Meal ideas for before Passover (2014)

A hungry family is a grumpy one. This week, most people are going to be working hard on Passover prep. Cleaning the house, checking hidden places, shopping, and then the biggest and longest piece: cleaning the kitchen. So much work, and so much time! It can feel overwhelming. I always do lists to help, but […]

All this was in our van...

Guess what we’re doing today?

Yep, it’s Passover cleaning time! Since we had dh at home today, and all the kids were here, we tackled something a little bigger together in our Passover countdown punchboard – cleaning the van. Now, we try to minimize eating in the van in theory. But because we bring our food most places we go, […]

Have you made matza recently? (recipe and photos, kids)

My kiddos and I have made matza several times – for parshat Bo and demonstrating for Passover (although we never actually made it for Passover!). This is a great hands-on activity for kids. Knowing the theory and then actually doing it are two different things! We had a fun time making it, but can definitely appreciate buying […]

2014 Passover guides are out!

Passover is really coming now!  There are tons of resources available, and the guides are out. Here are some links for you: 2013 Star-K Passover guide: Free download and other Passover articles CRC Passover 2014 OU Passover 2014 (or download the guide) Rabbi Eidlitz Passover 2014 COR Passover 2014 Seattle Vaad 2014 (Sephardi / Ashkenazi download) More Passover resources from How are your Passover preparations […]

Passover props – where to get them (or directions to make them)

I mentioned Passover props in my “Purchase for Passover” list, and I got a flurry of e-mails asking what I used. So here are some of my ideas and the resources to get (or make) them yourself (also see the Passover project list here and some ways to make the seder more fun for kids here.) […]

Purchase for Passover List

I have to get some things ordered for Passover since delivery here takes a while. These aren’t specific to Passover things, but things I need to buy before Passover comes – and you may need them, too! Here’s my list: Toothbrushes (Electric toothbrush heads, Shabbat toothbrushes, and/or manual toothbrushes) Toothwash or toothpaste for Passover Paper or plastic plates, […]

Passover countdown activities (kids)

OK folks, you won’t see this one on Pinterest. It’s not picture perfect, like some all those gorgeous photos other people are putting up. It’s made with the kids, and made to be used. And it didn’t take a ton of time! It’s our Passover countdown! I like to get the kids involved with Passover […]

Passover countdown

Good Passover cookbook for a good cause!

Wow! Looking for a good Passover cookbook? Check out this e-book by 4 kosher bloggers! (The link is to purchase from Amazon). For the next few days you can get a copy for $1.99 and 50% of proceeds will be donated to MAZON, a Jewish Response to hunger. Passover recipes AND a mitzva? Count me […]

Fill up tonight – tomorrow is the fast of Ester!

Thursday is the fast of Ester! Normally it’s right before Purim, but when Purim is immediately after Shabbat, we push the fast back. This can make the Halachot a little different if you have shailot, just as a note! So tonight’s dinner should be pre-fast – here are some ideas. We had soup, french toast […]

Purim resources – 2014 homeschooling edition

You may remember that we’re a homeschooling family. I haven’t been good about posting what we’re doing this year with all the health issues that came up, but now that I’m getting things back on track, I want to share with you some of what we’re doing to get ready for Purim. First, the kids […]