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Friday, July 31, 2009

12 years +Inspirational Challenge #4

Tubingen 1997

We take a break from our regular programing to announce:
Frank and I have been married for 12 years. It is crazy! It just doesn't seem possible. It seems just like yesterday we had just met each other on a church camp out, and now here we are 12 years later. You want to hear our love story? To tell you the truth neither one of us likes camping. Why either one of us went is a miracle since it was raining that day. We met on Whitby Island in Washington State. My girlfriend convinced me to go saying that I would have a good time. He must have fell in love with the Swiss miss braids I was wearing in my hair that night along with my gorgeous cream colored Irish knit sweater, or it could have been my fantastic ability to speak German (which wasn't really that great at the time-the basics). He knows why I fell in love with him, it was because of the candy. He offered me his last Ferraro chocolate. Those yummy little chocolate balls with the chocolate insides and Hazelnut then are dipped in chocolate and rolled in Hazelnuts and wrapped in the pretty little gold wrapper. No joke! He knew how to win over my heart as he squished out the other guy sitting next to me by the camp fire. The rest is history. One year exactly from that day we got married. Happy Anniversary my Schaetz!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Porsche Museum

We are so cool!
Harris with his cousin Marc
I want one of these! How about a ride in this?
or a ride in this?
Germany is famous for it's fabulous automobiles such as Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes, Audi, and Volkswagen. Porsche and Mercedes both have new and gorgeous museums that are open to the public for a fee. Children under the age of 14 are free. Located close to Stuttgart, if you are traveling by train you can take the S Bahn right there from downtown. It couldn't be easier. The boys had a fun time looking at all the cars. It is a dream for little and big boys alike. We spent about two hours inside the museum looking at all the cars. Afterwards, we ate at the museums cafe called Boxcar. I had one of the best prosciutto panini sandwiches and Harris enjoyed a plate of Schnitzel with pommes. The cafe also serves a variety of yummy cakes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Corner View Best Kept Secret

I just got home last night and I have been trying to think of a best kept secret. I wanted to share the art of Weiner Schnitzel. When in Germany, I always eat at a restaurant called the Forst Haus. It is located in the town of Butzbach. Why? Because it is the best Weiner Schnitzel I have found in Germany. Well, I am sure there are many other location for really great Weiner Schnitzel, but Come on you do not mess with a good thing when you find it, so I am loyal to this location. Their price point is very reasonable too. What is Weiner Schnitzel? It is a cut of meat such as chicken, pork, or veal that is pounded thin then dipped in milk, egg, and flour and bread crumbs. You will find many variations of Weiner Schnitzel, my favorite is Bauer Schnitzel which is Schnitzel covered with caramelized onions and bacon. I would not recommend getting the fast food version of Schnitzel which is pressed meat parts that looks like Schnitzel, but just isn't. This fast food version is usually served inside a brotchen roll. A good Schnitzel coating should be firm but yet light. Never gritty and I think should be cooked in sunflower oil-olive oil is just too fruity and will change the flavor. I think it is even better when served with a wedge of lemon, and my husband loves it with ketchup. My other favorite location in Switzerland is a place called Weiner Wald located across the street from St. Gallen University; however, this restaurant is spendy.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Corner View "What do you see at 7:45p"

Friday 7:45pI was shopping here stocking up on groceries

Saturday 7:45p
The sun was shining through the trees
My Son was doing this
My Room looked like this
Sunday 7:45pFlying on this to Germany
I will most likely be reading this
This week on Corner View challenge was to photograph "What do you see at 7:45p on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday." Since I am leaving for Germany on Sunday to pick up my son from his Oma's house, I am posting my post a little early.

Homemade Goodness-Granola Addition


My husband love granola. He eats it every morning for breakfast. In the winter he eats it with milk and microwaves it for a few seconds to make it warm. The rest of the year he mixes it with yogurt and waits for it to get a little soggy. In Switzerland they call this Birscher Muesli sometimes they throw fresh fruit in such as blueberries. We go through a large bag of granola from Costco in about a week. He usually eat the Quaker Oats bran. I like the Bare Naked brand called Coco beach, but the stuff is expensive. I decided that from now on I am going to make my own. After looking at various recipes on the Internet I came of with my own recipe.

Ingredients
5 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of oil
1 cup of applesauce
1/3 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
2 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of dried cherries
1 60z bag or (170gr) of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of flax seed

In a mixing bowl mix together oats, coconut, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, salt, flax seed, brown sugar. Once everything is mixed then add oil, honey, and applesauce mix well and turn onto two lined cookie sheets. Bake at 300 degree for 30-40 minutes. You will want to check on it because depending on how thick you spread it on the cookie sheet will determine the amount of cooking times. Should be golden brown and mostly dry. Once cooled add cherries and chocolate chips. Then place in an air tight storage container. Boy does my house smell marvelous this morning.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

If you make Jam then you must make bread

If you make Jam then you must make bread, but really and honestly it is just too hot outside. There is no way I am turning my oven on today. I love summer time even if it is hot outside.

