Karneval! Fasching!

What is Fasching? Is it the Same as Karneval? How is it Celebrated in Germany?

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What is Fasching? And is it the same thing as Karneval? Karneval / Fasching  / Fastnacht   all refer to the pre-Lent season, also referred to as the Fifth Season,  in German speaking countries.  Think of this time as the German version of Mardi Gras! The celebrations date back hundreds of years, rooted in both Catholic […]

Easter Traditions

German Easter Traditions, Facts and Customs- All About Easter in Germany!

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Celebrating Easter in Germany is much more than a trip to church, an Easter Egg hunt, brunch and a nice hat. Easter is a major holiday in Germany…  and the events go beyond home and church. Preparations start well before Easter Sunday! and don’t end there. And many Easter Traditions that we follow here in […]

Easter Foods and Treats

Hefezopf Recipe- An Easy and Delicious Braided German Sweet Bread

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My mother loves any Sweet Bread made with yeast dough. Especially at Easter. This year (after watching far too many episodes of the British Baking Challenge) I decided that I would try something fancy. A Hefezopf.  This Hefezopf Recipe is an adaptation of Luisa Weiss’s “Rosinenzopf ” recipe from her fantastic cookbook Classic German Baking. Don’t […]


German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home

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I still remember my first Flammkuchen…. We were visiting my cousin and her family at their Hotel in Vechta. They served it to us for dinner (my kids even got to help make them) and we were all hooked. Fast forward a few years, and I want to make it here at home in the […]

Traditional German Clothing

Krampus Gifts from Rare Dirndl

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It’s finally here! Rare Dirndl just released their Krampus Collection! You’ll find perfect Krampus Gifts for those who prefer the sugary sweet Christmas Season with a side of menace. There is something special for all ages… from jewelry to coloring books. I love the fun leggings (work appropriate? you decide) and Tee-Shirts (and in California, […]


What is a Strandkorb? And where can You BUY a Strandkorb?

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I still remember the first time I saw a Strandkorb (a “Beach Basket”) on the beach. Since I grew up in California, it was wildly confusing… I mean, when we went to the beach, we just needed a few towels, a cooler with drinks and snacks, MAYBE a folding chair (if you felt like schlepping […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

Steiff Classic 1920 Teddy Bear Light Brown 10 Like so many German kids, I was lucky enough to have a few stuffed Steiff Stuffed Animals & Plush toys. A  small Dog with a blue collar and a bell, an Owl, and a Goldfish. One very memorable Christmas, I found a Steiff Bear sitting in the […]