Monthly Archives: November 2010

Christmas Stocking

Initially I wanted to make a version of a pillow inspired by this one:   but then I thought that it might look really cute in a simpler form on a stocking!   For the stocking material I used Painter’s … Continue reading

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Elisenlebkuchen – A Bavarian Christmas Specialty

As many of you know, I am German. For the most part that doesn’t really show all that much, but come Christmas time, it shows big time Once advent is upon us there is usually no stopping me and I … Continue reading

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Great Black Friday Offers

I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families yesterday! So, I thought I’d list a few great Black Friday deals I have come across today!   1. Get FREE MP3 Downloads on Amazon!   2. Get a … Continue reading

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German Sand Cookies (Heidesand)

These are absolutely divine! They have a really unique taste which comes from caramelizing the butter solids prior to creaming the butter. So, no, these cannot be done with margarine. It NEEDS TO BE BUTTER. That’s the only way to … Continue reading

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And the winners are …

The 3 winners of the Christmas Cards are:   belle007 who said:  Great cards. I really love the multiple photo version!   Serenity Sheri who said:  These cards are beautiful! Hard to pick a fav, but I’m really drawn to … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Molasses and a Gift Idea

Pomegranate Molasses is hardly new. It has been a popular ingredient in the Middle East for a long time. However, it is relatively new to western cuisine and I see it appear in more and more recipes. It is also … Continue reading

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Our favorite Sweet Potato Casserole (gluten free)

I adapted this recipe when my MIL was diagnosed with celiac disease and it turned into a family favorite! Adding bananas to your sweet potato casserole may seem like an unlikely combination, but please try it! It is so delicious! … Continue reading

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Sugar Almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln)

There are many things I associated with Advent/Christmas time growing up in Germany. But none more than the deliciously enticing smell of fresh “burnt” almonds walking through a Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas markets). They are actually quite easy to make at … Continue reading

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Festive Votive Candle Holders

a.k.a. glass etching project #1 and Mercury Glass post #3! Are you sick of my Mercury Glass experiments yet?   I saw some similar votives at Michaels the other day and thought they might be easily re-created with all the … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Star Cookies (German Zimtsterne)

One of my favorite cookies, even though I usually only indulge at Christmas! The process is a tad tedious, but the end result is totally worth it. Sweet, moist nuttiness mixed with delicate crunch of the meringue topping.Yum! Oh, and … Continue reading

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