the best surprise

20 Jan

I felt so blessed by the response to yesterday’s post.  Thank you so much for every encouraging word, congratulations, prayer and thought.  It really means so much to Jonathan and I.

As we are going through so many changes, I’m so thankful for this blog and all of you who stop by to read it.  This is a constant in my life that brings me calmness and familiarity to focus on.

Yesterday was yet another milestone marked off in the journey toward moving to OKC: our house inspection.  I think because everything has happened so fast and easily since we put it up for sale last Friday, I had a bad feeling about the inspection, like something just had to go wrong.  But it didn’t!  We passed with flying colors, and we’re so relieved.

We went to bed last night feeling so at ease, and woke up this morning to the best surprise.

Not only was everything covered in white, but the husband’s office had decided to not open until 10am!  Not a bad way to start the morning for sure.  We laid back down and slept off and on for another 45 minutes or so, and then got up to have some breakfast and get a few things done.

On my to-do list was to cook up a side dish of some sort to take over to a friend’s house for dinner tonight.  Earlier this week, when Grace and Jonathan invited us over, she said she’d be making a vegetable soup, but also some quesadillas for the guys.  I promised to make a side dish to go with the soup…I was originally thinking salad, but this morning I just couldn’t get hummus out of my head!  So, I pulled out a slew of cookbooks, searching for a recipe that I would already have the ingredients for.  Finally, I stumbled upon one in, you guessed it – Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.  I adapted the recipe a bit to suit our tastes and due to the fact that I didn’t have a couple of ingredients.

I think it turned out great!  But I guess the true test will be tonight.  I love how the peanut, tamari and sesame add a distinct sort of flavor, but the garlicky hummus still shines!

Peanut Sesame Hummus with Chias


  • 2 cups canned chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes , or to taste (I like it hot!)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds


  • Place chickpeas in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute
  • Add remaining ingredients except water to bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Pour mixture into Vitamix or a food processor

  • Puree, adding water until consistency is smooth.  You’ll also have to stop to scrape down the sides at regular intervals
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and chia seeds, crushed peanuts or a wedge of lime!

Hummus is one of the top items on my list of favorite foods.  I especially love how versatile it is – you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner…and you can eat it so many different ways.  My favorite store bought kind is Sabra Roasted Garlic, but homemade just can’t be beat…especially because it’s super easy and you can add whatever flavors you want!  I’m thinking maybe mexican inspired next time…

Now I’ve got some Super Charge Me cookies baking in the oven, and I’m working on a few projects – planning my PiYo class for tomorrow being one of them.  I always end up waiting until the last minute to plan my class, and I’m really trying to work on getting it done early.  It’s much more fun when I have plenty of time!

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday!

Do you have a love for hummus? Or have you never tried it before?  What’s your favorite kind?


13 Responses to “the best surprise”

  1. Halley (Blunder Construction) January 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Mmmm hummus is one of my favorite things in the world! My favorite has got to be the white bean and basil hummus from T Joe’s! So flavorful. I’ve tried to make my own from home, too. I put half the batch in the freezer and it kept up well upon defrosting.

    • candice January 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

      I would kill to get a TJ’s in Oklahoma! I’ve been to one once in Virginia, and it only made me wish for one even more. Good to know about freezing it too! I honestly wouldn’t have thought that would work.

  2. Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I really do need a food processor in my life. I think it’d make my routine eats a little more interesting… lol

    • candice January 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

      Definitely couldn’t live without my food processor. Well, I guess I could, but I wouldn’t want to!

  3. Malissa January 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I love hummus! You’re right though, it is the very best when you make it yourself. I love baba ganoush too, but I haven’t ever tried to make it at home…I should add that to my list.

    • candice January 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      ooooh, great idea! I get baba ganoush every time I go to Pita Pit, but I have yet to make it myself. I’m putting it on my list too, but update me if you make it! Every other time I’ve tried to cook eggplant, it hasn’t turned out too well…but I’ve never tried to puree it!

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) January 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Yum and I love the idea of heating up the chickpeas. Definitely going to be doing that. I love hummus actually. One of my faves is garlicky roasted red bell pepper. I also add in cannellini beans to add creaminess and less oil.

    • candice January 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      I love all the hummus ideas I’m getting! Adding cannellini beans is brilliant! It would also probably up the fiber and protein a bit too.

  5. Joslyn @ missfitbliss January 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    I like the look of that chia seed hummus. And of course, you know I love the picture of your adorable doggy:)

    • candice January 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      lol, thanks Joslyn!

  6. kelli January 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    congrats on selling your house!

    i made hummus today too!=) love the photos. pretty purple.=)

  7. Laura @ Backstage Pass January 21, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    What a relief it must be to have had the inspection go well!
    Love the shoes in the last photo… what is the brand?


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