Ettlingen Christmas Market


La Cubanita Stand-Stall–Chili con Carne in a bread bowl yummy


Glüwhein–the best winter drink in the world (in my opinion)


My favorite vendor–the Ettli Glüwhein stand


A large bag of chestnuts to roast–amazing.


A large, encased nativity scene




Super Simple Stir Fry


Super Simple Stir Fry


2 Carrots–shredded with a vegetable peeler

1 Green Bell Pepper, cut into thin spears

1 small purple onion, coarse chopped

Leftover Chicken or Turkey, pulled from the bone

3 gloves Garlic, diced

1 Tsp Dried Red Chili Flakes

Salt, Pepper

2 Tablespoons olive or sunflower oil

2 Cups of dry, white Rice (with 4 cups of water for cooking)

Put 2 cups of dry rice and 4 cups of water into a pot, add a pinch of salt, and cook at medium, boil for 4 minutes, turn off heat and cover, allowing the rice to finish (or you can use a rice cooker)

Place vegetables, spices, and oil in a skillet, stir fry on low heat until half way cooked,

Add Leftover chicken-turkey and stir fry with vegetable mix until vegetables are tender but not soggy

Put a scoop of rice on each plate-bowl and top with a portion of the stir fry mix. Delicous!!


Lightly stir fry vegetables in oil


Start the rice before anything else


Leftover baked chicken, pulled from the bone


Saute-Stir Fry meat and vegetables together

Breakfast for Dinner


Pancakes a plenty, raisin, chocolate and regular-plain Pancakes


Thomas, German Friends and I eating breakfast for dinner.


We had an ‘American’ style breakfast of pancakes, apple cinnamon compte, bacon, farmers omellete, juice, coffee, and an egg assortment (over medium, scrambled with cheese, sunny side up, and more!)


For the last several weeks, we (my german lady friends) and I have been for coffee, conversation, and culture—well, mostly just to talk in English as both desire to improve their English communication skills–and had asked me to meet with them more often for practice–always a fun way to learn and I really enjoy spending more time with my ladies.

Thus, every week we meet…and the laugther follows.  Last week, the topic of favorite foods and cusine from our own cultures incorporated itself into the evening, as we ate (naturally, what is better than food with friends?)

The ladies, being both German, eat German breakfast–but have never tasted the delights of an American or ‘farmers’ breakfast so this week, as planned, they drove over for our weekly conversation and I made ‘brinner’ (breakfast for dinner)–a favorite of mine.

The menu included:

An Assortment of Pancakes-cinnamon raisin syrup–Apple Walnut compote

An assort of eggs cooked in a variety of ways

A Farmers omellete (large), topped with melted cheese

and Bacon (what breakfast is complete without bacon?)

Coffee, Juice


Adventures in the kitchen—


Baked chicken, sweet potatoes, zuchinni, and onion, a one dish wonder


Texas style taco salad


turkey sausage, mushroom gravy over green beans (instead of pasta)


Sliced Gala apples with Nutella


Clover and Raisin Oatmeal, toast and banana


Crispy Bacon, 2 over easy eggs, and toast (with orange Marmelade)


Open face Tuna Salad with tomatoe slices and red bell pepper spears


A Fusion blend salad of greek and italian salad with a hummus dressing and a slice of hearty bread


Baked sweet potatoe (with butter and cinnamon) chicken stir fry with marinated, roasted bell pepper


Crossiant (not homemade), clementine slices, scrambled eggs and brie wedges


Furit, onions, and other staples


Peanut Butter Porridge with raisins


Farmers Omellete with fresh cheese-bell pepper on pumpernickel and plum breakfast


Tuna and Feta Salad–a super easy meal


Vegetable platter salad with pickle and homemade balsamic dressing


Eggcellent Lunch


Step 1–Peel hard boiled eggs


Step 2 Add diced red bell peppers, green olives, mayonaise, sliced hard boiled eggs, and a pinch of salt


Step Three, mix it all together


Step Four: Put egg salad mixture between two slices of bread, add a leaf or two of lettuce, put sliced vegetables and fruit on the plate to make an whole meal


Another version-option of using hard boiled eggs in a lunch-dinner


A whole Latte of Love

coffee7I admit it, i am guilty of coffee adventures and food sampling and i can not help myself!!  While all the photography is mine, none of the wonderful food or concotions contained in this post coffeeare of my creation. But, wow, are they delicous!! Sampled from all over the region, coffee and snack adventures are delightful!!!



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Black Forrest National Forrest and a Village


15 kilometers in one day makes a very happy woman, and very tired feet!!!

The adventure began with a tram ride to the North, and disembarking in Raumümzach–which only has one stop for the village (which also boasts a lovely place called ‘Hotel Waterfall’).

I packed my lunch, grabbed my rucksack and off I went exploring, the visual experience was stunning this autumn season but nothing compared to the scent filled fresh air that prevailed itself upon my senses.

I ate my brown bag lunch, overlooking the Murg River near Erbersbronn and a house in the country had chickens as i heard the rooster crow in midday.

Walking leisurely through the hills and valleys (both minor) of the area provided an over abundant wealth of beauty and excitement and a day filled with much peach, quiet and joy.

Directions Post, Erbersbronn, Germany

Directions Post, Erbersbronn, Germany


Black Forrest National Park


The Murg River, near Erbersbronn, Germany

The Black Forrest National Park

The Black Forrest National Park

The Water Fall Hotel, Raumünzach

The Water Fall Hotel, Raumünzach

Raumünzach, a village in the Black Forrest

Raumünzach, a village in the Black Forrest