Fasching / Karneval

Make this Fairly Easy Berliner Recipe for Karneval!

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Fasching! Karneval! And that means it’s time for Berliner! Honestly, I seldom make them, because fried foods are not really great for the waistline, and we live down the street from one of the world’s great Donut places (shout out to SloDoCo!). BUT it’s Karneval season, and Berliner (which aren’t really donuts, more like a […]

Moist Rhubarb Cake Recipe – Almost like my Oma’s!

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

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It turns out, the best time to see witches in Milwaukee is NOT at Halloween… it’s between January 6th and Ash Wednesday, during Fasching/Karneval Season. But the witches are just a supporting role in this performance that goes back 500 years in the Alps of Austria. The 70-member strong Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika carries […]

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The Maschkera… The Story Behind the German Fasching Masks

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The Rhineland may be known for it’s Karneval / Fasching parades and celebrations, but go further south, to Alpine area of Baden Wurtemburg, and you will find a different sort of Fasching Reveler. The Maschkera hide behind heavy carved wooden German Fasching Masks and parade through towns making noise to frighten away the demons of […]

Oma’s Münsterländer Struwen Recipe for Good Friday

What is Weiberfastnacht? Women Kick off Karneval!

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Karneval or Fasching Season is loaded with parties, parades and fun events. But one special event sticks out… especially for Women! Weiberfastnacht. What is Weiberfastnacht? It’s the start of street Karneval Celebrations! The day when Karneval kicks into high gear! and… it’s a special day for Women to take over! Let me tell you more…. […]

Oma’s Münsterländer Struwen Recipe for Good Friday

History and Tradition of Karneval Orden

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  At Karneval time, you will see a lot of people wearing military-like medals around their neck called Orden. These colorful medals have a story that date back to the 1800s, and are LOADED with symbolism. These special awards were originally designed to mock the establishment. Today, they are considered a prestigious honor, which reflects […]

Make this Fairly Easy Berliner Recipe for Karneval!

What is a Lumpenball? The End of the Karneval Party!

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  While adding events to the Fasching Celebration pages and the German Girl in America Events Pages, I keep coming across something called a Lumpenball… but, What IS a Lumpenball?? A ball of lumps? (that can’t be right!… although one website had an article about painting a ball of rags…) So, I did a little […]

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What is Fasching? Is it the Same as Karneval? How is it Celebrated in Germany?

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What is Fasching? And is it the same thing as Karneval? Karneval Fasching Fastnacht and  all refer to the pre-Lent season, also referred to as the Fifth Season,  in German speaking countries.  Think of this time as the German version of Mardi Gras! The celebrations date back hundreds of years, rooted in both Catholic and early-Germanic […]

Oma’s Münsterländer Struwen Recipe for Good Friday

German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2018-2019

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Do you want to celebrate Karneval Fasching like a German? Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration […]

Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America

German Krapfen Recipe…. Fried Dough Treats!

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One of my father’s favorite food memories is his Mother’s German Krapfen Recipe that she would make every year on New Year’s Eve and on Fastnachtdienstag (Shrove or Fat Tuesday). These are Rheinische  Öl Krapfen, which means they are a fried yeast dough filled with raisins… sort of like a donut, but not (so don’t make these […]

Moist Rhubarb Cake Recipe – Almost like my Oma’s!