Reformation Day–”Ya say you want a revolution!!!”

About 500 years ago on October 31st Martin Luther, a German monk, turned from the Catholic church. Here is a very good description of the events…


He changed the course of the history of the church that day.

Since we are talking about Martin Luther, I thought I would share a little from another Luther celebration.

Our family took a trip to Germany last summer with my in-laws. The trip  coincided with Lutherfest, the celebration of Martin Luther’s marriage to Katharina von Bora. It was a festival like no other I have experienced.

Here is our hotel…



We started the day before the festival at the Wartburg Castle.



The Wartburg is where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.

This is his desk.


The castle is quite ornate in places. Of course it has changed throughout the years.




They only allowed a limited number of photographers to take pictures. Naturally, we designated Chip as our photographer. Notice his official, fancy, green sticker.


There was a little cafe just outside the castle entrance.


This is where they guys started the wurst count (or as we in the states call them…brats)



I’m not sure I remember how many they ate on our trip, but it was a lot!

After we returned to the hotel from the castle, we decided to check out the festival scene.

The main festival events didn’t start until Saturday. There were a few things to see and do that Friday night though.



We had dinner a small restaurant. The highlight was the picture posing we did!



One of the things I loved about German was all the flowers!

Everywhere you went there were flower boxes. The little restaurant had a flower cart that was too cute!


Saturday morning we were excited to get to the festival–maybe a little too excited. We got there before too much was happening. There were a couple of vendors open, so we looked around a bit.


Before we knew it we started to hear a commotion! Drums!


Two bands marched through the streets to a field. There were all kinds of tents set up in the field. Everyone was having their own party. It was kind of like how you might imagine a tailgate party in the 1500s would be!


Of course my band girls LOVED seeing the marching bands!



We didn’t have a program, well, not one we could read. There was a program–in GERMAN! We could make out bits and pieces. It was more fun to just hang out and see what happened next!

We had a time to tour the Castle Church.


This is the church were Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses.



The church was under a bit of construction at the time. Our tour was in German. Here is a tip, don’t answer your cell phone during a German tour! (any tour for that matter) There was one fella, who didn’t speak German either, who decided to have a conversation in the über resonant church! The tour guide told him, “Hello! We wait!”

All along the festival/parade route were vendors of all sorts–food, toys, herbs, jewelry. After our church tour, the girls and I felt the need to fit in to the atmosphere a little more.


There was a pretzel stand right outside of the church!


We had the chocolate one, of course.


Next we stepped into a visitor center for a minute. I don’t remember where the others were. I DO remember the sky opened up and rain poured!!! The details of when and where everyone was are a little faded. I just remember Chip and Bud getting drenched!


This movie poster was in the visitor center. We have this movie. It is REALLY good. Maybe we will watch it tonight!

It is a good thing we did a lot of walking on this trip because we did a lot of eating!!!


These potato pancakes with apple sauce were quite tasty!!





We obviously couldn’t eat from EVERY food cart, although we wanted to try them all!



Crepes with Nutella and bananas!


This little pizza was yummy. Instead of a traditional red sauce, it had a white sauce that was like a cross between alfredo sauce and ranch dressing.


Megan had spied this huge pan of sautéed mushrooms and couldn’t wait to try them!



More wurst!


Fresh fruit was a welcome change from all the fried food!


These little custard cups were AMAZING! Strawberries with vanilla creme. I still need to work on replicating this recipe. I think if I can ever make it as delicious as it was in Wittenberg, my family will never let me make another dessert!

The parade was such fun!

People of all ages participated.







I’m not 100% sure why I am making this face…


Maybe it had something to do with this…


The parade was a “wedding celebration”. There was a reenactment of the Luthers wedding ceremony. We missed the ceremony but caught them in the parade.



Toward the end of the parade route there were people passing around little cups of champagne. Katie didn’t think much of it!


That evening we went to a church service–in English!


Since it was the Lutherfest wedding celebration, there was a special ceremony for married couples to reaffirm their wedding vows. It was very cool. We all cried.






