She will be in the hospital approximately 7 days and not 14. I'm truly happy. Lynne has been such a wonderful wife, amazing friend, and truly a special mother. I can't even imagine the world without her. Thanks for all your prayers, your thoughts, and your kindness these past weeks.



Remember Mr. and Mrs. Cookie?

Well, they just shared that they are expecting a little chocolate chip, er, I mean a baby! I am so excited for them. The two of them are so sweet, I know they'll make splendid parents.

Gretchen and Ryan Mack
Ryan has asked that we pray for Gretchen. She has a partially detached retina that requires surgery and, if at all possible, to postpone it until after the first trimester. They meet with the doctor in another week to see if it has gotten any worse. Pray for healing and a healthy baby. Congratulations you two! We're praying.

This from Ryan:
Good News, the doctor did laser surgery in his office yesterday to fix the problem, and no invasive surgery was required. We go back in a week to check it, so pray for that and for a fast recovery, but this is quite minor to what we had thought. Good stuff, God stuff.



Marching Orders

Throughout this last year, and then some, you all have shown me what dedicated prayer warriors you are. Daily I am comforted and rest in the assurance that God is in control of my life and knows what's best for me. This gives me such peace.
What I'm asking for, is prayer for our sister in Christ, Lynne Croft. She goes in for surgery early tomorrow morning, for a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Her daughter, Haily, told me today that the doctor is optimistic. I'm guessing that means that they feel that they can get it all.
Pray that she will be comforted, and not fear, and that she will know that Jesus is more than enough for her, no matter what. She may be in the hospital for up to two weeks after, so continue going before the throne on her behalf. God bless you all.


Nevada County Fair

This is one pack of excited fair goers. Got a picture before the festivities began, and I must say, they kept up the pace for the majority of the day.

Shannon, Ally, Madie, Madeline, Jackie, Meredith, Chelsea
Remember my big, overconfident post on a surefire win on the HUGE weed? Wrong. The large one on the left, is the weed I entered for my neighbor. (It was on HER property, after all.) It's taller than the garage door. I personally thought it should have received a first, due to the multiple heads, but there were two taller weeds. My wimpy one was tied to Miss Shelly's that didn't win either. Why didn't they just put up a neon sign that said 'Losers'?
Here's the proof. Laurie's very excited. Since 1st place pays $5.00, do you think she'll share her 3rd winnings with me?
And now for the food reviews. Sorry, no pictures. I must have been too busy eating. For starters, I had a baked potato, with everything, for lunch. I think that was my favorite. Next, for a little snack, I HAD to have a Cinnamon Roll with frosting, no nuts. I don't remember having one for a number of years. I think that was my favorite. For my dessert after my roll (an hour or two later), I had to have a swirl cone from the fire department. Collin's friend, Owen, made a record size one for me that required a bowl and spoon. I think that was my favorite. Finally, for dinner, I had two tacos and a Pepsi. Delicious. That maybe was my favorite. Do the calories count from Meredith's cotton candy that I only had a taste of, or a bite of her chocolate dipped cone? I didn't think so.

*Many thanks to Michele to keeping track of the girls and shuffling them around, while I planned my next eating opportunity.


Lunch with Emma.

For those of you that don't know, this is Emma (what you can see of her). Look at those beautiful smiling eyes! She has been in town, visiting for a bit and we were able to get together for lunch and do some catching up.
We went to Sopa's downtown Nevada City. I had only been there once and didn't really love what I had eaten. I let her do all the ordering since she is a Thai connoisseur. Am I ever glad I did! Feast your eyes on the Fresh Spring Rolls and the Chicken Satay.
We also had Boat Noodle Soup and Yellow Curry Vegetables over rice. This Thai Tea Ice-cream was the perfect ending to such a DELICIOUS meal.

She has convinced me to try Vietnamese next - says that there's a place in Auburn that's good. Maybe next time she's here, we'll go out again. This time on me. Thanks again Emma for lunch, but most of all, for your precious friendship.


Ryan's Famous Recipe

Well, here you have it. See these bundles of sweetness? I only have Ryan to blame...or maybe his lovely wife, Gretchen, for divulging his secret recipe. How can I stop at just one? They are, by far, some of the yummiest cookies, I have had the pleasure of tasting.
Apparently, it's all in the technique, along with the recipe, of course. One must hand roll them into large balls and carefully watch them in the oven, until just lightly browned. They stay soft and tall.

Gretchen & Ryan Mack
Thanks for sharing you two. I can tell this recipe is a keeper. Michele was right and I'm glad I followed her advice.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz. chocolate morsels

*Ryan reminded me that it's important to mix the dry things together and the wet separately, before combining. Claims that it makes a difference. Ryan knows best.

Roll into a ball with a diameter of about 1-1/2 ". Place on cookie sheet without pressing down.
Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned (start checking at 7-8 minutes). Leave on sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Gretchen and Ryan keep theirs in the freezer. My first recipe didn't last that long.

I have two batches in the fridge, ready to be baked for the family reunion - one with milk chocolate chips and the other with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. I'll have plenty of fresh coffee and lots of milk to share as well.