Written by Mary –
My family has been celebrating Oktoberfest for many years. This tradition started because my father’s birthday was in October and he loved both beer and German sausages. Even though he’s been gone a couple of years now we still get together to celebrate and have some good family fun. We gathered at my sister‘s, Rosi, home in Anaheim – which happens to be the house we grew up in. Our menu included several different bratwurst, deer sausage, several kinds of rolls, Mary’s split pea soup, potato salad, Rosi’s potato pancakes, Swedish lox & mustard from Marianne Verge, applesauce, Suzee’s potato casserole, Suzanne’s desserts, beer and margarita’s (another family tradition). After eating from our fabulous spread, we worked off some of the calories by doing the chicken dance, the Macarena, and line dancing to Achy Breaky Heart. Some of the men ended the evening with cigars in the back yard. Overall, it was a fun day made more special by all the extended family that attended. We left looking forward to the next time we can get together and celebrate being a family.