2018: Resolutions and Thoughts

This strange week between Christmas an New Year’s Eve always makes me feel a little uneasy and restless. It’s a time of retrospection, a time to re-evaluate, to set goals and to make plans for the upcoming year. I’m not particularly fond of making too many or unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set a couple of relatively fail-safe intentions for the year to come. Continue reading

Traditional German Christmas Biscuits: “Butterplätzchen”

One of my favourite Christmas activities is – of course – baking Christmas biscuits! Here in Southern Germany, we have a tradition of baking a whole range of different varieties throughout December, putting them all into little plastic bags (usually dotted with golden stars), and giving them to friends and family during Christmas gatherings. It’s like an unwritten law. You just have to participate. Continue reading