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German Literature Classics made Easy- Klassiker für Kinder

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Ritter, Recken, Mittelalter: Balladen von Schiller neu erzählt (Klassiker für Kinder) (German Edition) Growing up, I learned conversational German, “at home” German, the basics that could get me through most everyday situations smoothly, and have nice chats with my Oma. My everyday German reading skills were similar. As a child I devoured books in English […]

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

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In 1783, in his final letter as Commander of the American forces, George Washington thanked General von Steuben for his “faithful and meritorious Services“. Who was Baron von Steuben? And how did a Prussian Baron end up crossing the ocean, and essentially turn around the American forces to help them win the Revolutionary war? Von […]

Easy German Blueberry Cheesecake- Heidelbeerkuchen

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This German Blueberry Cheesecake contains a KILO of blueberries! And as you know, the best part about German cakes with fruit … well, besides that they are delicious… is that since they contain FRUIT, so you can imagine that they are healthy to eat. Therefore, you may have another slice without feeling one bit of […]

German Clubs in North America- Find a German club Near You!

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There is an old joke…. “Get 3 Germans in a room, and they will come out with 5 Clubs”. Seriously, Germans do love to gather, which means one of the best ways to connect with other Germans by joining German Clubs. But you ask yourself, “How do I find a  German Club near me?” I […]

Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Tourist Attractions in Germany

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I’m the kind of person who loves roadside attractions. If there is a sign saying “Biggest Ball of Yarn” or “Caves of Wonder”, I’m telling the driver to PULL OVER! So you can imagine my delight (and my family’s frustration) when I discovered the Brown Signs on the Autobahn pointing out German Tourist attractions! Everywhere […]

German Shop 24 Product Reviews- German Shopping Online

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Recently German Shop 24 approached me, and asked if I would like to do monthly reviews of some of their products. Since I do much of my German Shopping online… and already order many of my favorite items from them… I am MORE than happy to share German Shop 24 Product Reviews. German Shop 24 […]

My Favorite German Cookbooks in GERMAN

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My cookbook shelf is bi-lingual, and I reach for specific cookbooks for different recipes (or when I’m doing research). In the past I’ve shared my favorite German Cookbooks in English… and now it’s time to share my favorite Cookbooks in German. I realize that not everyone visiting my website speaks or reads German. (Honestly, a […]

What is German Baumkuchen? And Where Can You Get Some?

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Baumkuchen? Tree Cake? That can’t be right! What is German Baumkuchen? This special cake didn’t get its name from the ingredients, the name came from the resemblance to the rings in a tree when you cut into it. And once you bite into this soft and flavorful cake, you will understand why everyone who tries […]

“View Master: The Biography of William B Gruber” Immigrant Success Story

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View Master $150 seems to be a magic number for German immigrants. William B Gruber and my father both arrived here in the United States with $150 in their pockets. From there they chose different paths. In tge book, “View Master, The Biography of William B Gruber”, his daughter Gretchen J Gruber lovingly shares the […]

German Scary Stories for Children- Surviving a German Childhood

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Growing up it never occurred to me that the books and Fairy Tales I read were that different, but as it turns out the biggest difference between growing up with American Parents and German Parents can be found in the stories we are read/told as children. My American friends grew up hearing about Cinderella being dressed […]