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Thursday, January 8, 2015


In case you didn't already know, I spent two weeks over Christmas and New Year's in the U.S. Although the number one reason for my visit was seeing family, I did also take advantage of this time in my home country to acquire a lot of things that I have been missing over the past 1.5 years.

Here are some of those things that the German boyfriend and I picked up in the U.S. Enjoy!


If you read my stocking stuffer wishlist, then you know that I am missing Reese's and all other peanut butter candy hardcore. Luckily, I was gifted far more than a normal person should ever eat in a year over Christmas. 

Thanks Uncle Paul!
Another favorite of mine was this peanut butter and chocolate fudge that my brother gave to me. As you can see, it didn't last for very long.

I am eating this last little bit that is left as I write this.

Yankee Candles

I love candles. Unfortunately, all of the candles that I have bought so far in Germany have been pretty lame. Luckily, Marco is also into candles (aren't I lucky?), so he encouraged me as I sought out some potent candles to bring back to Germany.

You can from the colors that we are really into the fall/holiday scents. I basically just want my apartment to smell like pumpkins and Christmastime year-round. After actually burning one of these in the apartment the other night (it was apple pumpkin), Marco actually made the remark, "I am pretty sure candles that strong are illegal in Germany!"

Beef Jerky

In the stocking stuffer wishlist, I also mentioned that Marco really likes beef jerky, Slim Jims, and everything of the sort. Since these things are not so widely available in Germany, he was very lucky to receive a whole lot of jerky and Slim Jims over Christmas.

Measuring Spoons

If you are an American that wants to move to Europe, and you enjoy making American recipes, then it is very important to bring you own measuring spoons and measuring cups with you. Luckily, I did that when I moved here 1.5 years ago, but I didn't bring any this cute!


Marco and I also did some major clothes shopping while we were in the U.S. While I will not bore you with pictures of everything we got (like Marco's 5 pairs of jeans), I do have to show you one thing.

It a men's XXL t-shirt from the clearance rack at Dick's Sporting Goods, but I am going to use it as a nightgown. Cool, right?

Even More Candy

Last, but not least, is even more candy. There is way too much to picture on the blog, but here are two of my favorites: Red Vines and Swedish Fish. 

What was your favorite Christmas gift this year?


  1. Yay for going home for Christmas! We returned back with so much stuff as well, although I left all my Christmas candy in the states and I have been kicking myself all week! Yankee Candles are now on my list for when I return home again, the candles here just don't smell the same!

  2. Oh no! Can you believe that my boyfriend and I managed to fit all of this plus a desktop computer (and our clothes and stuff) in just our two suitcases without going over 23 kg each? That was a challenge.

  3. Those measuring spoons are very cute!

    I don't know if you have a Müller, but the one in Karlsruhe sells Yankee Candles.

    My favourite Christmas gift was my new camera. I LOVE the photos it takes.

  4. Someone just emailed me that Yankee Candles are sold in Karstadt. Now Müller too? I had no idea!

    Oooh, new camera?! I am jealous!

  5. I never thought of measuring spoons and now whenever I want to make something recalculating all the measurements takes more time than the cooking.

    I would do the same thing with the Reese's and peanut butter in general. Too much is better than not enough. Absolutely no judgement.

  6. You should definitely ask for a set in a future care package ;) Makes life so much easier when you want to cook with an American recipe.

  7. What a great time for you two

  8. Nice haul! Gotta stock up on peanut butter related things! :P

  9. I bring Yankee candles back from the States too! I love to stock up on cinnamon and other spicy flavors. I've found Yankee candles here in Milan, but the European scents aren't always what I'm looking for!

    -Carrie @51500

  10. I have a couple spicy cinnamon ones :)

    Now that people have told me they are available in Europe, I did look around, but it does look like they are missing a lot of my favorite scents (which are the spicy fall/christmas ones).

  11. Just wanted to say, I passed by a Yankee Candle shop on Eppendorfer Baum in Hamburg recently and (as an American) was shocked! I have no idea what scents they have, but if you need a fix... :)

  12. I had to look it up myself because I almost didn't believe you! But you are right:

    Maybe I will have to check it out sometime. Although, we did recently order from the German Yankee candle website recently, and that worked out pretty well :)


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