Every once in a while, I get to feeling homesick. Not for Germany in particular, nor for Hungary, but really just any place that I have lived before for any length of time. Which yes, in my case, was various European countries for the first 21 years of my life.
When I am pregnant, this often manifests itself as food cravings. Today was such a day. Thankfully, we live only about 15 minutes' drive from a German meat store, which in turn is only 5 minutes from a German bakery. I usually do one big loop and hit both stores in the same day.
Tonight for dinner, instead of cooking, we had a traditional German meal of cold cut meats, vegetables, and some really yummy bread. Growing up, this is what we ate pretty much every night. Breakfast is very similar, except it's less heavy on the meats and has more of an emphasis on jams/jellies and other sweet toppings (like Nutella - mmmmmmmhhhhhh!)
|I love how Becky is just looking at her Daddy adoringly|
|The bread - the rolls were fresh and hot out of the oven.|
|The meats - just a very small sampling of what the meat store carries.|
|The veggies - tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, and sweet mini bell peppers|
|Sweet little Miriam with the sandwich she fixed herself.|
Other times, especially around this time of year as we are approaching Christmas, my homesickness manifests itself as a longing for craft magazines and materials like they can only be found back in the old country. Thankfully, the above mentioned stores carry a wide selection of these magazines as well. Today, I bought a special edition that is full of great ideas for everything to do with Christmas, from decorations to advent calendars to handmade gifts to cookies.
In one of the older issues I came across while organizing my craft supplies last week, I found detailed directions for how to make a wooden puppet theater, as well as six crocheted puppets to go along with it. I immediately knew the kids would love to get this for Christmas. In fact, I had been thinking about making them a puppet theater, but had not yet looked for any directions on how to make one.
This particular magazine, though from Germany, is in English because it is the edition they sell in the UK. I found it in a clearance bin at a local yarn shop. Isn't it just adorable??
|The puppets are: a king, a queen, a princess, a knight, a jester, and a dragon.|
|The king I made (still missing the stick).|
It took me 3 nights to make the king after the kids were in bed. Because this was the first puppet I tried, it didn't come out looking quite as good as I wanted it to, but I'm sure the kids will be ok with it. All the puppets use the same basic pattern for the head and body, so hopefully I will get better at it.
Anyway, this is what I do when I realize I am thousands of miles away from any of my relatives, the places I grew up, or the foods and crafts I used to enjoy over there.