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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

11 Comments 17 January 2012

Its one thing to be a creative Jewish hostess, but its so amazing to me when talented Jewish women use their strengths to better the community and people in need.

I’m sure you remember Claudia Bildirici’s Bento Box Passover Seder Table, but did I tell you that she is one of the founders of the famous Lottie’s Kitchen in Israel? Learning from their mother’s gracious hospitality and giving nature, Claudia, her sisters Linda Dayan, Susan Menashe, and Nina Cohen helped found Lottie’s Kitchen in memory of their famous mom, Lottie Chalom a’h. Lottie was known for her great cooking and generous hospitality. What better way to memorialize Lottie Chalom than an organization that feeds the  families of hospitalized patients in Israel? Read more about Lottie’s Kitchen HERE in The Jewish Press.

Every  summer, Claudia and her sisters host the most magnificent Lottie’s Kitchen Day  in Deal, N.J. Delicious kosher baked goods for sale, cooking demonstrations, kitchen gadgets for sale, and a delicious lunch that will really make your day one of the most enjoyable of the summer!  You will know that I am not kidding when you see these pics from Lottie’s Kitchen  2009. This year, Lottie’s Kitchen will be held at Adele and Jeff Cohen’s home on Elberon Avenue in Deal, New Jersey on July 7, 2011. Save the date! More info to come!

Claudia- thanks for sending in pics of another one of your holiday tables! We want your recipes also!!!! Marlene

“Marlene, first I must thank Josh for the flowers! I added shells to the flowers, being summer has almost started. I made a healthy,light, and parve lunch.

  • Seitan kebabs recipe from Candle Cafe
  • Rice tofu wraps with peanut dipping sauce from Susie Fishbein  (use tofu instead of chicken)
  • Mushroom/asparagus/endive
  • Greek salad

I know you cannot post all pictures. so I guess pick the winning one! HAHA
Also please let your  Jewish Hostess readers know that the new Trader Joes in NJ sells amazing pasta! Lemon pepper or basil garlic all OU parve!
They also carry fresh pizza dough whole wheat /pesto and reg for ……get this .99 !!!! Can u believe under a buck?!
Thanks again!!
Claudia”

Rice Tofu Wraps:

(Claudia-PLEASE invite me to your next holiday meal!!!)

 

Mushroom Asparagus Endive Salad:

 

Greek Salad:

 

Syrian Style Pickles:

(love the shells!!!)

A Perfect Lunch Buffet!!

Thanks for sharing, Claudia!!!

 

 

 

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

7 Comments 01 June 2011

Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

(Read more about “Hiddur Mitzvah” HERE)

Lets beautify our tables this Shavuot and share in our individuality- send in your Shavuot table pics to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com (use an @).

First Prize: will receive an amazing $200 gift certificate to: Parci Parla Home Accessories

Parci Parla: Home Accessories, Table Top, Kim Seybert, Exclusive Ralph Lauren Tabletop, Exclusive Allesi Tabletop, Decorative Pillows and Vases, Trays, Personalized decorating service for your home.

Two locations:

1-4904 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686 – 6858

2-508 Kings Hwy # 10,Brooklyn, NY 11223

Second Prize: $75 to Josh and Co. Florist.

1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Call (917)-520 6446

Third Prize: $50 to Josh and Co. Florist

I love this photo decorated by Irene Kassin and Rachel Benun of Parci Parla at

DECOR BY THE SHORE in Deal, NJ.:

Some of Parci Parla’s tablesettings:
Josh and Co. Florist:
Brand New Loation! 1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Check out some of his gorgeous creations:

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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

4 Comments 31 May 2011

Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.

 

Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)

 

 

 

Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.

 

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Announcing the Winners of The Jewish Hostess Seder Table Contest!!!

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Announcing the Winners of The Jewish Hostess Seder Table Contest!!!

5 Comments 06 May 2011

I just want to start off this post with a huge THANK YOU to all of the Jewish Hostesses that sent in pictures of  their Passover holiday tables. I can’t describe to all of  you how excited I get whenever I get a recipe, an email of encouragement, and especially when you share a bit of  your holiday with me and all of  the Jewish Women  all over the world.

Take a peek at all of the gorgeous Passover Table submission Pics! Click HERE!

The effort and creativity that went into these seder tables are a true inspiration to all Klal Yisrael. You should know that we have many young and newly married Jewish women reading this blog, and many have told me that though they haven’t made their first seder yet, but they have been inspired by all of YOU. Whether you used your finest china, a bento box as a seder plate, or even gorgeous plastic plates from Amazing Savings, it was really about the unique HOLIDAY MEMORIES that you have created, and will be remembered and re-told for generations to come.

