Family Life

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

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.

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

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

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

Edelweiss Lodge and Garmisch Experience Part 2

Here is Part 2 of our trip to Garmisch and #edelweissresort. This much fun should be illegal! All the activities, including the stay at the Edelweiss surpassed expectations. The worst thing… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Baked Feta

Ingredients (for 4 people) • 500 grams of feta cheese • 1 bell pepper (or if you can get them, take these little bell pepper mix boxes to add a… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Greek Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients for 4 people • 1¾ pound chicken filets • 20 wooden skewers/sticks • Baking parchment paper • 1 cup green olives • 4 tablespoons olive oil • 1 organic… Read more

Dogs love going on walks!

Living with a pet, particularly a dog, is an enrichment for everyone who loves animals. But, as with all kinds of pets, the most important thing before taking a dog… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Penne Parmigiano & Balsamic and Olive Oil Italian Dressing

Ingredients pasta (for 4 people) 1.5 pounds penne pasta, dried ½ cup fresh parmesan, shaved (use a knife to shave the parmesan) 2 cups cream 2 tablespoons green pesto 1… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Spinach Cream Sauce

Ingredients (for 4 people) for gnocchi 1 pound boiled peeled mashed potatoes 2 tablespoons semolina 1 tablespoon potato starch 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 eggs 1 teaspoon salt… Read more

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort Experience in Garmisch, Germany

Here is Part 1 of our trip to Garmisch and #edelweissresort. What an amazing experience! Thanks to Kyle from Alpine Adventures for showing us around and setting up the perfect side… Read more

Free college for Americans?

Did you know that Americans can study at a German university in English and for free? Find out how…

Cooking with Klaus – Zucchini Pasta with Lime Pesto and Prawns

Ingredients (for 4 people) ¾ cup almonds without skin ½ cup fresh basil leaves chopped 12 basil leave whole ½ cup fresh parsley chopped 1 whole lime, washed 6 tablespoons… Read more

Discover Europe with your dog

Pet-friendly Europeans invite dogs into many places that might surprise Americans stationed here. Learn more about taking Fido on the road during your next trip.

Cooking with Klaus – Grilled Salmon with Potato Leek Patties

Ingredients (for 4 people) Slightly more than one pound of potatoes 1 leek, finely sliced 2 tablespoons flour 2-3 tablespoons potato starch 1 egg, medium size 1 teaspoon salt ½… Read more

Mal-Werk: Pottery Painting in Mainz

Get your artistic juices flowing with your family and friends at Mal-Werk! At this colorful café you can have a creative day with stencils, sponges, stamps, brushes and a rainbow of paint colors.

6 German Barbecue Classics

Germans love a good summer barbecue as much as Americans do but what they put on their plates doesn’t exactly resemble hot dogs, burgers and co. These recipes can easily… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients (for 4 people) • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, diced in 1 inch cubes • 2 limes • 2 tablespoons walnuts, whole • 8 mint leaves, washed • ¾ pounds… Read more

Camping in Germany

Adventuretime: Camping in Germany

Germany has so many camping locations that offer so much fun and excitement. Camping in Germany is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the family.

Cooking with Klaus – Lime mustard marinated steaks

Ingredients (for 4 people) • 4 pork steaks from the neck (Schweinenacken) • 1 tablespoon lime juice • 1 tablespoon mustard • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ground pepper… Read more

How To Be Successful Bilingual Parents

Tips for Bilingual Parents

Encourage your child to have linguistic skills and help them get in touch with their heritage.

Cooking with Klaus – Broiled Turkey Steak with spinach cream topping

Ingredients (for 4 people) • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves • 1 small onion • 1 clove garlic • 8 slices bacon • 3 tablespoons oil • 4 turkey steaks… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Bacon & Cheese Spaetzle

Ingredients (for 4 people) 4 cups fresh mushrooms sliced into quarters and washed 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup diced ham or bacon 1.5 pounds spaetzle ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Chicken with Yogurt-Almond-Dressing

Ingredients (for 4 people) 4 whole chicken breasts, without bone 1 tablespoon oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon sugar 10 spring onions ½ cup almonds in their… Read more

Nature’s Reflexology at Barfußpark

The secret to feeling young might be as simple as walking barefoot outdoors. Sometimes I just enjoy being silly with my grown daughters. Today was such a day. We shed our… Read more

Help with Homesickness

What to do against homesickness

The sting of homesickness is a reality for even the most seasoned of traveler.

Cooking with Klaus – Roast Pork Filet with Cherry Glaze Sauce

Ingredients for 4 people 2 whole pork filets ½ tablespoon margarine ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 cup red wine 2 cups dark cherries, pitted… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Cherry Crepes

Ingredients for 4 people 2 cups cherries, pitted 2 ¼ cups cherry juice 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon potato starch 1 ½ cup flour 1 -1 ¼ cup milk ½… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Grilled Veal Cutlets

Ingredients for 4 people 4 normal size veal cutlets Aluminum foil Marinade: 4 tablespoons sour cream 4 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon chopped parsley 1 teaspoon chopped basil 1 teaspoon chives… Read more

Cooking with Klaus – Stuffed Onions & Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed onions with BBQ Ground Meat   Ingredients (for 4 people) 2 extra large onions (similar to Vidalia onion size) peeled, cut in half, and remove all but the outer… Read more