One More Week

One more week. By the time this gets published we are down to 5 more days. 5 more days until moving day! Well, I really thought I would write more about this transition process of going back to Germany. This crazy, somewhat unreal state-of-mind that I’m currently in and that I’ve been in for a while.

one more week

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72-Hour-Cake / Dreitages-Torte

Hello everybody! I’m quickly popping in today to say “hi” and to share a very special cake recipe with you (as repeatedly requested by my dear friends C and M). It’s my Mom’s  secret recipe for the most delicious cake that you’ve ever had: the 72-Hour-Cake / Dreitages-Torte! It doesn’t only taste good – it’s quick and easy and since you have to bake and assemble it three days before you will actually eat it, it is the perfect cake for busy moms, dads or busy people in general whose well-thought out plans might change from one minute to another. Enjoy and Guten Appetit!

72-hour-cake

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99 Things List – Another Update and a Few Random Thoughts

Wow…!

It’s been quite an emotional couple of days for me and my family: a farewell breakfast with my German-speaking friends, my daughter’s last day of school which included lots of tears and many emotional good-byes from classmates and her teacher, a beautiful mountain wedding followed by an even more teary good-bye from our American family. What can I say? This is a really really hard time for all of us. But we are hanging in there – somehow. We are taking one day at a time, one good-bye at a time while trying to continue living our normal life. As long as we can. Knowing too well that all of this is an unavoidable part of the repatriation process.

99 Things list Breakfast

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Link Love

Four more days of school and then that’s it! Summer will be here, no more crazy mornings whose outcome is determined by whether I come up with any creative ideas to get the kids out of bed or not, no more practicing sight words and hot-glueing projects on the weekends. And no more American classroom experience, at least for a while. It seems like it’s finally here, the season of lasts. – I hope you all had a great weekend!? We watched The Lorax and ate far too much delicious pork. But now on to my favorite links from around the web.

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Blind Dates or Why Personal Connections Are So Important

Panera Bread, P.F. Chang’s, Stir, Camp House, Wired, Mean Mug, my own house, my computer. It happens again and again. And it’s always really exciting! Will they recognize me? Do they look like the picture they send me? Do I look like the picture on my blog today? What do I do if we don’t have anything to talk about, if we run out of topics after only a few minutes? By now you might be wondering what I’m talking about. Well, about blind dates, of course! I’ve had several since I started this blog. And I’m loving it!

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“Liebe Tina!” – Ein Briefwechsel über das Expat-Leben

Erinnert Ihr Euch noch an die Briefe über das Expat-Leben, die Yasemin von YPs world und ich uns schreiben (falls nicht, findet Ihr hier Brief Eins, Zwei und Drei)? Der letzte Brief ist schon eine Weile her und dafür gibt es gute Gründe: Yasemin ist nämlich jetzt – nach genau einem Jahr – so richtig in Deutschland angekommen, sie hat wieder angefangen zu arbeiten und steckt mittendrin im Alltagsleben. Und das ist gut so, oder? Heute erzählt sie Euch und mir, wie es ihr in den letzten Wochen und Monaten so ergangen ist. Und sie schlägt mir ein paar Sachen vor, die ich unbedingt noch in den USA besorgen muss!

Expat Brief 4 Yasemin

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Link Love

Hello Weekend Link Lovers! How was your week? Was it a good one? I’ve been stuck in a rut, for no particular reason, these past few days and now I am so excited about a relaxing weekend. Hopefully it will be warm enough for the pool and to spend a lot of time outside on Mother’s Day on Sunday. But only after we hit the Chattanooga Market, of course, to get fresh strawberries and the weekly lemonade-kettle-corn fix for the kids. And if you ever have a craving for fried chicken, you definitely have to go to Champy’s. We went there last night with our visitors from Germany and the food was really good.

link love 7 Champys Chattanooga

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