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Ileana
San Gabriel Valley
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Wow. And to think, I use to walk hand in hand with my own abuelito along the Malecon under your Papi's lights. I left when I was five, but that is a clear memory of my abuelito I cherish in my heart to this day, 45 years later. Sounds like you had the experience of a lifetime. May you cherish that forever.
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Can't stop crying. Both heartbreaking & heartwarming. God bless you.
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Well played, Kikita ... what a beautiful tribute and a wonderful message too. Merry Christmas!
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Have a Very Merry Wonderful CHRISTMAS!!! Yes, it's CHRISTMAS ... Feliz Navidad to you, your family and everyone who spends time here reading this wonderful blog. Oh and in case I forget ... MERRY CHRISTMAS! :-D
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Ditto on every single word you said. Happy Thanksgiving one & all!!
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I have got to try making those; they look DEE-licious. I'm just afraid of the pastry part. I suffer from Fear of Pastry.
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How moving that must have been for you. RR was an exceptional president. He was an eternal optimist and he loved this country. Oh no, my eyes are leaking. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience.
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I actually worked at BR one summer a very long time ago and the best day of the week for us was Tuesday when the new ice cream shipments came in. We'd grab the jackets, pink spoons and run into the freezer to sample the new flavors. As far as I was concerned, I had the best. job. ever! My favorite flavor is Jamoca Almond Fudge with a drizzling of hot fudge over it. It is pure deliciousness in a cup. See ya later; gotta make an ice cream run!
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Mira que cosa! Congratulations, Marta ... totally EXCELLENT!! I've posted it on my Facebook for all my friends to read. :-)
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What a great idea; love it! One more thing to keep me from doing housework and other tedious tasks (thank you, thank you, thank you). :-D
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What a cutie! That was a great bit of casting when he played his own father in the movie "Mambo Kings". Marta, you really do lead a charmed life. :-)
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1. Sunrises, Sunsets (this is a twofer) 2. Hummingbirds 3. The sound of ocean waves sending me off to sleep 4. Cambria 5. Beluga Whales 6. The beautiful guitar strains of Emerson Lake & Palmer's "From the Beginning" 7. My husband putting down shelf paper in the kitchen cupboards 8. Placing the last ornament on my Christmas tree 9. "Silent Night" being sung on Christmas Eve at 3 min. to midnight 10. Old black & white and sepia photos from Cuba and my freebie 11. Gently crying at the end of any episode of "Touched by an Angel."
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You got tears? Now I got tears ... and a free trip to 1964! Just looking at that photo of you holding that bag gets me all weepy & nostalgic. Thank you, Marta, you sentimental softie you. ;-)
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"Porsi las moscas." -- In case of flies??? Bwa-ha-ha-ha. My mom says that all the time. We are a colorful people with our expressions, aren't we? :-D
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How do you get that bacon to look all pretty like that? I cook mine in the oven (I hate having to clean up bacon splatter!) and it just doesn't come out that way. Of course, it doesn't stop my guys from eating it! Any-hoo, great looking breakfast. We love our Sunday breakfasts here too!
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Felicidades, Senora! Truly a Proverbs 31 woman: 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed. HAPPY BIRTHDAY & God bless your Big Fat Cuban Family. :-)
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Marta, my little touchstone to Cuba ... glad you are up & about! My mami is from Sagua la Granda, Papi from Guantanamo and my brother and I were born in La Habana, where, unbelievably, my abuela's house still stands today. I found your blog via Babalu Blog and am hooked on your recipes. Besos y abrazos, amiga! Ileana
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Don't worry; we'll all be right here when you get back. Now, go take care of business ... After all, as Willy Shakespeare said, "the play's the thing." Blog when you're ready, but make sure it's a recipe! :-D Besos & abrazos, Ileana
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I vividly remember taking walks along the Malecon with my Abuelito when I was very little, about four, almost 46 years ago ... sigh. Gracias por las memorias, Marta.
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Just jotted down a note for myself on my Palm Pilot for next year. We are definitely making it part of our Christmas family tradition. Thank you & Merry Christmas!
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Okay, I'll play ... 1. Wrapping paper or gift bag? Wrapping paper. 2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. It’s symmetrical and I love symmetry (it’s an OCD thing). 3. When do you put the Christmas tree up? It’s up already (hee, hee) 4. When do you take the Christmas tree down? After January 15th. (my birthday) 5. Do you like Egg Nog? Hate it! 6. Favorite gift received as a child? A tape recorder. I would record songs off the radio (don’t laugh). 7. Hardest person to buy for? My oldest son. 8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom 9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, several around the house. 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. 11. Worst Christmas gift you've ever received? None. I appreciate the time and effort taken by someone in picking out a gift. 12. Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Carol (the George C Scott version). 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I might have. 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Lechón, Mami’s Cuban tamales , platanos fritos, arroz con gris, yucca con mojo. Okay, now I’m hungry. 16. Lights on the tree? Absolutely. 17. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home. 19. A favorite Christmas family tradition? Noche Buena at Mami and Papi’s house with the entire family. 20. What time do you wake up on Christmas? Around 6am, so I can quietly enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the fake TV log while listening to Christmas music all by myself before the day begins.
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Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass away; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who has God finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices. -- St. Theresa of Avila The above kept me focused and gave me strength the past few days. God IS in control; nothing surprises Him. Keep on praying and God bless America!
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Wow ... two years! It just seems like yesterday I found you via Babalu! I've copied all the recipes you've posted and tried just about all of them. Tamales en cazula and arroz con pollo are my two faves, but my kids LOVE the picadillo (I think it's the sweet little raisins). Besos y abrazos, Ileana P.S. Dang it! I thought it was a real magazine ... I would certainly subscribe to it!! :-D
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Hey, my grandmother's name was Concha and my mom's name is Conchita. I am, alas, NOT Conchitica. Thanks for the Disneyland post. I love, love, love that place, even more now that I'm older (why is that??). Anyway, if you're going to be in the Disneyland neighborhood on Dec. 11, make sure you catch the parade...my son and his high school band will be marching, and if I see you, I'll say HI! And I too love the Jungle Cruise because I enjoy seeing "the back side of water". (Hmmmm, I think I might be ultra uber dorkier than you!). Thanks again for the lovely story.
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Mazel tov y felicidades, Kimberly & Michael! What a good looking couple (love the "kiss 'n dip")!
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