Everything but the House


Brown Mink Fur Coat

Brown Mink Fur Coat

Friends and family -To Be Upcycling is selling a collection on Everything But The House and I’m wondering if anything I’m offering would work for you? Please browse the items listed and consider bidding. All bids start at $1 and the sale only lasts one week. Check out the link – and thanks!


Here are just a few of the 150+ items available on the auction!! Happy Bidding!!!

A roll-top oak desk

A roll-top oak desk

Furniture Galore

Furniture Galore

Variety of Home Decor

Variety of Home Decor

Assorted Sterling Silver Jewelry

Assorted Sterling Silver Jewelry

Warm soup on a chilly Autumn evening

The practicing of cooking is underway as part of my New Year’s resolution and daydreaming projects. Beginning since I have arrived in Germany, now that I have more than just myself to feed, creativity in the kitchen is fastly becoming the norm, which I absolutely love.

The soup contains:

Chicken Broth (stock)

1 whole choppped onion

1/2 Cup white rice

1 can of baby carrots

1/4 cup of chopped zuchinni

1 tsp Basil

1/2 tsp course ground salt

Chicken meat pulled from baked chicken

Dinner Made Easy

Baking is vastly becoming one of my favorite methods of cooking–it does not require constant attention, stirring, and often, it does not even require multiple pots, pans, bakeware–which is super nice and easy peasy when it comes to cleaning up. Who really wants to spend extra time doing prep, maintence cooking and clean–up when there are adventures to be had and life to be lived!!!


Super Easy, one dish meal

Baked Chicken Meal:

Small-Medium Chicken (rinsed)

1 Large Sweet Potatoe (use fork to prick holes in the skin)

1 medium Zuchinni (halved or quartered to fit in the dish)

1 Medium White or Purple Onion, Halved


Put all the items into a baking dish or roasting pan, sprinkle salt and pepper (or your favorite seasoning mix) on top, cover with aluminium foil (or lid if using a roasting pan)

Put entire baking dish (roasting pan) into the oven at 325 degrees Farenheit, bake for 90 minutes (or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked thru to the bone) and Serve.

I used what produce is in season at the moment, making the meal super inexpensive. Also, by purchasing the whole chicken on sale, the meal came out very cheap.

This recipe can be easily altered for a larger group, simple double, triple or adjust to your group size and needs—



Eppenheim Stein


1/2 Liter Stein-available on my eBay

Such Steins may be made out of stoneware, pewter, porcelain, or even silver, wood or crystal glass; they may have open tops or hinged pewter lids with a thumb-lever. Steins usually come in sizes of a half litre or a full litre (or comparable historic sizes). Like decorative tankards, they are often decorated in a nostalgic manner, but with allusions to Germany or Bavaria. It is believed by some that the lid was implemented during the age of the Black Plague, to prevent diseased fleas from getting into the beer.

Treasure hunting is so much fun–and it is helping to create great and awesome products on my eBay.

The sales also benefit charities in the U.S.A so while you are happily shopping, not only do you help a charity with every purchase but when you purchase 2 or more items from my ebay, you get free shipping.

A Royal Event with the Margravine Sibylla Agusta

Margravine Sibylla Augusta and the residents.
Our Lovely hosts

Our Lovely hosts

Okay,  a bit of time has lapsed (but what is a few hundred years between ‘old’ friends?) since the Margravine has passed away…but coffee with friends is still a rare, noble gift in her home. You read that correctly,  make no mistake…we enjoyed the royal treatment at the Margravine Sibylla Augusta residence, family portraits loving bestowing upon us as a string quartet hummed from the ball room...wait, what??

Well, we ‘know a guy’, whom invited Thomas and I for a special evening of coffee, music and so much more–make this rare, royal evening even possible (without breaking the law or any other mayhem), whom kindly served coffee and sweet delicacies to us…sharing time with friends whom just happen to be wonderful hosts in an incredible location.

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Thomas and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening with our friends, talking about history, sharing the marvelous venues and art work–and though in the moment and enjoying it immensely, with the doors of the ball room open, one can feel the past come alive, ladies with large dresses dancing out on to the lawns, down the orangery, soft voices heard from above as the Margrave (her husband) transacting business and meetings above on the balcony….history living through time.

How did our host pull it off?? That is a secret I shall keep to Margravine Sibylla Augusta grave.


Margravine Sibylla Augusta and their residence.


Margravine Sibylla Augusta and their residence.


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Treasure hunting is so much fun–and it is helping to create great and awesome products on my eBay.


What an absolutely wonderful way to experience a small village then by drinking the local fair. The barkeep here at Motodrom is super friendly and very helpful. She obliging gave me some of the local history here in Kirschbaumwasen, Baden Wurtamburg, Germany.

Well worth seeing and spending the day here, great natural scenary with wonderful people, easily accessible by tram.

