Monthly Archives: April 2009

Mother’s Day Giveaway – Schlep Tote Bag From PopJudaica.Com


Thanks for all the comments. The winner is Yonit!

Wondering what to get your mom, bubbie, aunt, or sister-in-law for Mother’s Day this year?  You’ve clicked on the right blog.

I’m giving away an adorable Schlep Tote Bag  from Perfect for when they come over to your home to babysit the kinderlach so you and hubby can go out on a date. There is enough room for unread mail, comfy shoes, reading glasses, and newspapers. Also, they can fill it up their groceries or library books (that reminds me, where is that library book that was due).

So, what are you waiting for? All you have to do for a chance to win The Schlep Tote Bag is tell me what is your favorite Yiddish  expression. What? You can’t think of any, here  are some that will help you. If you’re on twitter, be a mensch and help spread the word by tweeting out the giveaway.

Winner will be announced this Friday, May 1.



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Rise And Shine And Spring On Challah-lah-lah



Now that the Passover  dishes, knives, pots, haggadahs, cookbooks, sippy cups and baby bottles have been packed up and securely sealed until next year (unless we all end up in Jerusalem) I finally have some time to reflect.

First of all, I’d like to give a much needed honorable menschen to my DH; he really helped me out this year. Not only does he work his tushie off to support his 3 girls and 1 boy, he comes home after that and cooks up a storm. And he’s got some incredible recipes up those sleeves, let me tell you. Secondly, to my friends and my daughter’s friends. We all took turns hosting the playgroup; all homes were kept somewhat cleaner using this plan.

The first night we organized a Communal Passover Seder for singles and families at our shul. The Rabbi and his family led the Passover Seder while 51 adults participated. The food was delicious and plentiful (thank you Supersol) and the waiters kept our plates full. The second night (yes, we actually have two nights of all of this eating and drinking) we hosted 5 adults and 4 kids. The kids participated and read from their individual Haggadahs they made in school. That was the most memorable, and worth every penny of their tuition.

This year, the second day of Passover ended as Shabbat began (in other words, we had to have all our meals prepared for Shabbos in advance). I was without my twitter, blogs, and facebook for almost 5 days, wow. After sundown on Shabbos, the in-between days, or Chol-HaMoed started. Chol-HaMoed actually translates to”weekdays of the festival”. A lot of families travel to amusement parks during this time, so from Sunday to Tuesday, people were on the move. We drove to our friends in Highland Park, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon. They were brave enough to host our family of 5, along with their family of 5. That is an entire separate blog post. So, we ate our last Matzos and potato starch cakes (I think I gained at least 10 lbs. this Passover) and were on our way back home. 

Before you could say Challah, our kitchen was transformed from the chometz free zone to the chometz zone. A favorite custom of mine (since I got married and learned about it) is “Schlissel Challah”. In other words, take a key and bake it into a challah, which is a Segulah (sign, symbol,  or treasure that can lead to something which is desired).  On I found this user friendly statement most appropriate for explanatory purposes:

At this time of year, right after Pesach, we ask G-d to recall how He opened the gates of sustenance for the entire nation of Israel in the days of Joshua after Pesach. By impressing a key into our challah, we are asking that we too should have the key we need to open the gates of sustenance properly placed and turned for us. The “schlissel,” which is the Yiddish word for “key,” should unlock the gates of sustenance for us just as it was for the nation of Israel after their first Pesach in the promised land.

Isn’t that a nice connection to the key in the challah? I thought so. I hope that this key will open the once known routine of napping and sleeping (my kids are so off their schedules). I’m also off my schedule, as I have not posted, tweeted, or facebooked in a very long time.

As we all have a renewed appreciation for baking with flour, I checked out an ad looking at me from Cafemom (social networking site for moms) and clicked on the link to Betty Crocker. Besides the Make A Wish contest currently in process, there is a Betty Crocker Kitchen Blog on their site as well. When I saw the word “Kosher” and “Guest Blogger” linked together, I immediately wanted to learn more about Jill Colella Bloomfield . You will love what she has to suggest for picky eaters.


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Passover Is Gluten-Free Fabulous

pesach-2009-017pesach-2009-0141I am obsessed with Kosher food products. It is way past my bedtime, but I saw a tweet that I liked so I clicked on the link and here I am writing a post about. If you are Gluten-Free and keep Kosher, you won’t want to miss what Glutenfreegosip has to post, especially about the matzo. There are Gluten-Free matzos available (I only know this because my friend’s daughter has to eat only Gluten-Free). There are so many, delicious and Kosher products available, and they’re yummy. In fact, we received the most delicious, Gluten-Free, Kosher For Passover cookies from Oh It couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time (all our regular cookies and snacks were gone) as we were stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to make cookies with in the house. My daughters and I were so happy when we found not one, but five boxes of delicious Kosher Pareve Gluten-Free cookies. Oh Nuts does a fantastic job of wrapping their deliveries, we’ve never received anything damaged or open.  So, the next time you want to send something to a fiend that is Kosher, you wont’ want to miss what Oh Nuts has in stock.

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Let The Passover Seders Begin

I really wanted to post a funny poem but I just ran out of time. Hope everybody enjoys their holidays this week, whether it be Passover or Easter. Here are some highlights from our Passover preparations this year.

We made our list and checked it twice

We made our list and checked it twice

Yummy Treats from Oh Nuts! Yum

Yummy Treats from Oh Nuts! YumGreat yummy cookies from the Oh Nuts gift package

Calm before the cooking storm

Calm before the cooking storm

No crumbs left behind

No crumbs left behind


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