Another week’s gone by and I want to know…. what are you grateful for?
These are the things I’m grateful for. I’ll start with the small stuff and end with the BIG one!
1. El Pato Tomato Salsa
I used to take these little cans for granted. The iconic yellow cans with the serene duck hold a wonderful spicy tomato sauce made with chiles, onions and garlic. They’re the perfect cans to reach for when you’re making some Mexican on the quick. For the rest of the month, I have 6 recipes to share that use this humble sauce. Stay tuned for the month of the Pato.
2. Isabel Allende
Once upon a time, I was a voracious reader. But, now, I often feel listless and bored with the books I pick up. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt spellbound by a book.
But then I picked up Island Beneath the Sea while on vacation at Rehoboth Beach last weekend. While I sat on the dunes of that prim, Victorian seaside town, I was transported to the thick jungles of Haiti and the dense sugarcane fields worked by slaves. The story is told through the perspective of one slave who starts her life on a plantation, survives through the Haitian revolution and eventually flees with her children to French-dominated New Orleans. Needless to say, I hushed my husband a lot as I tore through this book.
3. Southern California
A while back, I shared that we would be moving soon but we still didn’t know where. My husband had quite a few interviews, a number of job offers across the country and some very hard choices to make. But, in the end, only one thing truly made sense- going back home. In June, we will be leaving Philadelphia for Long Beach. There are so many things I’m going to miss about Philadelphia and the East Coast. But I’m overjoyed about what I’m going to gain.
We’ll have our families close by. We’ll have a network of friends. We’ll have sun, warmth and sand. We’ll have lemon trees and avocado trees. We’ll have palm trees and bougainvilleas. We’ll have fresh, local produce year around. We’ll have Spanish on every street corner again. We’ll have community. We’ll be able to raise bilingual children. We’ll be able to teach our children to swim in the Pacific Ocean. We’ll have 287 days of sunshine a year. We’ll have winter temperatures that don’t dip below 50 degrees. We’ll have the things that make me the happiest in the world. Sometimes, just sometimes, life clicks into place so perfectly.
So, now, it’s your turn. What are you grateful for this week?