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Fun Activities That Improve Child Development

Did you know that simple, active play helps your child’s development? It’s true. In addition to basic fitness, active play improves concentration, coordination, learning, social skills and much more. Though… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Lamb Shanks with English Mustard

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 lamb shank marinated in 1 bottle of dry red wine for 3 days without the skin English mustard powder – at your local economy grocery… Read more

Thanksgiving Turkey

Random but Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving refers to a time of the year when families gather and together expresses their thanks for what they are thankful to and for. It is believed that the first… Read more

Let’s Go To The Mall!

For many of us, the easiest solution to our holiday purchasing tactics is to ‘go to the mall’. Luckily, there are shopping centers nearby that can relieve some of the… Read more

8 Tips for German Christmas Markets

Christmas is knocking on your door! So grab your holiday shopping list and head to a German Christmas Market! Because there are so many wonderful markets to see in Germany, here are eight tips to help you out!

Take a Walk on the Wald Side

One of the healthiest activities and habits in Germany is hiking! Germany is dedicated to creating, supporting and maintaining spectacular trails. Grab your boots and be awed!

Cooking with Klaus – Bacon Parsley Schmarren (pancakes)

Ingredients (for 4 people) 6 medium size eggs 2 cups flour 2 cups milk Salt and ground white pepper to taste ½ cup parsley, chopped 8 slices thin cut bacon… Read more

Plätzchen recipes

Germans love Christmas Cookies so much they designated an entire word to them “Plätzchen.” This means if you’re looking for cookies anytime between January and October, they’re “Kekse” but as… Read more

Scrapbooking your time overseas

5 Scrapbooking Topics for Your Time Overseas

Five themes to consider documenting in a scrapbook for a future stroll down memory lane.

Authentic Swiss fondue dinner

Zurich has a lot to offer. Enjoy authentic fondue, stroll along picturesque streets, hop on a river boat, take in spectacular cable car views and much more.

Wine-not Holiday Crafts

Ladies, hear my call. Save. Your. Corks. ‘Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones. It is a necessity, nay it is your… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Stuffed Veal Breast

Ingredients (for 4 people) One week in advance go to your local butch- er, requesting 1-1.5 kilograms veal breast and 1-2 kilograms veal bones. 4-5 dried old pretzel rolls or… Read more

Some of Germany’s Most Luxurious Mountain Resorts & Hotels

A holiday in Germany offers both the chance for adventurous sport and luxury living off the slopes.

The Ultimate DIY Advent Calendar Guide

Christmas may still be a month away but as Michael Bublé slowly defrosts across the pond, it’s time to start planning one of the best parts about Christmas: Advent Calendars…. Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Salmon Roast

Ingredients (for 4 people) 2 pounds potatoes 1 jalapeno, optional 12 shallots or small onions Less than one cup of poultry broth 6 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to… Read more

Halloween Treats for Dogs

Halloween Treats for Happy and Healthy Dogs

Try some of these tasty healthy Halloween dog treats this Halloween season. Human treats aren’t good for your dogs but these are good alternatives.

Halloween Crafts

Halloween Food Crafts

There are so many things to love about Halloween—the costumes, the decorations, and most of all, the food! These Halloween food crafts are perfect for getting you into the Halloween… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Pumpkin Stew

 Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 cup celery stalks, sliced 1 cup sliced leaks 1 cup carrots, diced into ½-inch squares 1 cup onions, diced 1 tablespoon of summer savory 2… Read more

Getting Your House Ready for Autumn

Smart Ways to Get Ready for Autumn It’s that time of the year again when as a kid, we couldn’t wait to gobble down every last crumb of the delicious… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Pork Filet with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ingredients (for 4 people) 2 pounds pork filets Approx. 1 pound fresh mushrooms 1 cup liquid cream ¼ cup finely diced onions ¼ cup chopped parsley 4 tablespoons vegetable oil… Read more

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Five Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just a little over two weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time left to shop for costumes. But with so many costumes and stores to choose from,… Read more

Chocolate Lovers Guide to Germany

The Chocoholic’s Guide to delicious Germany

Sample chocolate delights, learn the history of chocolate, take classes, visit museums and attend one of the largest chocolate festivals in the world.

Cooking with Klaus – Salmon Gratin

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 ½ pound potatoes Salt for boiling potatoes 2 cloves garlic for boiling potatoes 1 ½ pounds salmon cubed into 1-inch squares ½ cup chives 2… Read more

Pumpkin cheesecake

3-Step Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

This fall season serve up the delicious 3-Step Pumpkin Cheesecake!

Cooking with Klaus – Potato bell pepper pan

Ingredients (for 4 people) • 2 pounds medium sized potatoes (use hard boiling ‘vorwiegend festkochende kartoffeln’) • 1 tablespoon fennel • 1 tablespoon salt Boil potatoes with fennel and salt…. Read more

Warming Pumpkin Soup Recipe

It’s that time of year….fall is here and the pumpkins are ready! Here is a very simple recipe for some sweet and delicious Pumpkin Soup.

Cooking with Klaus – Chinese Beef with Cauliflower

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 small cauliflower cut in little rosettes ½ teaspoon minced ginger 2 garlic cloves minced 2 red chilis minced 2 7 ounces sirloin steaks cut in… Read more

Tips for Booking a Cheap Ryanair Flight

Being a thrifty traveler, I always price out different planes, trains and automobiles. Most of the time you just can’t beat the price of a Ryanair flight. If you are willing to… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Pasta with Ricotta

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1/3 left over dried out baguette 10 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup pine nuts 4 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons capers 8-10 stalks of mint Zest of… Read more

Thanksgiving in Germany

Germany’s answer to thanksgiving: Erntedankfest

Germany has its own Thanksgiving celebration called “Erntedankfest”. In many Germany communities festivities include parades with floats and marching bands.

Würzburg From a Local Foodie’s Perspective

Würzburg, a Franconian gem, was founded in the 10th century and is known today as a charming, lively university town overflowing with wineries and churches. Although the majority of Würzburg… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Lentil Curry

Ingredients (for 4 people) 4 small onions diced 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1 inch squares ½ pound carrots, diced in into 1 inch… Read more

KidsKorner – August 18, 2017

Originally published in the Kaiserslautern American newspaper on August 18, 2017. Click the image for a full-size, printable version.

Pumpkin Latte

Fall essentials: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte with real pumpkins, plus save money.

Cooking with Klaus – Asian Noodles with Vegetable and Fried Egg

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 small piece of ginger 1 clove of garlic 4 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar 6 tablespoons sesame oil ¼… Read more

German Wine Labels

Reading Wine Labels in Germany

Here are a few tips to help you decipher German wine labels. Living in central Germany puts you right in the middle of some of the best vineyards in the world. It would be a shame not to learn something about German wine during your stay.

KidsKorner – September 1, 2017

Originally published in the Kaiserslautern American newspaper on September, 1, 2017. Click the image for a full-size, printable version.

Austrian cheese near the source

Take a drive down to beautiful Bregenzerwald, Austria for special Alpine Cheese. This special cheese is creamy, distinctly flavored and literally melts in the mouth.

Cooking with Klaus – Grilled salmon!

What do we need? • One nice slice of salmon per person (150 grams, or more if you like a bigger one) • 120 grams of potatoes per person •… Read more

KidsKorner – August 25, 2017

Originally published in the Kaiserslautern American newspaper on August, 25, 2017. Click the image for a full-size, printable version.