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Just a quick note to let you all know I am Guest Posting over at Tiffany’s “In Grace Always” blog today. Tiffany has been running a series of guest posts on the topic of Hearing God. I feel honored that she invited me to join in. Click on over to Tiffany’s to read along and leave some love over there by way of comments.

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So I said in my last post about Sushi that there was another post about sushi coming.

Here it is.

Who knows if there will be more…

On Friday night, I went out with my brother and the sushi was so good I just had. to. have. more.

I said it was a new addiction.

I asked a sweet friend of mine, who I knew posted about sushi on her Instagram account, where she like to go for sushi that was close by where we live. She told me of a local sushi place and raved about how it was her favorite place to have sushi. Many others I have spoken to since going to Johnny’s have spoken highly of Johnny’s and how it is the best sushi in the vicinity of where we live.

Now I have got to say. I have driven by this Johnny’s many times and thought, “Really? Sushi in Ceciltucky?” and I am not the only one who thought that. I found a review on YELP! by a Jamie S. called “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” and I laughed when I read the review because it said exactly what I thought.

I’ve been driving past Johnny’s since it opened and just now tried it last weekend. Wow, I’m impressed. What took me so long to check this place out? Oh, I know. Because it’s a sushi house in Ceciltucky. For years all signs pointed to “[…]!” But that’s the sushi snob in me talking. Came in here with my lady to finally try this place out and our expectations were surpassed by quite a bit. Now, let’s talk about the 4 stars here. We need to grade on a curve because this sushi joint is located in Perryville, MD so that already makes me a bit iffy. It was not the best sushi I’ve ever had but I was not expecting that. But for Cecil county sushi? I’m a fan.

So I am not the only one that had doubts about a sushi joint in Ceciltucky.

After church on Sunday, my husband took the younger kids to go watch the Superbowl with his mom, leaving my parents and my oldest daughter and I on our own.

So, off to Johnny’s Sushi House we went!

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was so delicious!!

Again, I started with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura. It was very good.


It had different vegetables than Joss had offered.

Both places though served Sweet Potato Tempura and it was my favorite in both restaurants.

My daughter and I chose two rolls apiece and decided we would share them piece for piece. That was a great way to order because we ordered what we chose but were able to try the other’s choices of rolls.

My daughter ordered a Paradise Roll and a Sweet Sixteen Roll.

The Paradise Roll consisted of a center of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber rolled and then topped with cooked shrimp and avocado. One thing we both liked about the Paradise Roll is that you could taste the smokey flavor of the salmon but it didn’t overwhelm the other flavors in the roll.

The Sweet Sixteen Roll consisted of a center of cooked shrimp, cucumber, cream cheese, and mango. The outside of the roll consisted of crabmeat, crunch, and sauce.


I ordered the Coconut Shrimp Roll, figured I would again “stay safe” and order cooked food as opposed to raw.

The Coconut Shrimp Roll was very tasty. The inside was Shrimp Tempura, cucumber, cream cheese, wrapped in Soybean paper with flakes and sauce. Although I don’t see any “flakes” on the outside of the roll, whether it was inside the wrap or not there at all, it was still delectable.

The Hawaiian Roll was crab meat, avocado, cucumber and mango rolled up and covered with cooked shrimp, and drizzled with strawberry and mango sauces. This was another scrumptious dish.


I have no idea what my parents ordered. They ordered some sort of combination that included a chef’s choice so even though they ordered the same thing, they both had something a bit different from the other but it all looked good and they were quite happy with it.

Mom’s combo platter:


Dad’s combo platter:


I enjoyed everything my daughter and I ordered. I don’t think I can pick a favorite because it was all good and there is nothing I would not order again. We were all quite satisfied with our meals and I would recommend Johnny’s Sushi House and plan on going there again very soon.

My dear sweet wonderful husband has yet to have sushi with me.

He won’t commit to saying he will go with me for sushi. He’s funny. Every time I bring it up he changes the subject. I am working on him though.

I am determined. I will wear him down.

Or at least drag him along and make him watch me eat it!!

The good thing is that each of these places do offer food that is cooked and Johnny’s does have other menu items more along the lines of a chinese restaurant included on their extensive menu.

(Disclaimer: Johnny’s has no idea I have written this post. I have not been compensated. These are my honest opinions.)

