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German Hedgehog Cookie Recipe

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The first time I ever saw a hedgehog in the wild, I was riding home from a party at 2am with my cousin on a small road in Germany. We were tooling along, and suddenly he slowed,  “Look, an Igel” and there, scampering along to road, a spiny little Hedgehog! I think I may have […]

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

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Cover image Thomas Guffler, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Sternsinger der Katholischen Propsteigemeinde “St. Peter und Paul” Dessau mit dem Oberbürgermeister von Dessau-Roßlau, Klemens Koschig, vor dem Rathaus   In the days leading up to January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, you might see groups of children dressed in robes and wearing a […]

Rauhnächte- In Germany, it’s the Time Between the Years

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My mother’s Oma refused to do laundry during the Twelve Days of Christmas. To me, this makes perfect sense, the Christmas Season is just so busy… who wants to do laundry? But the reason goes deeper, to the legends of the Rauhnacht.  The Rauhnächte, the time between the years, are a time when old memories […]

Weihnachts Kinderpunsch Recipe- Warm Christmas Drink for Kids

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At Christmas Markets and in homes, you find Glühwein for the adults at Christmastime. (My mother always left a pot on the stove Christmas Eve, and we would enjoy it during the Bescherung, or gift exchange) Warm wine, aromatic spices, it’s such a cozy feeling to hold the warm mug and breath in the delicious […]

A German Feather Christmas Tree- Christmas Nostalgia

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Dale recently asked me if we ever set up a Federbaum or German Feather Christmas Tree in our home while I was growing up. No, my father was a nurseryman, and it was a point of pride to have a real Noble Fir standing in the corner of the living room (never a Douglas fir… […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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I’m rather proud of my first book! Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple Easy German Cookbook was a labor of love. But sharing German culture and food is what I do online, so this book seemed like the next logical step. Between the covers you’ll find 80 pages of food memories. Foods that […]

Bratapfel recipe

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In my old German recipe book, there’s a Bratapfel recipe. Ingredients – Apples, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, honey (rum). Instructions… carve the core out of the apple, stuff with filling, bake. That’s it. No details, no actual amounts. Even the bake time is vague… Bake until soft. I didn’t think much about the actual recipe until […]

Win a pair of Woolfit Slippers for St Nicholas Day!

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Wouldn’t you like to win a new pair of Woolfit Slippers for St Nicholas Day? Now you can! Our partner German-Slippers.com is offering TWO lucky people the chance to win a brand new pair of Woolfit slippers of their choice! (Value $120 each) I love my Woolfit Slippers. They keep my feet warm (but not […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

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Five northern German states observe October 31st, Reformation Day, as a public holiday. But what was the Protestant Reformation and why is it celebrated? Growing up in the Lutheran Church we heard the story about how Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door, setting off the Protestant Reformation, and starting the Lutheran […]

Why are there so MANY Different names for Germany?

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  Allemania, Niemcy, Vokietija, Tedesco, Tyskland, Germany, Deutschland…. WHY are there so many different names for Germany? And these aren’t just names that are a translation of the word Deutschland, they are very different words with different etymologies (starting place of a word). Even the word Deutschland is relatively recent. The answer has a lot […]