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Best Travel Scarf with Pockets (aka Passport Scarf) for 2021

When you’re traveling, sometimes you want to carry everything in a backpack or travel purse. Other times, you’d rather keep certain items close to you, whether out of safety concerns or because you’d simply rather not carry a purse or bag. You could wear a money belt — but money belts can get bulky, make …

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Best Travel Shawl, Travel Wraps, Travel Pashmina & Travel Blanket Scarf

  After nearly 30 years of travel, I’ve come to realize that the best travel clothes are the ones you feel the most you in. For me, that means clothes that combine flexibility, comfort, and style. I’m not super fashion conscious but I do like to balance fashion with comfort. And since I almost always …

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Best German Cakes: What to Eat When You Visit Germany

  One thing I always look forward to when I go to Germany? Cake! Germany has the best cakes. So many different and while I prefer some over others, they’re all basically delicious. And different from many of the cakes that are typical in the US. So I thought I’d share some cakes with you …

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German Hazelnut Cookies

These easy German hazelnut cookies are delightfully light, buttery cookies packed with flavorful chopped hazelnuts. I always associate cookies with Christmas in Germany. The first year I lived in Hamburg, my German host mom made all kinds of delicious holiday cookies. I was always so happy when she’d bring out a selection of traditional German …

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Strawberry Cream Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

It’s hot and humid here in North Carolina, so at this time of year I make lots of delicious ice cold treats (like German iced coffee…yum) and various types of paletas. These strawberry cream paletas are super easy to make and a healthy summer dessert! Because sometimes you want to a traditional, rich, decadent dessert …

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10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

  Germany is known for its bounty of delicious desserts and sweet treats. How to choose which ones to try when you go to Germany? It’s tough because everywhere you turn, there are just so many tantalizing  options! You could spend your entire visit to Germany just eating dessert and still never try all of …

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Where to Buy German Food Online (+ Gift Basket Ideas)

If you’ve ever lived or traveled in Germany, one of the things you probably miss the most is the food. I sure do – that’s one reason I make so many German desserts! But there are certain German food items you just can’t make from scratch at home.  Over the years I’ve been back in …

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Golden Syrup Cookies (3 Ways!)

Since British golden syrup is one the most popular recipes on the IDB (right up there with German “Bee Sting” Cake and Crustless German Cheesecake), I’ve been testing out recipes that use this popular buttery caramel flavored syrup. Today I’ve got these super easy and super delicious Golden Syrup Cookies for you. Even better, I …

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The Easy Way to Make Homemade Skyr Yogurt (One of the Best Desserts in Iceland)

When I was in Iceland a few years ago (on a stopover after a work trip to the Netherlands) I was super excited to try authentic Icelandic skyr yogurt. I love yogurt, quark, and creme fraiche, and I was pretty sure I’d swoon over real skyr…and I was right. Skyr is so smooth, thick, and …

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Best European Desserts

Ah, Europe…full of beautiful castles, romantic cobblestone streets, and ah-mazing desserts! So many desserts! To help you plan the sweet side of your next trip to Europe (or find mouthwatering recipes to make right now), I put together this list of must-try European desserts. Pastries, cakes, ice cream, cookies, tarts, candy – and more – …

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Best Travel Journal + Travel Journal Prompts and Tips

[sc name=”Amazon Affiliate”] Are you traveling soon? Or maybe you know someone who’s heading off on a vacation, cruise, road trip, service trip or even study abroad? Don’t forget your travel journal! I keep a journal every time I travel. I’ve done so since I was a teenager. I love keeping track of little notes, …

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The Best Black Friday 2018 & Cyber Monday 2018 Deals for Bakers, Travelers & Bloggers

[sc name=”Amazon Affiliate”] It’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, which means BIG savings! I’ve been keeping an eye on the best baking, travel, and blogging deals to share with. My new travel journal and my re-entry workbook are also discounted this weekend! Here’s the order of this year’s best deals: Best Amazon deals for bakers BestAmazon …

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5 Easy International Food Gifts (to DIY or Buy)

Looking for an easy yet unique foodie holiday gift? Tired of the same old cake/brownie/hot chocolate DIY gifts in jars recipes? Like the idea of international gifts or homemade gifts with mason jars — but need new ideas? Look no further! I’ve got five easy and delicious homemade food gifts in jars ideas that your foodie …

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Ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Purse for Travel for 2021

What’s one of the most important things to buy for your international trip?  Your travel purse! Why? Because it’s one of the few things that you’ll use every single day while traveling. And you’ll enjoy your trip SO much more if you find the best travel purse to suit your needs. Take it from me, …

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas and Hacks for Food, Treats & Snacks

Our neighbors are hosting a Halloween potluck party for our neighborhood next week and my husband and I just realized that we can go! So I’ve been scouring the internet looking for quick and easy last minute Halloween food and treat ideas. I’m looking something yummy that I can whip up at the last minute, …

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Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe (Flaming Eye Ghost Cake)

This tres leches ghost cake is an updated vintage cake recipe perfect for Halloween. Don’t want the ghost shape? Make the tres leches cake in a rectangular pan. This cake is delicious, no matter what shape it’s in! Raise your hand if you had the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls when you were a …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy plum cake is a popular dessert in Germany (it’s called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). Filled with fresh plums and topped with streusel, it’s the perfect summer treat. To make it extra delicious, serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure …

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30 Vintage Recipes: Cakes, Cookies, Candy, Pies & More

Making a vintage cake, a batch of old fashioned candy or finding long lost vintage Christmas cookie recipes is like getting a big hug from grandma, isn’t it? There’s just something special about retro recipes, especially when they’ve been handed down from generation to generation. I don’t have too many vintage recipes from my own …

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Lemon Strawberry French Mille Crepes Cake

If you like crepes, you’ll love this French mille crepes cake! This delicious cake is comprised of 20 tender crepes, a luscious lemon whipped cream filling in-between each and every crepe, and fresh strawberries. I drizzled golden syrup over the strawberries and added a few hazelnuts to give the cake a little something extra. This …

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Join My July Baking Challenge!

Note – this baking challenge has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated!  Do you like to bake? Are you interested in other cultures? Looking for any excuse to make delicious desserts (*raises hand*)? ? My upcoming baking challenge is for you! About the July Baking Challenge Last month, while at the Women in Travel Summit …

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Ultimate Guide to French Palmiers

What’s better than a delicious cookie? A delicious cookie that looks like you spent hours making them but only requires two ingredients and is actually a cinch to make. French Palmiers are that cookie! Click here to pin this for later! What are French Palmiers? French Palmiers are a crunchy, buttery, sweet “cookie” made from …

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Espumilla: Ecuadorian Meringue Cream Dessert

When my friend Michelle told me about espumilla, a traditional Ecuadorian dessert that she ate in Cuenca, Ecuador, I was intrigued. You’ll see espumillas being sold on the corners of the plaza or outside of churches. They look like ice cream that never melts, but don’t be fooled! It’s actually a soft meringue served in a cone. Espumilla de guayaba …

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