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Embracing Your German Heritage

13 Mar

The theme today is German.

German food, german entertainment, and german people.


It was my dad’s birthday yesterday. My dad takes his German heritage very serious. Some common phrases that he always uses are…

“Eat your sauerkraut.”

“Let’s go to Mater’s (a german restuarant)!”

“Auuuu Shuitz. We’s German. Eat yourrr sauerkraut.”

Now please note that the last phrase he says is done in a very fake German accent. He sounds like a Polish man who got his teeth pulled.

Anyway, to start the day off…why not listen to some German music?

Who knew that that song was also done in German. Learn something new every day.

Now that we got the music out of the way…how about other German stuff?

Opps. Just kidding. Forgive my for my dry sense of humor…but I just couldn’t resist.

Alright. The moment that everyone has been waiting for.

German Food.

Now I debated whether to write about Pretzel Rolls or Kohlsuppe.

But because my dad just loves sauerkraut so much, I’m going to give the recipe for Kohlsuppe.

Kohlsuppe (Cabbage Soup)


4 Slices Bacon, Thick, Diced

2 Onions, Sliced

1 Turnip, Sliced

2 Carrots, Diced

2 Potatoes, Cubed

1 Head Green Cabbage, shredded

4 c Chicken Stock Or Bouillon

2 c Water

6 Sprigs Parsley

1 Bay Leaf


In a 6-quart saucepan or pot, combine all ingredients except salt, pepper and cheese. Simmer partially covered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Discard the parsley bundle; season to taste. Pour into hot soup bowls and serve.

Happy Birthday to my dad. May he enjoy his music and soup.

Have any of your family members swear to a specific culture or food? What food did you always eat when growing up? How about music?

Leave your interesting and creative comments if you’d like.



28 Sep

I couldn’t have a candle in my room until I was in high school. I was always debating with my parents about why I couldn’t have a flammable item in my room that could be forgotten about, knocked over, and burn the whole house down. Finally, when we moved back to Milwaukee I was able to have a candle in my room.

One of my favorite things I started doing would be lighting the sweet smelling candle, get comfy, and read a book. It would always calm me down and I would stare at the candle and lose myself in my thoughts.

For a candle to reach it’s full potential, it has to stay lit for a while. It’s only after the wax begins to melt that the aroma can fill the room. Sometimes the scent would just permeate my entire room and I would be so overwhelmed with the scent.

Obviously candles come in tons of different scents, the one I had in my room was cranberry (leftover from christmas). I love any fruity smelling candle and my dad likes the warm sugar cookie candle. Of course no one likes the candle that smells like cheap bathroom spray or one that doesn’t have a smell at all.

This got me wondering about what scent I would be if I was a candle. Would God like my aroma or would he squish up his nose due to the smelliness? Is my attitude pleasing to Him or his he repulsed by my awful attitude?

I guess our lives can be described as an aroma, or a candle. If you had to describe how your life smells to God, how would you describe it? Do you smell like roses or compost?

I found some scripture that related to us christians spreading the fragrance of God…

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ;s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

I hope to believe I am spreading a fragrance that is pleasing to God and I have to ask him to improve the “smell” of my life.

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