Recently, my family went to my in-laws for for a few days to
celebrate Passover as is our tradition each year. When it came time for
cake she brought out sponge cake and home made brownie. This may not be
significant to you, but it was to me and my wife. My wife looks forward
to a specific brand of sponge cake that is only made for passover. No
other sponge cake will do. Brownie is my favorite cake and the passover
selections aren’t great. She bought the exact mix my sister (who always
makes great cakes) recommended a year ago. It was not only thoughtful,
it was delicious.
So what is my mother-in-law’s secret for getting us exactly what we
want after a whole year?
She set herself up for success. Last year (and
every year) she wrote down all these specifics so she wouldn’t forget
and put it with her passover recipes. This year as she sat down with
her recipe books to plan what ingredients to buy she came across this
list (I’m sure it has much more as she buys the kids their favorites
too). At that point it was almost easy (especially if she wrote down
the stores that sell it). She just added it to her shopping list and
now has grateful kids (and grandkids).
Lesson: Make lists and keep it where you’ll use it
Some people go to hotels for passover but not me where could I get this kind of service?