Looking for a nice, handmade gift for the holidays? Perhaps one of these scarves will fit the bill. They will be available for sale (and to snuggle with!) at the Christkindlmarkt at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor, KS on November 21 from 9am to 4pm. There will be many handmade crafts and gifts in a German-themed market. Come browse and enjoy our Gluhwein (mulled wine).
I’m making cookies for our annual Cookie Walk at church. These cookies are not only delicious, but they are packed with fibre and flavor. Enjoy!
Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies (This recipe makes about 3 dozen small cookies.)
Butter, softened – 1 1/2 sticks
Sugar, granulated – 2/3 cup
Egg – 1
Flour, all-purpose – 1 cup
Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice* – 1 teaspoon
Oats, old-fashioned – 1 cup
Dried berries** – 1 1/2 cups
Bananas, ripe & sliced – 2
Pecans, chopped – 1 cup
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Place butter and sugar into a large electric mixing bowl and cream on low speed. Beat in the egg and spices. Beat in the flour until well blended, then remove from mixer. Add in oats, berries and pecans until thoroughly mixed. Finally, fold in the banana carefully so as not to mash them.
Drop onto a cookie sheet using a teaspoon. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Allow to briefly cool on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
*I grab Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice mix when I want lots of flavor but don’t want to mess with the individual spices. This mixture has cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cloves. If you don’t have this ingredient, substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
**Any dried berries will do, but I use 1/2 cup each of dried cranberries, blueberries, and pomegranates. Experiment with the fruits you like.
Burg Nanstein, a castle located in Landstuhl, Germany, was built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1162. This castle was built to protect the western approach to Kaiserslautern, a very old settlement at the edge of the Pfälzerwald (Palatinate forest).
Nanstein castle was also home to the famous German knight Franz von Sickingen. One of the early supporters of the Reformation, Sickingen offered this castle as a shelter for Martin Luther and other reformers after the Diet of Worms.
We visited Burg Nanstein during out 2007 visit to Germany and the Kaiserslautern area. It is a wonderful old castle with an amazing view of Landstuhl. You can see the different eras of building by the varying stones. The growth of ivy and small trees in the walls lends a feeling of ancient decay. This is a great place to visit if you are visiting the Rhineland.