Papaya Pieces is 1 Year Old!

The only thing better than singing is more singing.

– Ella Fitzgerald

Today Papaya Pieces is one year old! It’s been a fun first year, and if I take Ella’s advice written above, the only thing better is more fun blogging.

Very shamefully I must say that I couldn’t make a colourful cake for today because real life has been very busy during the last few weeks. However, my mum has helped me out with something even more special. She has sent me these photos of when I was one year old, beginning with the beautiful cake with the doll for my first birthday.

Here is myselfΒ with my parents when I was one. I have them to thank for making me develop the taste buds I have that adore such an international palette of food. I have them to thank for having acquired my knowledge and education so that sometimes I can ramble on about the geeky aspects of food, and playing the piano, amongst other important things of course.

When I was 1 with mum and dad

While I’m at it I want to thank Mr. H. for all his support with my blog, and for putting up with my photo-shoots of the food before we eat. I do try and be quick so that the food doesn’t get too cold. There will be no photo of him because we hadn’t met when I was one year old.

You may have noticed through my blog that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady. Here is the evidence that by the age of one I was already a cat lover…

Sofia gatos

Then lastly, thank you to you all for reading, because you are what made my blogging fun. I hope we have more food and fun this year!

When I was 1

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

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85 Comments

  1. Jess 2014-01-17 at 14:16

    Hi Sofia πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your first full year of blogging- I love reading your blog!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:36

      I’m really glad that you do Jess, as I think you are so talented with your cakes!

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  2. eleieleika 2014-01-17 at 14:23

    How Sweet! So proud of you, by the way, the doll was a birhtday present from your “abuela” from Spain, sent it by post, and the picture with the cats (Mis and Mie) wastaken when you were only 6 months old. Your dad made that blue litle gate for your bedroom door, so you wouldn`t crawl round around cacthing cats. πŸ™‚

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    1. eleieleika 2014-01-17 at 14:46

      OOohh and the red dress was from your Tia Carmen, from Spain too.

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      1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:37

        oh terima kasih! besoooos

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  3. Guillermina BΓ³squez Stover 2014-01-17 at 15:12

    Adorable photos of an adorable little girl–you at one year! I look forward to another year of blogging with you, with your thoughts and philosophy and wonderful ideas. There are three other “cat ladies” in my life here in the U.S. of A…one more is okay…hehehehe…

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    1. eleieleika 2014-01-17 at 23:40

      Make it five, amiga mia…. πŸ™‚

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    2. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:39

      I’m glad to have met you through here and my mum. Oh yeah, add my mum in as another cat lady… hehe

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  4. Sunny 2014-01-17 at 15:15

    Aww happy blogoversary, Sofia! Many more to come! These photos are PRECIOUS! I looove the one with you patting two cats LOL

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:30

      Thanks Sunny! I think the photo with the two cats explains many things, lol.

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  5. Marcella @ broadappetite.com 2014-01-17 at 15:15

    Congratulations!! I’m only 3 months away from my one year as well. It goes by quick doesn’t it? I LOVE the picture of you and your parents when you were one! What a lovely family :-).

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:41

      Thanks Marcella! Yeah, I thought that these pics where way more special than baking a cake for the occasion. Exciting that you too are nearly reaching one year, yes time does go fast. Your blog is fantastic by the way, I really enjoy it πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:41

      Thank you Sonal!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:42

      Merci beaucoup Marie-Pier! πŸ™‚

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  6. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-01-17 at 16:17

    Mazel tov, Sofia. So lovely of your yum to send you the photos! πŸ™‚ Warm wishes -Shanna

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:43

      I actually asked her for them yesterday morning, but I think the result is way more special than baking a cake πŸ™‚ xx

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  7. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-01-17 at 16:45

    OMG! You were soooooo cute (not that you aren’t any more, which is totally false) but that picture trying to reach the cats and pet them… You brought a smile to my face instantly.
    Congratulations for your great first year πŸ™‚ (and yet more to come)
    Bss

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:46

      Haha I guess I was cuter then πŸ˜‰ Yeah the picture with the cats explains how now I still must reach for cats whenever I see one haha. Muchas gracias y besos

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  8. Lily @ChloeAsh 2014-01-17 at 18:05

    OMG it’s been 1 year already?? I still remember our emails from before you started the blog. Congratulations Sophisticated Sopie πŸ˜›

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 14:48

      Gosh 1 year and yes I remember the mails, you definitely helped me in my decision to start, so thank you to you too Lily! xoxo

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  9. Amanda 2014-01-17 at 18:41

    AW congratulations. Those photos are really beautiful! I totally relate to making my husband wait while i take pictures of the piping hot food. So cute. May you have many more wonderful years of good experiences with food and the blog!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:01

