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Falling into Fall

October 1, 2012

After reading Stasha’s post I don’t feel quite so bad about being late to the party. It seems I’m not the only one who feels a time crunch lately. I’m going, going, going. Where? Not exactly sure.

Let’s continue and list ten things Fall.

Well, things that feel like Fall to me. In my little corner of the world Fall, or any other season besides Summer, doesn’t exactly happen. 🙂

Here is my list of 10 Fall faves:

1. Pumpkin Spice
K-cups  from Green Mountain coffee. I cannot wait for these to show up on the store shelves and have my first cup of the season. Yum!!!

2. Pumpkin Spice rooibus tea. Because I cannot get enough of Pumpkin Spice and this tea is caffeine free. Perfect for night time.

3. Baking – Pumpkin Spice cupcakes, anyone? Oh my, these are heavenly and the kitchen smelled just delicious while they were baking. I will add these to my Thanksgiving menu for sure. Recipe on Thursday!!!

4. Cooler mornings. Yes, it does cool down a little and most mornings and evenings it’s just gorgeous out. Enjoying those walks a lot more now.

5. Less humidity. We are not quite there, yet. But it’s coming and I will enjoy it tremendously. I never mind the heat of Summer but the humidity I can live without.

6. Baked chicken with German potato dumplings. Those heavier meals that we just don’t feel like eating during the hottest months of the year are making a comeback to our table.

7. Costumes. My kids still adore dressing up and buying the costumes for Halloween are just a part of fall.

8. Pictures of leaves changing. I miss that, watching the leaves change color, fall to the ground and walking through them. Crunch!!!

9. Halloween cups. They hide in the back of the cupboard most of the year and only come out around this time of year. Love them. 🙂

10. Pumpkins. Carving them, cleaning the seeds and roasting them. Salted, roasted Pumpkin seeds. Yes, please. 🙂

Thanks, Stasha for this great topic.

This week will be Fall themed here on my blog. Can you believe my 1 year blogaversary is coming up on Saturday?

I can’t. It seems just like yesterday when I opened my WordPress for Dummies book.

I’m thinking about a Fall themed, actually, a Pumpkin Spice flavored giveaway as a way to say “Thank you.” to all my friends and readers in my little space. What to you think?

Hope you all have a great week.

xo, Susi



Where are you from?

October 17, 2011
(*This was one of the first posts I wrote. It’s the beginning of my story. I went back to read it, to get my writing mojo back so to speak and decided to add some links for more information. So, here is part of my story again… I’m thinking about reposting part two in three in the next few weeks, as well. Let me know if you’d like to read more!)

Where are you from? People ask me that all the time because of my accent. “Germany”, I always answer. Most of the time they will nod and smile and that’s it. But sometimes someone will ask “Where in Germany?” I always answer the same way and say “About two hours south of Berlin.” Nobody I have ever met, knows the little village I grew up in. If the person seems really interested, I will say “Near Leipzig.” But usually, they hear Berlin and that’s the end of it.

My story began in a sleepy, little town in what was then East-Germany. I was born and raised there and had what many would consider (myself included) an idyllic childhood. I was able to roam about with my friends, investigate the woods close to home and built forts. In the Winter, we’d go sledding on the hills, during Spring we would wait for the crocuses to bloom, during Summer go and pick cherries and eat them til we got sick to our tummies and in Fall do the same with apples.

I didn’t have a care in the world and didn’t really know what it meant to live “behind the wall”. I knew, there was another Germany and that we had aunts and cousins there, we weren’t allowed to see but none of that mattered, not to me or any of my friends, I imagine.

And then, the Wall fell and Germany reunited. I didn’t understand the repercussions of those events until much later. All I cared about was the yummy candy on the store shelves and the Barbie under our Christmas tree that year.

What I learned as time went on and I got older was that things weren’t so rosy for a lot of people. The federal state I lived in had one of the highest rates of unemployment, if not the highest in Germany. People were losing their jobs, friends, relatives …people we knew, and one of them was my mom.

So, when I was a Junior in High School my parents decided it was time for a change.Time to take a chance . They sat my sister and I down for a family discussion and let us know what had been on their minds. They wanted to know how we felt about moving to America?

Well, I will tell you how we felt…soon.

Stay tuned for the next installment!!!