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Advent Season

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

[no_toc] 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 time as the German version of Mardi Gras! The celebrations date back hundreds of years, rooted […]

KUCHEN!

How to make a German Plum Cake Zwetschenkuchen (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 […]

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. It smells good… it tastes good…. it SCREAMS Christmas in my ear…(oh wait… that’s the Kids…) (actually, a Gluhwein for mommy might make the screaming kids just a teeny bit more tolerable) (that […]

FOOD

Pfirsichschnitten- Peach Streusel Cake Squares

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I was flipping through a German cookbook the other day, and a recipe fell out. Pfirsichschnitten. It was my handwriting, and I can remember clearly copying it from a recipe I found in my Oma’s recipe drawer (I used grid paper from her tablet). This deceptively simple cake has always been a favorite. It’s the […]

Traditional German Clothing

Cute Animal House Slippers from Germany

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We wear slippers and house shoes all the time in our house. I like to have warm feet, and I hate dragging dirt from the garden or street into our home. Since we seem to be home all the time, I like a slipper that holds up well, AND looks cute.  Fortunately, GermanSlippers has a […]

GERMAN PRODUCTS

Cute Animal House Slippers from Germany

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We wear slippers and house shoes all the time in our house. I like to have warm feet, and I hate dragging dirt from the garden or street into our home. Since we seem to be home all the time, I like a slipper that holds up well, AND looks cute.  Fortunately, GermanSlippers has a […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

[no_toc] 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 […]

Die Sendung mit der Maus! 50 Years of Explaining our World

Today I learned how a search engine works… I also found out what shape raindrops really take when they fall. No, I didn’t read a book or do a google search, I watched “Die Sendung mit der Maus”! What is Die Sendung mit der Maus? For 50 years this award winning German TV program on WDR […]

Cute Animal House Slippers from Germany

We wear slippers and house shoes all the time in our house. I like to have warm feet, and I hate dragging dirt from the garden or street into our home. Since we seem to be home all the time, I like a slipper that holds up well, AND looks cute.  Fortunately, GermanSlippers has a […]

What is a Volksmarsch? Walking for Fun, Friendship and Fitness

Germans love to walk. Maybe a short walk to aid digestion, or walking instead of driving to the local market to pick something up, and of course, a Sonntagsspaziergang (Sunday Walk) was a weekly thing, generally through a botanical garden or local scenic area. Germans also love to be organized. That’s why it really comes […]

German St Patrick’s Day Bier Stein Giveaway!

 CuckooClocks.com invites you all to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in STYLE To help you do that, they are sponsoring a St Patrick’s Day  Bier Stein Giveaway! Some of you may be wondering, “What does St Patrick’s Day have to do with Germany?” Well…both the Irish AND the Germans have an established reputation for Beer Drinking. […]

Pfirsichschnitten- Peach Streusel Cake Squares

I was flipping through a German cookbook the other day, and a recipe fell out. Pfirsichschnitten. It was my handwriting, and I can remember clearly copying it from a recipe I found in my Oma’s recipe drawer (I used grid paper from her tablet). This deceptively simple cake has always been a favorite. It’s the […]

Karneval Berliner – Filled with Jam AFTER Frying

Since publishing my original Berliner Recipe, I’ve made a few updates. Now I fill them BEFORE I fry this. This is the old way… filling after frying. Both work well, it’s just a matter of preference. Post-filling- Pro: – There won’t be a blow out while frying – You can see what’s inside (if you […]

A Visit to the Nuremberg Toy Museum- Spielzeugmuseum Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Spielzeugmuseum is considered be among the best Toy Museums in the world. This makes sense, since Nuremberg has been a hub of toy making since the Middle Ages. HUNDREDS of toy makers had their workshops along the cobblestoned streets and ways. Not only that, Nuremberg is the home of the first mass produced […]

Oma’s German Red Cabbage Recipe

My daughter just came out of her room and says “the house smells like Christmas, how long have I been studying?” It’s true, even though red cabbage doesn’t take much time to make, and fits with a lot of different meats… in our house, I usually make it for the holidays. My German red cabbage […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

When I told my mother I that my latest research was a deep dive into the Turner Movement, she said “OH! Vater Jahn! Your Opa did gymnastics with the Turners!” Although Freiderich Ludwig Jahn basically invented gymnastics in Germany around 100 years before my grandfather was born he’s still spoken of with reverence by many […]

Glanzbilder – Scrap Pictures to Collect, Trade and Decorate

Ernst Freihoff may not be a familiar name to many, but to many girls who grew up in, or spent time in Germany in the 60s, 70s and 80s, his company’s Glanzbilder were an essential part of childhood. What are Glanzbilder? You may know them as Scrapbilder, Poesiebilder, Albumbilder, Rosenbilder or even Oblaten. These colorful […]