Re-booting

I’ve been off the blog for a very VERY long time.  Who knew raising a child would be so time consuming?  I miss writing and I miss sharing my recipes with all of you as well as my musings.  So I will be making time out of my busy schedule to write again here in Moros con Cristianos.

Apparently there is some housekeeping needed as I see all my posts in italics now!  I will definitely go through and fix that so that all the posts are readable.

In the meantime I am very happy that my Ropa Vieja post (recipe adapted from Marta) is such a huge hit!

Enjoy!

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Abuelo is missed today

Papi has been gone almost 6 years and this is his fifth Fathers Day from heaven.  However, this year his absence is greated than ever as he should be enjoying his first Fathers day as an Abuelo and disfrutando his nieta.…and she him.

Papi, happy Fathers Day Abuelo.  It is because of you that we have our miracle. Gracias Papi.

It’s a Six Month Old baby girl!

Well, hard to believe I’ve been off the blog for so long!!!! After that marmalade post I was able to complete more jams and two pies that I had all intention of posting, but that last month of the pregnancy was very busy getting everything in order.

So for those of you wondering, it was a GIRL! A beautiful healthy baby girl that we will call Baby H on the blog.

Well Baby H just turned 6 months and she is a joy to have around. We are now getting into a schedule so I will be able to blog more and finally posts about those pies, baby H’s birth, as well as living with baby and making Cuban baby food.

Yup. CUBAN BABY FOOD.

Seven Wonderful Years

On a day like today, I was at the salon having come from the banquet hall, getting my hair done for my wedding.  I have no idea what Alan was doing.

I woke up on Friday December 5th, 2003 with a lot to do and very little time to do it.  First off, I needed to pick up one of my friends Ana Maria del Pino, who was staying at a hotel.  With her and my maiden of honor, Marisol, in tow, we drove to the banquet hall to place the almendritas and the chocolate takeaways we had prepared the night before.  Mami did the almendritas (I wish I had a picture of them in this computer, she did a great job!), and I did the chocolate wrappers.  Mami was already at the peluqueria while we were on this errand.  We also dropped of the cake topper and the toast flutes.

When we walked it I was shocked.  It all looked so beautiful, and we were running late.  So we worked really fast and sped to the peluqueria.  There Mami – figuring I hadn’t eaten – was waiting for me with a cortadito and a palmera.  And my stylist got to work.  Once done I drove us all home, while wearing the crown and veil mind you, and everything else kept falling into place.  We had a beautiful wedding!

December 5, 2003

It’s been 7 years since that date. SEVEN. YEARS.  We an hardly believe it; for us it feels like it was yesterday.  These 7 years have been busy for us.  In 2004 we moved to Rhode Island where we spent the next 5 years while I worked on my Ph.D. degree.  Alan started working towards his degree as well.  We went to see the Red Sox, visited Boston often, and made many good and wonderful friends.  In 2009 we moved to Rochester, where we started a new life with me finally an Assistant Professor, and Alan able to give himself 100% to his studies.  We’ve gone to Chile twice, to Puerto Rico and Miami more than that, we’ve had dark moments and beautiful moments, and somehow it all has been great.  I really could not ask for a better husband or marriage, warts and all.  I definitely married a life partner.

Here is this year’s picture, taking in August when we went to New England and visited Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.  If you ever have the chance to go, do it.  You will not regret it.

Alan & Adriana 2010

So today, December 5, 201o, we raise our glasses with you so that we may share with you seven more years!

Happy Anniversary to us!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving

In these Thanksgiving 2010, we are very thankful. First we are thankful for the Pumpkin Waffles we had for breakfast!

Pumpkin Waffles with Vermont Maple Syrup

We are thankful we have each other; we are thankful we had those who are no longer with us; we are thankful for those still with us – family and friends; we are thankful for Nemo; we are thankful I have a job I love and that Alan will be graduating in May; and even though we’ve had a difficult year on some personal areas, we are thankful that there are options for us.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving 2010 and remember what you have to be grateful for!

Happy 79th Birthday Papi!

Today, February 5th 2010 Papi would’ve been 79….and he would be 3.5 months away of seeing me receive by Ph.D. degree.  You always think next year will be easier, but it really does not get any easier at all.  Last year I did a nice post with some pictures, and no matter what I say it still hurts.  And I think it will always hurt.  Last year I was in a better mood than I am today, so this one will be a bit shorter.

But as this is a celebratory day, we will not let pain and absence rule. 

Papi wasn’t too big on celebrating his birthday, I don’t have many memories of him blowing out candles, or even taking the day off.  But he did like to eat something different that day.  From what I can remember he would buy himself a lobster tail and bake it.  And that would be his celebratory dinner.

So thinking about lobster and beer, I’ll wish Papi a ver Happy Birthday wherever he is!!!!!