I hope you will go read the Martin Luther link. Here it is again so you don’t have to scroll forever! 

Hopefully, you will have a new way of thinking about October 31st!





vintage chalkboard


scripture on chalkboard

I’m writing this post while I’m on a break, a much-needed break!

I made cookies yesterday. I’ll share those in another post. Here is a sneak peek.

They were awesome! The caramel frosting was sooo yummy!

I wasn’t really sure how to store them with that topping on there. I decided to let them set up over night to be sure they weren’t still gooey. So, I had about 60 cookies on my counter top.

I did go ahead and was those dishes, thank goodness.

Last night’s dinner was a bit of a “fail”. I tried a beef tips recipe off of Pinterest. Bleh! It had a packet of gravy mix and onion soup mix and some other stuff. It was a crock pot recipe. It just tasted way too processed. I can do and have done better.

At least the clean up was easy, thank goodness.

I ran the dishwasher yesterday before dinner. Some of the dishes got emptied, because we used them for dinner. The rest got left until “later”.

When “later” finally arrived, at about 9:50PM, I went to hand-wash a few dishes. Much to my surprise, both sides of the sink backed up with water! This has happened before at our house. It takes two plungers to unstop our sink. Well, it was late. Chip had already headed to the bedroom. I didn’t much want to wash dishes anyway! So I left it all and went to bed.


This morning, fixing breakfast and packing lunches with zero counter space was a challenge. Remember the cookies? I managed. We even were able to use some of those clean dishes from the dishwasher for breakfast! Fortunately, Chip had time to plunge the sink for me. Of course, plunging the sink meant that all the dishes, clean and dirty, had to find somewhere on the counter or stove or wherever.

Cleaning the kitchen this morning started with a big sigh! Where to begin?

I dove in! Anything that was on the counters that obviously didn’t belong had to leave. Next, the dishwasher and clean dishes from the sink got put away. Dirty dishes were washed or put in the dishwasher. Cookies were neatly packed away with parchment paper between layers.

Things were starting to look pretty good. Then it happened. It seems like when there is a big cleaning project to do, it always happens. I don’t know why it does. But it did.

There is that moment when you find one really messy spot or drawer or shelf or whatever that must be cleaned. I’m not talking about squirt some Clorox on it clean. I’m talking about you can not stand to look at that mess ANY MORE.

Today, that “mess” was the hard water stains around my kitchen faucet. I’ve scrubbed before. I’ve used all kinds of products. Today I was going to beat those stains!

I used a lemon and some salt. That got most of the stain, not all of it. The stains were winning! So, I pulled out some baking soda. I made a little paste on the stains. After letting the paste sit for a while, I scrubbed with my lemon. Almost all of the remaining stain was gone–almost all. There were just a couple of rogue spots left. I pulled out the heavy artillery, the SOS pad! Oh, yea, that’s a W for me and an L for the stains! (wins and losses)

I realize a picture of a clean faucet is not really that impressive with out the “before” picture. I know how bad it looked! This is proof of the clean!

I started to throw away my SOS pad when I spied the burner pans on the stove. I remembered that the pasta pot had overflown last night. Lovely, starchy pasta water everywhere. I figured I’d give that one burner a scrub.

It would look weird to have one clean pan and the rest filthy! So I figured I better scrub them all. The first one still has some spots that just didn’t want to come off. What a work out! See why I needed the break?!

As I’m scrubbing my little heart out, my brain gets to wandering.

I thought…If only I had cleaned these things right after the spills had happened. After stuff gets baked on there, they are much harder to deal with! This was not a new revelation to me. I have scrubbed these pans in the past.

Aren’t we just like that with God? We let sin in our lives. Maybe it is just a little spill. “No biggie, God knows I didn’t mean to do it.” We should confess our sins as soon as we are aware of them. Don’t let them get “baked on”.

I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

To read more about why we need forgiveness click here.

I’ve got more pans to scrub. Thanks for the break!