passover, preparation, lists, menu, seder

I love this holiday, but it’s alot of work and it can be overwhelming!

This year the two Passover Seders fall at the end of March, which means it’s time to start making plans, if you haven’t already. This will be the 28th year that I’m hosting Seders for my family. Right about now I can hear my son Mark say, “but mom, how is that possible? You’re only 29?” (he knows just the right things to say!) I can’t believe where the time has flown, but it’s tradition and a pleasure for me to have both Seders at my house.

Do I ever feel overwhelmed? Of course – I’m human and just thinking about changing over my kitchen, grocery shopping and everything else that goes with Passover, gives me the shivers. Don’t get me wrong, I do love this holiday and having company at my house, but if I didn’t prepare before, it wouldn’t go smoothly.

Lists Lists Lists!

First thing is to try not to stress. I know, easier said than done, but when you try to be a little organized and make lists, it really helps. Before ‘computers’, I used to write my notes on pieces of paper that I taped in my ‘The Pleasures of Your Food Processor’ cookbook by Norene Gilletz – they are still there!

What’s on the Lists?

1. Seder Menu

    I really try to mix things up and I have an abundance of tried and true recipes. Although there are certain favorite dishes that will never be replaced no matter what, I look at past lists and try to change up the side dishes. It goes without saying that there will be plenty of healthy dishes too!

2. Recipe List

    Make a list of all the recipes that you will be using for your dinner, plus the ingredients needed for each. This is the time to make sure that you have the actual recipes needed and any new ones that you want to include too.

3. Grocery List

    Now that you know your menu, it’s time to take every item and create your grocery list. Be sure to include items that you will need for after the Seders as well!

4. Schedule

    I like to make a schedule of when I am doing what. My schedule usually starts about 2 weeks prior to Passover and has things on it like when to order my meat, order fish, when to allocate time to bake things that I can freeze, etc. I only have 1 oven, but even if I had 2 I would still make myself an oven/stove schedule. This isn’t for just the day of the Seders, but I like to give myself a general idea of when I’ll be making soup, meatballs, etc. It just helps me to be calm about everything!

5. Relax

    With so much going on it is important to take moments to treat yourself. Whether it is yoga, exercise or reading a book, make sure that your mental state of mind is in check. I know that I will still be going to yoga in the morning of the Seders and taking that into consideration when planning for Passover!

Important Stuff!

    Don’t get hung up on your lists! Menu ideas may change, you may have more guests or someone doesn’t come at the last minute. This is meant as a guideline and you don’t have to follow it to a T! I’m not good at delegating, but delegate if you find things are making you stressed. Enjoy, relax and try to make things as easy as possible for you 🙂

Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post on Seder Meal ideas!

As always, I’d love to hear from you!
How do you prepare for Passover? Please share your ideas and comments below 🙂

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