Playdoh

I think all of my children have enjoyed playing with playdoh, but as the older ones got older they moved onto other things. The other day I opened the playdoh box for my two year old only to find that all the playdoh had dried up. Given how hot it was I was not going to lug the children down to the store to buy some. We made our own.
Ingredients
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 (3) ounce package of jello
2 Tablespoons of cream of tarter
1 cup of water
2 Tablespoon of oil
First mix all dry ingredients in a bowl or the pan. Then add water and oil. Over medium low cook until the dough pulls away from the side of the pan and is no longer wet. If you have ever made cream puffs the dough will look like this. Turn out onto counter top and kneed until smooth. When children are finished playing with it just store in refrigerator in a Ziploc bag. It smells great too!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Corner View "The Unveiling"

That's me on the far right
Chocolate is my delight
My Son Roman born with Tetrology of Fallot

Once again me on the right
Elba, Italy 2008

HI! Thanks for letting me participate in Corner View. Since my photo is with my profile, I thought I would add a few photos to introduce myself. I once was a little girl who wore tights, but quit despite loving to dance because she couldn't understand her ballet teacher who had a Swiss accent. The little girl also had just moved from Massachusetts to California, and had a thick accent. she was teased by all the other children. She grew up to love chocolate and to cook, but you all ready knew that. Became an advocate for Congenital Heart Disease when her third son was born with a heart condition called Tetrology of Fallot. Her favorite place in the world is Italy, but is married to a very smart and gifted German. Has her hair blown straight every eight weeks when she goes to the hairdresser, and if could change anything she would change her chest size to be smaller because she would like for once men to look at her in the eyes and not at her chest. You can check out more Corner Views by clicking on Spain Daily under my Blog Roll.

Cooking with Winston Peanut Butter Playdough

Ingredients
1 cup powder milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
edible food to decorate with such as chocolate chips, raisin, prezels, or cereal.

Mix all ingredients and put in refrigerator for one hour. Then let the children play and shape into what ever they would like. If it makes it that far you can put it back in the refrigerator for an hour and then eat.

This week I have been watching my friends 3 boys, so that makes 5 boys at my house. It is also super hot outside. We came up with this fun activity to do! One child didn't even play with it. He ate is straight away.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

The last couple of years, I have bought Sweet and Sour Sauce out of a jar and you just dump it over your chicken. The only problem with that was that was the stuff is this neon red gelatinous goop and the children wouldn't touch it because it was too spicy. I had tried a couple of recipes, but was never really too happy with them. One recipe called for a bottle of Russian dressing, but it was always too watery. Then I came across a recipe in a cookbook called The Best of the Best from Michigan. I bought the book years ago when we lived in Michigan. The recipe is actually titled Hawaiian Chicken, but it is Sweet and Sour to me.
Ingredients
1 20ounce can of chunk pineapple
1 medium onion diced
1/2 cup celery diced
1 medium green pepper diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
3 Tablespoon soy sauce-I used a 1/4 cup
3 medium to large size chicken breast cubed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup Ketchup
In a saute pan cook chicken in olive oil until almost cooked through. Take chicken out of the pan and put on a plate until later. On medium high heat saute onions, pepper, celery until almost almost soft or until onion is translucent. Then add pineapple, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and Ketchup. Stir in cornstarch then add chicken and bring to soft boil. Serve over rice. Cook time about 20 minutes. Plates were licked clean. If you like your sweet and sour a little spicy you can add a few pepper flakes. Don't want to cook the chicken or like yours breaded bake chicken nuggets in the oven and add to sauce.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Movie Review


As you know, I love movies! I especially like movies that are not your typically Hollywood cookie movie that is so predictable you know the ending before it ends. The Visitor is a Great movie. The beginning is slow, but that is what makes the story great because it opens up to you one layer at a time. The story is about a man who has lost his passion for life. He is just merely existing. Then a series of events change things in his life and reawaken the passion he once had. What I got from this movie was the question are we living our life to the fullest? Then my husband and I watched another movie called Flash of Genius. Who would have thought a story about a guy who invents the windshield wiper would be good?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Painting, Monet, and Smores

A masterpiece in the making

There isn't a day that goes by that Roman isn't coloring or painting. He has now learned how to say I want to paint. He has really mastered this I want phrase and then just adds different words to the end. He also says I need... and then adds a few words. He also really loves to go outside and you will often find in on the back porch watering the flowers or sitting at the table reading his books. Last week, I took the boys to see the Monet collection at the art museum, and then for lunch at Colony square. What was fun is that they had story time at the museum and the boys were happy to sit and listen to the stories. Later on in the day, we made Smores buy microwaving the ingredients for 20 seconds. They were a hit!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Orange Beef

