Friday, September 19, 2014

Have a Blast this Weekend!

It's time for our 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Party this weekend!  I've already been rushing around like a mad woman, buying groceries, ensuring my special Oktoberfest blouse that I purchased during our Germany trip last year fits properly, writing up to-do lists, making Federweisser, and also whipping up the first of many recipes, this Liptauer cheese spread. Tonight and tomorrow is when the real cooking frenzy occurs, though.  Tonight I'm starting the yeast dough for the Zwiebelkuchen, baking up the Kugelhoff, mixing up the strudel filling, and making the German potato salad.  Tomorrow I kick it into high gear and fill and bake the strudel, bake the Zwiebelkuchen, whip up (as if it's so easy...) this slightly modernized Black Forest Cake, or Schwartzwald Torte if you will - the Pièce de résistance of my deserts this year, decorate the house (we printed up a bunch of pictures from our Germany trip to tape all over the walls!), boil up the brats in some beer, bake the soft pretzels, and cut up some veggies and dip.  Whew!  I'll be ready for some Federweisser by the time I'm done with all of that!  We're excited to throw this party again, but I definitely set up some pretty high hurdles for myself preparation-wise.  I'll try to remember to take pictures this time!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend??  Autumn officially starts on Monday, so try to get in a good last weekend of summer if you can!

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