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December 2011


Follow Friday Four Fun Fill in

December 30, 2011

It’s Friday. Time to join Hilary @ Feeling Beachie for her Follow Friday Four Fill in blog hop. Each week she lists four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. Hilary is always open for suggestions and if she chooses your statements she will make you co-host!!!
This week’s statements:

1. Lately, I have been feeling  a little___________

2. I am usually a ­­­­______

3. ________________________is always the best feeling at the end of the day

4. _________________________is the first thing I do in the morning


My answers:

  1. Lately, I have been feeling a little down and depressed. As much as I love the holidays, there’s always a part of me that wishes they were just over and done with.
  2. I am usually a very positive and happy person. Maybe it’s naive but I always try to see the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt.
  3. Sinking into a warm bubble bath, music softly playing in the background and candles flickering is always the best feeling at the end of the day.
  4. Brushing my teeth is the first thing I do in the morning.


Happy Birthday!!!!

December 29, 2011

It’s his day today. My oldest, my boy. Where did the time go? I have an 11 year old.

Looks like daddy will be cooking him up some Osso-bucco for his birthday dinner. His cake will more than likely have crazy amounts of chocolate in it. Not sure if I’ll bake it or just pick one up. This mommy came down with a stomach bug and is not running 100%… Luckily, daddy is on the ball and middle daughter is helping out. By tonight we’ll have a nice dinner, a cake with 11 candles to blow out and probably at least one new video game to add to the arsenal!!!

I love you and all your freckles, too. Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!


Recap… in pictures

December 26, 2011

Here is the day after Christmas post… in pictures. I look around the house and wonder were I should start. Laundry that has piled up over the last few days is organized and being washed and dried. The kitchen looks somewhat inhabitable again. Now, I’m trying to figure out where to put all the toys that Santa brought… there seems to be stuff in every room of the house. Oh well, the kids are having a blast playing with all the new goodies and I love hearing their giggles, muttering and screams!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend.




She gets it…

December 23, 2011

This is what my precious middle daughter brought home from school yesterday. What can you say to that? I’m so lucky to have her for my daughter. She is the sweetest and kindest girl and I hope she will always stay this way. I love you my darling!!!!


Follow Friday Four Fun Fill-in

December 23, 2011

It is Friday. Time to follow Hilary  for her Friday fun fill-in. Each week she posts four blank statements for us to fill in on our own blogs. She is always looking for new statements. Shoot her a message and send your ideas to her. If she picks you, you’ll be made her co-host. It’s easy and most of all fun. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

This week’s statements:
1. I have a love hate relationship with_____

2. I have been buying a lot of ___ lately

3. If I hear _____________ anymore I swear I will _________________

4. Whenever I see_____ makes me ____________ and then I ____________


My answers:

1. I have a love hate relationship with my Android phone. I love all the functionality but sometimes I wish I could go back to an old fashioned phone.

2. I have been buying a lot of sugar cookie dough lately for making our cut-out cookies.

3. If I hear Dora or Diego scream out of the TV screen anymore, I swear I will lose my mind.

4. Whenever I see a kitten or puppy it makes me  want to adopt another one and then I realize that I have enough work already and don’t need to add another responsibility to the pile.


Koenigsberger Kloepse

December 22, 2011

Königsberger Klöpse


  • 1 lb ground veal or beef (or beef/pork mixture)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • anchovy paste
  • capers
  • 2 eggs
  • breadcrumbs
  • peppercorn
  • bay leaves
  • salt/pepper
  • butter
  • flour

First, take a medium-sized pot and add about 1 1/2 quarts of water, 1/2 an onion chopped into big chunks, about 5 peppercorns and 2 nice sized bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for about 15 minutes on med-low heat.

While the water is boiling. Mix the ground-meat  with 1/2  finely chopped onion (I like to give the onion a quick turn in a pan with some olive oil to sweat it a bit.), about 1/2 teaspoon of anchovy paste (or 2-3 anchovies, chopped very fine), 1 teaspoon of finely chopped capers, 1 egg, salt and pepper to taste (easy on the salt, the anchovies will add enough) and about 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs. Mix everything together nicely. Form golf ball sized meatballs.

Add the meatballs to the simmering water and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the meatballs float on top.

Take the meatballs out of the water and put aside.

Now it’s time to make the roux. In a small saucepan melt 3 tablespoons butter over med/med-low heat and slowly add about 3-4 tablespoons flour, stirring until well mixed, now slowly add ladle fulls of the cooking water and keep stirring until you get a creamy consistency. Add about 1 heaping tablespoon of capers (depending on your taste) and simmer on low for another 10 minutes. Then add 1 egg yolk and stir until well mixed. ( This will make the sauce nice and creamy.)

Finally, add the meatballs back to the sauce, keep on low for another minute or two and you are ready to serve.

Serve with mashed potatoes or my preference, rice.

Guten Appetit!






Frikadellen (Ground meat patties)

December 22, 2011

It’s time for another recipe. It happens to be a ground meat one again. Not on purpose. I just happened to remember to take a picture when I was finished cooking!

This one is a German meat patty that can either be eaten on a nice roll (think Chicago hard roll) or served with sides for dinner. We like to eat it with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans and some pork gravy.


  • 1 Lb ground pork (or chicken. I have made it with both and actually prefer the chicken. The boy likes his pork so usually I try to please him. 🙂 )
  • one half of a big onion (I prefer sweet yellow onion.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, plus 1/2 cup in a small bowl
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


Put the ground pork, the onion ( briefly sautéed in some olive oil until glassy), and all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Combine until well mixed. Form almost tennis ball sized meatballs, roll in the breadcrumbs ( the extra in the small bowl) and pat into a patty.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan at medium-high heat. Place patties in pan. (I do three at a time.) Fry until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Place all the patties on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Serve either on a roll or with mashed potatoes and green beans. And some pork gravy if you like. I usually just get a packet… I’m lazy that way.

Guten Appetit.

Even though this is not in any way a Christmas related dish, note the pretty Christmas themed plate I served it on!!!! 🙂