The  unique and gorgeous Seder Table pics that you have sent in are  as unique as the beautiful Jewish Hostess behind them.

Originally Josh the florist decided to give $100 worth of flowers to ONE winner…. but we looked at all the submissions and I said, “Josh, how can we just choose ONE, so many were great...” so he agreed to 4 prizes, (which I think was very nice of him- don’t you think?)

Visit Josh and Co. Florist at their brand new location in Brooklyn, at 1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road.

Judged by originality, creativity, most Facebook “likes”, most comments and emails sent to me as votes, the winners are:

With the MOST FACEBOOK “LIKES” and the most original idea for a seder plate:

Winner #1:

to receive a $100 gift certificate to JOSH AND CO. FLOWERS:

CLAUDIA BILDIRICI !!!!!!

Truly “out of the box” seder plate!

check out her seder table HERE

Winner #2 :

$50. worth of flowers from Josh and co. to:

Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi who set up their whole seder table as a surpise for their mother!

Check out A Seder Table That Could Split the Sea! Click HERE

Winner #3:

$50. Worth of  Flowers from Josh and Co.

Thank you Sarah Mamiye for sending in your elegant seder!

Her table that looks like a million!   shh… don’t tell anyone that the dishes were from Amazing Savings and vases are from Home Goods!!!!

Click HERE to check it out!!!

Winner #4:

$35 worth of flowers from Josh and Co.

An elegant seder that really gave her family the experience of coming out of Egypt!

Smoke (Victoria bought a smoke machine on Halloween and saved it for her Passover seder!) frogs, and a gorgeous table.

Check out Victoria Arnold’s seder HERE. Thank You Victoria for sending in your seder pics!!!

Winner # 5-

A Jewish Hostess Apron for April Yvonne Adams! Her gorgeous Passover eggs inspired so many

readers!!!  they almost look fake !!! check out her authentic “leaving the desert seder” HERE.


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An Elegant Seder That Brings Back Memories of Generations Past

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An Elegant Seder That Brings Back Memories of Generations Past

4 Comments 20 April 2011

Thank you Victoria for a look into your symbolic Passover seder! A family holiday is even more special when heirlooms from our grandmothers are used on the table. Extra touches like smoke (you HAVE to tell Jewish Hostess readers how you DID that! You must have picked that up at science fair!)  and frogs must have really added to the authenticity of  how it felt for our ancestors leaving Egypt. Your table  looks beautiful! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,  The cut crystal decanter is my husband’s great grandmother’s Passover wine decanter (hand carried from Ukraine).  The smoke is for the death of the firstborn plague.  Notice there are frogs all over the the matzo cover. Victoria Arnold”

 

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A Fabulous Bold Passover Table Setting- Remembering the 10 Plagues

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A Fabulous Bold Passover Table Setting- Remembering the 10 Plagues

1 Comment 18 April 2011

Thank you Kim Dabah for this stunning Seder table inspiration!

Succulent red roses, napkins and plates, inspire our holiday theme to remind us of “Makat Dam”- the plague of blood filling the Nile River as a punishment to king Pharoh of Egypt for not allowing the Jewish slaves to leave Egypt in freedom. What creativity! Keep sending in your Seder Pics to WIN $100. worth of Spring flowers!

 

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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

