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

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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!

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 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

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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 […]

Karneval Berliner – Filled with Jam AFTER Frying

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 […]

Grünkohlsuppe Recipe from an American Kitchen- Denglish Kale Soup

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In Northern Germany Grünkohl or Kale comes to the table quite often in winter. (I was eating Kale WAY before Kale was cool). People will even make a Grünkohlfahrt (giggle), which is a strenuous hike followed by a traditional meal of Kale. My mother’s kitchen was German, that meant WE ate a lot of Kale […]

Old German Cursive Alphabet and Typefaces

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I remember struggling with the lowercase cursive f. Over and over, I would write f’s on the brownish lined paper (you know the kind, it had 2 solid blue lines set about an inch apart with a dotted line between them). And every time I turned it in, my teacher would reject it and send […]