      Thank you Amanda, I did want to put some special photos for the occasion. Haha, yeah, I don’t make too many pictures of the food anyway, maybe only 10-20 (not 100-200) so its ok πŸ™‚

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  10. Dalo 2013 2014-01-17 at 19:20

    Wonderful photos and congratulations on your 1st year…the family photo is great, the one of you petting the cats is absolutely perfect. Cheers to another great year!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:02

      Thanks Randy, I did want special photos for this post! Looking forward to another year with your photos too xx

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  11. Saskia (1=2) 2014-01-17 at 20:52

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY. So glad to have ‘met’ you Sofia. Gorgeous photos, especially of your dolly cake and that cute folky dress. I still remember my first doll cake! Here’s a cyber toast – *clink* – to another great year.

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:05

      I’m also very happy to have “met” you through our blogs, as I have learnt many things from you and you make me smile πŸ™‚ Yes thanks I wanted to put special photos for this post and I think they’re gorgeous too πŸ™‚ Cyber toast *clink*

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  12. Chin Fern aka hungrybear 2014-01-17 at 22:52

    Congratulations and Happy Blogversary Guapa. Times flies and thanks for sharing so much. The photos are so precious, the one that stood out were you patting the cats. Ahhh, precious moment and very fond memories.

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:06

      Thanks Chin Fern, yeah I remember a year ago when I was writing to you through FB about starting this, thanks to you too πŸ™‚ Is Hungrybear up and running again? Yeah the photos in this post are precious πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:06

      Oh yeah πŸ™‚

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      1. pianolearner 2014-01-18 at 23:31

        Of course. How could you not be cute with such an attractive mum!

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        1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 23:32

          Ahhhhh! That is exactly what she would say!

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          1. pianolearner 2014-01-19 at 00:07

            Great minds think alike then. I also made quite a cute baby (I have photographic evidence to prove it), shame it wasn’t to last πŸ™

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            1. Sofia 2014-01-19 at 00:31

              You might have to post it to prove it, though we are all sure that it did last πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:19

      Thank you and cheers to you too!

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  13. Guillermina BΓ³squez Stover 2014-01-18 at 05:57

    Hello to my wonderful IWA (International Women’s Association) friends from Chiclana, Cadiz, Spain, Chin Fern & of course Lilik de Villar, what joy it is to connect through Sofia’s blog. Sometimes technology is okay…hehehehe

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:19

      Its so sweet that I have some IWA friends meeting here πŸ™‚ Hugs to all three of you!

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  14. apartmentwife 2014-01-18 at 06:12

    aww, happy 1st birthday — a truly wonderful blog and i’m glad to be able to read about all your adventures πŸ™‚ that quote – “The only thing better than singing is more singing” – is truly lovely – made me smile. oh, and thanks for sharing the baby pictures — you have such a nice family!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 15:21

      Thanks Jennifer, I wanted to put special photos for today, mission accomplished thanks to my mum! πŸ™‚ By the way, do you sing a lot?

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      1. apartmentwife 2014-01-18 at 17:12

        yes… but i have a terrible voice — i limit myself to the car and the shower πŸ™‚

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        1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 17:40

          Ah like me, I limit myself in case it starts raining πŸ˜‰

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  15. Mabel Kwong 2014-01-18 at 06:15

    Congratulations Sofia on 1 year of blogging! It must feel good! Glad that I found your blog – so much for me to learn about food here, food that I’ve never even heard of! I look forward to more food and music posts πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 18:23

      Hi Mabel, it does feel good, but you’ve been there too πŸ˜‰ thanks for the compliment as I also learn a lot from you xx

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  16. Sharon Haskell 2014-01-18 at 09:19

    Congratulations sofia! Have really enjoyed reading your blog and being part of your life through the computer!?!? Look forward to even more fab food, music and of course cat pics!
    πŸ™‚
    …oh and how cute you were when you were little!

    luv Sharon (Oscar & Marley too, he he he)

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 18:37

      Hey thanks Sharon. I’m glad that you can keep up with some of the things that go on with my life through the blog (you should do one too!). You were cute too when you were little, I know that πŸ˜‰ I bet you miss Oscar & Marley! xxx

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      1. eleieleika 2014-01-18 at 19:26

        Hey two of you, Sharon and Sofia, I must tell you this, may be you did not remember at all, but I never forget that day, when I was in the kitchen in Ausrtalia, Both of you came to me and offered to help, Were 8 I supposed. So I took an uncooked egg and asked Sofia to break it. She grabbed it so quick, put it in her hands and squizzed it πŸ™‚ ….. done! she said. And I gave you,Sharon, 2 hard boiled eggs to peel. You stared at me and asked “are they boiled?” …… That was only one of many beautiful memories of your childhood. I am glad you both keep the beautiful friendship. Luv you all.