7 Comments 10 April 2011

Its time to free the creative spirit that has been ignored in the midst of all of our holiday planning. Scrubbing, grating, chopping, boiling (those pots and pans), outfitting, shopping…. can really leave even the most creative Jewish moms to the point of exhaustion. Take it from me, some years I’m lucky just to plop a bunch of tulips from the street corner into a vase just before lighting the holiday candles.
This year will be different!
I’ve searched and clicked all over tons of inspiring websites all around internet town to bring all of my
Jewish Hostesses
10 spring centerpiece ideas for your Seder table. These simple table decor ideas can be transformed into a Passover seder that expresses YOU!
Start planning and gather your materials this week so that your Seder centerpiece wont be a last minute throw-on. Get the kids involved so that you can direct them while you are putting the final touches on your Passover meal.
You can choose to pull out all of your assorted vases and line them up on your table with a simple streamlined color theme of blooms, or you can go out on a limb and create a more intricate design.
Whatever style you choose, just remember that these spring inspired decor ideas adds as much to the memories of the evening as the delicious  meal that you serve your guests.
(image via deutweddings)
1-Silver vases of all sizes capture the glamour of your Passover seder table. Try these fluted vases with a mercury filled base for only $19.99 from  Target , and add your personal touch with the simplest of buds.
2-Looking for a cheap, chic and glamorous DIY project?
Hop on over to  100layercake.com for theit tutorial on how to spray paint your extra mason jars
for a vibrant new look on your  Passover seder table.
3-Go through your storage closets and pull out stored wedding gifts that you haven’t used in years.
You’d be surprised at the gorgeous display you can create by lining up assorted bud vases and filling them all
in the same color scheme.
(image via 100layercake.com)
4-Inspired by the Elizabeth and Anne blog, use assorted jars and containers, buy a rustic burlap, or for a more elegant look find a dressier  metallic or floral fabric, tie with a matching cord or fancy ribbon, and scatter on your seder table.
images via Social Couture and jjdesigns
5-Use fruit cups or glasses, An ice cream dish, a champagne bowl, or a martini glass that are on pedestals , fill with clear or white pepples. You can also find vase filler HERE, top with a single flower or two,  and disperse among your platters.
6-Your guest will really enjoy their four cups of wine while enjoying the view. Make a fruit  topiary using regal grapes as the star of the show.
The timeless Preston Bailey shows you how to do it right here on his blog.
7-Fabric wrapped containers will steal the show. Use vibrant papers and flowers and go beyond the  expected. DIY  instructions HERE.
8-This terra cotta centerpiece tutorial from Real Simple magazine will give a breezy rustic aura to you holiday dinner.
9-Spring is here, and there is no prettier way to show it with an eco-inspired pink and green vegan centepiece .
Check out Epicurious.com for their down to earth DIY how-to.
10- I actually saved the prettiest for last!
This unexpected burst of spirited colors will keep your guests family and guests in a cheery mood the whole entire seder! I’ve been having a color obsession with these eye-popping brights. If you are too, then run on over to your local florist and buy:
10 red, white and pink anemones
5 mini daffodils
8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open)
Ranunculus greens and buds
English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants)
and click HERE for a simple tutorial.
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Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

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Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

6 Comments 08 April 2011

 

 

 

Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your  Passover Seder !

The story of Passover occurred thousands of years ago, but that doesn’t mean your Seder table needs to look like it took place in Ancient Egypt. This holiday, let’s take a cue from one of the most trendsetting designers of all time, David Hicks.

“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures,

how to use pattern … and how to mix old with new.”-David Hicks

Adding bright colorful and eye-catching elements to your Seder table will add excitement to your lavish spread and transcend your Passover seder into modernity. Give a nod to David Hicks who always embraced crisp, bold pattern and bright hues making your banquet one that even King Pharoah would say YES to!

1- Passover Seder Plate $255

2- Fanny goblets William Yeoward Bloomingdales $85

3- Black charger plate $2

4- Turquoise Greek key placesetting Jonathan Adler 4 piece placesetting $50

5- Carnaby hazard vase Jonathan Adler $68

6- Wright 5 piece place setting dishes by Crate and Barrel $36.95

7- Passover Haggadahs $76.50

8- Aquamarine Moser bowl

9- Kim Seybert napkin ring 4 for $80.

10-Oslo tiles placemat Jonathan Adler $18

by Elizabeth Braha,

Simple Dwellings LLC.


 

 

 

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Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

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Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

No Comments 01 April 2011

Thank you Heather Nyack for your seder Pictures!
“We opted this year to move the table into the living room, as two of our guests are pregnant: Rachel Wedel Cruse, is 39 weeks, and my daughter Ashlianna Nyack, is 24 weeks with twins, and have the seder table between two couches, so the ladies could recline on the comfy couch. It made… for a much more relaxed seder not just for them, but for everyone. We also use the avacado pit option on the seder plate, instead of the lamb shank, as we are mostly vegetarian, and working towards becoming vegan. We have kids who cannot eat eggs — we let them have Kosher chocolate eggs for that portion of the seder. Finding ones that work for all the kosher/vegan/allergen issues though can be tough!”

 

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Leigh Klein’s Passover Seder Inspiration

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Leigh Klein’s Passover Seder Inspiration

4 Comments 01 April 2011

“Dear Marlene,
Here are pictures of our table. We have several children who attend and to keep them engaged and make things “fun” I include lots of props such as the 10 plague finger puppets (the adults usually fight over these) the 4 question finger puppets (one adult guest never took his off!) and frogs…lots and lots of frogs. I hide them everywhere and about half way through Seder they start flying. I found some little rubber frogs last fall and put them away for Seder, I folded them into all of the napkins as a little surprise!

Loving your Facebook Page and blog! They’ve been so helpful! Leigh Klein”

Leigh Klein

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Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.

 


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880′s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.


