12.05.2014

Chanukah Treasuries

Here are the most recent Hanukkah Treasuries.

Hanukkah in Blue and Silver by GALSEWS

Hanukkah Gifts by LindaB

3.18.2014

Passover in My House in Maryland

By Gail of GalSews

I look forward to Passover with a little angst. I’m not the world’s greatest housekeeper and switching my house around is a pain. If I’m lucky, I can convince my younger son who boomeranged after college to haul the Passover stuff up from the basement and lug the regular stuff down. I must admit, I have never gone through my house with a feather looking for chametz, the food forbidden during Passover. Passover is an opportunity for me to run the self-cleaning oven. (Self-cleaning ovens are a great invention!)

Seder Plate by Yafit
Blue dichroic fused Seder plate

Then there is the cooking. Lots of eggs during Passover. It’s a good thing that eggs are no longer blamed for high cholesterol because they are pretty important in getting baked goods to “rise” without yeast – a major no-no during the holiday. My matzo balls are almost always floaters. To help insure this, 1) I separate the eggs and whisk the whites until they are good and stiff. Then I add them to the Manishewitz Matzo Ball Mix (tip #2), let the mixture rest, make the batter into balls, plop the balls into boiling water, and trick 3, cover and don’t peek for the time specified on the package.

Matzoh Art by Eisner Art
STREIT'S MATZOS  in Yellow & Red <<< Signed JUDAICA Art Giclee Print on Archival Etching Paper, Ultra-fine Watercolor Paper or Canvas


Passover Parsley and Salt Water Bowls by Jewish Heirlooms 
Passover Parsley and Salt Water Bowls for the Sedar Table

You know it is Passover in my house because the seder plate is no longer hanging on the dining room wall where it has been used as a decoration. It’s washed off and loaded with the items required for the seder – the bone for the Pascal lamb Israelites ate; the maror, horse radish, for the bitterness the Israelites experienced; the salt water, for their tears, into which we then dip the parsley or Romaine lettuce; the charoset, a mixture of apples, cinnamon and wine, for the bricks that were made for Pharoah, and, most important of all, the matzo, the bread of affliction, which did not have time to rest when the Israelites fled Egypt after the final plague of death to the first born.

Seder Plate Art by Adam Rhine
Pesach - Passover - Judaica Jewish Seder Plate Hebrew Art Signed Print by Adam Rhine


My family insists that we read the Haggadah, the book which tells the Passover story and orchestrates the seder, mostly in English. But when we do a blessing in Hebrew, we are not to double read it, by translating it! We’re now using a lovely Haggadah we purchased while in Israel from its compiler and illustrator, Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz. Rabbi Matt insisted that there’s nothing wrong with a Haggadah which has a wine stain or two on it. It shows its use.

Seder Plate Earrings by Linda B 


Our main course for the Seder is either chicken or brisket. It’s always nice to have asparagus, as it is new in spring. My piece-de-resistance used to be a chocolate walnut torte (10 eggs), but it met with resistance with my family –no accounting for taste. So, now my favorite dessert is Blenheim apricots dipped in chocolate. Yum.

So that is how I prepare for and then do the Seder. On the seventh day of Passover, I attend synagogue and read the Shira haYom, the Song at the Sea of Reeds which reiterates how Pharoah’s army pursued the Israelites into the sea and was drowned.

Matzah Cover by Gail
Passover Sale Sectioned Matzah Cover Embroidered with Daffodil and Pesach

After Passover, again I look to my son or husband to help switch things to their regular position.

Wishing you all a Happy Passover and “Next Year in Jerusalem.”

3.14.2014

A Handmade Seder - Updated

In my home, the Passover Seder is a mix of old and new, vintage and handmade treasures used to help tell the story of freedom. The Haggadah we use was used at my parent's table, the Cup of Elijah is a magnificent cobalt blue treasure that was used at my grandparents' home. Each part, the matzoh cover, the Seder plate, the table clothes, have history, so setting up for a Seder in my home is easy, almost like bringing in family I haven't seen in a while. I get a bit thrown off guard when an invitation comes my way for a Seder at someone else's home. What do I bring? I can't go empty handed. Food? Like what? Maybe something very special...something handmade might be in order. 


Passover Apron - I love the play on words



This plate is so beautiful it might be hard to get it out of my house




Afikoman Bag by Renee's Needle I love this fabric....Renee is very talented with a needle.....hmm






This blue washing cup from Agru is wonderful....and I remember my dad using a bowl at the table....definitely could be stepped up a bit..

Blue Washing Cup with Base




This vase from Studio Armadillo could be used to pour salt water. So pretty. 
Passover gift Geometric vase Light blue ceramic Origami inspired Gift idea For her & for him Contemporary style Home decor








This wine cozy from Blazing Needles could do that, keep the wine cozy...We'll be drinking a bit of wine during the Seder....4 cups each. (I'll need to wear flats...)
L'Chaim Wine Cozy - to life





These wine glass charms from Down To Earth Creations are wonderful....and a good idea, after all 4 cups each...Not that I'd lose track of my glass...


PASSOVER 6 jewish hebrew judaica pewter wine glass charms with blue and aqua czech crystals




Maybe a kippah or 2 from Maybe Sew. Joanne makes team kippot...wonder if she can make some Gator kippot...Go Gators!!


NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Kippah or Yarmulke



So, what do you think? Not sure....Me neither. Lots of good choices, though, all befitting a friend's home. I'd better decide soon...Passover is approaching quick...April 14th.





Blog post by Eileen Patterson....Goofing Off Sewing Supplies and Miss Eileen Vintage...GoofingOff..it's what I do best.