We are staying home for Shavuos! I made that decision on our way home the night Pesach ended. It took 5+ years and 3 kids to finally reach the point where it’s easier and more enjoyable to stay home for Shabbos/Yom tov than it is to go away.
Since this will only be our second yom tov at home (I took the easy way out last year and we went away), I feel like a complete novice. I’ve been making list after list to make sure I get everything done. My one saving grace is that I’m leaving my oven on and freezer light off. If all else fails, we always have the freezer to pull food from. I spent the past week stuffing it full of chicken, fish sticks, pizza, blintzes and other goodies. No one will starve in our home!
I’m so nervous about forgetting something that I’ve made a pre-yom tov checklist for myself:
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As far as our menu goes, it’s mostly finalized, I just need to shop for a few more things. I kept it simple and decided not to have company. It’ll be a long day, so I figured we could just get together with friends in the afternoon.
Shavuos Night #1- our special yom tov meal!
- London broil
- Roasted potatoes
Shavuos Lunch #1- Falafel!
- Whole wheat pita
- Israeli salad
- Falafel balls (store-bought, freezer)
Shavuos Night #2- Undecided, not yet sure about this one
- Stuffed cabbage (store-bought)
- Brown rice
- Carrot kugel (freezer)
Shavuos Lunch #2- Fish Dish
- Broccoli calzones (home-made from Trader Joe’s WW pizza dough OR store-bought)
- Sweet potato wedges
For dessert, we aren’t having DH’s delicious cheesecake he usually makes- there just wasn’t enough time, but DH did buy ice cream, so I’m excited for that since it’s not something we usually keep in the house.
Normally I would be more nervous about getting everything done, but as it works out, I will be home with DS1 tomorrow. He doesn’t have school and our childcare plans fell through last minute, so it’ll give me the opportunity to do some last minute shopping/prep.
I’m sure I’ll forget to do something, but at least I feel prepared going in!
How do you manage making yom tov while working full-time?
Until next time,