Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Today is Tara’s 35th birthday. 9 months ago I didn’t know if she was going to live to have another birthday. Today is about celebrating Tara’s life.

We had some rough years when Tara was in her teens. It was a struggle at times to just be in the same house. Now that Tara is a grown woman we are great friends. Having nearly lost Tara twice has made me appreciate what a wonderful daughter she is.
So Happy Birthday baby girl! I hope you and Kelly are having a fantastic time at the Oregon coast on you belated honeymoon.

Last night’s birthday dinner at Pambiche

Dinner last night at Pambiche was fantastic!
To start with we had the Croquetas de camarones

Croquetas ~
Camarón ~ Pink Shrimp aromatic with fresh Mediterranean herbs.

Sorry, no photo of the croquetas but they were delicious!

I thought I ordered the Plato Cubano but I messed up and ordered the Comunista. So they brought me the meat on another dish.

Plato Cubano ~The typical Cuban plate. Adobo marinated roast pork, served with your choice of Cuban beans & rice. Dinner served with yuca con mojo.
Plato Comunista ~
The contemporary Cuban plate. Your choice of Cuban beans & rice served
with yuca con mojo and your choice of ensalada caribeña or ensalada de remolacha

Rabo Encendido ~
“Oxtail On Fire”. Tender oxtail braised in a spicy red wine sauce. Served with
arroz blanco; dinner served with frituras de maíz.

Maíz con Pollo ~
Corn and chicken stewed in a garlicky salsa roja.

Alemán ~ Coconut chocolate cake laced with saoco syrup and sandwiched with a
caramel peanut filling. Glazed with Oaxacan chocolate ganache and topped off with
typical Cuban peanut candy. Served with crema chantilly.

Mom’s birthday and a stinking cute kittie

Saturday my sister had family and friends over to celebrate my mom’s 79th birthday which was Friday 6/27. In the house besides the 20 or so people were three dogs, 2 bunnies and this new addition to my niece’s family. I am not a cat person BUT HOW STINKING CUTE is he???????????


Poor kiiten was zonked out

My great niece Maddie

It is a beautiful sunny summer day in Portland,Oregon

To all of you who have suffered from the rain and floods I apologize if this sounds like gloating but WHOO HOO it is a beautiful sunny summer day in Oregon. It is 6:00 PM and 89 degrees with a bit of a breeze. More of the same is forecasted for the weekend.
Today is my Mother’s 79th birthday. Tomorrow my sister in ST. Helens is having family and friends over for a birthday barbeque and party. My sister’s backyard is a great place for entertaining. Her yard is well landscaped and has a creek running behind the house. This is the same sister and yard where my daughter Tara and her fiance Kelly will be getting married August 2nd.

Ha! The joke is on you this weekend Mr. Smarty Pants Caveman!