Beach, ponies and really good food. PLUS a recipe for ceviche!

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Sitting on the dock of Chincoteague Bay… I love this picture.

We are here on Chincoteague Island- enjoying family time, food, the beach, the ponies and good food.  Did I mention the food?( It’s been really, really good!)

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We left early Sunday morning- the sky was gorgeous- I put my camera on top of the car and clicked away.

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And the sky by the Bay Bridge was a beautiful blue.  (BTW- I LOVE the EZPass- you can just drive on through and even have your own lane on the other bridge!)

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We went to Island Creamery and had ice cream on the first night.

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Then we went to meet this beauty-

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who seriously wanted to nibble on my arm.

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Aidan decided he DID NOT want to ride on a pony.

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Then we ran about town for a while- shopping and buying (I’ll show pictures of our lovely yarn later).

And  then we had a wonderful meal for dinner of grilled pork shops, singing potatoes, steamed broccoli  and cheddar bay biscuits.

No pictures- we snarfed it down right quick.

BUT- I was watching Luke make a special appetizer, Shrimp ceviche.

The beauty of this dish is that you use citric acid to cook the shrimp.

Citric acid, as in lemon and lime juice.

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Luke made up his own recipe and he graciously offered to share it with us all.

Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche

3/4 lb of raw shrimp, deveined and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Juice from 1 1/2 lemons

Juice from 1 lime

1 pepper- chopped (habenero, serrano, or your choice)

1 medium cuke, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped and seeded

1 avocado, sliced into cubes

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

Put shrimp into glass bowl and pour juice over it.

Stir well, add other ingredients and watch the shrimp turn pink!

Let sit in refrigerator for 3 hours, covered with plastic wrap.

Serve with blue corn chips and enjoy!


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Dip right in and take a bite of this Latin American dish.

A Psalm for today. Psalm 15

I was looking for a psalm for the traveler.

I couldn’t find one appropriate- do you know of one?

Fernando Ortega’s voice comes singing into my head-

Heavenly Father, remember the traveler.

Heavenly Father, remember the traveler,

Bring him safely home-

Safely home.”

I sang that along with the CD player on our way home all last year- 10 hours of driving- half of that on the Pennsylvania Turnpike kind of gets you in the mood for praying for safety- especially when it is snowing and dark.

I couldn’t find a psalm for that occasion, but it was a chance to read through some of the psalms of David again.  And when I read psalm 15 it stood out as a recommendation for a good life.

Here it is in the NIV:

Psalm 15
A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?

2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,

5 who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.

And here it is in The Message:

Psalm 15
A David Psalm

1 God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?
2 “Walk straight,
act right,
tell the truth.
3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable.
5 “Keep your word even when it costs you,
make an honest living,
never take a bribe.

“You’ll never get
if you live like this.”

I don’t know about you- but I WANT to eat dinner at God’s house and be on the guest list.

What preparation ? Bread and Babies!

I said I was preparing to go away for a week.

I never said I was packing.

Or getting clothes laundered or buying supplies, did I?


Because my preparations look more like this:

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And this:

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And these lovely loaves:

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Not a thing packed- I’ll do laundry tomorrow.

Today I made marvelous bread and helped give a baby his first bath.

Bread and babies-

a perfect preparation for a happy time.