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Apr 9 2014

Three Seders, Two Cities, One Diet

By at 10:54 am

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My family has always made an effort to make the Passover seder fun. Yes, we are retelling a very serious tale of fleeing bondage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have four question finger puppets or 10 plague interactive toys, right? It wouldn’t be our seder if we didn’t have a water gun to symbolize the slaying of the first born. As an only child, I was always the target.

Is it just the toys that make the holiday special? No. For me it’s about being with the extended family in New York, lovingly talking over each other, laughing harder than we laugh all year, retelling a story that Jews have been telling for centuries, and eating yummy food.

But, what does all of that mean in a year when my cousin’s due date is right in the heart of Passover time and I’ve started a diet which I’ve publicized online? Read the rest of this entry →

The Glamorous Housewife’s Guide to Hosting Your First Passover Seder

By at 10:05 am

The Glamorous Housewife's Guide to Hosting Your First Seder

If you have been following along with my Shabbat tutorials, you will realize that it only takes a little bit of planning to create a wonderful meal for family and friends. The same holds true if you are planning to host this year’s seder. It might seem like an overwhelming task the first time you try, but if you break each section up into smaller components and start a few days ahead of time, you should be able to hold a beautiful seder with very little anxiety.

Here is the checklist of what is included in a seder celebration:

– Guest list: Who is coming?

Menu: What are you serving for dinner?

Haggadah for each person at the meal.

Seder plate, plus what goes on it.

– Salt water for the table.

– Wine and a goblet or glass for blessings.

Elijah’s cup. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 10 2014

Get A Free Passover Prep Kit by Signing Up With DipTwice

By at 3:22 pm

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We know, we know–just bringing up the word Passover can send shivers down your spine. There’s so much to do, especially if you’re hosting your own seder. Between trying to perfect your matzah ball soup to figuring out how you’ll get a toddler to sit through an especially long meal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

But wait–we can help. DipTwice, an amazing resource where you can create your own personalized family Haggadah, is offering a free Passover Prep Kit to all interested Kveller readers. The kit includes recipes, a detailed holiday checklist, and tips to personalize your seder. It may not cook your soup for you, but it can definitely help ease some of the Passover planning stress.

Want your own Passover prep kit? All you have to do is sign up here. And if you want to learn more about creating your own Haggadah from DipTwice, check out their website for more details.

Happy stress-free Passover, all!

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Mar 6 2013

Passover Planning: What to Do Three Weeks Before the Seder

By at 11:39 am

seder invitation If you’re “making a seder” this year (translation: creating a hugely elaborate meal, educational and entertainment experience for family members, frenemies and friends), I’m here to help you through it.

This year will be my third seder hosting gig. Last year, my seder was 40 people. I was also pregnant and had a 9-month-old, plus two other kids. I am not someone who has “got it together” on the domestic front like Martha Stewart. I have even, on occasion, been called “disorganized” and “slovenly.” So if I can do it, so can you. Read the rest of this entry →

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