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10 Must-Try Swiss Desserts & Sweet Treats

When it comes to cuisine, Switzerland may be best known for its cheese dishes fondue and raclette but there are plenty of sweet treats to tempt you, too. My husband’s aunt lives in Bern and on our many visits to her house we’ve always been served up the most amazing cakes. As well as aunty’s …

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Lemon Ginger Mint Tea: the Best German Tea I Had in Germany (Plus Christmas Market Photos)

I started drinking tea when I moved to Germany as a teenager, and quickly became a fan of all kinds of German tea. Especially German chamomile and peppermint on cold winter evenings. It seemed like everyone I met in Germany had both in their kitchen cupboards at all times. These days, so do I. But …

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Golden Syrup Chex Mix & Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies

I’ve got two very simple and super tasty holiday treats for you! First up is Golden Syrup Chex Mix and then, for the chocolate lovers, Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies. You can whip these up in just a few minutes and are perfect for holiday office parties, watching cheesy holiday movies on Netflix or for snacking …

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Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln) are a Christmas favorite! These no-bake treats couldn’t be easier to make and are perfect to bring to holiday parties, to add to your cookie tray or for delicious post-dinner snacking. You can make chocolate rum balls with or without hazelnuts and adjust the rum flavor to your liking.  Tips for …

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German Christmas Bread (Easy Stollen, Mini Stollen and Stollen Bites Recipe)

Buttery yeast bread with candied zest, sliced almonds, rum-soaked raisins, currants, and dried cranberries (and marzipan if you like it) topped with a buttery layer of powdered sugar – one of the best German Christmas treats!  This is a robust Stollen tutorial. If you want to go right to the recipe, click on “Jump to …

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Mini Treacle Tart Recipe (Harry Potter’s Favorite)

Since golden syrup is one of the IDB’s most popular recipes, I thought I’d share an easy dessert that uses golden syrup and is out of this world delicious: mini treacle tarts!  These individual treacle tarts are two bites of buttery, lemony deliciousness. The slightly salty almond shortbread crust pairs well with the sweet filling. …

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Best Traditional European Christmas Desserts

Looking for Christmas inspiration? Want to kick your baking up a notch? Check out these mouthwatering European Christmas favorites! They’re easy to make at home using items you probably already have in your pantry. Your friends and family will love these European Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, and other scrumptious treats!

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Apple Spice Birthday Cake with Brown Butter, Golden Syrup, Mascarpone Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I don’t make too many layer cakes these days but I do make one each year on my birthday (and my husband’s if he wants one). I dream up a flavor profile and then go search for recipes. This year, I craved apples and spice. The cake I made was SO incredibly good, I decided …

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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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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 of 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, …

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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

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, lists, and details …

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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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Easy Rice Krispie Cakes with Golden Syrup

Looking for a simple, no bake dessert that you can whip up in less than 10 minutes? One that only requires a few basic ingredients, can be customized in many various ways, and is sure to please kids and adults alike? Give these Golden Syrup Rice Krispie Cakes a try! Golden Syrup Rice Krispie Cakes …

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