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Wooden German Christmas Decorations from the German Christmas Shop USA

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Last year I was lucky… I was not only able to get to the Christmas Markets in Germany, I was also able to get to the workshops and stores in Seiffen to buy authentic Wooden German Christmas decorations. You see, I love the real deal, not the cheap knockoffs from wherever.  I want to be […]

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

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Recently, I was sent the Journey Travel System. A backpack carefully designed to carry everything you need for travel using an intelligent system that makes packing easy, and FINDING things in your bag even easier.  As a life long suitcase user, I was skeptical, I’ve tried new systems before, and they don’t always work out. […]

Recipe for Aperol Spritz

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  This summer I’ve spent far too much time playing “this time last year I was...”. You know the game. Here we are at home, the sun is shining, and I just keep imagining that little restaurant in Bamberg where we spent an evening relaxing over drinks while people watching. And of course, to help […]

Authentic German Apple Cake Recipe

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I would argue that the most baked cake in Germany is an Apple Cake. You find them in every Cafe, there is one at any Kaffee Klatsch with more than two cakes, and it’s the cake many German home-bakers learn first. In the same way that there is a Potato Salad recipe for every region […]

The Passion Play of Oberammergau

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The Passion Play of Oberammergau holds a special place in German history. Part Pilgrimage part spectacle, every 10 years this amazing event brings over 450,000 visitors to the small mountain town of Oberammergau in Bavaria. Over four months, the locals (and yes, it’s only locals, not professional actors) stage 103 Performances that last over 5 […]

Cuckoo Clock Shop Swiss Chalet Cuckoo Clock Giveaway!

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    I’m Excited to Announce!! The Cuckoo Clock Shop is Giving Away ANOTHER Fabulous CUCKOO CLOCK! Enter to win an Authentic Swiss Chalet Style Cuckoo Clock from the Cuckoo Clock Shop!   Bring a little Black Forest Magic into your World! The Cuckoo Clock Shop has an amazing selection of Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks […]

What to do with Red Currants! Recipes and Growing Tips

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A few years ago I was in Germany with my kids, staying with my Aunt and Uncle. My littlest one was 4, and was absolutely enchanted by my Tante Anne’s kitchen garden. She was especially enamored with Red Currants. Every day she went to the kitchen to ask for “her” little clear plastic bowl, and […]

East Frisian Tea and the Ostfriesentee Ceremony

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While my American friends grew up drinking Milk or Water with their dinner, we drank Tea. Germans do drink a lot of tea, Black Tea, Hagebutte (Rose Hip), Chamomile, Fenchel (fennel)… But NO Germans drink quite as much tea as the Ostfriesen or East Frisians. If you can imagine it, they drink an average of […]

What is Nachtisch? A Simple Sweet Dessert

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In our house Nachtisch was almost as important (at least for kids) as Abendessen (Dinner) and warmes Mittagsessen (warm Midday Meal in Germany). What is Nachtisch? Nachtisch means “after table”, so Nachtisch, is dessert! (Not to be confused with Nachttisch… the bedside table). Our world seems so focused on reducing calories or doing away with […]

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 […]