Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
15Trip End Mar 13, 2009
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Anyway, enough about the food, because there is more to come with the barbecue later. We packed up and drove to Barntrup, which is a small town north of Paderborn where Claudia's family lives. Her parents live there, as well as her sister, brother-in-law, and their two children. We stopped at the grocery store on the way and there was beer and chocolate everywhere. "Sigh of happiness." I entertained (or was it annoyed?) Claudia by attempting to pronounce most of the different foods. Of course every time I pronounced something it sounded like a question - kar-toff-eln? Very confident. Every time I was wrong. Shining moment in my life.
We drove through Blomberg (another small town) and finally got to Claudia's sister's house. We met Andy, Claudia's brother-in-law, and then Melanie, and then the kids. Julian is the oldest and he is 4 years old, and Jasmine is 2 years old.
We got back to the house and I attempted to make a key lime pie, but crusts are different in Germany (no pre-made cheap graham cracker crust) - Claudia made a crust and we salvaged some of the key lime mixture. It didn't turn out too bad, but not my "superior level of culinary wonderness". By then, Claudia's friends Anne and Catrin were there, so everyone was preparing different food and playing with the kids. After another sample of some beer, we hit the dinner table - Andy was grilling outside and sending the plates of meat in with Julian - and there was quite the spread! There were peppers stuffed with cheese, Mexican salad, rolls, and then all the barbecue goodness . . . ribs, steaks, chicken wings, and three different types of sausages. Delicious and great flavor, and of course I ate too much.
After dinner we played with the kids some more, and then started in to the Sing Star where everyone displayed their golden vocals.