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shaloch manos update and other weighty matters.
Since Seth was at BJs yesterday, I had him pick up a varity of candy and such. He got pringle snack packs, nabisco cookie variety pack thingies, ghiradelli chocolate squares, Hershey's miniatures, Sunkist fruit thingies, and twizzlers. While I was at Shalom's doing shabbos shopping, I picked up a case of mini grape juice bottles. I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy hamentashen. Making them simply is NOT going to happen this year.

Now I just have to figure out packaging. I would love to be all creative and stuff, but I think I'm just going to get gift bags or wine bags or something. And some of that krinkly papery stuff that's like the plastic grass people use in Easter baskets, except it's made of paper not plastic and comes in lots of colors, but I can't remember what it's called and I have no earthly idea where to find it. Anybody know what I'm talking about?

Next year I'm going to start this earlier. Actually, I probably would have started this earlier if it weren't for all the banquet/journal work I was doing for the shul. I can't wait until the banquet is over. Of course, then Passover preparations begin. But somehow, I feel like I can face that a little easier, which doesn't make any sense at all. I think it's because if I'm not ready in time for Passover, it affects me (and Seth). But if I'm not ready for the banquet, it affects a couple hundred people and the shul's financial stability. That's a lotta weight and I think it's really been getting to me.

Anyway, cheating a little on Shabbos dinner this week and on the shaloch manos makes me feel a little better in terms of the stress. So I'm sure I'll be okay. I am feeling unworthy of my "Domestic Goddess" icon. I can't wait until I feel like I can use it without guilt again.

Current Mood: okay okay

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lionsaoi From: lionsaoi Date: March 11th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
For the easter basket-y stuff, it's really just called "grass". You should be able to find it at Target, Walmart, Kmart or some place like that; just look in the Easter (aka "Seasonal") section.

What is "shaloch manos"?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
right... but I don't want the plastic grass stuff... do they sell the papery stuff too?

Shaloch Manos is short for Mishloach Manos (or Manot). It's one of the mitzvahs of Purim... giving portions of food to friends. We're obligated to give at least two different kinds of ready-to-eat foods to at least one person.

Here's more about the mitzvos of Purim:
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magid From: magid Date: March 11th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen people use Chinese take-out containers (though I don't think the mini grape juices would fit), which worked pretty well. Around here, there's a restaurant supply store that sells them; there might be something by you that does too.

(Meant to be a possibly useful suggestion, not another way to add layers to what you're already doing...)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooh, that's neat. Probably not good for this year. But I usually try to have a Chanukkah party (though this year it didn't happen because I fell down a flight of stairs head first a couple weeks before Chanukkah and we'd just gotten Julian, so it was too much to do). But my self-enforced tradition for our Chanukkah party now is to do Chinese food. (It's even better when it falls on Xmas). Chinese food is fried, right? And it's yummy! And it's the only time of the year I'll make it. Anywho, how cool would it be to give little party favors in take out boxes?

Also quite good for shaloch manos in the future. Thanks for the idea! Now I've only got 8 or 9 months to track down a place where I can buy chinese take out containers. The Container Store has them, actually, now that I think of it. They are blank, though. But that would still work. I wonder if there's a way to get them cheaper. Hrm....
chite From: chite Date: March 11th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am the queen of packaging :)

The paper version of Easter Grass is called "Shred" and you can get it at Michael's but you can also get it at The Dollar Tree, which should not be confused with any other dollar store. It holds up better than the plastic stuff as things do not tend to fall through and get lost.

The Dollar Tree is also great for containers. I buy all of my baskets there, as well as plastic containers and cellophane bags.

If you have some extra time (I do not know when your timetable is), you can check out http://www.lastimp.com -- it's the site that MK consultants often use for packaging ideas and products (they also have tons of shred and cello bags), though it is a bit more expensive than the Dollar Tree.

A friend of mine also goes to Wal Mart and buys tulle by the yard for wrapping her gifts, as opposed to cellophane or shrink wrap, so that might be a good idea as well.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the ideas and the info!
chite From: chite Date: March 11th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS, your whipped berries lipstick is in.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rock on. What are you doing Sunday? I have to run a bazillion errands anyway, maybe I could head down to you in the process (not like it's on the way or anything, but that's okay. I like nice long drives occasionally).
chite From: chite Date: March 11th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly or happily I will be in Florida.
What are you doing Wednesday night? We are having a Customer Appreciation Night in Springfield, and having a $500 product giveaway.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 11th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget about our coffee date, dammit! LOL.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 11th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You sell Mary Kay? I have been looking for a rep. Karen has my contact info.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
chite is the rockin'-est Mary Kay rep ever.
yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: March 11th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Random, but your pink daisy icon always makes me smile. :)
From: lola100 Date: March 14th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't care what anybody says - you are still a "domestic goddess" .... and so am I - even though I gave my kids hot dogs and frozen onion ring for supper last night...right? It was my anniversary after all.
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