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Concerts and Recitals

Stars and Stripes Forever

On Sunday evening, July 4th, 2021, Warner Avenue Baptist Church (in Huntington Beach, CA) had a special Fourth of July program. The evening started with a piano trio of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Lizzie, Christeen, and Hannah.

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Concerts and Recitals

Only a Boy Named David

Christeen and Lizzie play a piano duet of “Only a Boy Named David” at our music recital on May 16, 2021.

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Concerts and Recitals

2021 Spring Recital

The young men from church performed “Come Thou Fount.”

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Ed and Nicole are engaged

On Saturday, Ed flew down from the Bay Area. Although his flight was delayed (first due to a bird strike and then to an engine problem), he finally arrived at John Wayne Airport and then our house around midafternoon. Around 4:00 PM, we finally leave from Laguna Beach to go on a hike (El Moro Canyon).

Unbeknownst to Nicole, Ed had already purchased an engagement ring and was planning to propose on the hike at the top of the hill. Also Ed’s brother and his wife had driven down from Sacramento the day before. They planned to hike to the top and hide so that they could be a part of the big event.

The hike is quite strenuous.

On the way to the top, Ed decides on a change of plans. So he stops at a scenic spot, gets on one knee, and proposes. Most of the group (including Ed’s brother and sister-in-law) end up missing the occasion.

Victoria messages the group and we hike back down to meet up from pictures.

We spend a little time taking a lot of pictures.

We got a family picture (though Jason, Hannah, and Evelyn aren’t included).

Back: Justin, Jeffrey, Ed, Nicole, Jeri, Tim, Victoria.
Front: Josiah, Sarah, Lizzie, and Joanna
Tim (Ed’s brother), Ed, Nicole, and Marissa

We then hiked back down.

Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom

Afterwards we drove back to South Coast Plaza for a celebration meal at Claim Jumper’s restaurant.

Hannah, Victoria, Josiah, Jeri, and Tim
Ed, Nicole, Tim, Marissa, Jeffrey, Joanna, and Sarah
Jeri, Tim, Justin, Josiah, Jason, Hannah, and Victoria

Because Nicole’s birthday was the next day, she got a mini-birthday cake. We also got a slice of the classic Motherload Cake to share with all.

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Concerts and Recitals

Because He Lives

Youth Choir sings “Because He Lives” at Warner Avenue Baptist Church on Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021).

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Events

Weston’s Get-together

Kevin and Darlene Weston and their children drove out from Kansas to visit family and friends. On the night before their drive back, we invited all of the Weston clan along with the Ouatu family to our house for a get-together.

Here are some photos from the evening.

Josiah and the Weston children building with Duplos
Christeen, Reuben, and Lorna
Stephen, Bill, Reuben, and Robin
Jason, Evelyn, and Tim
Victoria, Jeffrey, Hannah, and Sarah
Three Weston boys – James, Adam, and Levi
Jeri and Cris
Lizzie and Christeen
Josh, Christeen, Lizzie, Victoria, Gabriella, and Cris
Around the table
Hannah, Jason, Kevin, Stephen, Johnny, Andrew, Josh, and Jeffrey
Christeen along with two boys shooting Nerf guns
Nerf battle in the parking lot
Darlene, Robin, and Bill
William and Josiah
Lorna and Addy
Jeri and Tim
Singing hymns
Hannah playing piano for the hymn sing
Playing a card game, Dutch Blitz
Lizzie, Hannah, Jeffrey, Johnny, Christeen, Andrew, and Josh
Stephen, Bill and Kevin
Hannah and Jason
Robin and Bill
Stephen, Lorna, and Reuben

Here is the Kevin Weston family. They have two twin boys, Adam and James. Because we’re not sure who is who in this photo, the caption might be incorrect.

Darlene, Kevin and Adam, Levi, James, Philip, William, Addy

Here is a short (two-minute) video collage of the evening.

