Oh sure - I bought the grape juice on sale. And we bought some tea that seems to fly off the shelves. And we committed to a few meals out (woo-hoo!). But other than that? Nothing. Nada.
This - despite that I receive emails daily from various Jewish cooking/mom-related sites with this or that Pesach checklist/prep tip. Despite that I have my own Pesach binder with recipes from previous years, lists, and fun stuff so I don't have to keep re-inventing the wheel.
Why on this green earth have I not even uttered the word in my house? First - I'm tired. I had two large events take place last week that I planned, and I'm just tired of planning. Second - I'm busy at work. So unfortunately, Pesach hasn't yet appeared on my radar screen.
The other, possibly subconscious, reason why I haven't yet broached the topic is because I want to go back to basics: I want to re-emphasize the holiday itself, and not go nuts with the meals and the cleaning. It's time to get back to basics and remember what the holiday is about, which is something I only think about when I sit down to seder, not before.
So here are my thoughts:
- Go through my recipe file and pick out the recipes that are Pesach-friendly. Salads, chicken, veggie dishes - there's so much out there. Now's the time to read the recipes again with fresh eyes.
- Go through the Pesach grocery aisles and really consider what I need (which means, don't go shopping with the kids!). Buy the staples, not the latest and greatest.
- Buy a food processor. Last year I determined that this is something I need, so I want to invest in a good one that will last me for years.
- I don't bake from scratch during Pesach. I make fruit salad for dessert, or I splurge and buy the cake-in-a-box. Pricey...yes, but it really saves me the headache and I allow for it since I don't buy lots of other stuff.
- I love love love this post. People - this is what it's about. Back to basics.
- Remember that - no matter what - make it fun for the kids. A stressed out mommy is not fun. A tired mommy is not fun. So - be flexible and keep it simple.
What are your favorite Pesach strategies?