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German Girl in America Advent Contest 2018

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It’s been such a GREAT year here at German Girl in America… and we’ve decided that it’s time to celebrate with a fabulous Advent Contest! Each Sunday in Advent, we will be awarding a special prize. Winners will be chosen weekly at noon (Pacific Time) on the Advent Sundays, and the winner will be notified […]

Bayreuther Blue Christmas Plates for Sale

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A friend  of the page asked me to help him with these plate he inherited. I offered him a space on the page to show them. If you have any questions, or are interested, please contact Larry directly.   larrysales21249@gmail.com Hello All…. Larry just sent me an email, “My sister has just passed away a few […]

German Meals at Oma’s by Gerhild Fulson- My Favorite German Foods!

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German Meals at Oma’s: Traditional Dishes for the Home Cook Recently Gerhild Fulson, who is the force behind Just Like Oma (aka Quick German Recipes) and one of my favorite German Recipe Bloggers sent me a copy of her new cookbook German Meals at Oma’s: Traditional Dishes for the Home Cook to preview.  It immediately jumped […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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It’s a pretty common question this time of year… What is Lebkuchen? is it like Gingerbread? The answer is yes… sort of. When someone offers you a Lebkuchen cookie, you shouldn’t expect a snappy gingerbread man. Lebkuchen is not crispy or crunchy…and it tends to be round or rectangular (seldom person shaped). It’s a rich, […]

Countdown to Christmas With a Playmobil Advent Calendar

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. One year when my kids were little, their Oma gave them a Playmobil Advent Calendar. This had to be the exciting HIT of the Season. Imagine, every day, a box containing a little Playmobil part would be opened (they took turns… ) and the piece would be added to the scene that was developing […]

Start a Family Tradition- Ravensburger Christmas Puzzles

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Every year we bring out a new Ravensburger Christmas Puzzle to work on during the days and nights leading up to Christmas. A table is set up, and the pieces are sorted (edge verses middle)… and off we go. Ravensburger …the German company based in Ravensburg… makes high quality puzzles with beautiful Christmas images. They […]

What is a Stutenkerl? Is it the same as a Weckmann?

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  On November 11, children in Germany celebrate St Martin’s Day by parading with Lanterns, and munching on a Stutenkerl, also known as Weckmann or Kiepenkerl. But… What IS a Stutenkerl? What is a Weckmann? Are they the same thing? It turns out, these baked men… like a sweetened yeast dough version of a Gingerbread […]

Find the BEST German Slippers and House Shoes for Men

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HAFLINGER Clog | Travel Classic, Navy It has taken a little convincing, but I finally convinced my American guy that he should be wearing German house shoes in the house… and not just socks. Growing up in a German house-hold, we always had house shoes that we slipped into when we came inside. These weren’t […]

All About Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars! (and a Visit to Bunte Schokowelt!)

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“Quadratisch Praktisch Gut”…. Square Practical Good… I can’t think of a more German slogan for a company than the one used for Ritter Sport Chocolate bars. Ritter Sport bars are famously square, so it’s the perfect size for your pocket (practical!) And good… That might be a vast understatement. Now, you don’t find Ritter Sport […]

Is Kindergarten German? Learn all about Kindergarten History!

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Is Kindergarten German? YES! the “Garden of Children” or Kindergarten, sprung from the mind of Friedrich Fröbel, based around the idea that young children are like flowers, or small plants, and with the right nurturing and care, they can grow to be productive adults. His education system for young people spread around world, and most […]