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        1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 22:50

          Did you manage to cook what you wanted to cook with those two terribly awful little helpers you had? πŸ˜‰ xxx

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          1. eleieleika 2014-01-18 at 23:30

            Tell you the truth, in this case, your brother was more helpful and patience, But I adore both of you. Never imagined you would came up with the “PP”. Luv you all, (Mr.H included) πŸ™‚

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            1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 23:31

              Yeah but my brother used to move the eggs around the fridge…

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        2. Laura Lynn 2014-01-18 at 22:56

          Oh, how I laughed when I read this! Too funny!!!

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          1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 22:56

            yeah… (giggling)

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          2. eleieleika 2014-01-18 at 23:43

            Yeah, your brother did that when he had nothing to do, Changed places of raw and boiled eggs in the fridge. I think I am a very lucky mother. (y)

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  17. Namrata 2014-01-18 at 12:34

    Congratulations Sofia. You have done an excellent job with your blog. May you do well in all your future endeavors. God bless.

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 18:39

      Thanks for your kind words Namrata! God bless

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  18. Laura Lynn 2014-01-18 at 22:49

    Congratulations! I love the photo’s, you have a very lovely family. I am a crazy cat lady too-so proud! Hope that this new year with all the changes will be the BEST one ever!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 22:51

      Yep, us crazy cat ladies should stick together πŸ™‚ my mum is too, so in my case it must have been hereditary, haha. Sending you hugs!

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      1. Laura Lynn 2014-01-18 at 22:54

        I think my whole family is cat crazy as well. Must be a genetic marker of intelligence. Tonight I will have a piece of cake to mark the anniversary of Papaya Pieces. Sending you double hugs!

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        1. Sofia 2014-01-18 at 22:56

          Yeah it must be genetic then, yay! Ohh thanks, I think theres always a good reason to eat cake πŸ™‚ xxx

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-19 at 17:01

      Thank you Danny!

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  19. Sharon Haskell 2014-01-19 at 23:37

    Sofia and lilik! Oh my i do not remember that at all! Maybe that’s why my cooking is not the greatest?! But i do remember getting some great tucker from the house next door!

    Looking forward to more great food inspiration s from you Sofia πŸ™‚

    XX Shaz

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-22 at 18:26

      Yeah apparently we did have some clumsy culinary beginnings you and me… Lots of love! xx

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  20. Joyce 2014-01-20 at 03:39

    Oh, weren’t you just precious! Happy birthday to you…and many more.

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-22 at 18:27

      Thank you Joyce, lets hope for more – it will mean I’ve been eating well πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-22 at 18:27

      Yeah thanks I wanted it to be special πŸ™‚

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  21. Karen 2014-01-21 at 19:14

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging. What a nice gift your mother presented you with…they are priceless. Looking forward to your upcoming year of blogging. Have fun. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-22 at 18:28

      Yes she was a great help for his post, and she chose some of the photos she liked best πŸ™‚ xx

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  22. Johnny Hepburn 2014-01-22 at 03:12

    Happy blogoversary! The photos are just great. Looking forward to many more. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-22 at 18:29

      Thanks Johnny, amazing how quick the 1st year went by!

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  23. littleblissbook 2014-01-24 at 07:51

    Yay congrats on your blogaversary! Such cute baby pictures!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-24 at 08:47

      Hey thanks! I also love the “old style” colours and images πŸ™‚

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  24. Tala Ghalayini 2014-01-27 at 14:36

    congrats!!! your pics are absolultely adorable! all the best Sofia!

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-27 at 22:27

      Thanks Tala! I’m glad I put them up because they are special πŸ™‚

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  25. Charlotte Hoather 2014-01-27 at 17:12

    Well done and congratulations on your blog anniversary πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-27 at 22:28

      Thanks Charlotte! xx

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  26. laurasmess 2014-01-29 at 09:29

    Oh I love this post Sofia! Happy one year blogiversary!!! I am so happy to have travelled through part of the last blogging year with you. You’re a hugely talented cook and writer and I love being able to share recipes, photos and stories together. Here’s to an amazing second year. Hugs xxx

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    1. Sofia 2014-01-29 at 23:40

      Thanks Laura, I did want some special pictures for it, and my mum came to the rescue πŸ™‚ I’m also glad to have met you through our blogs and hope to continue sharing our tidbits together. Hugs!

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  27. egeedee 2014-02-08 at 09:09

    Congratulations on 1 year..journeys like this are wonderful and we’re especially glad you share it with us.

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    1. Sofia 2014-02-08 at 13:04

      I’m really happy to have been with you all this journey, thanks πŸ™‚

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