Christmas Fruit Cookies

By Helen Anna Klauenberg Peters 1 lb raisins 1/2 lb walnuts 2 eggs 2/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda (in 1/3 cup hot water) 5 tbsp bourbon whiskey Grind raisins & walnuts together in food processor; save for...

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

By Rika Rika, a wonderful baker and cake decorator, recommended this recipe from Tasty.com. If she likes it, you can be sure it is delicious! Ingredients: for six servings 3 ripe bananas 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1...

Cherry Almond Danish

From Lianne Hilbert (recipe by Amanda Hesser on Food52) I’ve always loved baking for the holidays. We usually make gingerbread, thumbprint cookies, cutout sugar cookies, peanut brittle, and more. In case that weren’t enough, we also pick up lebkuchen and springerle...

Reunite With Old Friends and Reconstruct Your Past

By Marja If you cannot meet your family and friends in person, get engaged with people from your past via social media! The upcoming holidays provide a perfect opportunity for setting up an online project to refresh your private memories and reunite with your former...

Traveling with Children

By Maja This summer our family was unable to fly home to Croatia to see our parents, relatives, and friends due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. Although heartbroken, we decided we would not let this precious summer with our two young children (aged 5 and...

COVID and Culture

By Robyn We at International Neighbors have always enjoyed sharing our different cultures. The pandemic has affected us all, but it’s very interesting to look at how we differently deal with COVID restrictions country to country. Last Spring I remember delivering a...

We at IN Are Here To Welcome You

By Virginia K. “America is back!” Our next President greeted us on TV with these words. All across this great land Americans voted to return to our heritage of being a welcoming nation. Stories are being told of the many contributions of immigrants and visitors from...

Pandemic Report

By Shirley It is November! The leaves in the trees have changed and have started to fall, and temperatures have started to dip. Around Michigan, November usually signals the season for apples, apple cider, pumpkins, pumpkin pie, cranberries, turkey and the beginning...