Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Come sing Christmas Carols!

6 p.m. (18 Uhr) Sunday, Dec. 12th 2010





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lebkuchen Recipe!!!!!

I'm not sure I REALLY need this recipe... I'm already eating Lebkuchen for breakfast!   Thanks Rebecca!

Recipe for Eliesen Lebkuchen

6 eggs
400 g. sugar
beat together until frothy

250 g. ground almonds (Mandeln)
250 g. ground hazelnuts (Hazelnuss)

200 g. diced zitronat
200 g. diced orangeat

2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg flower (Muskatblüte) (or nutmeg)
1/4 tsp. ground cloves (Nelken)

Mix together in order given. Bake 30 mins. at 175C (about 350F) until golden brown. Frost with powdered sugar or melted chocolate (use a brush)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Australiss Christmas Market and Erlangen Library Bake Sale

Australiss is having their annual Christmas Market. COME and JOIN us ... meet new people, eat, drink and toast the Christmas season

When: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November
From: 10am to 7pm

TEL: (09131) 9740 469

What is on offer?

Felt articles and Felt Jewelry
Gourmet products

Baking sale to raise funds for English books at the Erlangen Library

And more ......

BBQ in the Hof Freitag 16 Uhr bis 19 Uhr
BBQ in the Hof Samstag 11 Uhr bis 19 Uhr
Kangaroo Steaks, Australian Beefsteaks
In the Cellar - waffels with lemon myrtle, wattleseed
Glühwein and Prosecco


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Monday, November 15, 2010

More Travel Ideas...

Just recently came across a copy of the Smithsonian which was devoted to Rick Steves top 20 picks for travel destinations in Europe.  If you don't know who Rick Steves, is he is probably the foremost travel buff specializing in Europe.  The picks which were included in the Smithsonian were his favorites, taking into account that most of these places let you experience Europe "through the back door" or as a European.  Most of them are a bit more obscure than the obvious choices, like Paris and London.  Although he does include a few major cities (Rome, although by night; Venice, Florence and Prague.)  The articles are all very good, and enjoyable to read - but be warned... they made me want to see each of these places, if I haven't been yet, and I'm not sure how we'll do all that!

P.S. - if you count them, there are 21, because he also included his top choices on castles across Europe.

Rome by Night, Italy - http://www.ricksteves.com/blog/index.cfm?fuseaction=entry&entryID=463

Halstatt, Austria - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/austria/hallstat.htm

Hydra Island, Greece - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/greece/hydra.htm

Cotswolds, England - http://www.ricksteves.com/news/tribune/cotswolds.htm

Istanbul, Turkey - http://www.ricksteves.com/tvr/istanbul114c_descr.htm

Vernazza, Italy - http://www.ricksteves.com/tms/article.cfm?id=161

Tallin, Estonia - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/scan/tallinn.htm

Rue Cler, Paris - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/france/ruecler0208.htm

Baden-Baden, Germany - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/germany/baden.htm

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/ireland/dingbd.htm

Castles Across Europe -Carcassonne (France,) Burg Eltz (Germany,) Rheinfels (Germany,) Chateau de Chillon (Switzerland,) Reifenstein castle (Italy,) Moorish Ruins of Sintra (Portugal,) Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and the Ehrenberg Ruins - in one day! (Germany)

Florence, Italy - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/italy/florence3.htm

Gimmelwald, Switzerland - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/switz/gimbd.htm

Blackpool, England - http://www.ricksteves.com/news/tribune/blackpool.html

Prague, Czech Republic - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/east/prague.htm

Aero, Denmark - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/scan/aero.htm

Algarve, Portugal - http://www.ricksteves.com/blog/index.cfm?fuseaction=entry&entryID=490

Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovinia - http://www.ricksteves.com/tms/article.cfm?id=110

Bruges, Belgium - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/ben/brugesbd.htm

Venice, Italy - http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/italy/venice3.htm

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Regensburg... for shopping!

OK - so Regensburg is a beautiful city, notable historically as well as for the fact that it was spared from allied bombing during the war.  But I'll let you refer to your guide books for the sight-seeing details...  I'm going to post about it because I love the shopping there!  It's an hour away, straight down on the 3; and because it is rather obscure to most sight-seers, and not quite as big as Nürnberg, the shopping isn't bogged down with tourists, and the streets aren't full of "mall" stores.  Cute, little boutiques abound!

(And I know my posts must be making you think that I am a shopaholic these days, but we have family visiting, and with Christmas right around the corner, our sight-seeing has included quite a bit of shopping!)  The last time I was in Regensburg was a Sunday, so I was thrilled to get back and explore on a weekday, and it was well worth it - will definitely be one of my favorite "einkaufen" destinations.

Shops include toys, home furnishings, dancewear, kitchenware, persian and oriental rugs, cute little "tchotchky" gift shops, handmade goods, antiques, kids clothes, men's clothes, shoes, shoes, shoes and shoes, several very nice Trachten moden shops, and every price-point of women's clothing from the very high end to second hand, including several little boutiques which had wonderful Bavarian "inspired," but fun, funky and very trendy women's clothes.  Here's a tiny little sampling of what I found...


"Bavarian" Jacket

Pretzel Bag?  (love it!)


TK Maxx
Yes... you saw that right.  It's the same store.  Guess they the "J" didn't work here or something...  good deals on brand names!

Foto Art - Elisabeth Wiesner
Nice photography.. a little more like we're used to in the States?

Garderobe Secondhand
Think vintage... not thrift shop.  (OK, maybe a little thrift-shoppy... but you know what they say about one man's treasure...)

Das Kaufhäuschen
Fun gifts and jewelry.  Cute kids stuff, printed bags and "Pip" brand items.

Brigitte von Boch
This stuff speaks for itself!

Didn't go in here, but looked quite classy from the outside... so many shops, so little time!

Cult at Home
Fun seasonal home stuff, couldn't pull any pics off their site...



Keep in mind that this is just a small sampling... there were tons of other places worth looking, and I either couldn't find their website, or dudn't write down their information.  And wandering down the little winding streets is so much fun... who knows, maybe you can even find time to see some of the "sights."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nachtmann Crystal Factory Outlet

Started thinking about your Thanksgiving table decorations?  Need a new candy dish or vase for your holiday decorating?  Feeling like a little "sparkle" might liven it up?  Or maybe the old stemware seems a bit drab?  Perhaps you should consider picking up some nice crystal pieces at a good price while you're here!

The Nachtmann factory and outlet is only about an hour and a half away in Neustadt a. d. Waldnaab.  I made a visit last week and definitely picked up some good buys, including serving pieces, dessert bowls, Christmas decorations and a lovely footed candy dish!  They have Nachtmann and other brands like Waterford at great prices, everything from steins to stemware, vases, platters, candle holders, etc - all styles and price ranges.

And just down the hill from the factory store is another "unofficial" outlet which also had great buys, as well as a Villeroy and Boch outlet, which is currently running a pre-closing 20% off all items promotion.  We were certainly happy we made the trip!

FIS Flea Market this Saturday!

The FIS PTO is sponsoring a flea market this Saturday from 10 till 2pm.  Head over, look for "new" treasures, and good deals, buy some baked goods, and support a good cause!

Located in the FIS conference room.
Marie-Curie-Str. 2
91052 Erlangen
Tel (09131) 94039-0