BBQ Brisket and Pizzookie!

So my friend Claudia is from Germany, but she was a foreign exchange student in North Carolina in high school. Chris was so excited she had been there because he wanted to talk to someone about how great BBQ brisket sandwiches are… but she had never tried one the entire time she lived there. Chris…

Schoenbrunn Zoo (again)!

Here are more pictures from the zoo. We went back a week ago, and it was the first zoo trip where Oliver was old enough to get really excited about the animals.There is a playground with a bunny and guinea pig pen. Oliver loved the bunnies. He sat and watched them for a long time….

Oliver’s Ice Cream Hat!

We have a drawer of empty containers that the kids like to play with. Today Oliver was playing with an ice cream container. Elora was sad about something, so Chris asked her if she wanted to wear an ice cream hat. While waiting for her response, Chris put the container on Ollie’s head, and he…

Mmmm…. Eisschokolade

Here is a tasty treat we discovered in Germany, and now make much too often! It is called Eisschokolade (Ice Cream Chocolate) which is hot cocoa with ice cream and whipped cream in it. So good! It’s like a “hot chocolate ice cream float”, perfect on a hot day or a cold one.

MBA Palais Liechtenstein

So one of the perks of having an MBA program in a palace in Vienna is the catering. Viennese people love their coffee breaks so we have frequent 10 minute coffee breaks, some of which are catered with tasty treats like you see below. You can tell what everyone is thinking in this photo. A…

Schönbrunn Garden

While Chris was at school this week, the kids and I headed to the Schönbrunn Gardens to enjoy the nice weather (it was sunny when we left the house anyway…) Oliver really wanted to play on the grass (he can’t read the “don’t walk on the grass signs” – maybe it is okay to crawl…

Back to the Schmetterling Haus

When it got rainy a couple weeks ago, Elora and Grace had to postpone their playdate at the zoo, and we decided to go back to the Schmetterling Haus instead. This time Elora found a butterfly that would let her hold it!Elora called it “her best friend butterfly” and after she held it for awhile…

It’s a Small World After All!

We were helping out at the church for our annual Spring cleaning day,when a man and woman walked up the street toward me and said, “Hello Karen!” At which point I reverted back to my usual habit when surprised – I stared… trying to figure out if I knew these people.Noticing my deer in the…

Food Storage Fun!

I enjoyed a morning of peaceful quiet while the kids played together. Generally this means there is some general destruction going on in the house, so I eventually went to see what they were up to. The cabinets in the kitchen are Oliver’s favorite place to play. And this morning, Superman joined in the fun!…

Cheap Meat!

The good thing about living in a country where stores are closed on Sunday is the big chains have to get rid of all their fresh food before the weekend. We discovered that Hofer (the discount/volume food store) puts all their meat that will expire in 3-4 days on sale for 50% off every Friday…

Happy (late) Mother’s Day!

At church on Mother’s Day, the little children came to sing to their Moms at the end of church. Elora is new to Primary, so she didn’t know the song, but as you can see she got to help conduct the music – and she was so excited! She said, “Mommy! I led the music…