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June 2021: Last Month Is Not What I Had Planned…

June 2021: Last Month Is Not What I Had Planned…

  Continued delays and bad weather haven’t made this move any easier. Finally, all our things arrived on May 11th in the rain.  Still no kitchen completion insight.  Or tiles on the patio…but we have our Pergola frame! Oh, and the Jacuzzi has been delayed […]

May 2021: The Suspense is Unbearable!

May 2021: The Suspense is Unbearable!

I was so looking forward to sending out this month’s newsletter with an array of home completion photos. But you’re going to have to settle with some photos of us constructing final projects! Use your vivid imagination this month, and be prepared to be stunned […]

April 2021: It’s Time for New Adventures, New Places and New Faces!

April 2021: It’s Time for New Adventures, New Places and New Faces!

  Wooo, what a ride the last few weeks have been. I’m still spinning. Sold our home in Kaiserslautern, packed our belongings, and put them in storage. And we are off to the Black Forest for new adventures, new places, and new faces! So strange […]

March 2021: Look What Spring has Sprung This Month!

March 2021: Look What Spring has Sprung This Month!

  Finally! Spring is on its way, and I’m springing into action! This last month has been the longest month of the year, and it was February, the shortest month of the year. Crazy, right? The weather has so much influence over our feelings, energy, […]

February 2021: Sweet’n Your Month in More Ways Than Cook’n…

February 2021: Sweet’n Your Month in More Ways Than Cook’n…

  In Germany, we are still in a “hard”  lockdown until the middle of February. Pretty sour, right! To sweeten up our lives this month, we’ve traveled to nearby locations for walks in the snow (still). At least the snow has provided a change of […]

January 2021: Welcome to a New & Exciting 2021

January 2021: Welcome to a New & Exciting 2021

  I know I’m early this month; usually, it arrives in the middle of each month.  But this month, I wanted to be one of the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Well, ok, maybe not the first, but since I’ve got so […]

December 2020: Our Holiday Gift to You!

December 2020: Our Holiday Gift to You!

Do I have a brilliant gift for you! This year has been quite different from my norm, to say the least. Some days were good in many ways, and some not so good. I wanted to celebrate this winter holiday in a new way and […]

November 2020: Hitting the Trails & Thanksgiving in Germany?

November 2020: Hitting the Trails & Thanksgiving in Germany?

  We’ve been back in our home in Kaiserslautern since September. The virus has put a hold on our travels, so we’ve been taking advantage of the sunny days this year and hitting the trails for some interesting hikes and fresh air. Hiking and walking […]

October 2020: Feeling Trapped? Need a Key to Escape?

October 2020: Feeling Trapped? Need a Key to Escape?

Well, the dream is over…and; this is really happening. Yes, the Virus is still with us, No you can’t travel, No, you can’t entertain, No, you can’t hug dear friends you see on Facetime or Zoom that you miss dearly. How to escape this long […]

September 2020: We Finally Put The Virus to Rest!

September 2020: We Finally Put The Virus to Rest!

  Last we talked we had hooked up with colleagues and new friends in Saarbrüken. The next day we left Saarbrücken and spent a beautiful HOT day traveling 5 hours to the small port of Sarreguemines. The view was so beautiful and really a peaceful […]

August 2020: Half Way There… Maybe babe!

August 2020: Half Way There… Maybe babe!

  Sorry for the delay in receiving this month’s newsletter! Wifi and internet connection has not been the best! But I am still here and still cruising. I left you all in Toul and this month we made our way slowly toward Nancy. What a […]

July 2020: There’s Light At The End Of Our Tunnel!

July 2020: There’s Light At The End Of Our Tunnel!

  After several months planning and wondering if we’d ever get to Virus our boat, the harbor finally opened for boaters on June 6, 2020! Packed to the brim we set out! Upon arrival in Ophoven, Belgium I was asked to do a cooking lesson […]

June 2020: Virus We’re Coming…the Borders are Open!

June 2020: Virus We’re Coming…the Borders are Open!

