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Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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Vanillesoße is the little black dress of sauces. Honestly, it just goes with every dessert or Nachtisch… it softens the tartness of Rote Gruetze, gives an added dimension to Apfelstrudel, and it magically transforms boring chocolate pudding to a fancy dessert. My Oma always kept packets of instant Vanillesoße in her “packet drawer” (you know […]

The Katzenjammer Kids- A German-American Comic for over 100 Years

The Katzenjammer Kids- A German-American Comic for over 100 Years

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On Dec.12, 1897 a comic strip featuring a German-American family with a distinctly Denglish accent made its first appearance in a Sunday Supplement of the New York Journal. The Katzenjammer Kids featured twins Hans and Fritz, two boys who were always up to mischief and pranks. The word Katzenjammer basically means “Cat Wailing” or caterwauling, […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

The Candy Bomber – The Berlin Airlift & Operation Little Vittles

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Cover Image-C-54 dropping candy during Berlin Airlift c1949 – Public Domain In a recent newsletter, I mentioned that I would be writing about the Candy Bomber who dropped handkerchief parachutes with chocolate payloads for the children of Berlin during the Airlift. One of my readers, Dorothea Thunig Smith, reached out to me with a lovely […]

Sorbian Easter Eggs- How are they made, and who are the Sorbs?

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

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You are at a party, and you hear those notes… Duhda Duhda Dadah Da…clap clap clap clap… and suddenly the dance floor is flooded with people flapping their arms and shaking their tail feathers… It’s the Chicken Dance Song! (… or is it a Duck?). Where did the Chicken Dance originate? And how is it […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

Old World Village in Huntington Beach- A slice of Bavaria in California

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Just 10 minutes from one of Orange County’s famous surfing spots, you’ll find the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. This special enclave of shops and restaurants conceived and built in the late 1970s by Josef and Dolores Bischof to transport guests and residents to a Bavarian Village. Today, the cobblestoned streets, muraled buildings, flower […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

Dirndls from Rare Dirndl – Tradition with Modern Flair

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My One-of-a-Kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl My mother was visiting when the big box from Rare Dirndl arrived. She couldn’t wait to see what was inside, so we tore off the wrapping… and then I lifted the lid and pulled back the tissue. Inside was my special one-of-a-kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl. Over the years […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

Prime Day Deals for your German-American Home

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It’s Amazon Prime Day/s, which means some interesting deals on all sorts of amazing products. I did some digging, and it turns out, Amazon has loads of  Prime Day deals for your German American  Home! Kitchen gear, Brotzeit boards, Travel Adaptors, Puzzles, Self-Care products and more. Check out the assortment of goodies I found here… […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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 […]

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

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