11 October, 2011  |   Comment

An Oktoberfest Porch Party

In high school, Herr Pankratz taught us all the best German drinking songs. We learned all the classics.  Ein Prosit, Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen, In Muenchen steht ein Hofbraeuhaus — all the goodies. I still know the words.

It was in his spirit, that we hosted our latest porch party.
This past Friday evening the Cheers! town party raged on.
Our Oktoberfest porch party snuggled in.

After some attempts to download German drinking songs failed, we listened to the Frankie Yankovic and the Yanks station on Pandora.
Festive Bier Garten atmosphere, super schnell.

Countdown to a party
I bought groceries on the way home from work. Bratwurst, potato chips, potatoes, beer, apple cider, ginger ale and bacon all made their way into the cart. I posted an update on Facebook to let folks know it was happening.

I made the potato salad and browned the sausages after the girls went to sleep.

We bought ice for the drinks and rolls for the sausages.

After work, I plugged in the slow cooker and put on high without anything in it for almost 30 minutes — I did that to “preheat” the thing. You probably shouldn’t do that. As I type it, it sure seems dangerous.

I added the beer, onions and bay leaves in a large soup pot and brought to a boil. As soon as it came to a bubble, I turned the heat to low. Then I added the browned bratwurst to the beer mixture. I used cheap beer.

During Friday’s party, James and I spent a lot of time switching it up. Roughly every 30 minutes, we’d trade places watching the girls or playing host. It’s always fun to catch up with him after a party because we’d always have such different experiences. (Of course the girls stayed up way past their bedtime, but as with everything, moderation in moderation. Right?)

Staying up late with dear friend/mom/businesslady Kristy capped off a whole lot of laughing. We were straight up Mamapop’s target demographic, squeeing about Arrested Development while trading tales of indie cred.

And hey, while we’re at it, the lyrics to Ein Prosit in German AND English for your Monday.

“Ein Prosit” Lyrics in German “Ein Prosit” (A toast) English Lyrics
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit A toast, a toast
Der Gemütlichkeit To the coziness of it all
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit A toast, a toast
Der Gemütlichkeit. To the coziness of it all
(Whoo hoo!) Eins, zwei, Drei g’suffa! One, two, three, drink!
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, (How do you translate a fun thing to say? Like? Doo doo doo?)
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, (Fun thing to say.)


Tomorrow I’ll be talking about mustard and the things to dip in it.
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