  I sure hope you all are healthy and well. It’s been one rocky ride on this planet the last few months and looks like some changes are coming for us all. Interesting title this month, right? I know many of you are unaware that Virus […]

May 2020: “Stir Crazy” Seeks Room with a View!

May 2020: “Stir Crazy” Seeks Room with a View!

  Woo, this is starting to get to me. Truly, staying home is not all it’s cracked up to be. I’m being forced to do things I don’t like to do like cleaning and going through 20 years of JUNK. Lutz is on it. He […]

April 2020: 4 Weeks of Quarantine & Still Grateful!

April 2020: 4 Weeks of Quarantine & Still Grateful!

  We started our quarantine a week early as a result of several articles I had been reading regarding this crazy Virus and how it can seriously affect those with autoimmune challenges. So, here we are after four weeks and I have to say I’ve […]

March 2020: Traveling to the Store & Pack’n it in!

March 2020: Traveling to the Store & Pack’n it in!

  Ok, this will be short and direct. I know that many of you are heading out to the store to pick up some household staples and supplies for cooking. We just did the same thing this weekend and packed (not over-stocked) ourselves in for […]

February 2020: Trip to a Valentine Cook’n Class with the Coach!

February 2020: Trip to a Valentine Cook’n Class with the Coach!

This February was so fun for me. It was rejuvenating to be back with friends and cook’n! I was honored to be asked to host a Valentine Cooking Class in a private home. How refreshing to connect with like-minded folks searching for healthy alternatives for […]

September 2019-January 2020: The Silent Months!

September 2019-January 2020: The Silent Months!

Welcome back, everyone! Thank you for sticking around during my silent months while I had my site rebuilt and a new logo unveiled. I hope you find it more alive, inviting, colorful and easier to search for your favorite recipes, resources and of course, our […]

August 2019: Let the Sun Shine, the Sun Shine In!

August 2019: Let the Sun Shine, the Sun Shine In!

I’ve decided to title each new post with a song so it will be in your head all day long! Every time you sing you’ll remember ME, The Cookn Coach! So let the music begin. What weather whirlwind we’ve been having. It’s either rain, thunderstorms […]

July 2019: Now We’re Cook’n!

July 2019: Now We’re Cook’n!

  Yes, the sun is out, the rain is gone, and we’re moving on! We’ve visited some of the coolest towns in the Netherlands. Just to catch up, Last month we landed in Hattem and welcomed our friend Mike aboard! The next morning we headed to Kampen […]

June 2019: Grey Skies Ahead!

June 2019: Grey Skies Ahead!

  What a month! Rain, Rain, Rain…and thunder! Now, nothing but grey skies coming my way. We’re making our way to Friesland via the historic water trade route. So much history and quaint old villages. I highly recommend that if you’re looking for an excursion […]

May 2019: Waiting for the sun!

May 2019: Waiting for the sun!

Ok, this is not how it’s supposed to be. Rain, Rain, Rain, and then snow in APRIL! We’ve returned from our wonderful trip to Vienna and Italy. I had a quick pit stop in our home in Kaiserslautern and then off to the boat for […]

April 2019: Street Eats with The Cook’n Coach

April 2019: Street Eats with The Cook’n Coach

  We’re back from our April travels! What an amazing adventure exploring and sampling savory and sweet “street eats”. Just to let you know, I worked my magic to stay gluten, soy, and dairy-free but sometimes things just happen. I was pleasantly surprised to find […]

March 2019: The Cook’n Coach Hits the Streets for Some Good Eats!

March 2019: The Cook’n Coach Hits the Streets for Some Good Eats!

