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I’m excited to finally be able to announce… We’re moving! After five fabulous years living in Germany and traveling around Europe, it’s finally time for our family to say goodbye.  Dave has been reassigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia with the US Army and we will be moving there late January 2016. We’ve already been offered …

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Every Christmas season in Germany, the local bakeries produce the most magnificent bread that I eat dozens of loaves of.  This Weihnachtsstollen (Christmas Bread) dates back to the 1500’s in Germany when it was first made with oil because during the Advent season butter was prohibited.  This oil based dough was hard and tough and …

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The holidays are about dressing up and making memories with the ones you love.  This season, I created a festive & fun holiday outfit for under $100 that is just too fabulous not to share!  You may be wondering what this baking blogger is doing sharing a fashion post.  Let me explain.  A few months …

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These Chocolate Snickers Cookies are an irresistible, rich, chewy chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips, peanuts and Snickers Baking Bites.  Hi, I’m Barbara from Barbara Bakes, and I’m excited to be guest posting today. On Barbara Bakes I share great recipes for cookies, cakes, and pies, as well as great family meals. I make baking for scratch easy with step-by-step …

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With winter upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cookies! I’ve teamed up some more than 30 of my blogging friends to bring you a round up of our favorite must-bake Christmas cookies! This round-up includes my favorite Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms as well as some new cookies that I’ll definitely need …

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Earlier this year, Germany began receiving thousands of refugees fleeing Syria and the surrounding countries in the middle east.   Many of these men, women, children and families began being housed within miles, minutes from our home here in Germany.  In September, I asked my local community and you, my readers, to send me your …

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Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy make these Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes a Butterfinger lovers dream! Inspiration for new cupcakes flavors and combinations comes from unexpected places.  These Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes were born when my daughter’s music teacher reached out and asked …

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Take your banana bread to the next level by making this simple, delicious Pumpkin Banana Bread with a Chocolate Glaze!  It’s moist, flavorful and so easy to make! I’ve teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to bring you this mouthwatering round-up of incredible Thanksgiving recipes! So make sure to scroll down to see all the amazing …

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine. Being a military family, we can’t plant our roots in one place and call it home.  We move every few years and our home becomes wherever the military takes us.  Thankfully, we’re able to bring …

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If you’ve ever wanted to throw an elaborate birthday party for your kids, then this book is for you! Party Style: Kids’ Parties from Baby to Sweet 16 by Gemma Touchstone is an all-inclusive guide for hosting the party your kids dream of. Welcome to the Party Style Blog Tour & Giveaway! I’m thrilled to be sharing …

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With the holiday cookie season right around the corner, these traditional chocolate German cookies called Schokokipferl, will make the perfect addition to your cookie baking this season! I love holiday baking and I especially love making Christmas cookies!  Last week I saw a magazine at the German gas station that was filled with only German Christmas …

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Last week I had the privilege of attending a life changing spiritual resiliency pilgrimage throughout Rome and the Vatican.  This trip was completely funded by The Chaplain’s Office of the US Army Europe using Chapel Tithes and Offerings in conjunction with the strategic planning of the USO Rome for the Wounded Warriors of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe and their family …

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Each fall, hundreds of thousands of pumpkins are displayed in the gardens of a palace in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival is the largest of its kind in the world and this year the theme of the festival was “Pumpkins Take Flight.” There were over 400,000 pumpkins on display at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival …

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You may have had a grilled cheese sandwich before, but I guarantee that you’ve never had one quite like this Emmentaler Grilled Cheese Sandwich! A few weeks ago, I went to the Nuremberg Food Truck Round-up and had the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich called “The Swiss” from the Gorilla Food food truck.  It was …

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I’ve never really been a big fan of carving pumpkins.  It’s a huge mess and I really don’t think they’re all that cool.  Yes, jack-o-lanters are a traditional part of Halloween, but I’m more of a Fall and Autumn person, not  Halloween.  I love everything that Autumn brings… pumpkins, cozy sweaters, boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, …

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White chocolate cake filled with white chocolate ganache topped with whipped Nutella buttercream make these cupcakes the perfect cupcake to satisfy your sweet tooth! A  couple months ago, my husband Dave transitioned into the Warrior Transition Unit – Europe.  The WTU is a special unit in the Army that specializes in helping injured soldiers get …

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Pumpkin season has officially arrived and to get you excited, I’ve made these incredibly delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes! *Red Damask Cupcake Liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique* You may have noticed on Instagram my obsession with the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.   My local Starbucks didn’t start selling them until yesterday so I drove all the …

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