Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Wow Them With This Easy Ceviche Recipe!

While I was at work one day, I saw a young fellow pick up the bag of mixed seafood that is usually used for Paella and place it in his cart. Curious, I asked him what was he going to prepare with the seafood and he told me Ceviche, which a traditional latin american dish. Confused about the pronunciation, I asked him to repeat it once again. He then proceeded to tell me that it is traditionally prepared which is raw fish, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, onions, limes, salt, and pepper.

As he was telling me about the ingredients, my mouth started watering until he told me that you don’t cook the seafood. Hummmm, well ahhh, ummm, raw seafood…not the most appealing thing to me, however I still wanted to try it. He told me not to worry because the lime juice in the recipe cooks the seafood. Again, I had to raise an eyebrow but I still could not wait to try it. Below is the recipe he gave me for the ceviche. I have to say, it is fantabulous and very easy.

Easy Ceviche

1 bag of mix seafood  (thawed and chopped in bite sized portions; I got mine from Sam’s Club)

Jalapenos (chopped, the amount depends on how spicy you want the ceviche to be)

1 onion (chopped)

2 tomatoes (chopped)

14 limes (cut and ready to be squeezed)


salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, place seafood mix and squeeze all limes. The lime juice should pretty much cover the seafood. Next add your tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and just a few sprigs of cilantro. Stir well and add salt and pepper to taste. Voila! It’s all done!

I normally like for it to sit about 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator before I eat it because it gives the lime juice time to tenderize the meat and all the flavor to mesh together. Sikia wasn’t too fond of knowing there was octopus in the ceviche, so she declined the offer, but my teen Soraya loved it. Maybe it’s something your older kids will like more than your younger ones? Who knows – they might all love it!

We eat the ceviche with tortilla chips and it is just soooo good! It’s a fast, refreshing twist to a pico de gallo to me. If you want to wow the coworkers or have it for a back to school bash, this will definitely do it. Ya’ll enjoy!

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