7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com

 

 

10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity on Passover

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The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity on Passover

No Comments 28 March 2011

 

 

 

Dear Hostesses,

Meet Alice Chera, a very talented and inspirational woman in our community. This post is perfect timing as the pressure mounts to the PASSOVER COUNTDOWN!

 Sit back, take a deep breath, and absorb Alice’s valuable advice to surviving a daunting holiday that looms ahead….. Marlene

P.S. Check out Alice’s website HERE

 The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity On Passover

by: Alice Chera, CPCC, ACC

It was the battle cry of a weary Moses: “Let my people go!” It is the essence of Passover- freedom from oppression. So how is it, I wonder, as I stand in my kitchen sweating profusely over a frying pan in a cloud of Matzo meal after weeks of scrubbing my home from top to bottom, that the miracle of the Jews’ escape from Egypt thousands of years ago has turned into my very own 21rst century tale of bondage? What is it about the preparations for Passover that has me plotting year after year, my own escape to a desert like clime?

Now don’t get me wrong; Passover is a great holiday, as a child it was my favorite. But that was way before all the koshering, cooking, cleaning, checking, frying, baking, boiling, dipping and shopping was my responsibility. Back in those days, even my mother (an accomplished cook in her own right) didn’t host a Seder. Passover was a holiday so epic in scale that it was entrusted only to my grandmother, the silent and sturdy matriarch of our family. Peering into the kitchen to give her a kiss, there us kids would find her, clad in her housecoat, standing valiantly at the helm of the kitchen commandeering the stovetop and ovens with nary a complaint.

That said, it is no wonder the mere thought of Passover can strike terror into the heart of even the most seasoned cook and homemaker. Passover is the biggie. The Grand Poobah of all the holidays. For those of us who stay home for holidays, Passover can be a month-long brew of cooking and cleaning that requires efficiency, stamina and most of all, a good attitude.

So here are some tips to maintain your sanity and create your own freedom as you prepare for Passover this year:

  1. Start Early/ Pace Yourself:

Start early and start small, but the main thing is to just start. As the Nike slogan goes “Just Do It.” Procrastination leads to paralysis. If you give yourself enough time you can tackle the Passover prep with little or no stress. Organize one shelf of a closet or start with just one room each week and little by little things will get done

2. Get Clear/ Avoid Vagueness:

Sure the thought of preparing for Passover can be daunting but our fears loom larger when they are trapped inside our heads. Begin by making a list of all the things you need to do for the holiday. That means- make your menus and shopping lists and create an outline for cleaning so that your tasks are clearly laid out before you. Vagueness only breeds anxiety. Seeing your list on paper makes things more manageable. It shows you that there is a beginning and an end to what needs to be done. And as you begin to cross things off the list, it generates the momentum you need to keep taking actions in preparation for the holiday.

3. Practice Self Care:

The overwhelming workload and heightened stress in anticipation of Passover can turn many of us from human beings into “human doings.” Watch for burnout. Make sure you take breaks and check in with yourself to see what you need at any given moment. Are you hungry? Do you need a nap? Rest is critical. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Delegating chores to your kids gives you a break and helps create for your children a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Remember, no one wants to find mom face down in her plate once the Seder has begun. Not a pretty picture.

4. Adopt a Positive Perspective/ Change Your Thinking:

Most of us tend to look at certain situations through only one lens. If you have always viewed preparing for Passover as difficult and challenging, then odds are Passover will always be a stress- related holiday for you. If you can shift your perspective from “This is so much work, how will I ever get done?” to “I am learning to approach Passover with balance and ease” you might find yourself lunching with friends or having more space in your day as the holiday approaches.

5. Have Fun:

Alright, there are probably those of you who want to strangle me for this one. But truly you can get quite creative with your time at home and in the kitchen before Passover arrives. Why not listen to some of your favorite music while you are cleaning out your closets or frying up 10 lbs of chicken cutlets? How about trying on a different persona as you get ready for the holiday? Approaching the Passover prep from the stance of Ninja mom or Warrior Goddess can be energizing, productive and fun.

6. Cultivate and Attitude of Gratitude:

Remember ladies- whatever we focus on grows. If we choose to look at our preparations for Passover as overwhelming and draining it will be that much worse. But if you look at all the positive aspects of this holiday and the ways that Passover fills you that will be what grows in your heart. Think about the abundance that is around you that we sometimes take for granted. The privilege of experiencing the holiday surrounded by your family, enjoying a variety of delicious food on the table, the connection to our history and the freedom we as Jews have today. If you practice an attitude of gratitude you can never fail! Freedom will always be yours for the taking.

