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German Week

Our Aldi store has German Week a couple of times a year when they feature German grocery products. This has been German week here in our home. Our German guests, Diana and Uwe, arrived last week. For the first few days of their visit we tried to show them many of our favorite places in the area. One day we went downtown and walked along Main Street and looked for the Mice on Main, walked across the bridge, and visited the Mast General Store.

Here are our guests on the Liberty Bridge:

picture of Diana Uwe Bridge

We spent the second day on campus visiting the bookstore, eating in the Dining Hall, visiting the Art Gallery, and attending a production of the Living Gallery program. They also visited and spoke at Rob's German class and treated the students to some delicious German chocolates. On a wonderful side note I got to meet my blogging friend Deb in the lobby just as we were leaving the performance of the Living Gallery. She, her mother, and her two daughters were here from Virginia, visiting her sister Betty. Deb has a lovely blog called Mountain Musings which you might like to check out sometime.

On Saturday we took them to some of our favorite spots nearby in North Carolina. We visited Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock and then drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Folk Art Center where we enjoyed looking at the beautiful craft items and watching a couple of the artists who were giving demonstrations. We then had a delicious dinner at the Moose Cafe at the Ashville Farmer's Market.

On Easter Sunday we had special services at church where we were all blessed by the wonderful music and messages which reminded us of Christ's sacrifice for us. In the afternoon Diana and Uwe visited our local zoo. In the late afternoon Mark, Katie, and Ryan came by for a visit and ate supper with us.

Here is Ryan in his Easter finery "rock climbing" on our neighbor Mary's rock:

picture of Ryan Rock Easter

Monday morning our German visitors left for a few days in Virginia and North Carolina. They will return later this week and then head to Georgia for a few days and then return here for a few more days before they fly back home.

Our German week continued Tuesday evening when our speaker for our monthly Women for Missions meeting was from Germany. 🙂 I was in charge of the refreshments and took spice cookies. I don't think the recipe is actually German, but I did get it from a woman with a German name. I normally make these cookies at Christmas time and cut them into different shapes such as bells, trees, etc. and then frost them in a variety of colors. For this event I just made stars and then glazed them in white. These really are delicious cookies and I hope you will try them sometime.

picture of Christmas Spice Cookies

Christmas Spice Cookies

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. corn syrup (either clear or dark)
1 egg
3 cups flour
2 tsps. baking soda
2 tsps. cinnamon
2 tsps. ground ginger
2 tsps. ground cloves

Cream butter and sugar. Add corn syrup and egg. Add baking soda and spices. Mix in flour to make a stiff dough. Chill if desired. Roll out and cut out with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 mins. Let cool and then frost if desired. I used this glaze:

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsps. clear corn syrup
2 Tbsps. milk
2 Tbsps. lemon juice
5-10 drops food coloring if desired
Drizzle on cookies and spread with the back of a spoon. Let dry completely and store in layers with waxed paper between each layer.

I don't really enjoy fussing a lot with cut out cookies and cookie decorating but my daughter Nora has a cookie business and makes beautiful cookies. They are little works of art. You can see some of her cookies on the Facebook page for her cookie business.

Another event for the week isn't really "German" but Rob and I will be helping to set up and serve at a rehearsal dinner for the son of another German teacher this weekend. We will also be attending the wedding the following day.

The final big event is a party for a special little boy who turned two this week. I'm sure I will probably have pictures of that event to share next time.


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2 Comments on “German Week”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Apr 4th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my, my, Becka! You have been busy with LOTS of goings-on! I know you enjoyed your German company and all the places you took them. How special that Rob had them in his class for the students to get first-hand experience with real Germans! 🙂

    It was a real delight to actually meet you for the very first time!!! My only regret was not having my camera! If I’d only known! (the camera on the cell phone didn’t work, so I have nothing to show for our first-time meeting.) We will just have to remedy that during another visit! 🙂

    I just copy and pasted your cookie recipe so we can try it out. They look delicious!

  2. #2 Nora
    on Apr 7th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you mom. What is your referral fee? I will keep a tally. 🙂

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