  OK, well I haven’t quite stopped cooking altogether it’s just that I’m back and we’ve been on the go ever since we’ve returned from the USA. April we’re taking off for a month-long road trip. How to eat “sweet” (clean, not sugar) on the […]

February 2019 Cook’n and Camp’n Borrego California

February 2019 Cook’n and Camp’n Borrego California

Things are blooming here! Still hanging out with Johnny and Cash. For those of you new to this site, Johnny is our dependable Chevy Truck and Cash is our RV, well need I say more…CASH! We’ve made it through the holidays and as soon as […]

January 2019 Cook’n and Camp’n on Kauai and More

January 2019 Cook’n and Camp’n on Kauai and More

  Ok, I know the “New Year” has already begun but my goal is to improve my memory all year and being more focused by doing unforgettable things. What do you think of that! I’ll start it off by cooking unforgettable meals that will be […]

November 2018 Cook’n & Camp’n in the USA

November 2018 Cook’n & Camp’n in the USA

  Back in the USA! I think I’m getting too old for all this moving about! The thing that keeps me going is my grandkids and spending time with them. This year I missed Eva’s birthday but I brought her gift with me from one […]

October 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of Maastricht

October 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of Maastricht

This summer went so dang fast! Seriously… it’s hard to believe we’ve been on the boat for almost four months. At the beginning of September, we ended up leaving Virus in one of our favorite places, Maastricht NL. This is the coolest little harbor and gave […]

September 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of France

September 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of France

  Last month’s report I sandwiched in Ghent and Brugge with visits from family and friends. These last few weeks we’ve left Belgium and started toward our main destination, Dunkirk, France. Leaving Belgium and entering the canals of France was greeted with massive green algae […]

August 2018 Cook’n & Crusin’n The Canals of Belgium!

August 2018 Cook’n & Crusin’n The Canals of Belgium!

  Well, folks, I’m back in wifi and thought I’d get August post ready to roll. We said farewell to Terri and began our 2-day trip to Ghent. We took a 2-hour ride through a small canal that basically drove through the backyards of some […]

July 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of Belgium With Friends

July 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of Belgium With Friends

  What a great month of traveling.  This month we had another guest along for a ride through Tournai, Belgium. Terri hopped on board and spent four super days exploring the area. Together we cooked (cassava flour Flammkuchen)… Toured (Tournai Castle)… Almost bought a timeshare […]

June 2018: Cook’n and Cruise’n the Canals of Belgium With Uli

June 2018: Cook’n and Cruise’n the Canals of Belgium With Uli

  What a great start to another adventure on the canals of Europe. We began our tour in the middle of May 2018 and cruised from Maastricht NL to Liege B, Huy B, Namur B, and now we are in Sennefe B.  Once again I’m […]

May 2018: Back from the other side of the pond!

May 2018: Back from the other side of the pond!

  What a super seven months in the USA. I got my fill (Lutz’s as well) of family, grandchildren, friends, and camping. Just when I thought I had enough, the minute I landed on this side of the pond I missed them all and our […]

My Babe and Me: Chapter 13

My Babe and Me: Chapter 13

Our last guest left and we took some time to tour Haarlem alone and enjoy the sun and especially the museums. The Teyler Museum, the first and oldest museum in Holland was packed with amazing finds. From prehistoric bones to amazing paintings from several Hollanders. […]

The Whole Yam-Dam-Fam!: Chapter 14

The Whole Yam-Dam-Fam!: Chapter 14

What a great trip these last few months. The weather was cooperative and the cook’n was fine. It was so great to spend 2 weeks on the boat with my sister, Melissa, her husband, Steve and my SUPERMOM 87 year old Peggy! Here is Lutz’s […]

From Gouda to Leiden: Chapter 12

From Gouda to Leiden: Chapter 12

Well, we’re slowing down and heading home for a few weeks to be closer to Lutz’s 96 year old mother. So I’m only posting one chapter this month. BUT, still filled with some of my tasty desserts! The cool thing about these two recipes is […]

Ophoven to Gouda: Chapter 11

Ophoven to Gouda: Chapter 11

We are off again and still married after all the company and trials! It’s been so fun to visit so many places and still eat gluten, soy and dairy free! BUT I have to say…Gouda is Cheese country, and my taste of cheese. So…I sought […]

Alone Again, Naturally: Chapter 10 part 3

Alone Again, Naturally: Chapter 10 part 3

Still cruise’n and cook’n on the canals. This is part 3 of our trip through Belgium alone. As usual we spent our days grilling in the sun and enjoying the great scenery and people of this land. Check out these cool grill packet recipes I’ve […]

