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Giving Thanks (plus a recipe for Savory Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Bacon)

I’m sitting here relaxing after working all day on the pre-move purge, a project that isn’t going anywhere soon though the move is coming way to fast. There’s a cold bowl of leftover savory sweet potatoes in front of me, cold because I keep getting distracted and jumping up to move something, pack something, or […]

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Meet Christmas

On Christmas morning, I sent “Merry Christmas” texts to a bunch of people on my phone, (cards will be late this year) and autocorrect changed “merry” to “meet.” This afternoon, I realized that the autocorrect had something there.  We did “meet Christmas” today.  I’ll tell you about it.   It began with Donna at Rite […]

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Cranberries Sugared and Sauced

I am a big fan of the cranberry. Probably because it’s super sour and definitely because it’s my favorite color and possibly a little because it floats, I just think cranberries are one of the absolutely best berries around. Add that POP! when it cooks, and there’s just nothing that can compare. So on Thanksgiving […]

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On the First Day of Hanukkah…

I made latkes. And they were so delicious that I ate 5 and had flashbacks of the Reibkuchen that I devoured at Aachen’s Christmas market. So I’ll share this recipe and tell you why I think it’s the best one I’ve found so far. Basically, a latke is a potato pancake made from shredded potato […]

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The Gingerbread House Tradition (and recipe)

Every year, or at least most, we make a gingerbread house together as a family. Each daughter gets to decorate a wall and Kirk and I each decorate a piece of roof, or at least that’s how it used to be.  Now sometimes I make two houses or three and sometimes I make a herd […]

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Zoo Lights at D.C.’s National Zoo

Zoo Lights is one of those annual anticipated Christmas events in DC.  Free, festive, and family friendly, it kicks off the season nicely beginning right after Thanksgiving and continues until after the first. Tonight was our first Zoo Lights evening and though we enjoyed the outing, it wasn’t quite what we expected.  Though the lights […]

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Monschau Christmas Market

Monschau Christmas Market

It was the first day of the Monschauer Christmas market, so a friend and I headed down there for a day. Monschau is only an hour away, but it’s in the Eiffel forest region, so the weather is dramatically different. Our snow has been gone for days, but these fields are completely covered. The bit […]

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St. Nikolausbahn — i.e. Gillrath Christmas Train

UPDATE:  Tickets are already sold out or nearly gone for half the rides this year.  Check the dates and times online.  You can get your tickets at the Gillrath or Schwierwaldenrath stations or at several other locations listed on the Nikolausfahrt information page on the train website. This annual train ride is very special and […]

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German Christmas Markets: Aachen and Cologne (Koln)

German Christmas Markets: Aachen and Cologne (Koln)

Germany is known for it’s beautiful Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkts), but even beyond those borders, you can find some amazing markets enjoyable not only for shoppers, but for anyone wanting to absorb the ambiance and may be try something delicious to eat as well. I’ll give you some information on the Aachen and Cologne (Koln) markets […]

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Holiday Recipes: Sugar Plums and Rugelach

… and amid my worry and frustration ranted in previous posts, I did find some time to throw myself into a powdered sugar frenzy and bake a bit.  Baking is therapeutic… for me, even more than eating the sweet creations.  Tonight’s holiday recipes are for tomorrow’s US Sponsored International Coffee.  I’ll bring two things:  Sugar […]

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