A Walk in the Woods…

Guten Morgen Xangaland!

This weekend Ryan and I took a drive through the countryside… Somewhere between home and Trier we stopped at one of the many parking pullouts along the road…  We climbed a steep bank and pushed through a barrier of berry bushes and ferns and found a wondrous place…


An old logging road, so quiet and hushed… the trees so dense the sun barely reached in… it looked almost like a cathedral of trees.


A little shiver ran down my spine and I saw the big bad wolf hiding behind every tree… and I realized that I could no longer hear the sounds of the autobahn behind us… it was as if we had stepped into a book.


The quiet was almost something you could touch in these woods… and it felt as if the trees simply breathed… 


As we walked along this path pine needles drifted slowly down in the crisp fall breeze and I looked up at the treetops.  The sun glowing through them looked like something right out of a Tolkien book… can you see the homes of the elves, lit by a hundred little lanterns?


Walking through this forest I felt as if I was walking through every forest of my childhood and every forest of my dreams… it was hush and damp… the only sound was the wind sighing through the pines… there is nothing quite like that sound…


Everywhere we looked there where toadstools and mosses… things I had never seen before… homes for the little fairies that are legends here.


We reached the end of the forest path and turned to see something wondrous… the cathedral these trees made was lit by the sunset… the berry bushes and ferns we had passed through on the other end shone like a stained glass window…  What an enchanted forest we had found.


That is what we love about living here… every day… if we choose to make it so… is an adventure.  Everywhere we look we see something that takes our breath away… Even at a rest stop there is beauty if only you choose to look.


Auf Wiedersehen!


P.S. For a short video of our walk in the woods go



Recipes from 1974… they should stay there!!!


Oh my gosh she made them into a book… and I bought it!  Cause I’m crazy and honestly when Ryan and I can’t even read them out loud cause we’re crying so hard… 10$ is nothing! 

You can be crazy too.

Get it HERE.



While searching for an old Zucchini bread recipe that weight watchers featured a few years back I stumbled upon…


Ryan and I sat here and read the whole thing in shock and awe!  I haven’t laughed so hard in months…

If you have about 20 minutes to spare…  You simply MUST go to this site!  If you go make sure you go to the gallery and read each individual caption!!! 


P.S.  If anyone has that Zucchini bread recipe I would really be grateful… I never really got around to finding it!

P.S.S.  There’s a picture post below this one if you missed it!


Crochet madness…

Guten Morgen Xangaland!

Today I decided to share all the crochet projects I’ve been so busy with in the last few months… the problem was that they were all baby blankets and all the women they went to had access to my site or email…  So now that all the showers are over and the blankets are tucked away in nurseries awaiting wee ones… I thought that I would share some pictures and have a record of them.

Okay, just so you know all of the blankets are even and nicely squared I just can’t ever seem to get them laid out right when I take pictures and since I no longer have any of them in hand I can’t redo the pictures!

This first set was for my little sister’s best friend and consequentially my best friend’s little sister.   I had very specific rules on this one.  Only white, tan, and Eddie Bauer green and only stripes! So I did the best I could.  She did her nursery in greens and blues and did Peter Pan and the Lost Boys… charming.

Here is the main blanket.


The white receiving blanket.


The beanie.


The final presentation.


This next set was for a very dear friend whom I actually met here in Xangaland!  Gia or Emmagayle has become one of my closest friends and she is even now anxiously awaiting the birth of her daughter Lucy.  She should be here by the end of October and I can’t wait to see her!!!

The first is the main blanket.


This is the white receiving blanket.


One the color of her nursery walls… apple green and pink!  How sweet!!!


Various hats and scarves with the leftovers.


No finished package on this one as I had to ship it from here in Germany.

This next set is for Ryan’s baby sister Josie, and for my first nephew, Malaki Phoenix.

The first is the main blanket.


This is the white receiving blanket.


One in soft baby blue in a water stitch.


Various hats and scarves with the scraps.


The finished product.


Now for the big announcement.  He’s already here! 

Welcome to the world Malaki Phoenix!!!


Isn’t he a cutie?


Well there you have it… a ton of pictures.  Now that I’ve put you all to sleep in your chairs with my Brahms Lullaby and my boring post… lol  I don’t really have all that much more to talk about and since this is already extremely long I will say farewell. 

Auf Wiedersehen!


The Sage Five


I’m leaving this up for one more day as the challenge ends tomorrow.  This one was so much fun and I have really enjoyed reading the works of my fellow Queens!



Guten Morgan Xangaland!

Happy October!  Can you believe it’s here already? 

Well today is yet another Kween of Queens challenge… I must say that I really enjoyed participating in this one and I can’t wait to read everyone elses!  If you would like to do so please go HERE

I wrote this with the five younger siblings that Ryan and I have between us in mind.  So this is dedicated to Charly, Zach, Becky, Andy, and Josie.


The Sage Five

Please list 5 (five) bits of advice that you think a newlywed couple needs to know. many of us are married, or have been married for many years. Please impart the wisdom of your experiences to these young people! A simple list is sufficient. If you feel a need to go into detail, by all means do so! If you merely wish to list 5, that’s fine too!



