Cleaning the House for Passover

Many people start eating down their stashes of chametz (leavened things you don't eat during Passover) a few months in advance. Extra bagels in the fridge? Here, kids, eat these! Cereals, cookies, crackers, pasta . . .  It's easier to focus on finishing and not buying new when we get into February. But people take very different approaches to how they clean their houses for Passover. Passover 2017 – Sunset, Monday, April 10 through nightfall, Tuesday, April 18 You can go whole hog (if you’ll excuse the expression) and clean the entire house, getting rid of every crumb, in every room. … [Read more...]

Help! I’ve Never Put on a Passover Seder!

When you think of pulling together a Seder, does the idea of all the work involved stop you in your tracks? If so, get our free downloadable 36-page e-guide called “Celebrate Passover, How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder.” And learn how you can breeze through preparations for, well, a fun, simple Seder. Passover 2017 – Sunset, Monday, April 10 through nightfall, Tuesday, April 18 The guide will lead you through planning and preparation, so that you can create wonderful memories for your children – without spending weeks and months preparing. Here’s what one Mom told us: Ellen Zimmerman’s … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Kitchen Fun

Build an edible menorah with your children

I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite and super easy Hanukkah kitchen ideas to share with you. Enjoy! A super simple one is to get Hanukkah cookies cutters to use with breakfast pancakes. When the kids are six and up, they can help cut the shapes. Hanukkah starts Saturday, December 24th. Pretzel Rod Candles My daughter made these cute pretzel rod candles a few years back. Delish and easy to make. Here’s what she did: Dipped pretzels into melted chocolate (melted in Mason jars in a slow cooker in a water bath), Placed them on parchment paper. Drizzled them with melted … [Read more...]

Hanukkah DIY Gifts

A great gift to give your children is to encourage them to create presents for friends and family, instead of buying them. Think simple, loving, homemade. Hanukkah starts on Saturday, December 24th. Here are three ideas: Goodies in Glass Jars  If you save jelly jars, you’re in luck. Or you can pick some jars up at a hobby store. Depending on their size and shape, fill them with: Mixed candies Hot cocoa mix Honey Individual spices (e.g., cinnamon sticks or bay leaves) Spice mix (with recipe ideas that go with that kind of spice mix) One year, a friend gave me ingredients to … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Themed Nights

Hanukkah games

In our family, we want to tone down any hint of mad gift-giving at Hanukkah. We failed a bit last year, so we’re rethinking for this year. Hanukkah starts Saturday, December 24th.  Our daughter is now contemplating how to do themed nights, where the presents lead to family fun activities – focusing on togetherness vs. on getting loot. Since we are a games-loving group, this should be very doable. Calendar Night It is my tradition to create personalized calendars for our little boys. So we will plan a calendar night, where the calendars will be that night’s presents. To expand the calendar … [Read more...]