The Best of MBFCF in 2012

I've been blogging here in this space for the past six years and a half years. That's a lot of life that has transpired and that I've documented here on my blog. A couple of years ago I started doing a recap in January of the year that had passed. Here are years, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

I like looking back to see where I've been and what stories I thought were worthy of telling the year before. It occurred to me that maybe not everyone who is reading today may have been here with me all year, so without further ado... here is a look back at 2012 with My big, fat, Cuban family.

1. Out with the Old (relatively speaking) #firstworldproblems in which I tell about my kitchen re-model and complain (just a little) about living through it.

Eric & jon

2. This Woman Deserves a Party... in which I ask readers to send a birthday greeting to my mom, Luza on the occasion of her 98th birthday.

Luza 98

3. I Fell in Love With Loveless Buttermilk Biscuits (a true story) in which I share about my trip to Nashville, Tennessee and a killer recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits from the famed Loveless Cafe.

Loveless biscuits

4. Always There in which I pay tribute to my long-suffering husband Eric who is, as the subject of the post implies, "always there" for us.

Fam on easter

5. What Mom Taught Me in which my kids hijacked my blog and surprised me on Mother's Day. *tissue warning*

Amy & me

6. The Ring in which my son, Adam asks Stephanie to marry him and gives her my ring.

The ring

7. "What's for Dinner?" in which I tell all about how menu planning happens around here and how much I love my chalkboard pantry door (but that's not important right now).

Menu board

8. Twenty Years in which Eric and I celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary and I recall just how scary it was to take those wedding vows.

E & m

9. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I began a series last year which I'm proud to continue called, "Cuando Sali de Cuba: Stories of Courage and Hope." *serious tissue warning*

Cuando sali de cuba

10. Celebrating Six Years in the Blogosphere (MBFCF Giveaway WEEK!) in which I celebrate my 6th blogging anniversary with a week of fabulous giveaways. I was quite proud of three things: 1) That I have been blogging for six(!) years and 2) That I found some fabulously Cuban sponsors for the week of giveaways and 3) My faux magazine covers. (I know. Shut up.)

Real cuban

11. NaNoWriMo is ON! in which I tell about my kids and their attempt at writing the Great American Novel ... in 30 days.


12. Nochebuena in the O.C. (¡Oh, Sí!) in which I describe our Nochebuena Celebration in our (freakishly) small house with my big, fat, Cuban family.


That's my wrap up of 2012. We enjoyed lots of good times and some challenges. I managed to blog about most of this stuff although I confess I skipped some big stories in my life. I'm still happy that I have taken the time to document my life.

Going back and looking at my year in review just now made me realize what a lovely life I have. I'm grateful to God for the many ways He has gifted us.

And yes, I will use the word, "charmed."

Thank you all for hanging in there with me and my cyber-over-sharing. I'm looking forward to more celebrations, travel, family, and food in 2013. Stay tuned for the chismes...

Prospero Año Nuevo!