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German Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs

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My mother didn't recite Mother Goose to me when I was a child. I got the German Nursery Rhymes and songs  that she grew up with. "Alle Meine Enten", "Hoopa Hoppa Reiter", and "Backe backe Kuchen". Funny thing, when I had children, I mainly sang and clapped my way through the rhymes of my childhood. […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

Belonging by Nora Krug – A German Reckons with History and Home

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Every now and then a book comes along, and my first reaction is… “I wish I had written this”. Belonging by Norah Krug is one of those books. From the first section, the book pulled me in because it was so relatable. (I tore through the book […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

What was Peasant Life Like? Our Daily Bread: German Village Life 1500-1850

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Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 Most history books give you plain facts… you learn about wars, you learn who was king, and where the borders changed. What you don’t usually get, is what was it LIKE to be a peasant and have battles raging around you? To actually struggle to feed a family? […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

Die Häschenschule A Day At Bunny School -A German Easter Classic

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Die Häschenschule: Jubiläumsband If you are of a certain age, you probably had a storybook about a Rabbit School on your bookshelves as a child. In 1924 Albert Sixtus published a book about a bunnies going school called Die Häschenschule. 95 years later, this classic book is still charming children all over Germany.  For Easter […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

Home From Home : German American Essays by Susanne Bacon

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Home from Home: German-American Essays Susanne Bacon, author of the Wycliff novel series, recently published her German-American Essays in a book called “Home from Home”.  Each essay describes what it feels like to be a German in the United States. To look at everyday life through a slightly different lens, shaped by different experiences. Susanne […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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Unser Sandmännchen 643772 Hand Puppet Sandmann 35 cm Multi-Coloured When the Wall separating East Germany from West Germany fell, many of the icons produced by the East vanished. There is one BIG exception. The Sandmännchen. What is the Sandmaennchen? And how did he continue to thrive despite his East German origins? This little figure with […]

What is Brotzeit? It’s a Delicious Bavarian SNACK!

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 Brotzeit? It’s a Delicious Bavarian SNACK!

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck- My Review

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The German Cookbook Recently the people at Phaidon Publishing asked me to take a look at The German Cookbook… and wow, I’m impressed. Alfons Schubeck’s collection of over 500 authentic German recipes brings together all the different regional dishes in one (heavy) comprehensive book. You won’t just find the standard Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Schnitzel Recipes that […]

What is Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!