Already Looking Ahead (give-a-gift!!)

This year we’re doing a few little giveaways, or as I like to call them give-a-gifts to my lovely readers!  One contest will be open each Thursday of advent, and will close the following week.  All prizes will ship on December 30, 2016.

So for years JP has poked fun at my NEED to keep a planner and record a bunch of details in it, and I really DO *try* not to leave home without mine.

My current PPP set up. I have layout 4 if anyone is curious.

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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from our little family to you!

Bernhard kept insisting that the turkey was “chich-in”. But that’s all he wanted to eat! i hope all of my readers are having a wonderfully blessed day, be you in the US celebrating or having a normal day in your country.  

A Feast for Christ the King

Today is the feast of Christ the King, so we made a feast! And this time we’re actually feasting on the feast day🙂

For dinner we had marinated steaks, ravioli, acorn squash and broccoli. The last item was woahfully overcooked because I need to figure out the instant pot… overall it was great and a great way to lead into the zwichenwoche before Advent🙂


So, if you haven’t read the news by this point, the US election results came in and holy crap that was unexpected! I had told myself that I was going to go to bed early on election night, but then found myself writing and formatting pictures for a post about dumplings, so OF COURSE I found myself clicking over to Real Clear Politics as each batch of polls closed. Then I hit go on the post,Pennsylvania was blue,  I was beaconned upstairs by a toddler who had developed chills since being put to bed and desperately needed some skin to skin time to get his little body regulated, and bam I wake up to the news that Trump had won. 

My first thought was “well that was unexpected” followed by the absolute crazy that the internet became, and accusations flying, and insults being hurled, and calls to have a do-over, and a petition surfacing to have the electoral college over turned, and riots breaking out, and, and, and, andandandandand…. We both went to bed before 10 on Friday night completely exhausted and then I hit my breaking point from all the noise on Saturday. JP scooped up his overly stretched empath wife and we went hiking, because as much as I try my damn hardest, I get to the point where I can’t block out all the emotion surrounding me and I implode, which results in those around me exploding. It’s complicated, being an INFJ is complicated… heck, just living through this is complicated personality traits aside.

So Saturday afternoon we packed up and headed out to a state park and hiked for two miles in the mild weather that we’ve had this November in Indiana. The drive out to the park and the beginning of the hike I was tense amd grumpy. Half way through the loop, which included playing hide and seek along the trail and finding sticks (#boym) the tension released. I chatted with JP the entire time and  I realize that, yes this sounds ultimately corny, but as long as we have our little family things will be ok. 

Do either of us know where the US is going? Nope. Are we disappointed how people on all sides have been acting? Yes. Very much so. Are we going to lose hope? Nope. We have eachother. We will be ok.

Maultaschen Revisited xRawSpiceBar

Way back when the blog was new JP and I embarked on a cooking adventure for his birthday and made maultaschen (oh my goodness! look at how young my husband was.).

The original plan for revisiting making them again was to be a wonderful dinner to celebrate All Saints Day, buuuuuuut our dear sweet toddler had other plans for us last week — NO one has been sleeping through the night… ugh, #mamaanddaddyaretired #soisthetoddler We JUST managed to make it to Mass, had leftovers instead of German food, and then the rest of the week continued to suck equally as much. Though, I kinda feel for the little guy too.
SO, instead I decided to make them Sunday during a huge bout of Sunday cooking that included some meals for friends who just had a baby (J & J, if you’re reading this, YES, I know she was born two months ago, but you really did JUST have her.  Let me keep spoiling you.) And now I’m posting about making these wonderful dumplings to help me ignore the election coverage.  Win win (and remember, kindness counts).

Shall we begin? First thing, you gather all your ingredients needed to make the wonderful little dumplings, including the spices from the RawSpiceBar Octoberfest Flavor Kit — I used the schnitzel spices which where a lovely blend of juniper berries, cayenne, bay leaves, and black pepper.

chopped spinach, ground pork, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, pasta dough and schnitzel spices.
chopped spinach, ground pork, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, pasta dough, salt and schnitzel spices.

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