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Month 3—Germany

October’s ”Come Quarantine With Me” destination is Germany, famous for beautiful scenery along the Rhine River, Oktoberfest, Christkindt markets and The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. You may not know that most of our favorite fairy tales started as old German or European folk tales, collected and written down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Published in 2 volumes in 1812 and 1815, they are responsible for inspiring miniature creations by fairy tale lovers everywhere. Actually, even more than inspiring miniaturists, The Brothers Grimm inspired a king.  Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria built the quintessential fairy tale castle, Neuschwanstein. Not a royal residence anymore, it’s now a very popular tourist attraction.  You might have read that Walt Disney used that castle as his inspiration for the Disneyland castle. 

And, since it’s October, and we are inspired by the fairy tale witches, this month we are celebrating Halloween, German Style.  Halloween is a recent phenomenon in Germany, celebrated only since the 1990’s.  As you might expect, it’s not quite the same as the American version, Witches (or “Hexe” in German), are a HUGE part of the party, along with other spooky characters.  

But, if you’re really into witchy things, you want to be in Germany on April 30th, for Walpurgisnacht.  Walpurgisnacht (in German folklore) is when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with the Devil. It is a long tradition and nowadays it is especially celebrated by woman to empower womanhood.

And that, mein freund, brings us to our free “German” Halloween project. 

Our quarantine survival project this month is making and decorating witches hats. We’ve provided the basic hat and mask printies. You just print, cut, paste, and, the fun part, add your own touches.  The instructions are right on the printie page. You can use this YouTube video for inspiration!

This link takes you on a short Fairy Tale Tour of Germany.

Since you’re going to be in Germany for Halloween, you might as well take the time to visit the Halloween Haunted House at Burg Frankenstein to see all the costumed Ghosties and Ghoulies. Then trek on down the road to the Eifel District to shop the Mayen Market “Festival of Magic”. 

And, while you’re playing with YouTube, if you love beautiful music and/or unusual videos, look up Animusic and type in Resonant Chamber.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed. 

And finally, to round out your day, here is a recipe to try, courtesy of Committee Member Angelika Oeckl. She promises me that it is delicious but not low calorie!

Oma’s Apfelkuchen (Grandma’s Apple Cake)

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD: 10 servings.


• 5 large egg yolks
• 2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and halved
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
• 1-1/4 cups sugar
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup 2% milk
• Confectioners' sugar


• 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Let egg yolks stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Starting 1/2 in. from 1 end, cut apple halves lengthwise into 1/4-in. slices, leaving them attached at the top so they fan out slightly. Set aside.

• 2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, sift flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking powder and salt twice. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add milk; mix well (batter will be thick).

• 3. Spread batter into a greased 9-in. spring form pan wrapped in a sheet of heavy-duty foil. Gently press apples, round side up, into batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Remove rim from pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Month 2—Australia

Australia Info, Printie and Recipe:

Australian Ephemera Printie:

Paper Doll Aussie Outfit


Month 1

Come Fly With Me!

Until we arrive at our final Portland destination please enjoy our monthly vacation packages. Each package offers an escape to a far away place, maybe a project to enjoy and participate in. We know the crafter in you might be itching to get out.

Our Stewardesses are here to show you the way or at least hitch a ride. Cut them out, give them some clothes and take them along. Show them the sites. Let them cook with you and in this time of quarantine they can be your friends. 

Our recipes are designed to take you to our vacation destinations. We surly hope you enjoy them and give them a try. You can substitute any ingredients you’s like because let’s face it, you're the only one eating it.

Our destination information is to get you prepared and excited to travel again! That’s right, one day in the not so far away distant future we will meet again and be able to have more than paper dolls for physical friends. 

I for one have forgotten what it’s like to dress up…pack luggage…eat in a restaurant…

But my phone voice has gotten better folks, so when I see you I’ll get to upgrade to a microphone! 

No need to choose one package you can enjoy them all in the one time offer! All you need to do if get off your phone, turn on your computer, print out your friends and enjoy the ride! 

A vacation you won’t want to miss!

This is brought to you by the Come Fly With Me Committee supported by NAME. All articles, recipes, projects and friends are a donation by our committee only and is meant to be shared with EVERYONE online! So don’t keep it a secret and enjoy the ride…

Ruth Stewart



Monthly Travel Scrapbook from Abby Carlson 

Paper Dolls From Angelika Oeckl

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars


•1 serving cooking spray
•2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough (such as Pillsbury® Recipe Creations®), divided
•2 each lemons, zested and juiced, divided
•2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
•1/2 cup white sugar
•2 tablespoons butter, melted
•3 tablespoons white sugar

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Step 2 Press 1 can crescent roll dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, stretching to the edges.

Step 3 Mix the zest of 1 1/2 lemons and juice from 2 lemons together in a bowl. Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar into lemon zest mixture using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; spread over crescent roll dough layer.

Step 4 Unroll the second can of crescent roll dough and layer over cream cheese mixture, gently stretching dough to the edges. Brush melted butter over crescent roll dough layer. Mix remaining lemon zest and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a bowl; sprinkle over butter.

Step 5 Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Lift dessert from baking dish using foil; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares, leaving on foil. Return dessert to the baking dish and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Printable version of recipe here.





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