New Passover Recipes I Tried & Loved

Instead of running myself ragged and cooking/baking a bunch of food that nobody would eat—or even requested—I tried something different this Passover and went super simple. Only 3 desserts were on the table: fruit salad, cookies, and a cake. No chocolate matzo, no Boston fruit slices, no macaroons, no meringues  no dipped strawberries, no apricot candy, etc. (Been there, done that, learned my lesson!)

The Chocolate Espresso Cookies from My Jewish Learning were so good. It does require using three mixing bowls, but isn’t complicated otherwise. The secret ingredient is substituting cake meal for flour and it makes a big difference. They’re light and chewy, not dense and dry.

 

The Paleo Orange Cake from Elena’s Pantry only requires 6 ingredients. It suggests washing, boiling and blending fresh oranges, but if you’re rushed, I think it would still be good with straight orange juice. 

As for the fruit salad, I just tossed bananas, blueberries, kiwis and flaked coconut together, then drizzled with honey. So quick, so tasty.

Elaborate feasts can be fun, provided we have the time, money and energy needed to create an epic event. Sometimes, however, a simple spread is actually better. The trick is planning a menu, using wholesome, fresh foods and not taking on more than we can comfortably do. I’ve enjoyed Passover Seders with 15 different desserts and I also liked this little version. Variety!

 

How was your Passover? What did you serve?

Why I’m Attending ShiftCon & You Should Too

Health, wellness, organic food, recycling, green products, creating a better and safer environment for ourselves and our families. If you agree that ALL of those things are meaningful, you should join me at ShiftCon 2019 – an eco-wellness influencer event.

What is ShiftCon? Their mission statement explains it best: “ShiftCon was born out of the idea that together we can create a profound impact on the world around us. We can literally shift the way we eat, raise our families and our impact on the environment. That shift has begun, and now it’s time to come together and leverage our collective voice. ShiftCon was created to give wellness and eco-friendly influencers a place to network, share ideas, learn from experts, empower one another and organize their efforts into social change.”

Sounds pretty cool, huh? As someone who has attended three ShiftCon events, I can assure you that it’s awesome in person. Not only can you network with other bloggers and influencers, you’ll get to interact with sponsors and speakers who are incredible. 

Last year’s conference (2018) was headlined by Ed Begley Jr. Most recognize him as an actor, but Ed is also deeply committed to environmental issues. (Remember She-Devil with Roseanne and Meryl Streep? I love that movie!) His speech was great and being able to meet him up close, talk together and take a picture was even better. (Yes, I was a little star-struck, but he was so friendly.)

2019’s conference will feature Alysia Reiner who is an actress, activist, and writer, that you’ll recognize from Orange is the New Black.

ShiftCon will be held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA), October 3-5, 2019. 

Attendees will experience:

  • Professional workshops
  • An exhibitor hall with over 50 brands
  • Networking with hundreds of peers
  • Top-notch speakers
  • Fitness events 
  • Goodie bags 
  • Delicious meals and drinks (organic, vegan, keto, etc.)

This event sells out every single time it’s hosted, so don’t wait to sign up. Register Here and be part of the change you want to see in the world! 

$40.00 Custom Sticker Giveaway

Any item, no matter how simple, will feel special if it’s personalized. Throughout my life, I have always collected anything that had my name, monogram and/or initials on it. Unfortunately, many customized products are extremely expensive! Luckily, there is an affordable alternative that doesn’t sacrifice quality for cost. 

StickerYou provides personalized stickers, magnets, labels, decals, iron-ons and more. Using die-cut technology, customers can design any shape without constraints, as well as choose standard shapes like rectangles, squares, or circles. Best of all, there is no minimum quantity for orders—buy 1 or buy 10,000; it’s up to you!

Business owners, non profits, and clubs will benefit from the Name Badges. Organizing junkies, Etsy creators, stationary lovers, home bakers/canners, and scrapbook enthusiasts will enjoy the custom labels.

StickerYou has generously offered a $40.00 gift card for one of my readers, good for anything on their site. The Custom Sticker Giveaway will be open thru May 6, 2019. Good luck, everybody!

 

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The Best Passover Hosting Guides

Whether you’re hosting Passover for the first time or the fortieth, a guide can be very helpful, especially if you’re overwhelmed and unsure where/how to start.

Here are a few that I really like:

Want step-by-step instructions? As usual, Chabad is the best resource

Dealing with allergies? Kosher.com has great advice for those who need to avoid eggs, ground nuts, and other holiday staples.

The Forward has a very comprehensive guide, with activities divided up over a few days, instead of a single marathon night of cooking and cleaning. 

Heritage Florida suggests visualizing the Seder you want, then planning. They also recommend potluck as an option, which is fun if others want to chip in.

Reform Judaism has a nice checklist that can be printed—wonderful for those who enjoy crossing things off as they go.

 

Are you hosting Passover this year? I’m having 11 people at my house!