Karneval / Fasching!

Karneval or Fasching- Here’s how they celebrate the 5th Season!

2023 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Köln Karneval Associations! The Party will be ENORMOUS this Year! What is Fasching? And is it the same thing as Karneval? YES!  Karneval / Fasching  / Fastnacht  all refer to the pre-Lent season, and is referred to as the Fifth Season  in German speaking countries.  Think of this […]

Karneval Foods

Make this Fairly Easy Berliner Recipe for Karneval or Silvester

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Fasching! Karneval! Even NEW YEAR! It’s time for Berliner! Honestly, I seldom make them, because fried foods are not really great for the waistline, and we live down the street from one of the world’s great Donut places (shout out to SloDoCo!). BUT it’s Karneval season, and Berliner (which aren’t really donuts, more like a […]

Karneval Celebrations

German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States

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Do you want to celebrate Karneval Fasching like a German? Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration […]

Travel to Germany

The Speicherstadt Hamburg- More than just Warehouses…

How did a warehouse district manage to get UNESCO Status? Well, the Speicherstadt Hamburg is incredibly photogenic… rows of neo-Gothic brick warehouses tower over the water connected by bridges (fun fact, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice). But it’s more than just looks. Think of the Speicherstadt Hamburg as a city within a city. An […]

KUCHEN!

How to make a German Plum Cake Zwetschgenkuchen (with Streusel!)

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Seems like whenever you are invited to coffee in a German household in Summertime, you will find a German Plum Cake on the table. Such a wonderful summertime dessert… a bit tart, a bit sweet, delicious to eat… nice enough for a Sunday Coffee… but easy enough for every day. It’s even Yummy for Breakfast… […]

Beer Wine and Drinks!

Traditional German Glühwein Recipe- German Mulled Wine For a Cold Evening

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This German Gluhwein Recipe-Warms Your Toes and Your Tummy I love to make up this Traditional German Gluhwein Recipe during the Holiday season  rather then going to Costa Coffee or Starbucks for a cup of coffee. It smells good… it tastes good…. it SCREAMS Christmas in my ear…(oh wait… that’s the Kids…) (actually, a Gluhwein for mommy might […]

FOOD

Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

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When I arrived at the Frankfurt airport, my daughter and I needed to fill an hour before our train. Fortunately, we found a bakery at the airport… so we filled the hour and our stomachs. I grabbed a fruit topped Streuseltaler because…YUM!  A fruit compote, jam, or pudding sit on a yeast dough pastry, topped […]

German School- From Kindergarten to University

Traditional German Clothing

Traditional German Dirndl- History & Where to Buy a Dirndl

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Recently I posted an image of Rare Dirndl’s beautiful “Empress Dirndl”. The bodice of this chic and sophisticated looking Dirndl covered more than the average Dirndl and required no blouse. The reactions were mixed and rather vocal…with many stating” that’s NOT a Dirndl”! Why not? “A TRADTIONAL German Dirndl needs to be low cut with […]

GERMAN PRODUCTS

German Slippers July 4th Sale! Up to 25% off Sandals & Slippers

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Happy July 4th! To celebrate, German Slippers is offering up to 25% off all  Slippers and Sandals. Whether it’s hot or cold where you are, you’ll find the perfect slipper or sandal at GermanSlippers.com . They stylish and comfortable sandals incredibly “in” right now. Wear them with shorts, or even a dirndl! And the breathable […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

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 branches of our Christmas Tree. The Owl is […]

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