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Advent Season

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

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 […]

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

Super Easy German Fanta Cake or Fantakuchen Recipe

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You probably won’t find Fanta Cake in a fancy German Cafe, but don’t scoff at this super easy and quick to make Fantakuchen Recipe. When my kids were young, I loved having what I called “afterschool cake” recipes. Snack cakes, that could be whipped up without too much fuss. And this one is done in […]

Traditional German Clothing

What is a Gamsbart? A Plume to wear with your Bavarian Tracht

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The first time I heart the word Gamsbart… I completely misunderstood. I heard “Gansbart” (Goose Beard) and figured that the person telling me about them had completely lost their mind. (Although…In a way, I wasn’t THAT far off…). So, what is a Gamsbart? This special hat decoration that looks like an old fashioned shaving brush […]

GERMAN PRODUCTS

Traditions from Germany- Traditional German Christmas Decorations

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Scrolling through the Traditions from Germany website is a bit like wandering through an authentic German Christmas market from the comfort of your own home. The charming wood and glass ornaments, handcrafted Pyramids, chubby Smokers, and even brightly lit Herrnhutter Sterne, bring joy and smiles to people who display them during the holiday season. You could […]

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 […]

What is an Asam Church?

When I stepped in to the Klosterkirche (Monastery Chapel) in Weltenburg, it took my breath away. The chapel contains a masterclass in Baroque Architecture. Every surface decorated with carvings and paintings…gilding and statuary… all from the minds of the Asam Brothers.  Now, while planning my trip to Germany in 2019, I stumbled across a suggestion […]

Super Easy German Fanta Cake or Fantakuchen Recipe

You probably won’t find Fanta Cake in a fancy German Cafe, but don’t scoff at this super easy and quick to make Fantakuchen Recipe. When my kids were young, I loved having what I called “afterschool cake” recipes. Snack cakes, that could be whipped up without too much fuss. And this one is done in […]

German Soups, Stews, and Eintopfe

German food often gets stereotyped as consisting mainly of large hunks of meat or sausage. But that really doesn’t tell the whole story of German Cuisine. I grew up eating German Soups, Stews and Eintopfe. At least once a week my mother would cook a hearty soup or Eintopf  that, along with with a slice […]

What is Frau Perchta? Goddess or Belly-Slitter?

Deep in the Alpine region of Germany, the Christmas Season is bookended by two frightening beings, Krampus who roams on December 5th, and Frau Perchta is associate with Berchentag, the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th. But Who is Frau Perchta? Or WHAT is Frau Perchta? Is she an evil hag who kills lazy women […]

German Good Luck Symbols

In Germany, especially around Christmas and the New Year you see them everywhere… Toadstool ornaments, Chimney Sweet figures, Marzipan Piggies with coins or 4 Leaf Clover in their mouths. These German good luck symbols didn’t just come out of nowhere… they all have history and legend to explain why they are lucky. Some luck charms […]

German New Year’s Eve Traditions

German New Year’s Eve traditions are a nice mix between staying in with family and friends… and sending the old year out with a BANG and Fireworks! How you celebrate depends on you. Personally, I’m a big fan of stay in… but ever since I was a child, we’ve made noise fireworks and cheers when […]

Christmas Traditions from Germany that are Celebrated in America

No one does Christmas like the Germans, so it’s no great shock that many Christmas Traditions from Germany found their way to America. Still, it’s interesting to see HOW many of the Christmas traditions arrived in the United States… and how they were changed or modified to fit in with their new country. Christmas in […]

Our Traditional German Christmas Dinner Menu

Even though 2020 is a strange year with Pandemic Lockdowns and Restrictions on Visits, we are going to do our best to put together the traditional German Christmas Dinner menu for Christmas Day. When I was growing up, we would alternate Christmas dinner between our house, and my god-parent’s house.  All of us dressed in […]

Russian German Honey Cake Recipe (from my friend Josephine)

I held off sharing this Honey Cake Recipe for a long time because of its origins. You see, I  got it from my friend Josephine, who got it from her Russian-German Grandmother (after MUCH arm twisting and spying). The cake didn’t look like the flat square Honig Kuchen I saw in my Dr. Oetker.  Now… […]

A Visit to the Silent Night Chapel Oberndorf Austria

We’ve all sung it hundreds of times, in German, Stille Nacht or in English, Silent Night.  It’s THE Christmas song in most German households… the last song before the end of the Christmas Eve church Service, the last song before the Bescherung. Silent Night is a song we all know the words to in German […]