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Schwägli-Chueche

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When I found out I was pregnant, I expected that my life would be flipped upside-down, inside-out and hit a major “growth spurt” so-to-speak. And it has indeed been every bit of the rollercoaster (and more!) that I thought it would be. But what I didn’t expect is that being pregnant, giving birth, and becoming a mother would bring …

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Rooting Up

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Amazing how fast summer has come and gone – once again! Fall has quietly given way to winter, and the end of this growing season marks another important milestone in my life. This is the first time since I started gardening 5 years ago that I’ve been in the same garden throughout the entire growing season. …

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Holunderblütensirup

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In Switzerland, syrups are not just for mixed drinks. Most Swiss households will have a bottle or two of different flavored syrups to mix with water. Flavoring water seems like a strange custom to me in a place where fresh alpine waters are so easily accessible from every tap and fountain, but thanks to this strange …

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A bit of a mess granola bars

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Ok, so things in our little garden plot are a bit of a mess. Despite having a plan all drawn out, despite starting seeds early indoors, and despite all our best intentions and efforts, nothing seems to be planted where we’d planned, our early starts were devoured by slugs, we still don’t have all the …

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A Plunge Into Alcoholic Alchemy

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I have wanted to explore the world of brewing for a long time. Not because I’m some kind of wine connoisseur, or have a large appetite for alcohol or anything, but because it always seemed like the ultimate chemistry project. Not knowing much about the process itself, I always imagined it to be a sort of …

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Spring Foraging

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Spring has finally arrived- not with the sweet scent of flowers in bloom, but rather the spicy, pungent smell of garlic! Whiffs of raw garlic can be caught all around the forests and even in town. The unexpected culprit of this astringent aroma is a little plant called Bärlauch. “Bärlauch” translates to “Bear Leek” which …

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Who Needs Keys Anyways?

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Despite the many, many residences I have occupied throughout my life, I’ve never really had to worry about keys. My door is open to friends, family, and all— not just figuratively. But Dorthy isn’t in Kansas anymore, and in my short time here in Switzerland I have found myself locked out of our apartment building …

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Plum Tart With Guss

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Utter the words “apple pie” and what comes to my mind (shortly followed by pools of saliva) is the classic ooey-gooey warm mess of cinnamon sweetness sandwiched between two crispy golden flaky crusts. Imagine then, my surprise and confusion when I was presented with an apple “pie” in Switzerland for the first time. For one, the Swiss don’t …

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