(**Clarification: Self-proclaimed Rednecks, who live here, call our county- Cecil County, “Ceciltucky.” It is a reference that, though we are somewhat northern (though south of the Mason – Dixon line), our county is very “southern”.**)

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I have never been a sushi fan.

It is raw fish.

Otherwise known to me as BAIT that you catch other fish with.

I could never get past the RAW part of “raw fish”.

It sounds nuts, but…

I have been craving sushi.

I said it’s nuts.

But I have.

I had a small taste of some tasty sushi on Christmas Eve that I just had to try it again!!

It was so yummy! I know it had shrimp tempura in the center with avocado and rice and cucumber maybe? I don’t remember exactly but I do remember the shrimp and the avocado and a brown sauce, which I found out later is called “eel sauce,” drizzled over it.

Since I was craving sushi, my big brother took me out for some amazing sushi at Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar, in Annapolis, Maryland.




(Please excuse the weird color of the photo; it was dark and we were sitting in front of a glass window that had neon signs hanging in it.)

He has been eating sushi for years so he was an old pro at ordering.


We decided I would pick a few things I felt were “safe” and then he would order some stuff he liked that he thought I should try.

For appetizers I ordered “safe” items (read:mostly cooked), shrimp and vegetable tempura,


and beef negimaki, which is thin sliced beef wrapped around scallions and grilled with teriyaki sauce.



I ordered a shrimp tempura roll, which was delicious, and Escolar nigiri.

The Escolar nigiri was at the suggestion of my mother. She told me that there was a fish I would like that was pure white and melted like butter in your mouth. Talking to the waiter of her suggestion he figured that Escolar is what she was referring to. Not sure if it was but it certainly fit the description she gave and DOES IT EVER MELT IN YOUR MOUTH!  So tasty!


We had Chesapeake Rolls which were rolls stuffed with tempura shrimp, crab meat, cucumber and avocado. Those were very good but a bit big and cumbersome to dip and eat.

My brother ordered the Sushi & Sashimi Combination with a Dynamite Roll (which consisted of  salmon, yellowtail, flounder, crabmeat, mixed with creamy spicy sauce with cucumbers and scallions.)


The Flounder Sashimi was good but not my favorite. It was the one I chose not to have more than one piece of. When we both put it in our mouths and tried to describe the flavor to each other, my first thought was, “it tastes like dirt” but then my brother chimed in with, “but really good dirt”. We decided “earthy” was a more proper term for it.

The Tuna Sashimi was my favorite. If you have ever had good raw beef, that is what it tasted like.

My second favorite was the Escolar Sashimi. It truly tasted like butter and melted in your mouth.

The Yellow Tail Sashimi was sort of nondescript and the Salmon Sashimi tasted like … well… salmon.

None of the fish tasted fishy.

Which was a good thing.

There are a few things that I learned while eating out with my big brother.

  1. I eat way to fast on a normal basis.
  2. Sushi, sashimi, etc., need to be eaten slowly to enjoy the mix of flavors in your mouth.
  3. Sushi is rolled.
  4. Sashimi is a chunk of raw fish.
  5. Nigiri is a chunk of raw fish over a wad of rice.
  6. Bait isn’t bad; it can be quite tasty.
  7. I have a new food addiction.

Have you ever had sushi?

If you have, where is your most favorite place to get sushi?

What is the best sushi you have ever eaten?

Do you have a favorite roll or ingredient?

Tell us about it in the comments! (You never know when me or another reader will be in your neck of the woods and in search of a good sushi restaurant.)

I highly recommend Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar on Main Street in old town Annapolis, Maryland.

This is my first post on eating sushi.

Yes, there is another one coming…

(I have not been compensated for this post. Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar has no idea who I am or that I wrote about my experience in their restaurant.)


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Back in the autumn I did a lettering project and I really enjoyed it. I combined my love of watercolor with a verse that had really spoken to me.


I was inspired to do it by an artist I found through Instagram. She has a lot of tutorials that are easy to follow if you need a push.

At Christmas time I was inspired to do another wreath and lettering project.


I enjoyed the simplicity of it.

Now, I am excited to be working on another one that was a request. That one won’t be quite so simple but I am up for the challenge.

But you will have wait to learn more about that one. Pray for me that He leads and guides my brush.

