German Potato Salad

Wishing you a happy Halloween!

The monthly Sunday's Best link up is this Sunday, 4:00 pm (central) hope to see you!

After last Sunday's service a luncheon was held for our new youth director.  The church always provides the "main" entree and the sides/desserts are provided by the parishioners.

My task...a side dish...with the weather cooler, and hot beef sandwiches being served German Potato Salad sounded like a good fit.  My paternal uncle, Leonard (Dutch), married Anne (German), and boy could she make a great German Potato Salad.  I always remember eating it warm with lots of crunchy bacon in it.

There's method in my madness for making potato salad....it's because there's 50 pounds of potatoes and onions down in the dungeon pantry.  There's a very large potato bin that's full to the brim!

I haven't made German Potato Salad in years...more like decades.  So I did this by gut and memories of how it tasted.

German Potato Salads

A few tips first:  I roast my bacon...it's easier and keeps my hands free to do other things.

Oven Baked Bacon

Line a 1/2 sheet baking tray with parchment paper and lay you bacon slices making sure not to overlap the bacon.  Preheat to 400° and place sheet tray on second slot from bottom of oven.  Set times for 10 minutes and check for crispness.  My were done at 14 minutes, but I have a professional stove...so anywhere from 15-20 minutes for crispy.  Obviously cook to your liking.

After removing from oven "drain" the bacon grease off (reserve the drippings).  Place bacon on paper towels to degrease.

German Potato Salad

My Aunt Anna used caraway seeds in her potato salad...not being found of the flavor I used celery seed.

I got a lot of good feedback on this!

OK, I'd love feedback on how yours, or your ancestors, made their German Potato Salad!

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Natural Fall Wreath

As I walked through my gardens this morning I started collecting some dried plant seed heads.  There was so much to collect that I headed inside to make a natural fall wreath with it.

Natural Fall Wreath

I gathered seed heads from one of my most favorite flowers...

Queen of the Prairie Flower

Queen of the Prairie just forming her fresh flower head (early July) and her fallified leaves.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

This grapevine wreath was down in the dungeon...whenever thrifting I'm on the lookout for inexpensive grapevine wreaths.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

The dried flower heads and some of its fallified leaves from the plant.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

I started by tucking in the dried seed heads around the inside of the wreath.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

I also tucked in some of the gorgeous leaves....the top three leaves where broken off.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Slide the leaves in under the seed heads.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

A few Lambsear plant seeds head were tucked in to. It's the lighter stem at the top.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

A very natural and calming wreath...I found some  pretty rust colored leaves outside and tucked them in to provide more color.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Doesn't it look pretty hanging on the window in front of the arched fire pit.

Dried Flower Seed Heads
The color of the leaves truly represent our Midwest fall season and red is not a "natural"  part of.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

You see so many of those common and over killed  "landscape" scrubs like the red burning bushes, and it is a beautiful color, but it not a natural shrub or color for the Midwest. Sorry but I don't  like them.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Whenever I made a natural dried wreath I always spray it with hairspray.  It helps to keep it "contained" and also helps to keep the Little One (our cat) from eating it!

Now go on, head out doors, and collect some dried material to make a wreath for yourself.

Nature provides a warm and calming feel to our homes.

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