Do you ever get tired of eating the same things? If you are like me, maybe you have 15-20 recipes you know by heart and when planning meals you tend to gravitate towards those recipes. I get tired of eating the same things, but it isn't always easy trying new recipes. You have to sometimes buy ingredients you don't have in your pantry. What if the family doesn't like the recipes. Well, I tried a new recipe out last week and my family loves it. The plates were licked clean. Try it I think you will agree that this is one delish recipe!!!!!!
Orange Beef with Coconut Rice
1/4 cup of light soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon of olive oil/can also use sesame oil
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of coriander/cilantro
1 orange
4 cloves of Garlic
2-4 teaspoons of chili powder
1 1/2 pounds of flank steak

In blender combine all ingredients and pulse until orange is broken down. Place with beef in Ziploc bag and marinade for a least 1/2 hour, but best overnight.
Cut meat on a diagonal in long strips and thread on bamboo skewers that have soaked in water for at least 30 minutes. Cook on hot grill 3-4 minutes on each side.

Coconut Rice
1 1/4 cups of your favorite rice
1 can of light coconut milk
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 handful of chopped green onions
optional 1/2 cup of defrosted and microwaved peas

In a pot combine rice, milk, water, sugar, salt, and vinegar. Bring to a boil stirring often, so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Once it comes to a boil turn down heat to low and cover with a lid. Cooks about in about 15 minutes. Look at it to see all liquid is evaporated. Then fluff with a fork and toss in green onions and cooked peas.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Inspiration Challenge

Finished Card/Inside Says Just Hang in There
Another view of the card
First Try ended up cutting off the bottom
because it was too much, but the pattern is of Moroccan tile

I didn't use my camel or latern that I drew because they were too dull against the gold.

I have never been very crafty. When my church has craft nights, I usually avoid them like the plague or just go to talk to everyone. Why? I am just not that good at them. I am too critical. I get disappointed when my idea doesn't materialize. I am good at many other things, but crafts is just not one of them. So what's my point? Well, I have been following a blog that is mostly a craft card blog, but also a little bit of a travel blog out of Morocco http://travelingmama.net/. I love looking at her pictures of what she is experiencing in Morocco. She threw out a challenge to make a card inspired by a photo. The photo was of Moroccan slippers that were multi colored and she showed a card that she made. Well, I knew instantly I wanted my card to be cobalt blue. I also knew I wanted a camel, maybe a little tent or a lantern of some kind, or maybe a globe of the world. Then 4Th of July came and I was busy with all that. I don't have really any craft stuff on supply except for some children's multi-colored paper. I headed with the boys to Michael's. I just knew they would have to have something for me. Kind of a bad idea. Roman kept putting stuff in the cart and Winston would try to take it away and put it back and Roman would scream and cry. You get my point. The only thing I found was my paper. No camels, no stamps or cut outs, no globes except for one sticker. Found plenty of Asian inspired stuff . Couldn't find gold paper except for doille -maybe that would work. Optimistic when I left. Here is my result and this is why I do not craft. I do love this little monkey though.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summertime in Germany

I think one thing Harris will always remember about visiting his Oma's in Germany is cherries. Oma has a cherry tree in her back yard, and Harris is still little enough to climb up amongst the branches to pick the cherries. They have been busy making cherry jam. Boy do I miss this kid! I feel like a little bit of my heart is missing. The good thing is I know I will get to see him in 14 days and I am grateful that he has this opportunity to be with his Oma and Opa. He has also mastered the art of skateboarding. Most afternoons you will find him with his friends at the skateboard park. He also had the opportunity to go to Wuppertal, and ride on the Wuppertal Schwebebahn. His Opa loves trains. The Wuppertal Schwebebahn was built in 1900 and is the oldest suspended railroad/monorail.
Cherry picking
Skateboard King
The Wuppertal Schwebebahn
All Aboard!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy 4th of July!


Let Freedom Ring!
We celebrated the day with our friends the Petersons, my mom, and the Butler family.
While waiting for the fireworks, we listen to the music bands Sons of Sailors and Party on the Moon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

City skyline
Roman playing beneath the sunflowers
this is the way to do it
Moore in AtlantaAlways Happy
Summers Best


Last week after we got back from our road trip, we went with Nana to the Botanical Gardens. Despite it being extremely hot and giving Atlanta a reason to be called "Hot Atlanta", we enjoyed strolling and playing in the Gardens. The boys got completely soaked in the water feature; however, by the time we went back to the car they were completely dry. We brought our lunch and had a picnic. Peanut Butter and Jelly is totally yummy. They Gardens have done a complete renovation updating their parking lot, entrance, and now they are working on the woodland Gardens. I enjoy going to the Gardens because not only can the children play in the children's garden, but they usually have modern art on display. Currently, the work of Henry Moore a famous British Artist is on display. He is most known for his sculptures.