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  • Dottie SimonidesFebruary 8, 2016 - 2:32 PM

    Lovely, Sharon. I like the variety in colors, and I like the contrast in lettering. So glad you can use your gift of art in this way. Thanks for sharing.
    Lord be with you on your upcoming project.ReplyCancel

    • SharonFebruary 10, 2016 - 9:04 AM

      Thanks Dottie! I appreciate your prayers.ReplyCancel

  • MarleneFebruary 8, 2016 - 6:52 PM

    Excited for the unveiling!ReplyCancel


In my first post of the year I mentioned that I was going to get back to gratitude listing here again. I am starting afresh with a clean slate.

  • A house to live in
  • With heat that works
  • Laughing hard, so much so that my face hurt, with Trisha and Beverly
  • Bryant fixes lunch, such a huge help
  • Hoar frost
  • She has her diploma in hand, “graduating” a semester ahead of time
  • Pastor T. W. helping to process her diploma faster than usual
  • Hot water
  • Face-timing the Messersmiths
  • PVBC taking on the Messersmiths as their missionaries, such a huge blessing on so many levels
  • Two full double rainbows in the sky on the same day


  • Brilliant blue sky contrasted against the dark storm clouds that were rolling through fast


  • Driver’s ed… FINALLY.
  • Trisha pegs me hard in the face, between the eyes, with a hackysak ball…
  • …and we laugh long and hard about it.
  • Listening to father explain to growing tall son – the ins and outs of shaving
  • The grass is still green and it is January
  • All four kids hanging out in the kitchen, laughing and singing and quoting lines
  • Mango has blond eyelashes
  • They invite me over to chat, they know I’ve had an emotionally hard day
  • Elizabeth tagging me in a post about friendship, that no matter how long good friends are apart, it is as if no time has passed when they do get together again. So incredibly blessed that God preserved this friendship.


  • Barb, continues to encourage me to pursue my art
  • Shelter from the howling wind
  • Mango lays on the landing waiting for sleepy heads to come down and play


  • Finding mouse turds on my drawing table leads me to cleaning it off so I can finally use it


  • When it is only 12 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat pump is keeping the house warm
  • Jason’s aunt finds my son’s Bible at her church, it has been missing for years, lost at a tent revival apparently
  • M asks me to design some custom art for her…
  • …she is ever encouraging me forward
  • A sits and folds clothes with me, “to help Mom”
  • He asks for a haircut and we chat, mom and son
  • B tells me my soup is his favorite
  • Reading The Chronicles of Narnia aloud to the kids…
  • …as they are all snuggled up close around me
  • The puffed out white chest of the red-tailed hawk, observing the traffic from his perch next to the roadway
  • God provides for her spring semester of college…
  • … and the downpayment for a new laptop
  • Spending time with Dawn, each of us working on separate projects…
  • … the friendship that is at ease and where silence isn’t awkward at all
  • SNOW!!!  (more than two feet worth)
  • New friends who show up to help dig you out
  • Bryant was home to enjoy it, being snowed in together providing special family time
  • Bright blue sky with lots of sunshine
  • Several offers to drive him to work when the cars were still buried under snow
  • He is able to make it to work – on time
  • Good friends who pray
  • Mango is a very happy snow-dog
  • Blue jay



  • Brilliant red cardinals


  • Sparrows with “yellow eye shadow”


  • Brown birds with striped bellies
  • Dark gray birds that look as if they’ve been dipped in white paint


  • Snuggling on the love seat with my girls
  • Kids who enjoy doing art projects at birthday parties
  • She realizes she said something she shouldn’t have and has the courage to face it and apologize
  • She listens to my ranting and casts no judgment
  • They bless me with time to blog uninterrupted


In the future, it is my hope, to post this listing at the end of each month.

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  • LisaFebruary 4, 2016 - 10:54 AM

    I like this on so many levels! Missing you!😘ReplyCancel

    • SharonFebruary 4, 2016 - 6:30 PM

      I miss you terribly and can’t wait to have you here again… on so many levels.ReplyCancel

  • MarkeneFebruary 8, 2016 - 10:00 AM

    So good to see your beautiful photographs and see you “praise recording” all the goodness of the Lord! Glad you had the uninterrupted time:)ReplyCancel

    • SharonFebruary 10, 2016 - 9:04 AM

      Thanks! Having 3 hours of uninterrupted time to blog is definitely a blessing. Too bad it ends this week.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 22, 2016 - 2:11 PM

    What a wonderful walk through God’s blessings. Thank you for sharing. Listening to you has brought me to tears twice this month friend. So thankful for your tender and artistic heart.ReplyCancel

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