German Challenge: Recap

German language

My week-long self-imposed German challenge is over. So how’d I do? I made it — but only just. The whole reason I challenged myself was because life has gotten really busy. But as we all know, if you don’t use it you lose it. After years of hard studying, I’m sure as hell not ready to give up all I’ve learned without a fight. Even with making special time in one week to take on the challenge, it was still tough to accomplish my task.

I already offered a mid-week check in with a few of the things I learned.
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German Music 2014 Recap

german music recap 2014

All year I’ve been recommending German language music that you can enjoy and also learn from and with. With the year quickly coming to an end, I wanted to do a special wrap-up on the music recommendations. As part of that wrap-up, I put together a special playlist* on Spotify. You can stream the playlist after the jump or using your Spotify app. As we head towards ringing in 2015, let me know if you’ve got any recommendations that we should check out. I’ve already got a few good ones lined up to share!
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The German Challenge

German language

It’s time to get serious and work a little harder on learning German. I can personally admit that, for a variety of reasons (read: life and work) I haven’t been working as hard as I once was. But I’m going to jump start my German skills as 2014 winds to an end with a week long self-imposed and created challenge. Maybe you’ll join me?

So what’s the challenge? Learn and practice!
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Homemade Hot Sauce

smoked peppers

While I might unintentionally fling flour all over the kitchen from time to time — I’ve gotten better; I’m not nearly as messy a baker as I once was. It’s amazing what practice can do! — I’m not the only one in our household that is guilty of making a mess in the kitchen. My husband is a great cook and a willing one, lucky for me. He does most of the cooking in our house while I do the baking. Late last winter or so, he planted a bunch of different hot pepper seeds. Eventually he transferred them into a raised garden bed in our yard that quickly grew over. The plan all along was to grow the peppers to make salsa and hot sauce. He made his final batch of hot sauce over this past weekend and now he’s using it on nearly everything he eats. I might cover the kitchen in flour but he covers it in pepper seeds and an eye-watering pepper smell. Oh well, it cleans up easily!
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