Family Life

5 Steps to building your own holiday traditions

by Nate Cairney, contributing writer Featured image by phBodrova/shutterstock.com “Holiday traditions” are often so ingrained that we rarely stop to think about them. What happens, then, when you and your family move… Read more

German 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

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

With the weather getting cold, whip up a quick, hot and vegetarian meal! By adding chocolate as a secret ingredient, it makes this high protein meal delicious.

Koi Bad & Sauna in Homburg

Escape for an afternoon before slipping into the holiday rush, especially now that the days are short and chilly. Koi Bad & Sauna in Homburg offers the perfect solution!

Discover Idstein from the Witch Tower!

The charming and remarkable town of Idstein makes a wonderful day trip, which includes viewing sites from the top of Witch Tower (Hexenturm).

GummiBären Land – For the Love of Candy!

A visit to GummiBären Land and the Bon-Bon Museum in Vaihingen is a very sweet treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Cooking with Klaus – Chicken Soup

Ingredients for 4 people: • 1 whole chicken, cooked, deboned, skin removed, and meat cut in bite size pieces • 2 liters of chicken broth • 2 large carrots, peeled… Read more

A Perfect Thanksgiving

A Perfect Thanksgiving!

‘This year,’ I confidently told my wife, Amy, when our children were very young and squirmy and clingy and generally as manageable as a bag of tadpoles, ‘we are going… Read more

Keeping in touch with Grandparents

Keeping in Touch with Grandma and Grandpa

Keep in touch with Grandparents when you are far away.

Cooking with Klaus – Ratatouille with Goat Cheese

Ingredients (for 4 people) 2 red bell peppers 1 yellow bell pepper 2 zucchinis 2 large onions 1 large eggplant 1 pound tomatoes 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic,… Read more

Wurst

Germans love Wurst

From Bratwurst to Leberkäse, there are more than 1500 different kinds of wurst many of which are not available in the U.S.

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

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming. Now you live in the country of efficiency, you might as well go native and start planning your winter preparations now.

Halloween Treats for Dogs

Healthy Halloween Treats for 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 photography

Halloween – History and Events

Discover more about the origins of Halloween’s, its introduction to America and where to celebrate it in Germany…

Halloween at Frankenstein Castle

Are you looking for the ultimate Halloween experience? The Frankenstein’s Castle is up there near the top! This annual Halloween festival in Darmstadt is one of the biggest Halloween festivals in Europe.

Hiking trip to Humbergturm (Humberg Tower)

Hike to Humbergturm (Humberg Tower)

Story and photos by Jaqueline Samad Enjoy a colorful fall day in the Pfälzer Wald (Palatinate forest). Whether with your partner, children, a dog or alone, this is the ideal… Read more

Traditional German Costume - Tracht

Dress (like the Germans) to Impress

Time to don a Dirndl or Lederhosen and party like a German. Follow our guide to traditional dress and you won’t go too far wrong…

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

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Bread From Fresh Pumpkin

Discover how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins and use it in baking, such as this delicious recipe for pumpkin bread.

Gateway to Italian Delights in Mainz

Celpro Italian Supermarket in Mainz-Kastel is the gateway to Italian delights! There you will find impressive sections of pastas, olives & peppers, cheeses, wines and so much more.

A Day Trip to Sigmaringen

Sigmaringen has cultural, historic landmarks, and most definitely warrants your visit! It has picturesque scenery, a castles, great food and so much more.

Pfahlbau Museum– Stone Age Dwellings

Pfalhbau is an interactive and educational museum. It presents archaeologically reconstructed versions of lake dwellings of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Four Most Famous Road Trip Routes in Germany

Germany is arguably one of the best countries for a road trip. Discover the four most famous routes in the country. Most start or end on your doorstep.

6 Classic German Barbecue Recipes

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

Living History in the Black Forest

The living history farmstead Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtbauernhof warrants a visit! The over 400 year old open-museum is interactive and fun for all.

Declutter Your Home

Decluttering Your Home

Declutter your home using our tricks and tips – then enjoy the peace and calm you have created.

Kartoffeln are King in Germany!

The potato is king in Germany! You can enjoy this delicious treat regardless if you are at a fest or in a restaurant or at home.

Family Fun at Taunus Wunderland Theme Park

Taunus Wunderland is a theme park in the backyard of Wiesbaden. It offers family fun with many attractions including rides, petting zoo, food and more.

How to Shop Local

Buying locally grown food in a foreign country can be a daunting task. Germany is an environmentally-conscious country that hosts farmers’ markets daily. This article provides tips and preparation for shopping local, especially in the Stuttgart area.

8 Basic Stress Busters

8 Basic Stress Busters

The deadline for your project at work is tomorrow. The children are fighting and the milk is about to boil over. You’re tense, your shoulders and neck hurt and your head is pounding— welcome to the world of stress!

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Beach Holidays in England?

One of the most famous and beautiful coastlines in Britain is Cornwall so we asked a local to give us some recommendations for you…

German Autobahn

What is so Great About the German Autobahn?

Ever since the first stretch of the German Autobahn was completed in the 1920s, it has been regarded as the perfect road for every car.

Neunkirchen Zoo — An experience for the whole family

No more than 30 minutes away from the KMC, snow leopards bound over rocks, Asian elephants lazily congregate in groups and giraffes enjoy snacks picked from tall trees. Neunkirchen Zoo… Read more

Weekend fun on a shoestring

Europe can be expensive! While it’s nice to be able to travel and the KMC area is conveniently located within four hours of more than half a dozen countries and… Read more

Amazing treetop walks

Many people from other countries, particularly the United States, see Germany as a place that truly ‘gets it’ with regard to wellness, concern for environment, and plugging-in with nature. Since… Read more

Romance on a budget

No one disputes the plain fact that relationships are hard, especially when there are children involved. Day-to-day life becomes a series of logistical challenges, where one of you is asking… Read more

Your Guide to German Bakeries

A variety of different breads, rolls, cookies, pastries or cakes are offered daily in German bakeries. Let us help you navigate the bakeries of Germany!

First Aid Kits for Kids

Family Traveling 101: First Aid Kit for Children

There are many things that are put on a list when planning a trip, especially with children. Don’t forget your a first aid kit.

A newbie guide to food and fun in the KMC

One of the most difficult aspects of moving to a new area, especially an entirely new country and continent, is figuring out the “usual” or “favorite” spots. The places that… Read more