Feuerzangenbowle 2017

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

Feuerzangenbowle At The Thedens (Page One)

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November 24th 2017 - Last Updated: 12/15/2017 04:19:AM


The Turkey is gone and to kick of the Christmas season Hans and Kerstin Thedens have a Feuerzangenbowle "Get Together" at their home. This year was smaller than previous years but it made for great amount of sharing and story telling and a lot of laughing! Great fun... So, without ado, "Lass die Festlichkeiten beginnen!"


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Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Like being in Germany... Food and snacks everywhere!
Sauges, herring, bakery goods, chocolates... A meal in itself

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
The chocolate look harmless until you bite into it!

Did You Know? - Chocolate liqueur is not a new invention. There is mention, in French, of producing and selling chocolate en liqueur as early as 1666. Context suggests this is a chocolate liqueur, not a chocolate liquor or other chocolate beverage. In New England prior to the 18th century American Revolution, a "chocolate wine" was popular.

Its ingredients included sherry, port, chocolate, and sugar. A French manual published in 1780 also describes chocolate liqueur. An 1803 French pharmacy manual includes a recipe for a chocolate liqueur (ratafia de chocolat, also ratafia de cacao).

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
The witches cauldron is about ready to boil...
We are looking for some more "Éye of Newt!"

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
...and they have their own glasses!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Serious beer being underway


Hans showed us his winter garden... Hope it works!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Our "Hostess with the Mostess"

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Geri looking good after six months of retirement

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Marion arrives after two hours in the car...
All the way from San Diego!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
They are ready for a drink!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Friends for nineteen years!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Curt is on an H2O diet... He gets to see AND REMEMBER all the fun!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Stories are told and retold! They get better every year!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
So much food... So little time! Checkot the reflections!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Kerstin has some interesting snacks!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Sounds like the lyrics to a song!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
The living room was so quite when the kitchen in full!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
They haven't seen each other for days!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
It's a feast!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
He has a "secret ingredient"
(We think it is Love)

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See all the bags hanging out of the cauldron?

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
The kitchen was cleared before the top was removed!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
"He cooks; I drink... Seems fair to me!"

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Potato soup (Kartoffelsuppe) is served...

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Geri jumps right in...

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Soup be served

Did You Know? - Evidence of the existence of soup can be found as far back as about 20,000 BC.

Boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of waterproof containers (which probably came in the form of clay vessels). Animal hides and watertight baskets of bark or reeds were used before this. To boil the water hot rocks were used. This method was also used to cook acorns and other plants.

The word soup comes from French soupe ("soup", "broth"), which comes through Vulgar Latin suppa ("bread soaked in broth") from a Germanic source, from which also comes the word "sop", a piece of bread used to soak up soup or a thick stew.

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
A delightful dinner before the main course... Mulled Wine!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Many stories were told this evening...

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Gary casts a spell over the guest of honor... The Wine Bowl

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Cleanup begins in the kitchen!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Marion makes sure she has room for the wine glass!

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017
Checking his fortune cookie

Feuerzangenbowle festivities November 2017