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Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

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It starts with the smell of spices… ginger… is that cardamom? And then you take that first bite. “oh my gosh”. You get the nuts and citrus. The texture is amazing. I’ve been eating Lebkuchen my whole life, but outside of a German Christmas Market, I’ve never had it as fresh or flavorful as Leckerlee […]

German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home

German Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving Day- German Thanksgiving Food

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(My daughter Katy has taken over my blog again….this time, it’s all about German Thanksgiving food. Thanksgiving never really caught on in our household. Germans don’t celebrate it… their Harvest festival is Erntedankfest. Thanks Katy for taking this on!) Growing up with German grandparents meant that Thanksgiving looked a tad different for me and my […]

German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

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You remember it…that Christmas Eve special magic that comes from the movement and light of a spinning Christmas Pyramid. The special “Christmassy” incense smell coming from Santa’s pipe. Finding my favorite special German Ornaments on the tree… and knowing that under the tree in a special box would be one for my tree when I’m […]

Tanzmariechen- Those Fabulous Karneval Dancers!

What is Reifendrehen- Making Toys at the Seiffen Freilicht Museum

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Before my trip to Seiffen, my friend Richard told me that I should NOT MISS the Reifendrehen. I was confused… what is Reifendrehen? Wheel turning? Do people in Seiffen watch wheels spinning? Turns out Reifendrehen is a special technique for making toys and other small objects known mainly to Seiffen and the surrounding area of […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

What is a Froebel Star – German Paper Folded Christmas Stars

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Finally sorting out a little confusion. While doing research on Moravian Stars (aka Herrnhuttersterne), I came across sweet little folded German paper stars. While they didn’t look like the pointed Moravian stars, but that’s what a lot of resources called them. But they were also called German Star, Advent star, Danish star, Nordic star, Polish star, […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

St Paulus Dom in Münster- A Small Cathedral with an AMAZING Clock

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Unfortunately, the St Paulus Dom Münster seldom makes it onto anyone’s must-see bucket list. It’s just not very big (compared to the Cologne Cathedral, it’s downright small).  And, it has a lot of competition in Münster! As churches go, it takes second place to the much more famous Lamberti Kirche. (Face it, cages hanging off […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America

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Because we have readers on both sides of the Atlantic, this special guest post is full of Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America.  Moving to America as a German poses many new challenges. There are many American ways of doing things that take some getting used to. Differences in taxes, tipping, […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

Deutsches Haus New Orleans – The German Presence in the Gulf South

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I love finding pockets of Germany in unexpected corners of the United States. A year ago I visited New Orleans for the Jazz fest, and stumbled across a booth run by women in Dirndl! What a surprise to learn that Germans had a HUGE impact on development of the city, and that Germans STILL have […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

Birkenstock Sandals from Germany with Free Shipping

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When I was growing up, I fell in love with Birkenstock sandals. Sadly, years ago, the ONLY way you could get them was to hop on a plane to Germany (or send someone over with money and your size). Today, everyone is wearing Birkenstocks! I see them all over the college campuses (my daughter wears […]

Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

German Easter Breakfast- The BEST German Breakfast of the Year!

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German weekend breakfasts have a reputation for being delightful drawn out meals with loads of special things on the table… Aufschnitt, Brötchen, soft boiled eggs and fruit. But German EASTER Breakfast takes it up a notch. I’m not much of a morning person, but I was always happy to hop out of bed to enjoy […]

German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home