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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 […]

Recipe for Soft German Pretzels (without Lye)

Christmas 1970 – Remembering a German Christmas in America

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On Christmas 1970 I was only 2 years old… just old enough to get really excited about Weinachten. The lights, the tinsel, and wonder of wonders… the presents! You can see me on Mama’s lap… somewhat wide eyed (hard to see behind those glasses…. those days finding stylish eyeglasses for children was a difficult thing). […]

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Make Salt Dough Crafts / Salz Teig- Create Your own Ornaments!

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It’s fun to make Salt Dough Crafts! In Germany many kids (and adults) use Salt Dough (Salzteig) to make ornaments or figures. This simple dough can be mixed up with ingredients found in the kitchen, then formed, baked and painted. You can even add a coat of varnish to add shine, and preserve your treasure. Since […]

Where to Buy Great Looking, High Quality German Sandals for Women

Memories of Christmas in Germany, A Trip to the City

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(Occasionally, we are blessed here at German Girl to have a guest post tell a story of life in Germany… either from the past, or current. Gisela Mangus has shared a lovely story about what Christmas was like right after the War. If you have a story to share… please email me at germangirlinamerica@gmail.com) Memories […]

Steinbach Company in Germany- Still Making Erzgebirge Magic for the World

German Christmas Services – Gottesdienst in America

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German  Services for Christmas- Gottesdienst  I tried to make a list of as many German Christmas Church Services in the US as possible. The list is by no means complete. If you know of others, please leave them in the comments below, or email me at Germangirlinamerica@gmail.com.   This Newsletter lists a number of Clubs […]

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German Christmas Baking Recipes: Traditional Recipes Made Easy by Christian Teubner

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Christmas Baking: Traditional Recipes Made Easy Christian Teubner has written a number of German Cookbooks, but “Christmas Baking” is one that I reach for all the time. Originally titled “Weinachtsbaekerei”, it covers all of the traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes, and even a few cakes and breads. It’s a little book, but it is LOADED […]

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck- My Review

German Christmas Music- Cds, Lyrics, Videos and Memories

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Stille Nacht – A German Christmas Our home was always filled with music while I was growing up. Classical, folk music, Schlager, opera, instrumental…my mother singing as she worked… there was always music. And during the Holidays it was German Christmas Music CDs. Germans love music… and they LOVE to sing. We spent 30 minutes […]

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Where to Buy A Feuerzangenbowle Set – Feuerzangenbowle Recipe Too!

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Nothing says gemütlichkeit like a flaming drink…. The German Feuerzangenbowle Set (literally, Fire Tongs Punch brings friends together. This traditional, German mulled wine (Glühwein), has a flaming cone of sugar over it, slowly dripping the caramelized sugar into the warm wine for extra flavor. But, Where to Buy a Feuerzangenbowle set in the USA? While […]

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St Barbara’s Day Dec. 4th- Cherry Blossoms for Good Fortune

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On December 4th, some Germans celebrate St. Barbara by placing a branch with buds in water. But what is St.Barbara’s Branch? And who is St Barbara? Who is St. Barbara? St Barbara was the daughter of a king in Turkey. She became a martyr when she was locked in a tower by her father, then tortured and […]

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