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Marta M. Darby
Mission Viejo, CA
I'm Marta. Blogger. Mother. Documentor of Life. Cooker of Cuban Food. Wearer of Red Lipstick.
Interests: Writing, making art, gardening, homeschooling, cooking, scrapbooking, graphic design, photography and all things Cuban.
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Hi Armando! Next time you MUST find me and say hello! Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad I can bring a little bit of Cubania into your Central Cal life. xo, Marta
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Lily, I posted the names of the winner on the day I did the drawing. http://www.mybigfatcubanfamily.com/my_big_fat_cuban_family/2014/07/comida-cubana-subway-art-the-winners.html xo, Marta
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Eric and I went to see Gloria Estefan perform at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night. Let me just tell you how beautifully our Southern California weather performed as well. It was that magical kind of summer night - Not too hot. Not too cold. A slight Summer breeze. Seriously, So Cal. You sooo won. Of course, you know how much I love the Hollywood Bowl. In case you don't, read this. And especially this.... Continue reading
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Reading through all of your responses to my last post and giveaway, I was blown away by your tender and loving descriptions of the Cuban food we've all been raised on. Remember that time I made a giant vat of picadillo? This is the language that we speak, isn't it? The language of sofrito and abuelas and cumin and salsa. That was my inspiration when I created the Comida Cubana Subway Art Poster. I'm so... Continue reading
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My kitchen is, along with the rest of my house, freakishly small cozy and cottage-like. There's barely enough room for one person to turn around in. Having two people in there trying to get a hot meal on the table necessitates some intricate choreography. I'm truly not complaining. I am glad it's not very big. If it were, I know the messes I make while cooking would be proportional to the space I have, so... Continue reading
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I'm still recovering from the LA Cuban Festival last weekend. Thanks to all of you who came out and said hello. Also, if you have a photo of us together (and we look cute), please send it to me! Today's post is really a PSA for Cuban Heritage Day at Dodger Stadium. Cuban Heritage Day at Dodger Stadium is coming up next month on August 17th, 2014. I would love to see as many of... Continue reading
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Me and Amy with Pitbull I love doing giveaways here on my blog. I seriously love hearing from you folks and I appreciate that you take the time to write out some thoughtful responses to my questions. Thanks for all your input. I'm delighted that I can now add to my growing list of "Best Cuban Restaurants in the LA Area." Thanks, guys! So, the LA Cuban Festival is coming up in about 10 days,... Continue reading
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Living in Southern California, it's sometimes difficult to find Cubans living nearby. Which is why I'm super delighted to be involved in this year's LA Cuban Festival. It's the very best place to celebrate all the things that we love most about being Cuban. It's a wonderful event bringing together our people for a fun day of Cubania. There will be food, music, and all things Cuban. This pleases me greatly, because, as you know,... Continue reading
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My son, Jonathan, graduated from high school a few weeks ago. As I've done with each one of my four kids, I asked what type of celebration he'd enjoy. The four of them have asked for completely different types of parties and I have tried my best to comply. in 2001, Amy wanted an All-Cuban theme, with all the family and her friends, Cuban music, and food. So that's exactly what we did. I made... Continue reading
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The fence separating our property from our next door neighbors was falling down. Too many years of watering and the daily wear and tear of life was making it wobble and it had started taking on a slight I've-had-one-drink-too-many look. Looking down at the wobbly fence from my screened bedroom window. But you know how you look at something every day and it makes you slightly crazy every time and yet you choose to ignore... Continue reading
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I've been struggling to find words to capture this day. Jonathan is graduating from high school tomorrow. And as you may or may not know, he's been homeschooled all these years. Starting from first grade, he's been home with me and Eric and truthfully, we did a whole lot of un-schooling. That is, we let the kids find the things they were interested in and encouraged them to pursue those. Jon was always more interested... Continue reading
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When I was growing up, my mom used to save up all the old crusts of bread from the previous week. I can still remember the place in the cupboard for the old bread. On Fridays (which was also Cuban Cleaning Day, which is definitely a story for another day), she would always bake a delicious dessert. We kids never made the connection, being distracted with the business of school and play, that the delicious... Continue reading
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From the day we set up our new patio furniture from Pier 1, I swear we have been out there enjoying it Every. Single. Day. We find any excuse to get ourselves out to go sit on the comfy cushions and watch the world go by. I feel ridiculously proud of this. I thought we spent a lot of time out on our porch, but now it's become A Thing. The other morning, I made... Continue reading
Diana, It may not be clear, but I didn't fill the springform pans to the top. Just to the line. Maybe that will help. xo
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Today's the day for the Big Reveal and a cool Pier 1 Giveaway. My patio is seriously so bright and inviting now. I'm so excited to share. To see where I started, read my original post here: Making My Summer Bright With Pier 1. My vision was to create a new, brighter and much more inviting space in the front of our home on our porch. Like I told you before, we spend a lot... Continue reading
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Yay! I'm so glad you do. So do I! xo
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I'm 59 today. There's so much I want to tell you about how this feels. And because this is all about me, here are My 59 Wonderful Truths: 1. I feel the same inside as I did when I was 17. (Nobody tells you this.) 2. I still have moments of insecurity about: my hair, my hips, my gut (pick a feature). I just don't care enough to let it paralyze me. 3. I don't... Continue reading
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It's been so exciting and busy around here! I've been creating custom subway posters for some really fun people and today I've asked one of them to share their experience and how the poster was received. First, this is the poster I created for her husband's 50th birthday. Very cool, no? I'll let Liliana Romero describe the process and the poster in her own words: ********************************************************************** Since the day you posted the Subway Art Posters... Continue reading
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I realize that any movie review is completely subjective to the reviewers taste. My view on this, however, is that if you've been reading my blog long enough, you know the type of person I am and so you'll get a better perspective of where I'm coming from when I talk about the movies I have seen. Today I'm going to tell you about Disney Pictures' Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. I could just... Continue reading
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It's 90 degrees here in our little corner of Southern California and I know it's only May, but this weather is making me sooo ready for summer. As I mentioned before, we have been in serious remodel mode around here. Read about that here: Where There Is Life, There Will Be a Mess And now that the painting is complete, everything else that we had outside is looking a little old and shabby. Not in... Continue reading
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You know that we Cubans love baseball and have embraced it as part of our national identity. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a press junket for the upcoming Disney film, 'Million Dollar Arm,' which is about a sports agent named JB Bernstein, played by the handsome and talented Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame. It's based on the true story of how (the real) JB created the Million Dollar Arm... Continue reading
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May 12, 2014
I am so excited to be here in this place with you! Welcome to the Blogosphere. The internet is a better place today. ;-)
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on Diving In and Taking the Plunge. at Sundrop Cottage
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Yesterday (Mother's Day) morning, I came downstairs and found this: I'm glad they opted for the sit-down-in-the-dining-room breakfast because I'm so not the breakfast-in-bed type. Happily, my children learned this about me many, many Mother's Days ago. Don't get me wrong, I love breakfast. It's The Most Important Meal of the Day and all that. But in bed? Not so much. So my family made a Mother's Day Breakfast/Brunch for me yesterday. What I loved... Continue reading
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ATTENTION: Today I have a Public Service Announcement from the Hollywood Bowl and the LA Phil. Because I love you. Also, you can just call it 'The Bowl' like us cool kids do, but that's not important right now. Summer is rapidly approaching (yay!) and that means it's time to start making Summer Bucket List plans. Read about how we do that here: Summer Manifesto. As you know, t's a big deal to us to... Continue reading