Ms. Chick + gang arrived at my house safely on Monday, just in time for Fastnacht day. If I didn't know better, I would have thought they had all planned it that way! Fastnacht day, if you've never heard of it, is an annual Pennsylvania Dutch celebration that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The word translates to "Fast Night" in English. The tradition is to eat the very best foods, which are part of the German tradition, and lots of it, before the Lenten fast. Fastnachts (pronounced fost-nokts in German) are doughnuts. They are slightly crispy on the outside and not as sweet as standard doughnuts. There were plenty to go around. And what better place for Ms. Chick to sit for a painting, than amidst the Fastnachts!