Pumpkin Spice Fall Fashion

A very long #pumpkin #spice colored #fashion and warm #scarf. Folded over and doubled on a chair. It is very #long and would work great as a #scarf #wrap #shawl or #accessory around there are so many options of how you could wear this.The photo looks on the red side but the coloring is truly a pumpkin spice. Just in time for a lovely #autumn !!!  Make me an offer!!! #Free #Shipping–Ships #Worldwide.Available on my eBay

$40.35 OBO–Free Shipping

Großherzogliche Grabkapelle Karlsruhe

Tucked away in the Northwest section of Karlsruhe, Germany, this lovely cathedral is a hidden treasure…Thomas and I used our Schloss Card to locate this wonderful cathedral. We would have never known about it otherwise…. The Schloss Card (Baden Wurtämburg Province) has been absolutely amazing and has allowed us to gain access to places we would have never dreamed possible before–and all for the low cost of the Schloss Card.

It is a ‘newer’ addition to Karlsruhe, being built between 1889-1896.

I hope you enjoy the video tour I made.



Dead Sea Spa and Relaxation


Dead Sea Spa and Relaxation Tour

Eating,Everything, Everywhere

I will try most anything, food wise, at least once, especially if it is served to me in someone’s home. I am a borderline goat when it comes to food and thankfully, do not have any food allergies. My stomach, I often think, must be lined with kryptonite as I generally do not suffer from ‘tummy issues’, either, which is a huge blessing.

Edible, grub, chow, nibbles, snacks, energy source–no matter how you slice it, we all eat and some of us enjoy it more than others, an event or a source of entertainment for many.


We eat to not only nourish our bodies but our minds as well–dining or sharing a meal with another living creature (4 legged or 2) is one of life’s greatest pleasures and an essential component of life.  But what to eat when on an adventure?

Food and drink in itself are often a great part of an adventure or memory of a time spent, if not the sole purpose of an adventure–small or big. Tasting tours are popular–flights of taste bud delights are trending–and the list continues.

Unless one is not at all concerned with expenses and has no care in the world for cost (overhead) or not mindful of the tab, then any thing is a ‘go’ but when adventuring near home, weekend getaways, or going on an extended vacation (long-term stay somewhere), the bottom line does play a factor.

When experiencing new things or re-visiting old stomping grounds, hunger is always bound to set in–or a break is desired with a refreshment–very normal. Alas, the tab can add up…..

I have found, partially thru the way in which I was raised-brought up and partially thru trial and error, ways to eat inexpensively with big flavor. Food is part of the adventure of life and why not make it exciting, too?

Tips for Eating Adventerously and not breaking your bank or travel budget:

  • Stop by a food market in your vacation area, buy the ‘house brand’, pick up the snacks, some ‘easy food’ to keep in your hotel. Room service is expensive.
  • Pack a lunch-snack bag (super easy to carry in your backpack)
  • When-If you get the hunger bug while out and about or for longer than expected, stop by a food wagon-truck, they are everywhere and relatively inexpensive
  • Food markets (small venues-bodegas-kiosk) and grocery stores have quick grab foods–local fare often is found.
  • Want to try local fare? Have a buddy split their grub with you and vice versa–great way to sample local fare without having to buy multiple.
  • When dining out, ask a local for a good place to eat and ask for locally owned or a ‘small’ cafe, bistro, etc. The prices are generally good and you will be more like to get fresh
  • ‘Farmers Markets’ style stands by the piece verses in bulk
  • Water fountains are everywhere. Carry a re-usable water bottle or reuse a drink bottle–refill and go–a $1 here and $1 there add up quickly
  • Breakfast–eat at the hotel unless it is not offered–backeries in Europe offer breakfast foods for dirt cheap.
  • Get ‘creative’–have a buddy choose 3 things and you choose three things at a market and share–I.E. a tub of hummus, a bell pepper, and a cheesy pretzel will cost you about $2.50–and it is very filling (remember, you are eating half of their food in exchange for half of yours.)
  • Try new things, even if you do not know what it is–you might suprise yourself.
  • Get the daily special at the food wagon or cafe and split it with a friend now or half  for a meal later back at the hotel/hostel–
  • When dining out for the experience, the menus are posted on the walls or stands outside the establishment–no surprises that way.
  • Eating balanced is cheap in Europe–no need to eat fast food or junk.
  • Carry a butter knife (or two) and a resuable container–great way to keep food from getting smashed but makes it easy to create a ‘picnic’ or snacks on the go and to carry your lunch.

    1 tomatoe, 1 bell pepper, small loaf of pumpernickel broad, tub of Fresh Cheese with herbs, and an apple-2 people, 2 light meals--total cost for all--$3.50

    1 tomatoe, 1 bell pepper, small loaf of pumpernickel broad, tub of Fresh Cheese with herbs, and an apple-2 people, 2 light meals–total cost for all–$3.50

Curry wurst special--3 Euros and enough for two people

Curry wurst special–3 Euros and enough for two people

I packed a lunch for us--lunch and snack for 2--cost: 3,25 euros

I packed a lunch for us–lunch and snack for 2–cost: 3,25 euros


Today was a first time for both of us going to a Flohmarkt!! It was quite fun and interesting and we sure enjoyed the adventure.

There were-are posters around in the area and we decided to check it out–treasures on adventures are always fun.

The very cute dog was not for sale but he (with owner) and we kept bumping into one another–sweetest dog ever.