Swordfish with Pepper Salad

We got home a little late last night and wanted a quick, good-for-you dinner. Using Michael Symon’s “Five in Five” cookbook, we made Swordfish with Pepper Sauce. It was quick, absolutely delicious, gluten-free, and down-right good for you!

This dish doesn’t need pasta, rice, or bread! I stepped away from the table satisfied and feeling good about what I ate.

Grilled Swordfish & Pepper Salad


  • 4 (5 ounce) swordfish steaks
  • Kosher salt & ground pepper
  • 16 tbs olive oil
  • 6 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup torn basil


  • Preheat grill.
  • Season swordfish on both sides with salt & pepper.
  • Drizzle 4 tbs of olive oil on the grill.
  • Cover & cook until nicely charred and fish releases from grill.
  • Flip, cover and cook until cooked through (about 2 minutes)
  • In separate bowl, whisk vinegar and remaining oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, and basil.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Remove swordfish from grill.
  • Top with Pepper Salad & vinaigrette.
  • Serve & enjoy!

(Recipe taken from Michael Symon’s Five in Five.)


As an amateur photographer, I love to catch people unawares. I like to zoom in on their faces and truly capture the love in their eyes or the joy in their smile.I want to find a way to freeze that moment in time when the look on someone’s face tells it all.

But when someone else is behind the camera I’m a poser. Let me turn my waist a little so that I look thinner than I am. I want to set up the shot so that you capture looking  my best.

That being said, the picture below is not posed. It’s the end of a hard workout and I’m hot, sweaty, and tired. Take a moment and look at my face  and you’ll see what I see —-I’m not looking my absolute best but I am looking at someone I love with all of my heart and thoroughly enjoying the moment with him. FOT8E1



We’ve all heard the old saying that a picture tells a thousand words. Well, these pictures from the Crossfit link this morning say only a few words to me: You’re never too young and you’re never too old to include exercise in your daily routine. So, when you’re looking for an excuse not to work out – don’t use age!



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I’m currently reading “The 8th Habit” by Stephen Covey.  Some would probably consider it a self-help book. Others might dismiss it completely. For me, it seems to confirm much of what I already know and challenges me to pursue this calling to align spirit, soul, and body with God’s divine plan. 

While reading this morning, I came across this statement:

I do believe, however, that almost everyone can experience the tremendous benefits of winning the private victory over the body. Such a victory also impacts our ability to produce public victories in our relationships with others and on reorienting ourselves to a life of service and contribution.

Covey goes on to say:

There are 168 hours in every person’s week. But if you will physically sharpen the saw through regular and balanced exercise for, let’s say, only two or three of those 168 hours, you will experience such a positive effect of those two or three on the other 166, including the depth and quality of your sleep, that you will begin to see the tremendous leverage and power that comes in your life from this kind of self-mastery. Mind over mattress.” 

If you want to have better relationships with your friends and family, be more productive at work, and feel good in your skin then it’s time to make time to exercise!

First, I have good news! My friend, “Susie Bee” has been moved out of intensive care and into a rehab center! AND, “Lilly Lee” is making substantial progress and is beginning to move her right side! God is TOO Good!

Now, onto other business. I begin every year in Genesis and do my best to read through the Bible. I’ve read it in various translations and with different programs. This year I thought I’d try something new and read the “Complete Jewish Bible” which was translated by David Stern. I’m really enjoying it — the names are all in Hebrew, the importance of loving the Word is emphasized, and Stern directs us to New Testament readings that correspond with the Old Testament. Normally I’d be further along than I am by now but I think taking it slow and reading the corresponding scriptures along with taking the time to look up Hebrew words that I don’t know is worth it.  So maybe this year I don’t finish the Bible but I hope to not only know more about God’s Word but to fall even deeper in love with it than ever before.

I’m in Exodus right now. God is telling “Moshe” how to build the tabernacle and how to dress “Aharon” and his sons, the priests. Usually I skim over these details. I’ve never really paid attention to the lengths of acacia wood used in the temple, the amount of gold needed to cover the Ark of the Covenant, or how the priestly garments were made. But it’s different this year. I’m beginning to think that if God was so interested in how the tabernacle was built (and later on the temple) and if He cared so much about the priestly garments that He designed them Himself then He probably cares a lot about how we take care of the bodies He designed for us.

Think about it for a moment. Peter tells us that we are a holy and royal priesthood. If we really are God’s priests in our families, workplaces, and communities wouldn’t He care about how we present ourselves? Seriously, if He was so concerned with the details of building a tabernacle, designing the priestly garments, and building a temple wouldn’t He be just that concerned about us? Isn’t it time that we began to treat our bodies like the temple Paul told us it is? We need to remind ourselves that our bodies are not just about us and what we like or don’t like, want to do or don’t to do,  where want to go, or if we want to stay right where we are. Our bodies are the very temple of the living God and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let’s treat our bodies with the respect they deserve and in doing so honor the One who created them!

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)