Family Life

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

Pika Pika’s “Hot Stuff” and Chili Perks

Chilis are healthy and entirely natural flavor enhancers that are often underappreciated on this side of the world despite their oustanding heakth benefits and helpfulness in the kitchen. There are… Read more

Party Fiesta

Europe’s leading source for party items and costumes is coming to K-Town! Party Fiesta is opening a store at Marktstraße 37 in Kaiserslautern on March 1, which will offer 3.300 sq… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Oriental Eggplant with Rice

Ingredients for 4 people • 4 cups of cooked rice • 2 small eggplants, fi nely diced in smaller than ½ inch cubes • 2 medium onions, fi nely diced… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Parmesan Flank Steak with Rosemary Potatoes

Ingredients for 4 people • 2 pounds small potatoes (in Germany they are called Drillinge) • 8 tomatoes • 4-5 all spice corns • 10 black pepper corns • 12… Read more

Survival Guide to Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day History & Gift Ideas

Stuck for inspiration? Use our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to ensure you are prepared to create a very special day for your loved one.

Cooking with Klaus – Baked Eggplant with Pork Steak

Ingredients for 4 people • 4 pork steaks from the neck • 2 eggplants • 8 tablespoons oil • Salt and Pepper to taste • 1 can diced tomatoes •… Read more

Wine Not Get Crafty?

Ladies, hear my call. Save. Your. Corks. It is a necessity, nay it is your duty, to collect enough wine corks to make one or all of these cute cra­fts…. Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Braised Lamb Shanks

Ingredients for 4 people About 1kg lamb shanks, off bone 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced parsley root 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onions 3 cloves garlic,… Read more

Sailing in Germany and Abroad

Coming from the Mediterranean sea with 250+ days of sunshine a year and a coastline of 8,000 miles, I assumed my sailing days were over when I moved to Germany…. Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Red Wine Noodles with Panko Crumbs

Ingredients for 4 people 1 cup finely diced carrots 1 cup finely diced celery 1 cup finely diced onions 2 finely diced garlic cloves 8 tablespoons olive oil 1 chili,… Read more

7 Ideas to Experience Germany Like A German

To have an incredible experience while stationed in Germany, here are seven New Year’s Resolutions you should definitely keep!

Cooking with Klaus – Koenigsberger Klopse (German meatballs with cream sauce)

Ingredients for 4 people For meatballs: 1 ½ pounds veal mince meat 2 medium eggs salt ground white pepper to taste 1 teaspoon mace 1 tablespoon butter organically grown lemon,… Read more

Everything You Need to Know about Carnival in Germany

Get an understanding of Fasching, one of Germany’s oldest and largest celebration. Kicking off very soon, get involved and have fun at this utterly bonkers event!

Cooking with Klaus – Pälzer dicke Bohnesupp (palatinate bean stew)

Ingredients for 4 persons 3-4 cups of dried white beans 6-8 cups of vegetable broth 4 large potatoes 3 carrots 1 large onion 1 parsley root ½ stalk leak ¼… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Little Chocolate Cakes (low carb version)

Ingredients for 4 people Ingredients for 4 people • 4 -5 tablespoons of vegetable oil • 7/8 cup ground almonds • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder • 2 teaspoons baking powder… Read more

5 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

If you can no longer move inside your closet or garage, it may be time to start polishing up on your organization skills.

Cooking with Klaus – Shrimp & Vegetable dish

Ingredients (for 4 people) • ½ cup chopped parsley • 8 ounces crème fraiche • 2 small zucchini diced into ½ inch cubes (or diced celery if you prefer) •… Read more

Christmas Eve Traditions in Germany

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in different languages

While Christmas may not be celebrated in every culture, almost every language has a term for it. Take a look at our list of international well-wishes and impress your family… Read more

Plätzchen recipes

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

Cooking with Klaus – Spinach &Turkey omelette with Romaine lettuce

Ingredients (for 4 people) • A bit more than a ½ pound spinach – frozen, whole leaf • 2-3 small heads of Romaine lettuce, washed leaf by leaf and chopped… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Vegetable Rice with Salmon Filet

Ingredients (for 4 people)Ingredients (for 4 people) • ¾ of a pound Basmati rice raw • 1 cup frozen peas • 8 sprigs of dill • 4 tablespoons of lemon/lime… Read more

Christmas Shopping in the Stuttgart area!

With shopping malls in Germany appearing to be now in their heyday, they provide the opportunity for great fun! Here is a list of a few in the Stuttgart area.

Cooking with Klaus – Exotic Potato Dish

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 teaspoon ginger, or less to taste 8 shallots, chopped 1 clove garlic, diced 1 red chili, chopped 1 ½ pounds potatoes 2 cups red bell… Read more

Stress Busting Foods

20 Tips to Fight Stress Through Nutrition

Lack of a proper diet is one of the most important causes for many diseases and disorders in body.

Cooking with Klaus – Easy Italian Noodles

Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 large leek, cut lengthways and then into ¼ inch slices 6 tablespoons oil 1 cup diced Black Forest ham 2 cups elbow noodles, raw 4… 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!

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

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.

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