25 March 2011


Since my weight loss surgery, I am not able to eat red meat or chicken--so I am always on the look out for recipes that deals with seafood. In my research, I came across this wonderful shrimp ceviche recipe. I cooked this recipe the other night and both Mr G and daughter loved it. I served the ceviche with wheat couscous and a wonderful 5 grained wheat bread.

To learn more about this great dish please click on: Ceviche

1 pound medium-small shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp salt
3/4 cup of lime juice(juice from 4-6 limes)
3/4 cup of lemon juice(juice from 2-3 lemons)
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1serrano chile, ribs and seeds removed, minced
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 cucumber, peeled diced into 1/2- inch pieces
1 avocado, peeled, seed removed, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
* I added mango pieces--added a great flavor to the dish*


1. In a large pot, bring to a boil 4 quarts of water, salted with 2 Tbsp salt. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute to 2 minutes max, depending on size of shrimp. (over-cooking the shrimp will turn it rubbery). Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

2. Drain the shrimp. Cut each piece of shrimp in half, or into inch-long pieces. Place shrimp in a glass or ceramic bowl. Mix in the lime and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour.

3. Mix in the chopped red onion and serrano chile. Refrigerate an additional half hour.

4. Right before serving, add the cilantro, cucumber, and avocado.

Serves 4-6

*Recipe is taken from: Simply Recipes

Hope everyone will have a great week end!

Tracy :)

     *Inspiration for wanting to try this recipe came from Julie and her blog: moments of perfect clarity

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche With Wheat Couscous and Grained Bread

22 March 2011

Catching Up

Thought I would play catch up with a few things I have been meaning to follow up on.

Remember the map monster? I had asked my readers to help me come up with a name and it seems Guiliver won out.


I won this beautiful garland from a wonderful blog: moments in perfect clarity
 Thanks Julie!:
Lucky Me

Beautiful Colors

 Julie also made some lovely stitched up cards. Could not give up buying a few--love them all! She sells these cards on Big Cartel which you can find on her blog.


Ready to Take A Walk?

Watch Out Below!
The catch up is done for now!

I hope everyone will have the day of your choice.

Tracy :)

19 March 2011

Going On A Walk

Can you believe I have singed myself and daughter up for the Greenville Hospital Systems Swamp Trail 5k Run/Walk? I would have never thought one year ago, I would be able to walk three miles(I think 5k is three miles)? I will also be getting a t-shirt and I do not even know what size to get!

I love to walk(it's my think time) and since I had my weight loss surgery- I cannot get enough of it! I walk on my breaks at work and I will park my car far from the door when I go shopping. I feel like Forrest Gump-I could walk from one end of the country to the other. Maybe I will one day!

For more information: http://www.ghs.org/

Hope everyone will have a great week-end!

Tracy :)

16 March 2011


                          My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.

12 March 2011

Coming Soon

I love living in Greenville and would like to share what my city has to offer more with my readers. Once a week, I will choose a topic to write about--landmarks, restaurants, colleges, great places to shop and other places I think my readers would enjoy reading about.

The weekly title for my post will be called--Around Greenville.

I hope you will enjoy reading about this great city and see why I am proud to call Greenville home.To get started--please log on to: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ 



08 March 2011

Duke University Chapel

On the way home from Washington DC Sunday, I asked Mr G if we could stop by Duke. After stopping at a gas station and asking where the university was located--a very nice lady said she would take us to the school and the entrance she took us to was the chapel entrance. Both Jose and I were speechless--the pictures tell it all.

We listened to the last 5 minutes of the service and I had tears in my eyes. I had the chance to speak with the dean of the chapel(Sam Wells) and learned he is from England and has been to Lyme Regis(my dream). The whole time I was there, I felt like I was in a British cathedral--even Dean Wells agreed with me.

If you are in the Durham North Carolina area--the chapel at Duke University is a visit you will never forget.

Tracy :)

Driving to the chapel
Chapel entrance

Beautiful stain glass
(sorry for the blurr)

Another stain glass
Organ pipes
Made me think of Oxford
Dorm building(?)

02 March 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Leaving work one day, I heard a very strange loud noise--looked up and saw this beautiful bird.  Every step I took-- I could feel those little eyes upon me until I reached my car. Was there a nest near by? I think so, beacause when I left the parking lot all was quiet.