Alone again, naturally: Chapter 9 part 2

Alone again, naturally: Chapter 9 part 2

This post shares the second week of our 3 week journey alone.  Just imagine riding in a bathtub down a canal 67m high along side a double tanker. YIKES! We visited so many museums, UNESCO exhibits, and even the Atomium! My best translation and impression from […]

Alone again, naturally: Chapter 8 part 1

Alone again, naturally: Chapter 8 part 1

Alone again, naturally and literally naturally. This time out we planned a four week trip around Belgium so this is part one for your viewing pleasure. We were able to spend some time in “nature, naturally” and rough it…well almost except for my gourmet cooking in […]

Spring and Nature: Chapter 7

Spring and Nature: Chapter 7

The weather is finally picking up! Here is my best translation or close to… When your were a child your mother taught you to stop at red and go on green. It’s the same for boating and we are happy that the nautical world and nature […]

Boys and Girls Day: Chapter 6

Boys and Girls Day: Chapter 6

We loved Maastricht so much we decided to plan a Boys weekend and a Girls weekend! My best translation or close to… My GOD how beautiful it is here in Maastricht. This is the reason why Melinda and Terri choose here to spend a long […]

Everything you need in one super place!

Everything you need in one super place!

The Edeka display was a huge success and there wasn’t a drop left by 1:45 pm that afternoon. Check out what was up for tasting! Cassava Blueberry Pancakes      Chopped Asian Salad   Homemade Grain-Free Cassava Century Bread topped off with your choice of two […]

Look out Edeka…I’m Ready!

Look out Edeka…I’m Ready!

Drop by and say HI! Ok ok ok ok…I promised to only send you a newsletter once a month but this month has been filled with great surprises and events that I just had to send you a quickie! Check this out…I am going to be […]

Baked Bread on a Boat…IMPOSSIBLE?

Baked Bread on a Boat…IMPOSSIBLE?

No it is POSSIBLE. You just have to use your creativity and imagination AND a little help from GFJules!  I thought cooking bread on a boat or in an RV was impossible. Really I have to admit I failed handmade bread making 101. I could […]

Just the Two of Us: Chapter 5

Just the Two of Us: Chapter 5

It’s time for Lutz and me to check out our motoring skills and also the depth of our love and respect for each other. I always said if you really want to see if you’re compatible with a mate, live in an RV or boat […]

Our First Guest On Board: Chapter 4

Our First Guest On Board: Chapter 4

Our first guest arrived! My first and closest friend in Germany, Marilou and her daughter Aliyah, came and spent four  wonderful days with us celebrating my birthday in the sun. Of course we grilled our brains out and took advantage of each sunny day. Our First Guest: […]

Time to Get Our Feet Wet: Chapter 3

Time to Get Our Feet Wet: Chapter 3

Raise the anchor and let’s go for a spin! Mercy me, this is more than I expected. I had to read the water levels so we wouldn’t break off the antenna. Yes, we have to lower it for some of the bridges we encounter. I also […]

March 2017: Training & Repair Days on Virus

March 2017: Training & Repair Days on Virus

  This was our training and repair trip.  YIKES… I thought retirement was for lounging, cooking, and cruising. Andreas and Lutz are both a little, well, anal obsessive-compulsive… but perfectionists sound better. They both are engineers and my style of sanding and painting just didn’t cut it. I […]

Cook’n & Cruis’n the Canals: Chapter 1

Cook’n & Cruis’n the Canals: Chapter 1

It’s time to hit the high seas, ok, well, the high canals! Raise the anchor and get ready to do some Cook’n & Cruis’n. We’ve made several trips to pack our boat, Virus. As you can see, our small 500 FIAT, Bella, was loaded to the […]

December 2016: Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas!

December 2016: Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas!

