Sunday, June 24

My Sister Stephanie!


My sister, Stephanie, and I are close, it comes from sharing a room with her for the first 13 years of my life. At the moment she is in San Diego, CA visiting her oldest daughter, Heather, and kids, Olivia and David. It seems like she has been gone forever and WE, the family, are so ready for her to come back to TEXAS. Of course we talk, e-mail and do the facebook thing, but I miss the 3-D version of Steph.....hopefully she will be home in a few weeks.

Aside from missing her, I know she is having a wonderful time with Heather and especially those grandbabies that she doesn't have the chance to see very often. They have had loads of fun as we watch from afar. We wait for her to post pictures on facebook and then pour over them slowly. It is a joy to see the kids, we have missed so much. No Halloweens or birthdays, no Christmas Eves or First Days of School. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE INTERNET! Even though we don't live close to them we are able to stay in 'constant' contact. Hurray! for technology!

Here is a peek into the life of my sweet sister, California Style.........

Well she's in San Diego, of course the beach and
Pacific Ocean have been calling her.
Isn't she beautiful? Good genes!

Steph's cute. They are looking for the 'bottles' with their "Messages from  Daddy".
 Did I mentioned he was in the Navy?
We miss you Brandon...stay safe.

Isn't this just the BEST idea you have ever seen? I know one day they will understand that Daddy didn't actually throw these overboard for them. Olivia and David will see what a wonderful gift Mommy gave them and be thankful for times like these to make special lifelong memories! LOVE IT!

My niece, Heather, aided in the hunt for their bottles, what we moms do for our children.

   Lunch anyone? Kiko's Place is a rolling restaurant
in San Diego. Stephanie said it was by far the
best fish tacos and ceviche she had ever eaten! ANYWHERE!

Trip Advisor gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5! I had no idea Trip Advisor even reviewed restaurants on wheels! Who knew?
 'I hardly have words to describe how much I love this taco truck', commented one loyal fan.

I pulled these last 2 photos off of TA. Steph said the hot sauce was divine and coming from Texas she would know.  She has always loved foods with very intense heat!

Steph's lunch:
Fish and Shrimp Tacos
and the large cup....luscious she said!

 "Hey, Kiko....come to Texas!"

The Texas Rangers played in San Diego, they were in Heaven!
She's ready for the game....'let's go Rangers....LET'S GO!'

Olivia and David at the Ranger's game.

{L-R} Heather, my niece, David and my sister, Stephanie!

Tilapia Ceviche


  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets, 1/2 inch diced
  • 1 cup lime juice, about 8 large limes
  • 1 cup seeded chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, I use red onion
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Clamato clam-tomato juice, optional
  • 1 tablespoon bottled hot sauce....I'm a Texan we use Tabasco, optional
  • 1 serrano chile, optional
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


Put the tilapia in a medium bowl. Pour the lime juice over the fish and mix gently to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until the fish is white throughout, about 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the thickness if your fish.
Remove from the refrigerator and drain off the lime juice, gently squeezing the fish with your hands. Discard the lime juice. Add the tomato, cucumber, onion, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the clam-tomato juice, hot sauce and chile, if using.
Arrange the avocado slices on the side of ceviche and serve immediately with the lime wedges and tortilla chips.




  1. I want to visit that food truck! Good job Rhonda and I know you miss her.

  2. Awww you did a good job sis!!! Love you too and will be home July 5th YEAH!!!! We will have to celebrate my graduation when I get home...I am officially a Nationally Certified & Licensed Phlebotomist...YEAH!!!

  3. YAY IS RIGHT!!! I know Kristin is READY but Heather and the kids will miss you greatly. David, I want to order something off of that taco truck myself! He needs to hit the road with his fish tacos and ceviche!