family traditions

Weihnachten: Christmas in Germany

Advent traditions, Christmas markets, traditional German Christmas food, Christmas trees, stars and nativity scenes, Christmas Eve celebrations … and the cold! These are the things I remember most about Weihnachten, Christmas in Germany. At Christmastime in 2015 my husband Tony and I visited our family in Germany. We arrived in late November 2015, just before […] Read more…

Zimtsterne

Last year, while visiting my family in Germany, I learnt how to make Zimtsterne, that is, Cinnamon Stars. Zimtsterne are traditional German Christmas biscuits sold at Christmas markets and in grocery stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland during Advent, the 3-4 weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many folk in these German-speaking countries bake their […] Read more…

Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding

This post, which features Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding, is all about puddings. It includes puddings my grandmother and mother made as well as my favourite puddings. Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding is one of my favourites (as you will discover). I remember my mother making it often during the winter months as a comforting hot dessert to end the family […] Read more…

Grandparenting: Ain’t it Grand

This story is about grandparenting. It’s a compilation of strategies and examples of activities my husband Tony and I have found helpful in building strong loving relationships with our grandchildren. The examples cover what I call face-to-face and long-distant grandparenting. If you are a parent or grandparent, our ideas and practical examples may be of […] Read more…

Dida’s Caramel Slice

Last year, around this time, Tony and our grandchildren made caramel slice. Given that our grandchildren were coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in the school holidays, Tony planned a cooking activity for them. He chose to make caramel slice. He found a recipe for caramel slice in a Coles advertising catalogue (03/06/2015) […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Four years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Germany, then one week later, in Jordan. This story is about our experience of Easter with our extended family in the southern German state of Bavaria in April 2012. We stayed with them for 11 days. During that time, they showed […] Read more…

Pasta Bake

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments? Then this story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It is a follow-up to The Ubiquitous Carrot Cake (November 1, 2015), in which I shared some of our family traditions and explained why I think these traditions are […] Read more…

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