I know you’re all busy with family and friends today, but I just wanted to send a “thank you” for supporting me in my cooking endeavors. It’s been a privilege to cook along side many of you during our classes at the Wallonenhoff, or in your […]

Time to head home…Week 18

Time to head home…Week 18

Lutz had to get one last hike in before leaving Borrego Springs. He said the hike was rough, but the springs were similar to the springs in Joshua Tree. Sure looks beautiful. As I said in another post, the vegetation in the dessert can be surprising. […]

Off to Borrego Springs…Week 17

Off to Borrego Springs…Week 17

After 5 days in Joshua Tree, we headed to Borrego Spring for Thanksgiving, a family tradition that I finally got to participate in! We filled half of the Palm Dessert Campground with friends and family. Once again, I got to visit with my grand-daughters. Of […]

Moving South…Joshua Tree! Week 16

Moving South…Joshua Tree! Week 16

Our journey south to warmer weather took us through the city of Bakersfield, and how can you go through Bakersfield without visiting Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace to listen to the Buck-A-Roos? We toured a cool museum of original farm houses and even saw Merle Haggard’s childhood home. […]

Moss Landing Week 15

Moss Landing Week 15

Moss Landing was the light at the end of the tunnel! Moving from the rain to the sea and spending time with Jennifer and her wonderful husband, Steve, was so refreshing and relaxing, even with all the rowing. The kayak trip down the inlet was great exercise. […]

Exploring Santa Cruz to Carmel Week 14

Exploring Santa Cruz to Carmel Week 14

We headed to Moss Landing for a week to tour old hang-outs and spend some time with Jennifer, my BESTEST friend since 7th grade and her husband Steve. We arrived early and so we set out to explore from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley. Watching the […]

Out of the Rain and into the Wind Week 13

Out of the Rain and into the Wind Week 13

Our stay in Bend & Sisters was wonderful! We definitely feel this could be our USA home…one day. But it was time to head to California. We stopped several times in Oregon along 101 to check out the rough sea tossed about by the strong winds. We […]

Heading South to Bend Week 12

Heading South to Bend Week 12

Meeting up with my childhood friend was so fun! It was like we had never been apart. Stephanie and her husband Brad were super hosts. They took us to the top of a hill that overlooked Bend and the surrounding mountains, then off to a […]

Port Townsend Week 11

Port Townsend Week 11

While Lutz was away, Jarrod repaired the truck! He is a man with many talents. Plus, it is still running. After Lutz returned from Florida, we headed north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the top of Washington. We stayed in Port Townsend […]

Fall Is In The Air Week 10

Fall Is In The Air Week 10

We made it to Olympia Washington in 3 days! Made a quick visit with my son and then Lutz took off to warm Florida for a family gathering while Jarrod and I wrote, cooked and slept through the week of rain! Poor Lutz…having to deal […]

Sea Side Fun…Week 9

Sea Side Fun…Week 9

Off to the sea in Malibu for the wedding of my niece, Hanna. We will also visit with family we haven’t see in ages. The skies were blue and the sun was hot. What a way to celebrate, and a taco truck to boot! It’s […]

It Never Rains in Sunny California…Week 8

It Never Rains in Sunny California…Week 8

Serious water problems in California. Dry, dry and dry! The golf course was as dry as the Sahara. At Lake Lopez grass was growing around the boat docks and the boats were sitting abandoned in mud a block above the shore line. Fires raged all around […]

From the Rocks to the Sea We Go! Week 7

From the Rocks to the Sea We Go! Week 7

After 4 days in the Soledad Mountains we shot our last photo of Vasquez Rock, a hot spot for filming the Lone Ranger! We  headed back to the coast, then north to San Luis Obispo to spend some time with my mom and Jack. My mom had dinner […]

Inland we go…Week 6

Inland we go…Week 6

Check those rims! Yes, Lutz ran out of things to fix after the remodel and shined them up! Now we sparkle when we are cruising. Check out the remodel! As I said, so much more room. The sofa is amazing and makes into a double bed, plus […]

Heading North to…Week 5

Heading North to…Week 5

Our four weeks in San Diego ended with a remodel of our 5th wheel, Cash…we took the beautiful long, white dried plastic sofa out and went Ikea!!! You’ll see the updates next week, but let’s just say the remodel makes a HUGE difference and provides […]

