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I am pretty experienced in shipping packages between the U.S. and Germany. All I have learned, however, is that it is impossible to estimate when to expect your package in either direction.

shipping from America to GermanyAsk at the post office, and they will tell you that shipping to Germany takes about 2 weeks. The last few packages my family sent me from the U.S., however, have been especially slow.

Here are the last two packages I got:

Sent from Chicago: 10/17/13
Received in Lüneburg: 11/8/13
Total: 23 days

Sent from New Orleans: 12/9/13
Received in Lüneburg: 12/31/13
Total: 22 days

Damn, that’s over 3 weeks both times! When I lived in the U.S. and sent packages to my boyfriend in Germany, he typically got them in abut 10-14 days.

Since I have type 1 diabetes and American health insurance, my mother has to send me my supplies for my insulin pump from the U.S. So when I realized I only had about a month of supplies left, my mother was quick to get the package in the mail. What if it took nearly a month like the last times?

This time, however, she got a tracking number. Here is what happened:

1/21/14 – dropped off at post office (USPS)
1/22/14 – package arrived at Chicago sorting facility
1/22/14 – processed through sorting facility in Chicago
1/24/14 – processed through sorting facility in Germany
1/24/14 – customs clearance processing complete
1/27/14 – arrival at post office in Lüneburg
1/27/14 – delivered to my apartment

Dang! That’s only 6 days!

But why was the shipping so fast? My mom didn’t pay anything extra to get faster shipping, but if you look at the package you will notice a “Priority” sticker:

shipping from the U.S. to Germany
It specifically says that this is only valid domestically, however, so this can’t really be the reason. So what is the moral of this story?
Sometimes shipping from the U.S. Germany takes 6 days, sometimes it takes 26. You can just never know.
Oh, and by the way:

american food
AMERICAN FOOD SCORE!
Diabetes, Food

Since my German boyfriend and I both have type 1 diabetes, it is nearly impossible to enjoy pizza anymore. That is, until we discovered this low carb pizza recipe. Made from cheese and eggs, I think it’s as close as you can get to the real thing in taste with only about 6 g of carbohydrates in the entire 9×13 inch crust!

So if you are trying to cut carbs out of your diet, here is our delicious recipe for low carb pizza:

Low Carb Pizza Crust Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese

Low carb pizza crust ingredients
I live in Germany, so excuse the fact that the packaging is in German. But all you need for the crust is shredded Parmesan cheese, cream cheese (or Neufchâtel cheese if you want a little less fat), and two eggs.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
225 g cream cheese
Then simply measure out your ingredients, and mix them all together in a bowl.
mixing low carb pizza dough
This mixture will be your dough for the crust. Don’t worry if it is quite liquid. It will firm up in the oven. Once everything is well blended, pour it into a greased 9×13 baking pan. We have a pretty cheap pan, so we used parchment paper to make sure it didn’t stick.
uncooked low carb pizza dough
Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown. It should come out looking something like this:
low carb pizza crust
Amazing, right?
Once it is out, crank up the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
Now it’s time for the sauce. If you are counting carbs, make sure to always check the nutrition facts of any pre-made sauces, as many use sweeteners. We just used plain canned tomatoes and added in some garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
Then it is cheese and toppings time! We like to put our toppings on first, then the cheese.
low carb pizza toppings
Next, put it back in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
low carb pizza cheese
Let it cool for at 10 minutes, then dig in!
low carb pizza
If you are a fan of cold pizza like me, then you will definitely want to try a few pieces of this pizza after its spent a night in the fridge. It is so good.

Let me know if you try the recipe!
Guten Appetit!