Friday, October 22, 2010

From the old country

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.







17 comments:

  1. Love your little King, he's gorgeous :)

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  2. I can totally relate to craving things from home. I usually turn to foods from home (Scotland) when I can, and always enjoy when I can track down an ingredient that is hard to find. How good that you have such easy access to foods from home.

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  3. Hallo Suszanna!
    Ich mag in vielen Dingen nicht Deiner Meinung sein, zumindest fällt es mir oft schwer Deine religiösen Ansichten nachzuvollziehen, weil ich ein so ganz anderes Leben führe. Was ich aber wirklich mal sagen muss, und das meine ich ganz ehrlich und voller Anerkennung: Deine Kinder haben es mit Dir als Mama wirklich gut. Sie sehen so glücklich aus, und wenn ich sehe wie viel Mühe Du Dir mit den Geschenken, Geburtstagsfeiern und täglichen Aktivitäten gibst, ist das wohl kein Wunder. Das wird sicher ein großartiges Puppentheater. LG aus Deutschland von Anna

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  4. Cute! Have you seen the book "Toymaking With Children"? It has a lot of knitting patterns for farm animals, plus other toys made from tree branches.

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  5. Wow, you did a GREAT job though! Mine would come out looking waaaaaay worse! haha. :)

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  6. I've never had a desire to learn to knit or crochet...till now!

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  7. So when you miss Hungary, and it manifests itself in food cravings, would it be safe to say you are hungry for Hungary?

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  8. Those puppets are adorable. I may have to see if I can scrounge up that magazine so I can make them too. That's a great Christmas gift. Your king turned out adorable. The food looks delish! :)

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  9. Hi Zsuzsanna,

    How are you?

    Thanks so much for your wonderful blog. God has blessed you with a wonderful family and I’m sure lots of families are blessed by it!

    As large families are not the norm today in North America or other big cities, we large families really need encouragements, support and tips to go on. Many of us are convicted that it is God’s will to raise and homeschool a large family to glorify Him, however, during the journey, we are frustrated at times and ask, “does this really work?” as many of us are without experience. In light of this came the idea of this book.

    I would be very much appreciated if you can submit an article sharing your experience and God’s grace during your journey. Guidelines are in the link below. It can be a blog you published before or a new piece that you specifically write for this book. I am very positive that many families will be grateful for your sharing.

    All of your family members are invited as well!

    Please seriously pray about it! =)

    May God continue to bless your family abundantly!

    Kay

    P.S. It would be wonderful if you can also help spreading the word. Thank You =)

    Calling for Submission!!
    http://www.littleapplesofgold.com/?page_id=280

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  10. Liebe Zsuzsanna,

    ist schon verrückt, seit gestern habe ich das Gefühl ich sollte dir unbedingt eine Nachricht schreiben, und zwar auf deutsch. Dann lese ich heute dieses Posting und denke, dass Gott dies wohl eingefädelt hat um dein Heimweh ein bisschen zu lindern.

    Ich höre seit einigen Monaten die Predigten deines Mannes (und lese parallel dazu deinen Blog), anfangs belustigt bis ungläubig, dann mit wachsender Empörung und mittlerweile liebe ich beides. Die Art wie ihr glaubt und wie ihr Familie lebt gibt mir Hoffnung.

    Ich bin seit 10 Jahren Christ, Single, ledig u. wohne in der Nähe von Düsseldorf und habe auch eine zeitlang in England gelebt. Durch diverse Umzüge bedingt habe ich viele Kirchen kennengelernt u. bin ganz am Anfang auch auf das Wohlstandsevangelium und die charismatische Irrlehre reingefallen. Ich musste mir nämlich ganz alleine den Weg durchs Glaubens-Dickicht schlagen und habe leider keine gläubige Ursprungsfamilie oder Partner.

    In dieser Hinsicht hast du unverschämtes Glück gehabt :-) auf so einen bibelfesten Mann gestoßen zu sein, der dich gleich von Anfang an richtig angeleitet hat. Und Pastor Anderson hat Glück in dir eine Frau gefunden zu haben, die ihn voll und ganz unterstützt und hinter ihm steht. Das ist auch keine Selbstverständlichkeit, den meisten christlichen Frauen wäre er wahrscheinlich zu extrem. Man kann bei eurer Verbindung getrost von einem "match made in heaven" sprechen.

    Ihr seid ein lebendiges Zeugnis dafür dass Segen darauf liegt wenn man die Bibel wörtlich nimmt.

    Zsuzsanna, du hast bisher wahrscheinlich nicht so viel Erfahrung mit der dt. Christenheit machen dürfen, aber ich kann dir sagen hier herrscht spirituelle Dunkelheit. In ganz Europa sieht es glaubensmäßig sehr sehr düster aus. Wenn der Antichrist kommt, dann sicher nach Europa, in den USA wird er auf zuviel Wiederstand stoßen. Aber hier herrschen Ahnungslosigkeit, Irrlehre und Bibel-Analphabetismus, hier hat er leichtes Spiel.

    Mittlerweile sind fast alle evangelikalen Kirchen von Willow Creek infiziert. Momentan läuft deutschlandweit dieser globale P.E.A.C.E-Plan von Rick Warren an. Meine baptist. Gemeinde hat sich sowohl davon als auch von allerlei esoterisch-mystischen Lehren (Labyrinth-Meditation, getanzte Stille, Bibliodrama etc.) anstecken lassen, deshalb gehe ich jetzt in eine Brüdergemeinde. So etwas wie FWBC gib es hier leider nicht.

    Für bibeltreue Christen ist es ein einsamer Kampf, deshalb sind wir auf spirituellen Beistand von unseren US-Geschwistern angewiesen. Ich höre die Predigten von Pastor Anderson regelmäßig auf meinem MP3-Player wenn ich zur Arbeit fahre oder wenn ich etwas im Haushalt mache. Sie richten mich auf u. ermutigen mich, keine Kompromisse mit Gottes Wort zu machen. Ich mag besonders die Nüchternheit u. den Humor mit denen er predigt. Hier in Deutschland hört man von den Pastoren sehr viel Psycho-Talk und salbungsvolle Reden, aber es hat meist nur wenig mit der Bibel zu tun.

    Ich bete dass du eine schnelle u. leichte Geburt hast und dass euer Kind gesund u. munter zur Welt kommt. Und ich wünsche dir viel Kraft, mit dieser neuen Herausforderung zurechtzukommen u. niemals zu verzagen.

    Macht weiter so!

    Gottes reichlichen Segen,

    Rebecca

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  11. hi Zsuzsanna,
    With 5 kids, I'm sure you have done your share of disciplining. You mentioned a little about it in your last Q&A post, but I would like to see an entire post about it if possible. If not, could you just answer my questions in the comments here? What age do you start disciplining? What age do you start spanking? What warrants a spanking, vs. something like writing the "I'd rather eat stuffing..." paper? We seem to have similar ideas about childrearing, but my child is only 8 months right now, so I could use some guidance from a likeminded mom.

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  12. My husband and I both come from families with one parent born in england and the other with a strong european heritage, so while I am not connected to germany specifically, I get what you mean. Funny enough our parents craved their heritage when it came to food in different ways.

    My family was very english, when dad was craving back home he wanted a full rich roast complete with yorkshire puddings like he remembered for sunday lunch.

    My husbands family seems more similar to your memories of europe, I showed hubby the pics of your cold meats dinner, that would SO appeal to him, he loves cold meats like strasburg and corned beef and all those fancy named sausages. Plus anything pickled or marinated in a vinegar-type solution. I was wondering if you could break down what you served, as I'd love to do something similar as a special treat next time we have his family over for a meal. I recognise some of the items, but others I don't and if I don't have a name for it, just an image, I doubt I'll ever be able to find similar items. If you could also give some examples of items that would fit in but you didn't have that would be great too, as not everything I see in your photos I recognise, though much of it I think I have seen in stores with large deli sections. Especially wondering about those breads, they look good. The only thing that seems to be missing, to me, is cheese. I picture a meal like that to come out with some robust, strong cheeses. Is that a misconception on my part, would you get cheese with a meal like this in germany?

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  13. The food pictures remind me of meals at Grandma Bubbies home-her family came from Poland and sausages, pickles and dark rye bread was a favorite meal or snack. The sausage, bread and pickles were almost always homemade.

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  14. Hi Zsuzsanna,

    I don't know how to crotchet, but your puppet makes me want to learn!

    The king you made is gorgeous! I can't wait to see photos of all the others. Your kids are going to be so excited when they see these Christmas morning!

    -Lisa

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  15. Thank you everyone for the kind comments.

    Anna,

    vielen Dank für die freundlichen Worte aus Deutschland!

    Jessica,

    No, I am not familiar with the book, but it sounds interesting.

    Heather,

    it's super easy to learn, much easier than knitting. I'd be happy to teach you if you are up in PHX sometime, it wouldn't take long.

    Kay,

    thank you for asking, I'd love to submit something.

    Rebecca,

    vielen Dank für deine Nachricht! Hast du eine email Adresse, unter der ich mit der persönlichen Kontakt aufnehmen könnte? Falls ja, sende sie mir bitte in einem weiteren Kommentar, den ich natürlich nicht veröffentlichen werde.

    Lilly,

    I'll try to get a post up soon. That's a relative term! :)

    abba12,

    you are very right, there should have been another platter with cheeses, but I only had a couple in the house and my family said they didn't want any that night. The meats on the platter are cooked ham, salame, Leberwurst, two types of Lachsschinken, Schinkenwurst, and not sure what the one in the very front is called.

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  16. That magazine is Anna, isn't it!? I accidentially got one on ebay once--it was part of a "lot" of craft magazines--and I was immediately hooked. I love all the fine, lace knitting they have. I love that it has a little bit of everything, not just one craft. I wish we had something like it here in the US!

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  17. Ooh, the meal looks absolutely delicious. My best friend traveled in Europe for 2 months every summer for 4-5 years, and I always drooled over his descriptions of German breakfasts. Glad you can find some comfort in the traditions of your homeland here in the States.

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