“Mawwiage… Mawwiage is what bwings us togevah today… Mawwiage and twue wuv.” ~The Princess Bride~

When my husband and I were married over six years ago my father toasted us at our reception. What he said has stayed with me for all the years I’ve been married and I sincerely doubt it will fade away any time soon. His toast was simple and profound, words of wisdom that we strive to live by daily.

“May your life be filled with the three F’s. Faith, family, and fun. May your faith be as strong fifty years from now as it is today, may you always remember that you are a family and stick together, and may you never forget to laugh and have fun.”

When this challenge was put before me I had a rare moment of complete clarity. I knew exactly what I would write, what my advice would be to someone getting ready to take the plunge… It would be my father’s toast. The three F’s and two of my own.


“May your faith be as strong fifty years from now as it is today…”

There will be times when you are tempted. Tempted to give up, to quit, to lose hope. Don’t. God will never leave you or forsake you and He is always faithful. In some ways it was so much easier to trust Him before I was married before I was a grown up I guess you would say… Yet as an adult I have proof of His words, of His promises. Though there were times my faith wavered I kept it and in the end it did not fail me. Trust in your convictions. Remember that sometimes you have to look at raging storm clouds as ‘Just a bit of shade’ For the sun will always shine on in the end. Storm clouds can only hide the sun but the sun has the power to burn away those clouds. Remember that and never lose your faith.


“…May you always remember that you are family and stick together.”

When you marry you leave both of your families and you become a family of your own. Your immediate family ceases to be your mother, father, brothers, sisters and becomes simply your husband or your wife. Never forget that in all things that this new family comes first! You are to take care of each other no matter what. But if there is one thing I’ve learned in my short life it’s that family is everything, don’t forget where you came from in your haste to get where you’re going.


“…and may you never forget to laugh and have fun.”

In every marriage there will be hardships. You will find yourself struggling to survive the world and each other at one time or another and if you are me it will be lot’s of times! Don’t forget to hold on to the little things… treasure them close to your heart. The tickle wars, the gooshey eyes, the whispered endearments, the gestures that only the two of you get, the stupid faces, and bad jokes… Don’t let the hard times wipe those away. Always laugh, even when you don’t feel like it, always have fun, even if you can’t afford it! Marriage is two people carving out a place for each other in their hearts and a place in this world together. If you have no enjoyment in it then what is the point?

And for my two…


“Get back witch!  I’m not a witch I’m your wife!” ~The Princess Bride~

I don’t care what anyone told you, no matter how much in love you are there will come a time when the honeymoon is over! Suddenly the way he blows his nose will drive you nuts, the way he turns his pants inside out when he takes them off will incite you to violence, and the way he slaps your butt when your angry will ignite a white hot passion to murder him. It happens, sorry to dissolution you, but it does. Of course this has never happened to me so I don’t know what advice to give you. Okay, okay, I’ll give you this. Be friends. Never let that die. For this is the true heart of a marriage. Cherish it.


“I’m not saying I’d like to build a summer home here, but the trees are quite lovely.”  ~The Princess Bride~

My absolute favorite subject! Once again I hate to dissolution you but unless you have a drawer full of silver spoons to pawn off in the slim times, there will be times when McDonalds sounds like a fancy sit down dinner. I could not begin to guess why you will go through this I only know that you will. Life will inevitably throw you a curveball and you’ll find yourself at the shorter end of the stick once in a while. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to love each other in spite of the money. Don’t let it come between you. Square up with each other back to back and give that checkbook what for! In the meantime while you battle with it to the death I have a few recipes that saw me through the lean times… Poor mans food.

Pinto Beans

4 cups pinto beans (2 pounds)

2 Tablespoons Salt

2 Tablespoons Sugar

Sort through the beans and soak overnight. (Do not under any circumstances skip this step. Sometimes there are tiny rocks in the beans and remember you are broke and can’t afford a trip to the dentist.) 7am next morning drain and rinse the beans until the water runs clear. Put back into pot and fill with water. Cook on high for 9 hours (5pm) 30 minutes before eating add sugar and salt and start your cornbread. (If you could afford it this paycheck)

Serve with cheese.

I usually made this on a Sunday and we ate it for three nights… then on Wednesday I made chili!

Chili from Pinto Beans

½ a pot of Pinto beans

1 Sautéed onion

1 pound ground beef

1 cup salsa

1 can undrained kidney beans

1 can drained black beans

1 packet chili seasoning

1 bell pepper

Sauté onions and bell pepper. Mix all ingredients in the crock pot, top off with water and cook for 4 hours on high or all day on low. Eat with remaining cornbread (You can splurge and make a new pan if you can afford it!)

*Tip* If you don’t already have a crock pot on your registry get one, and when someone like me who knows it’s value gives it to you, learn to use it! Though I’m no longer poor as a church mouse it’s one of my favorite cooking tools, you won’t regret having a good one.


In Conclussion

“I wonder if he’s using the same wind we are using?” ~The Princess Bride~

There you are, my five pieces of advice. I hope that they help you to laugh your way through the hard times if they bring you nothing else. And don’t let them scare you away… I do not regret a moment of the heartache, the broke times, the moments of panic… except maybe one thing… what the chili made from three day old beans did to my husband!


Song for the day?  Why ‘Storybook Story’ from The Princess Bride of course…  Somehow that movie has become the ‘Theme song’ for Ryan and my mawwiage!  LOL