Alice Chera is a Life Coach who works with women to help them enrich their lives and achieve their goals.

www.alicechera.com 

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

12 Comments 27 March 2011

Get a head start on  Passover with this great kosher chocolate cookie recipe sent in by my friend Yael over in Israel. Check out her  fantastic new kosher recipe site !

“When is Passover 2011?”, you ask?  Chabad.org has all the updates on this year’s Passover holiday dates so that you can begin preparing your Passover menus.

Start buying your Passover ingredients and add these Passover cookies to your Seder menu. Bake and freeze up to 4 weeks ahead of  time. They are so delicious straight out of the freezer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 ounces Passover chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 package Passover vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cups ground nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool.
  3. Beat the egg whites until foamy add the vanilla and beat until stiff.
  4. Slowly add the sugar.
  5. Fold in the chocolate and the nuts.
  6. Drop 1 teaspoon at a time on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 15 minutes.
  8. Remove when cool. Store in freezer.

 

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

4 Comments 27 March 2011

It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!

One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable.  As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.

In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with.  Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.

Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!

Remember…

20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging

16 lunges

16 pushups

20 -60 second planks-3x

One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean

Here’s something to look forward to…..

After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.

Starting date: May 1, 2011

Ending date: June 1, 2011

Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??

With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana

GROUP FITNESS MOVEMENT SPECIALIST LIFE STYLE COACH

sari@dananyc.com

Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

No Comments 22 March 2011

Meet Stacy Ayash- A very talented interior decorator who also finds time to whip up the most beautiful parties. Visit her gorgeous brand new interior decorating shop on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Hope you are inspired to spiff up your own gourmet table!  Marlene.

p.s. I’m looking for the next hostess of the week…

please send in your hostess ideas and pictures.


Anyone who entertains knows that its not always so easy but we always want to make it look that way.
After years of having guests over for holidays, and special occasions, I definitely know that my parties come together a lot easier these days. My biggest challenge is always creating something new and exciting for my guests.
The most recent party in my home was a collaborative effort. My mother in law wanted to celebrate the birth of her new grand daughter . I set up the flowers and the table decor,  and my mom cooked  the food.
Now you must know that the last party I did in my home I covered my entire table with grass and had very tall vases with orchids dripping out of the sides. So I knew I had to come up with something that would at least compare to last time.
The only difference was that now I had about 2 days to prepare, so I really needed to really put my thinking cap on. Here’s what I came up with………

I had my local mirror guy use my table pads as a template to cut the mirror and also cut some mirrored squares to serve the mazza (Syrian appetizers) on. All of the other serving pieces are the platinum Annie Glass mixed with Michael Aram platters. To add height and dimension, I used glass cube vases to prop up the serving platters. I poured pink jelly beans into the glass cubes to add the sweet softness to the table- after all the party was in honor of a baby girl.

The only thing missing was a spectacular centerpiece to really make the table pop, and the pink amarillo lillies really did the trick!

Interior Designs by Stacy Ayash

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

2 Comments 21 March 2011

 

How cool is Jewish Hostess Bridget Ben Dayan? I’m in love with her creative Purim party ideas and I’m so glad that she took the time to share it with all of us!  Of course you can take this table decor idea and use it for your Passover Seder or any festive occasion during the year.  Be the next Jewish Hostess of the Week and send in ANY cool ideas to ME! Marlene M.

Dear Marlene,
Last year was our first time making a Purim party for the kids.  It was so much fun that we decided to do it again.

  • We started out by making photo invitations online which was easy and a great way to get the kids involved and even more excited about Purim.
  • Next we found a great magician, Magician Mo, who entertained the older and younger kids alike.  All we had left to do was prepare a dessert table and we had a party!
Since we were having boys and girls, I tried to incorporate various colors so it would look festive and colorful and each of my kids would think it was for them.
  • I started with hot pink fabric as a runner, then turned my mom’s white square platters upside down for a new look.
  • I found a book of scrapbooking paper that had different patterns using blue, green & grey.  Each platter got a different design and then was topped with glass and ready for dessert.
  • In the center were two simple vases of flowers filled with jellybeans to incorporate all of the colors.
  • All the desserts were “pick up” pieces, which  are delicious, look great and makes the table look much neater.
  • I found a great solution for fruit also, I found these small, cool shaped plastic bowls and mini spoons in amazing savings. I filled them with my new favorite combination of orange, grapefruit and fresh mint and put them alongside the mini spoons.
We had such a nice day, the kids were able to have fun, we were able to spend time with our friends, and then we had the whole afternoon to enjoy the Seuda with our family.
Thanks for letting me share…
Bridget

 

 

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