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Low tide at Huntington Beach

Six of us went down to the beach – Jeri, Tim, Justin, Nicole, Victoria, and Lizzie. We (purposely) caught it at low tide. The temperature was in the 70s.

Here’s Lizzie walking along the beach.

Lizzie walking at low tide
Lizzie, Nicole, Jeri, and Victoria along the beach at low tide
Lizzie, Jeri, Nicole, Justin, Victoria, and Tim

A one-minute video composite.

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Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Ganache recipe

A rich, chocolatey dessert! Using a Vitamix and digital scale, this recipe is very easy to follow.

Here are the ingredients:

IngredientMeasurementApproximate equivalent
Avocado300 g2 avocados
Cocoa powder (and/or cacao powder)60 g2/3 cup
Coconut milk (or almond milk)150 g1/3 cup
Maple syrup (or honey)75 g1/4 cup
Saltpinch1/16 teaspoon
Vanilla25 g2 Tablespoon
Dates (pitted)300 g16 dates

Start by zeroing the scale with the Vitamix container on it.

Empty Vitamix container

Add avocado by scooping the flesh into the container. In the following pictures, I had 318 grams of avocado. Other times, I’ve used only 200 grams of avocado and scaled the recipe accordingly.

Adding Avocado
318 grams of avocado added

Zero the scale and add cocoa powder. To be a bit healthier, I use a half cocoa powder and half cacao powder. The amount should be one fifth of the avocado amount.

Cocoa powder added

Next add coconut milk. The amount should be half of the avocado amount. Because I was out of coconut milk, I substituted almond milk.

Almond milk added

Add 100% pure maple syrup. Do NOT use maple-flavored corn syrup! You can substitute honey. The amount should be one quarter of the amount of avocado.

Next add vanilla extract. (I really like to use Mexican vanilla.)

Maple syrup and vanilla

Add a pinch of salt which is about 1/16 teaspoon. In the picture, I have half of a 1/8 teaspoon.

Pinch of salt

Finally add the dates. Zero the scale. Remove the pits and stem caps. The amount should equal the amount of avocado.

Adding dates

Finally blend on the Vitamix. Use the tamper. Gradually increase the speed until you are finally able to blend it on high to get it really smooth.

Ready to blend

If necessary, use a scraper on the sides.

Scraping the sides

When done, scoop into a container and store in the refrigerator.

Scoop into container

For a satisfying treat after a meal, I will take a scoop with tablespoon to slowly enjoy. Yum!

I started with a recipe that I found online. I modified it slightly and simplified its instructions. Original recipe is here.

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Journal

Playing at the Beach

Some of the young people from church planned a bonfire at the beach for Saturday afternoon and evening. Unlike most of these beach outings, Tim, Jeri, and Justin actually attended this one…for a while.

Here are some pictures. Click on them for full size.

Nicole, Victoria, and Jeri relaxing at the beach
Lizzie playing Frisbee
Jeffrey after tossing the Frisbee with Justin behind him
Jeri and Tim at the beach with the sun setting behind them
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Evelyn Baby Shower

Today, after the morning service, our church had a baby shower for Jason, Hannah, and Evelyn. Today was the first time that they have been able to attend church since her birth.

We had food set up inside. To stay within state guidelines due to COVID-19, we had the men and children eat outside and the women ate inside.

Click on any picture for full size.

Victoria and Jeri at the food table
Josiah eating outside under a canopy
Brenda Huber, Sarah, Jeri, Joanna, and Nicole
Sarah holding Evelyn
Joanna taking a picture of the cake
Jeffrey in the church kitchen with some friends: Andrew, Josh, and Maddy
People working on one of the baby shower games
Hannah and Jason opening presents. Jeri and Nicole helped keep track of the gifts.
People watching the gift opening
Jason opening a card while Hannah holds Evelyn
Paul Huber holds a sleeping Evelyn
Sarah, Jeri, and Tim in the parking lot

Here is a short compilation of the pictures.