Hexenhaus

This is the high point of German Christmas baking.  It’s every child’s dream to have one of these.  Hexenhaus is the German word for “witch’s house”, because the house is that of the witch in the fairy-tale Hansel und Gretel.  It’s made of Lebkuchen (gingerbread without any ginger) and decorated with sweets.  Like everything connected…

Zimtsterne

Zimtsterne are cinnamon stars.  I should explain first that a German Christmas without enough special biscuits to sink the Titanic is unthinkable, at least in our family.  I can remember the wonderful smell of baking – cinnamon, lemon, honey, nutmeg and other spices throughout our apartment late at night, when Mum “secretly” produced the huge…

The Power of Positive Thinking

It’s 1am and I’m wide awake.  No, I’m not at a wild party chatting over loud music to some fascinating, attractive person.  I’m lying in bed, feeling grottily nauseous and I’ve just had two of my daily allowance of six paracetamol tablets.  Maybe I shouldn’t have had that tempting little mince pie for desert, but…

What Do I Mean? – Guest post by Cynthia Stevenson

There are days when my thoughts about living a more meaningful life come in waves, either knocking me off balance or forcing me to dig my feet in to prevent that from happening.   Evenings are worse, especially if I’m curled up on the sofa watching ‘The Biggest Loser’ or ‘The Voice’ – yet again. Then…