Plenty To Be Thankful For

If you’re asking yourself “where do I want to travel next” instead of “where is my next meal coming from”, then, like us, you have an awful lot to be thankful about. Neither of our families travelled much when we were younger, which is probably the main reason that sharing travel experiences with our children was so important to us when the kids were younger. Now that we’re older and are fortunate enough to be in a position to travel, we often think back to the days when we struggled to take time off, let alone go anyplace for vacation.  We’ve come a long way from the days when we worried about getting food on the table, but we’re well aware that life can change in a heartbeat, so we never want to forget how far we’ve come.

Kids with Mad Hatter
Kids with Mad Hatter
Jewish Quarter in Seville Spain
Jewish Quarter in Seville Spain
Neighborhood in Chennai
Neighborhood in Chennai

With the hectic day-to-day life as well as planning another trip, it is easy to forget how blessed we are to have the opportunity to see the places that we have.  We often see other posts from sites that we enjoy and think to ourselves, “wow, I wish we could go there”.  It is easy to get caught up in travel envy instead of simply being thankful for the experiences that you have been able to have.  More importantly, for the opportunity to share those experiences with the ones that you love.

Punta Cana
Punta Cana
Fruit and Vegetable Vendor in Morocco
Fruit and Vegetable Vendor in Morocco
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Upon Avon

We recently purchased a digital picture frame where we’ve loaded pictures from places that we’ve travelled, concerts that we’ve been to, and special occasions and holidays with family.  It was really eye-opening to see all of those memories in a single place.  It really gave us the opportunity to look back and think about how fortunate we truly have been.  And that only includes the places we’ve seen since we entered the digital age, there are still photo albums filled with pictures yet to be scanned and added to the library.

Yellowstone
Yellowstone
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
Sunset in Puerto Vallarta
Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Hopefully we’ll do a better job throughout the year of being thankful for our opportunities.  It is easy to be thankful during the holiday season when it is forefront on people’s minds, but it is something that we want to remember the whole year-long.  Hopefully next year will provide as many travel opportunities for you as we hope to have for ourselves.  We truly are a lucky couple.

Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
The Chicago Bean
The Chicago Bean

Herb Roasted Game Hens with Pancetta

When entertaining, we will often serve game hens so that everyone can have their own hen. For this recipe, we served them whole, but when having guests over, we will usually cut the hens in half so that it is easier to eat and is a smaller portion. This recipe is really easy and the flavor of the hens was sensational.  It would even be good as a holiday meal and works great for a special occasion.  The vegetables soak up the flavor from the hens and the pancetta, making them decadently delicious.  Rice Pilaf or stuffing would make a great accompaniment or you could add potatoes to the vegetables for a simple one pot dinner.  We only cooked two hens since it was just the two of us, but we’ve provided the recipe for six people.

Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Pancetta
Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Pancetta

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish Game Hens (approximate 24 oz each)
  • 1 Onion – roughly diced
  • 6 Stocks of Celery – roughly diced
  • 36 Baby Carrots (or 6 Large Carrots – roughly diced)
  • 2 Large Red Peppers – roughly diced
  • 3 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tsp Fresh Rosemary – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp Fresh Sage – finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – minced
  • 1 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 6 Thin Slices of Pancetta
Vegetables
Vegetables
Herbs
Herbs

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees  Combine the onion, celery, carrots, and red pepper in the bottom of a roasting pan or baking dish.  Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.  Set the hens on top of the vegetables and drizzle with olive oil.  In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, rosemary, sage, black pepper and salt.  Rub the herb mixture over the hens until well coated.  Lay a piece of pancetta over the breast of each hen and secure with wooden toothpicks.  Roast the hens for 15 minutes.  Decrease the temperature to 350 degrees and continue to roast the hens until fully cooked, 45 to 60 minutes.  Let sit at room temperature for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

Hens on Bed of Vegetables
Hens on Bed of Vegetables
Herb Rubbed Hen
Herb Rubbed Hen
Pancetta on Hens
Pancetta on Hens
Roasted Game Hen with Pancetta
Roasted Game Hen with Pancetta

Cabo San Lucas

We’ve been home from Cabo San Lucas for a little over a week now and we’re already going through withdrawal.  We’ve had one blizzard since getting home and are expecting snow on Thanksgiving, so the sun and beach seem like a distant memory at this point.  We truly had a wonderful time visiting Cabo and walking around town and through the marina.

Restaurants in the Marina
Restaurants in the Marina
Boats in Bay
Boats in Bay
Live Music at the Marina
Live Music at the Marina

As you walk through the marina, you’ll continuously be approached by sales people trying to get you to take a glass bottom boat, take you deep-sea fishing, go on a time share tour, or play golf at one of the many courses around the area.  It is definitely worthwhile taking a glass bottom boat out to the arch and to go to lover’s beach.  The marina is also where you board the different dinner cruises, party boats, and fishing boats.  We’ve done many of the different dinner and sunset cruises, but haven’t gone deep-sea fishing as of yet, perhaps on our next trip to Cabo.

Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats
Fresh Catch
Fresh Catch
Pelicans Waiting for Their Share
Pelicans Waiting for Their Share

There are many wonderful restaurants in the marina as well, all of them offering fresh seafood and tasty drinks.  On Sunday, while we were there, we came across a restaurant offering all you can eat oysters.  Since we love oysters, we definitely took advantage of that opportunity.  At night-time, the marina area really comes to life with plenty of things to do and opportunities to people watch.

All You Can Eat Oysters
All You Can Eat Oysters
Restaurant in the Marina
Restaurant in the Marina
Margarita
Margarita

The downtown area also has plenty of vendors where you can purchase local trinkets and bargain with the store owners to get the best price on you souvenirs.  At first it might feel awkward haggling over the price, but it is expected and don’t feel intimidated.  If you don’t want to go downtown, there are plenty of vendors walking up and down the beach bringing souvenirs to all of the resorts for you to purchase.

Vendors on the Beach
Vendors on the Beach
Horses on the Beach
Horses on the Beach
Glass Bottom Boat
Glass Bottom Boat

At the resorts themselves, you can arrange kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, jet skis, golf, and more.  There are also people walking the beach with horses so that you can take a romantic horse back ride along the beach.  Our favorite thing about Cabo is the size of the resorts.  There aren’t huge resorts with thousands of rooms, so whether going into town, walking the beach, or sitting around the pool, you’re not overwhelmed by tremendous crowds.  We can hardly wait for our next trip to the beach, but it is going to have to wait for a little while.

Parasailing
Parasailing
Lover's Beach in the Distance
Lover’s Beach in the Distance
Horse Back Riding
Horse Back Riding
Frog Legs at the Marina
Frog Legs at the Marina