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Statues of Roland – Who was Roland?

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Tucked against a front corner of the Quedlinburg Rathaus stands a statue of Roland. The figure is small compared to the massive Roland statue in Bremen. Our tour guide told us that Statues of Roland were the sign of a free market town and a symbol of strength. (She also mentioned that Roland used to […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

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  Celebrating the German Easter Holidays is much more than just finding eggs or church on Sunday. You celebrate the Easter weekend in Germany! Although the country is becoming more secular, Easter feels much more celebrated or acknowledged than here in the US. I’m not talking about the commercial aspect. Yes, there are colorful eggs […]

How to make Eierlikör at Home

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My Oma always had a bottle of Eierlikör and a bottle of Schnapps in the door of her refrigerator. The Schnapps was there for when my Onkel stopped in on his way home to Mittagessen for a ‘Kurzen’ with her… and the Eierlikör was for us. We would get our warm meal mid-day, and there […]

Eierlikör Torte Recipe – Perfect for Easter or the Kaffeeklatsch

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I am not a trained baker. What I am is a woman who loves to eat baked goods, so I started baking at home. I had a theory… If I have to bake it myself, I won’t eat as much, because it will take time/energy to create delicious baked goods, and I’m a bit lazy […]

South Dakota Kuchen Recipe- A Volga German Legacy

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The South Dakota Kuchen recipe sent me on a deep dive through two of my favorite topics… German Immigration History and Food. (I bet you can tell, I’m lots of fun at parties) I can already hear all the Germans saying… “Kuchen means Cake”! And yes, generally, when speaking German, if you say Kuchen, you […]

Bavarian Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfel Compote ala Xaver’s Munich

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This week I traveled to Bavaria by Zoom for a semi-private cooking lesson with the chef and owner of Xaver’s in Munich… step-by-step they led me through the process, and in the end I had a delicious plate loaded with powder sugar dusted Bavarian Kaiserschmarrn and an extraordinarily tasty Apfel Compote. Granted, it wasn’t nearly […]

Write to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase, at the German Osterpostamt

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Do you know someone who is excited about the Osterhase (Easter Bunny)? Why not get out some paper, pencil, and maybe some colorful markers, and let your little one write a letter to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase in Ostereistedt! The idea for an Easter Bunny Post Office came from an Advertising company in Hamburg back […]

Win Woolfit Slippers from German Slippers for Easter!

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Keep your feet cozy and warm! Win WoolFit Slippers from GermanSlippers Just in time for Easter! GermanSlippers is generously offering Prizes for TWO Winners! Two winners will each receive a $120 Voucher to get a pair of WoolFit Slippers I’ve had a pair of WoolFit Slippers for over a year now, and I can honestly […]

St Hildegard von Bingen

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St Hildegard von Bingen officially holds title of Patron Saint of Writers and Composers (and some suggest she’s unofficially the patron saint of both Beer, and of Women… especially those of a certain age). Beyond the trappings of Sainthood, Hildegard was most certainly an extraordinary woman. The Benedictine Abbess was a Polymath who received visions […]

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

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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 […]