Adventures of Motherhood

I am a harried mother of three kids who move at light speed and a husband who lives in a world of words. If that isn't enough, I teach in an elementary school as I slowly watch my hair turn gray.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Passover is OVER!

Passover is over for another year. Yeah! I don't know what's worse; all the work to get ready for Pesach or the putting everything away and getting the kitchen back in order, after Passover.

Probably the latter. But this year I was determined to get it all done right away. By lunch time yesterday everything was put away (I even cleaned out the cupboard where I shoved any chometz dishes that I didn't have a place for at the beginning of Pesach.

Passover is just filled with traditions. I think that's why I love it so much. Yes it is a lot of work and my kids drive me crazy with the "There's nothing to eat!", but I just love it. I love using the dishes (some that have been passed down from generation to generation) that we only use at Passover. We are doing the same things as other Jews all around the world. We are remembering the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors, so long ago. It's family time, it's spring, it just feels fresh.

I am going to try and enjoy the last 2 days before I have to go back to work and definitely enjoy this warm weather.

Have a happy weekend

Monday, April 13, 2009

Passover part 3

If I hear one more time "There's Nothing to Eat!" I am going to scream. OH wait, I just did. A member of the household (I need to protect their identity!) just finished having a temper tantrum because s/he was "starving" Man/woman can't live on potato chips and ketchup, you know! And it's not the dog! - he would eat anything I give him, including matzah. S/he won't eat anything! I made a kosher for Passover version of pigs in a blanket for her/him last night. S/he took one bite, said s/he didn't like it and opted for the leftover chicken. Never mind that the recipe is the same that I made 3 days ago and s/he gobbled them up. Never mind that there are plenty of things that s/he does eat, but won't, never mind that I have been cooking non stop since Tuesday. Sigh...

How many more days to go?!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Passover part 2

Well, the Seders are done and everything was ready...just like my mommy said it would be. The kids are already complaining about the Passover food. "There's nothing to eeeeeat!" Make sure you read that with a good whine! What do you mean there is nothing to eat? I have been cooking for days.

Actually, Carmi and Dahlia are enjoying the food. Thank God for "Mommy's famous chicken (a.k.a. chicken schnitzel). Zach would eat it for breakfast, lunch and supper. They all had it for dinner.

Noah and I made chocolate chip cookies this afternoon. What a big hit. Everyone ate them! I have a funny feeling we will be making them again tomorrow.

I always say that Passover is so much work. You plan a meal, cook a meal, serve a meal, eat a meal, clean up from a meal and then start all over again. But this year hasn't felt so bad. I actually read a book and napped this afternoon!!

I hope you have a fun and restful weekend!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happy Passover!

I don't think I will ever be ready for the seder tomorrow night. I love the holiday. Everything is so clean and fresh but it's exhausting. I have been on the go since 9 this morning and the kitchen is finally ready.

There is still so much to do. But at least the fish is done and thankfully the soup is almost done. I am going to let it cool down a little bit ( I am going to have a nap while it's cooling) and then I will put it in the fridge. I just realized that I forgot to write matzah balls on my list.

I'm a list maker. My mom taught me this. I love writing them. My favourite part is crossing things off the list. I write out my menu, the things I need to get at the grocery store, things I need to do.

My menu is set for tomorrow night, now I just have to cook the rest. Nobody will starve. I always have too much food. But what can I say, I am a Jewish mother and I always worry that there won't be enough. It's amazing my hubby doesn't weigh 300 pounds!

I figure get up early and everything will get done. As my mom says "It always does!"

I'm off to the kitchen so I want to wish you a very happy and health Pesach or Easter (whichever you celebrate) May you be surrounded by good friends and family, may you have fun, sing lots of songs and may it be warm!! (we have had snow for the last 2 days!)