Tasty Tuesday–Jäger Sauce

I don’t always make Jäger sauce to go with schnitzel, but when I do, this is the recipe I love!

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 8 oz. can sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube or 1 tsp. bouillon granules
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 oz. sour cream

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Sauté a few minutes until onions are soft. Add water and bouillon and simmer for about 20 minutes. Combine cornstarch and sour cream and stir into sauce. Cook over low heat until sauce thickens, taking care not to boil. Serve with schnitzel.

The Relatability of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Over the summer, Chickadee, Bunny, and I watched through all nine seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (plus the movie and the Christmas special). Other than a few episodes here and there, I hadn’t really seen the show before, and I have to admit, I was a little surprised at just how much I liked it (spoilers: it ended up on my revised “Top Five” favorite TV shows list!). I was also surprised at just how easy it was for each of us (including Ladybug, who didn’t watch all of the episodes with us, but has seen quite a bit of it) to relate to a specific character.

  • Bunny is Fluttershy, the pony who has a pet rabbit. She, like her favorite character, is gentle and sweet, and doesn’t care to be the center of attention…but if someone needs defending, she quickly finds her voice. Fluttershy’s Element of Harmony is kindness, and Bunny has pretty much the kindest spirit of anyone I know!
  • Ladybug is Applejack. She may have been the hardest of us to pin down, because like Twilight Sparkle, she loves books…but so do the rest of us! Like Applejack, she has a very down home, forthright personality, and a competitive and occasionally salty streak. Applejack’s Element of Harmony is honesty, which is a perfect fit, because Ladybug will always tell you what she’s thinking!
  • Chickadee is (no surprise here) Pinkie Pie. She is fun and zany and always up for anything…you just never know what’s going to happen next! Pinkie Pie’s Element of Harmony is laughter, and I can promise you, there is plenty of laughter when Chickadee is around!
  • And I, of course, am Rarity. She loves fashion and beauty, and can be kind of a drama queen, just like me. But her Element of Harmony is generosity, and I really hope that it can be said of me that I am generous, too.

Which My Little Pony character is most like you?

Oktoberfest 2021

For the second year in a row, we didn’t get to go to the inaugural Great North American Oktoberfest in St. Louis (and at this point, I’m kind of thinking that the event will never happen), but we did have a happy Markel Family Oktoberfest at home! I started last week by assembling all of our favorite German foods from Aldi’s Deutsche Küche:

For lunch, we had cheddar and beer fondue with homemade pretzels, German pickles, and Nürnberger Bratwurst, plus more pretzels with beer mustard and nacho cheese sauce for those who don’t like fondue:

Dinner was schnitzel with optional Jäger sauce, spaetzle, sauerkraut, artichoke and cheese strudel, and red cabbage with apples:

And dessert was, of course, Black Forest cherry torte:

I also had a fun Oktoberfest celebration with my neighbors in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

It wasn’t quite the Oktoberfest I had hoped for (again), especially after I derailed our pretzel-making to go to Urgent Care to have a splinter removed (that was unpleasant!), but it was a fun day of celebrating our German heritage!

Sartorial Saturday–Tartan Shirtwaist

Thanks to Miss Candyfloss, I’ve discovered how much I love a shirtwaist dress, and I’m so excited that I now have the lovely Isolde-Sun tartan print in my wardrobe!

I’ve always loved the combination of grey and yellow, so this dress is perfect! I love that even though it’s a fall dress, it still has short sleeves, which come in handy around here as the temperature bounces up and down and back again.

Of course I added grey and yellow accessories, too, with a stack of Splendette duchess bangles and an Erstwilder brooch:

I especially love the full skirt and the pockets, and the fact that the buttons are covered in the same plaid!

There’s one more dress from the Miss Candyfloss Toujurs Élégant autumn/winter lookbook I’m hoping to order, and I hope it’s available soon!

2021-22 School Year–Week Six

Fall is finally here and this was a beautiful week for school! On Tuesday, we enjoyed a cool (albeit rainy) walk around Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo:

Ladybug learned about complementary and supplementary angles in geometry this week. In her study of comparative religions, she traveled to the Far East, where she read about Shintoism, Confucianism, and Taoism. She started learning about ecology in biology. We finished the first book of Little Women, and made a bunch of new recipes from The Little Women Cookbook: Meg’s chicken and macaroni soup (plus more maple-cornmeal drop biscuits), oatmeal porridge with apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup, Meg’s macaroni and cheese, vanilla butter cookies with Mr. Bhaer’s chocolate drops, Hannah’s smoked sausage and potato “mess” and Meg’s currant jelly sauce:

Chickadee worked on rounding in math, including rounding money. She started learning about pinnipeds in science…so far, we’ve learned how to identify a true seal. We worked on diagramming adverbs in grammar. We finished our first trip around the world, and made three new recipes…a meat pie which was surprisingly well-received, plus damper bread, both from Australia, and a blueberry crumble with “snowballs” (vanilla ice cream) from Canada:

Since the weather was so nice, we spent some extra time doing our school work outside this week…I especially enjoyed reading Little Women under the tree in our yard!

It’s supposed to warm back up, so I guess next week won’t be quite as pleasant as this one was, but more beautiful fall days are on the way!

Quote of the Day

Discord’s response when Spike says: “I guess this can’t get any worse” is spot on, and good advice at the beginning of another week of school:

“As the Lord of Chaos, I’d advise against saying things like that.” John de Lancie as Q…I mean Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic