Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

If It's Oktober, It's Time for Oktoberfest

For the past nineteen years
Husband Jim and I have
been the organizers
(and planners, decorators, cooks)
of the Annual

Held at a Shelter House in our city park,
Gunn Park

Husband Jim turns this Shelter House
into a little bit of Bavaria
With banners

And flags

And with his new hat
(bought at the State Fair in Minneapolis)
and his Oktoberfest suspenders
he's as festive as the Shelter House.

As hard as I try, 
I cannot get him to wear Lederhosen!

It's a big event in town . . .
last night we had almost 100 people attend

For food and drink

And friendship!

Brats are the star of the show --
We boil them in beer
then grill them at the park
They're quite juicy!
And few eat just one!

Of course, there is sauerkraut to eat with the brats
But there is also

Hot German Potato Salad
My grandmother's recipe
I make steam pans full.
We bring little home!

We also have my grandmother's German coleslaw
and for dessert -- apple crisp
(It's almost German and I'm not about to make strudel for 100!)

Oh, and for an appetizer we have
"German" nachos.

Let your imagine run wild as to what they are!

And at Linderhof . . .
October means pumpkins
inside and out
But it also means that we celebrate our German heritage

With these little guys --

A waiter . . .

And a bird man

They're called smokers --
you put incense inside and smoke blows out there mouth.

They're handcarved of wood
And they only make at appearance in Oktober --

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Indrani said...

What a grand fest!
We have many festivals around this time here.

Main Line Sportsman said...

OK..Where is the beer?

Jim said...

Must be a lot of fun.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Looks like you all ate well and had a great time!! I wish I could grab a spoonful of that hot german Potato salad through the screen.

Pondside said...

I had to smile at this, Martha. I've read about your Oktoberfest for so many years that I can almost imagine that I'm attending it. Delicious!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

It looks wonderful. One of my sons in law is Bavarian and he and my daughter met when they were both university students in Munich. I love German food! And I think your apple crisp is a great substitute! You are very generous.....

I'm waiting for Christmas because we are going to Ingmar and Emily's and Ingmar will make his roast goose, napkin dumpling and braised red cabbage! And maybe Black Forest Torte.

Littlewanderingwren said...

What a wonderful community event you organise - oh the fun we've had at Oktober fests around the world over the years and none of them in Germany!Thanks for bringing back the memories!