Crockpot Hamburgers

Summer. A time for grilling. Unless you live in Germany, without A/C and 90+ temperature days. A couple of weeks ago, I did steak and baked potatoes in my slow cooker. I forgot to take pictures, but the result was delicious. Anyway, since the steak was a success, I...

Dietrich’s 5th Birthday Cake

A train cake, of course. Thomas, he said, then he and I changed it to James because James is the #5 engine and red, his favorite color for now. To make it, I baked one regular loaf pan, one mini loaf pan, and one overflowing cupcake (all from one cake mix)....

April: the month of the Military Child.

I’m often amazed at how much Dietrich has faced/endured. He is four years and nine months – give or take a few days – or 57 months. Of that time, Peter has been deployed 29 months (this is only deployments, not extended training or classes that take two to three...

It’s Friday Now, but Sunday’s Coming.

A friend of mine had two “way back time machine” status updates this past weekend, focusing on the Story behind Easter. Each of these posts created vivid images with overwhelming emotions. Some of these thoughts I’ve had myself, but not as eloquently stated. Here is the first, fixing ones thoughts on crucifixion Friday: It’s Sabbath, a...

Barbecue Brisket

This is for a 4-5 pound beef brisket (or in German a rinderbrust) For the rub:                                            For the sauce: 2 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke          ...

Cranberry Buttermilk Cake

This is a combination of a couple of recipes but simplified to only FOUR ingredients. 1 Yellow Cake Mix 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk 2 heaping spoonfuls of sour cream 1 can whole cranberry sauce Mix the first 3 ingredients together. Layer cake mixture – cranberry sauce – cake mixture in a...

What I Learned When I Taught the Truth in Love

Most people would likely consider themselves as “good”. Many of those claim to believe in God and the Bible. Some of them even claim to be Christians. While “62% of people (in the U.S.) say that they are deeply spiritual” “only 14% make their decisions based on what God’s...

To Sue, With Love

Being part of a military congregation, one must form quick relationships. One is only the “new family” for a few weeks, at most, before someone else new arrives. Quickly the new members become the seasoned ones, hopefully after their vehicle has arrived and they are in permanent housing, so...

What I learned this week from Snow

Around the holidays, we often hear “Keep Christ in Christmas” or “Jesus is the reason for the season.” However, shouldn’t Christ always be centered in our lives, as He is the reason for every season? It’s March in Germany, and snowing again. Not a little snow, or a melting...

Out of the Darkness, Into the Light

The most shocking thing no one told me before moving to Germany: It’s dark in winter and the sun is “up” until 10-11 PM during the summer. The winter now drawing to a close is the darkest in recorded history (you will likely have to translate this page unless you...