The HEAT goes on! Week 4

The HEAT goes on! Week 4

Our time in San Diego was great. Ruby learned to swim and Eva, in the picture below, is on her way. Visiting old friends like Sara and Annie was so fun and memorable. Exercise continued daily with our own private pool. For some reason the […]

Still enjoying the good life #3

Still enjoying the good life #3

Traveling seems to suit me, and I’m really enjoying the extra time to see the world now with retirement. Spent a morning at the doctors getting my knee checked out and decided that knee replacement will have to wait!!! Although foggy in the AM, California never […]

The travels continue #2

The travels continue #2

Swimming lessons with Ruby were VERY successful and now she is a Diving Dolphin! Next year, Eva. Cook’n & Camp’n continues and recipes will definitely be coming along. What an adventure! Visiting family and friends has been wonderful. Jericho and family made it to Admiral […]

We made it! #1

We made it! #1

2016 West Coast USA After 25 hours from door to door we finally arrived in USA and are camping at Admiral Baker Campground, just 10 minutes away from the grandkids. Our first event was to SeaWorld and Grandma is happy! Lutz is finding all kinds […]

Powerful Breakfast Cook’n Class

Powerful Breakfast Cook’n Class

  What an amazing morning this last Saturday. I learned so much and met some great new friends! No better way to spend the day than cook’n with a crew of talented, kind, and energetic people. We kicked off the morning with homemade Creamy Dairy-Free […]

CooK’n Cozy with Anita and family!

CooK’n Cozy with Anita and family!

What a great experience yesterday! I so enjoy going into homes and meeting families that want to add nutritious eating habits to their lives. I was so excited to get there that I packed everything but the RECIPES! In spite of this little oversight we CREATED […]

CooK’n at the Wallonenhof on May 21st!

CooK’n at the Wallonenhof on May 21st!

Our next CooK’n event is just around the corner! On May 21st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Wallonenhof Restaurant we will be CooK’n Breakfast! The most powerful meal of the day! Plan on spending the morning cooking a savory Saturday Morning Brunch. Mark your […]

Pizza Hunting 2

Pizza Hunting 2

Well our trip is coming to a close. My search for the perfect pizza crust has been more then successful. I am excited to get home and begin experimenting with all my new secrets. One thing I have learned about eating gluten, dairy and soy free […]

Pizza Hunting 1

Pizza Hunting 1

Well, as many of you know, living the gluten/dairy/soy-free lifestyle has been pretty easy for me. I’ve been able to recreate everything I miss except one thing… Pizza crust! Yes. I am fine with my Basic Bold Tomato Sauce, nut cheese and my Bella Italian […]

March 2016 Cooking Class: Excursion To Gluten, Soy & Dairy Free India

March 2016 Cooking Class: Excursion To Gluten, Soy & Dairy Free India

What an exciting cooking event this weekend. We had eleven hungry, talented, eager travelers ready to experience the smells and tastes of India. Yes, I hear your first thoughts: “How in the world can they make these choice dishes without cream, or naan without gluten?” Well, […]

March 19th, 2016 at the Wallonenhof

March 19th, 2016 at the Wallonenhof

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January 18, 2016: A Trip to the Market

January 18, 2016: A Trip to the Market

  One of the GREATEST opportunities available in Germany to healthy food lovers is the wonderful markets and wide selections of fresh produce. This week my trip to the market proved to be a huge success! The season is right for storing up massive amounts […]

January 2016: Happy New Year!

January 2016: Happy New Year!

  Happy New Year! I have so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to this coming year. Like many of you, I have a bucket list that I keep revising each year, but one wish has always remained and has finally come […]

The CooK’n Coach Kick Off!

The CooK’n Coach Kick Off!

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than Cook’n with friends who are excited about improving their health! On November 20th, fifteen eager cooks, hungry for knowledge and good food came together to test the waters. The Cook’n Coach’s first dairy, gluten, and soy-free […]

November 21st, 2015 at the Wallonenhof

November 21st, 2015 at the Wallonenhof

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